Black Desert is an upcoming role-playing sandbox-oriented multiplayer online game by Pearl Abyss. The game is still under development since 2010 and closed beta testing of the game started in October 2013. Black Desert uses “Black Desert Engine” by Pearl Abyss specifically designed to handle the fast rendering requirements for its massive castle sieges and seamless world.
Black Desert closed beta is expected to be released in early 2016. Exact release date for the game has not been officially announced yet.
Black Desert release date: early 2016
The universe of Black Desert has been divided into two different countries, the Kingdom of Valencia and the Republic of Calpheon, who fight for a key energy resource known as the Black Stone. The two countries are completely different, both religiously and culturally.
However, Calpheon is a greedy civilization, Valencia’s people seek spiritual ethics “Black Stones” litter the desert region splitting the two countries, and the people of Calpheon call it “Black Desert”. The people of Valencia refer this region as the “Red Desert” due to the blood which stains its sand.
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Black Desert’s story takes place in the progression of an endless war. A war from which both countries have been overwhelmed and the people are tired. Players must form their own story from here, as a part of the great Black Desert.
Black Desert features a dynamic combat system, like the ones found in MMO’s, for example, TERA. However, most of the Black Desert’s abilities require players to use complex key combos while dodging various attacks, rather than simply pressing the skill icon.
Black Desert also features mounted battle, which allows players to tame wild mounts to ride into battle. Outside of the battle, the game even features a dynamic parkour system, which allows players to leap over obstacles and climb to the highest vantage points above buildings.
Outside of open world Black Desert features Castle Sieges, where groups can go head to head against each other in a bid to take over a castle. These castles supply the owners with a total control over the native economy and taxes from the area. Players can siege castles using cannons.
Black Desert trailer shows the innovative weather systems, which are specific to every district. Player’s abilities differ according to different weather conditions. Trailer also indicates that there are various mounts available in the game, which include: camels, horses, elephants, etc. Trailer displays different housing and trading systems as well.
After a full release, Black Desert will contain 9 different playable classes. Classes are gender-locked at present, but the game offers players apparently the top character creation tools available. Players have a variety of selections over the slightest details of their characters while creating them.
Some classes revealed in the trailer of Black Desert include: Fighter, Archer, Magician, Predator, Blader, Valkyrie, Tamer, and Male Wizard.