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Archer Now Playable in Black Desert Online
Today Black Desert Online players celebrate the launch of Archer, the highly anticipated 17th class that has arrived in the popular open world MMORPG. After last week’s pre-creation event it is now time to unleash Archer’s full powers such as his ranged abilities in PvP. To aid in the celebrations, Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games will start a host of related activities today to welcome Archer to Black Desert Online and to reward players for participating. - Archer’s Seals Event Adventurers are invited to collect Archer’s Seals by killing enemies or by engaging in gathering or fishing activities. The seals can be turned in at certain NPCs in exchange for valuable items such as Black Stone (Armor), Black Stone (Weapon), Hard Black Crystal Shard and Sharp Black Crystal Shard. Furthermore, courtesy of Alienware, two lucky players (one in EU and one in NA) who manage to collect the most Archer’s Seals during the event period will win a brand new Alienware 15 gaming laptop. This portable beast features an 8th generation Intel® Core™ i7-8750H, 16 GB, DDR4, 2400Mhz; up to 32GB and an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5. This special competition will start after today’s maintenance and will last up until the 9th of January before that day’s maintenance. - Archer 1+1 Dual EXP Share Event plus level-up rewards During a special event period, it will become possible to link your EXP gains with another class (under level 60). The linked character will obtain the same amount of EXP as Archer, basically allowing players to level two classes at once. In addition, when leveling up the Archer, adventurer’s can look forward to additional in-game rewards such as Valks’ Cry, Lauren Family Gift Box x2, Gold Bars and much more. For more information on these events, rules and where to exchange the Archer’s Seals please visit blackdesertonline.com. - 3-day archer themed stream Partnered content creators includingMacilus, AionJanis, Vert, DJules, GoodvibesGuy and Morolan will stream Archer content starting today and will delve deep into the character’s lore, skillset and PvP combat potential. For more information on the streaming schedule, please visit Black Desert Online’s official Twitch channel.
Broken Reality, a New Indie Adventure Set in a Fun 3D Internet World, is Launching on November 29th via Steam
Dynamic Media Triad and Digital Tribe Games are proud to announce the release of Broken Reality, arriving on Steam on November 29, 2018. Mac and Linux versions will follow and launch by the end of December. After four years of development, a successful Kickstarter campaign, they are ready to bring this experience to the public. Broken Reality is a new indie adventure where players will dive into five unique levels of a non-stop humorous adventure set in a 3D internet world. Players explore, collect likes, solve puzzles, do quests for flavorful characters all while discovering the dark secrets beneath the Net. The game is comedic by nature, and a lot of care has gone into the Vaporware style aesthetics. Every level is a hand-crafted experience with unique assets. “Broken Reality is a first-person puzzle/adventure game set in a world where Internet sites are 3D places rather than 2D pages. The player takes control of a nameless, faceless user who has just created their account on the system. The gameplay is in itself a commentary on the state of the internet, social media, truth and more in the post-truth era, while also being a light-hearted parody of many famous internet sites, corporations, and activities.” - Sebastian Covacevich, Lead Game Designer, Dynamic Media Triad Studio
Halloween Comes to Closers with New Costumes and Gleam Campaign
The month of October is filled with seasonal activities like apple picking, cider drinking, Halloween prepping, and now, gamers should fall back into all the new events for Closers. En Masse Entertainment announced today that their virtual Halloween party and Gleam campaign begins today. Deck out your characters in-game with the spookiest and most stylish of costumes. Collect tokens as you defeat bosses, trading in those tokens for costumes and accessories. In addition to this bewitching content, a Gleam campaign begins today, running through midnight on October 29. To enter, just play the game for two hours on Steam. The grand prize winner will receive a Razer Blade 15 Laptop, with four runners-up receiving the Meister Bundle, valued at $150 dollars.
Halloween Returns to Black Desert Online with Two Event Bosses
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced that the skies of Black Desert Online will be illuminated with an eerie red blood moon and jack-o’-lanterns will light the misty town streets once again to celebrate Halloween. A new Halloween trailer showcases the spinetingling atmosphere and introduces a new event boss named Spook. Spook, the new event boss will randomly spawn across the Black Desert Online world and drops valuable items such as Black Fabric, Memory Fragment, Golden Pearl, Black Stones and more. Spook will be accessible for all character levels as it will adapt to the player’s strength. A tougher version of the boss will randomly spawn for players who are level 56 or above. - Craft your costume Players who have collected 10 Black Fabrics can bring it to NPC Merv (Calpheon), Ornella (Serendia) or MevoMuranan (Mediah) to craft costumes including Garnier Troupe Garb Design Bundle, Jarette’s Armor Design Bundle, Jordine’s Casual Wear Design Bundle, Valencian Travel Wear Design Bundle or the illusive Black Leopard Armor Design Bundle. - The Witch is back! Isabella, the Black Witch that was introduced during last year’s Halloween is making a welcome return and will now spawn at fixed times instead of randomly spawning to allow players to have more time to prepare. Players will have to work together to defeat Isabella as her HP will be shared amongst all servers. Defeat Isabella to obtain Witch’s Bloody Brooch, Halloween Gift Box, Pumpkin Gift Box, Silver and more. Furthermore, the cash shop will be updated with new Halloween exclusives such as the ‘Vestillio’ and the ‘Vespena’ outfits, and Pietro the male butler (Halloween clown version). Moreover, discount coupons will be offered and players can save up to 50% on selected items.
Black Desert Online Showcases New Archer class at TwitchCon 2018
8th of October, 2018/ Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced today that Black Desert Online will showcase its brand new Archer class for the very first time at this year’s TwitchCon which is being held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The event takes place between the 26th and 28th of October. Aside from checking out the Archer class, players will also be able to experience the brand new Drieghan expansion which is set to launch on November 14. All of this brand new content will be playable on 46 high-end Alienware Aurora PCs at the Black Desert Online Booth (#808). During TwitchCon Kakao Games are planning full day live streams throughout the event featuring partnered streamers such as GoodVibes Guy and Dr. Positive who will be hosting and shoutcasting the Official Black Desert Online Guild 3v3 Tournament Final where finalists from North America and Europe are battling for a $10,000 grand prize. Morrolan TV will dive into the lore and capabilities of the new Archer class and explore Drieghan. AionJanis “the dancing streamer” will throw an after party stream that will amaze Black Desert fans and newcomers alike. Other content will include exclusive developer interviews, cosplay panels and exclusive item giveaways for everyone who is watching the live stream on Black Desert Online’s official Twitch channel. For more information on the streaming schedule, booth activities and more, please visit the special TwitchCon page on blackdesertonline.com
Black Desert Online Offers Permanent Access to 7-Day Trial Users
3rd of October, 2018/ Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced today that Black Desert Online has recently reached 10 million registered players worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, new adventurers can earn a free copy of Black Desert Online by completing the 7-day trial challenge. Players who start playing Black Desert Online between the 3rd of October up until the 17th of October, reach level 56 on a character and complete that character’s awakening quest before their 7-day trial expires will be rewarded with a free Starter’s Package that has a $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99 value*. Recently the game received a major upgrade both in terms of graphics as well as in audio with Black Desert Online Remastered. It has never been a better time for adventurer’s to step in as the game will receive exciting new contents such as the upcoming Drieghan Expansion that will feature more than 300 new quests and a new dragon world boss. It was recently announced that the Drieghan Expansion will be launched on the 14th of November. Aside from the free game package promotion, players can save up to 50% on rare items offered by in-game NPC Patrigio and can take part on the Kamasylvian Alchemists event, the latest installment of the yearly alchemist challenge where players can earn fantastic rewards.
Penny Arcade to release THE MAGIC HOUR, a travelogue-style web series featuring Magic: The Gathering
Penny Arcade will debut the first episode of THE MAGIC HOUR, a new show where Penny Arcade creators Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins meet companions old and new over friendly games of Magic: The Gathering, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Over the course of six 15-minute episodes, Mike and Jerry greet, befriend, and compete with special guests, including media presenter Anna Prosser-Robinson, Twitch streamer DisguisedToast, games media personality Morgan Webb, WWE Superstar Tyler Breeze, and more. THE MAGIC HOUR focuses primarily on how players can find and build relationships over a game of “MTG,” while featuring new and/or unreleased cards and expansions from the massively popular game. The show will air exclusively on Penny Arcade's YouTube channel and release content weekly on Thursdays, alternating between the full 15-minute episodes and bonus content pieces or "minisodes" featuring the guest from the previous week.
Black Desert Online sees Massive Surge in Player base after Remastered Launch
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced today the first results of their Remastered campaign amidst renewed interest among Black Desert Online fans and new players alike. Last week, Black Desert Online was updated with enhanced visuals and a newly recorded orchestral score to provide the most immersive in-game experience possible. As a result, Black Desert Online has seen an average week-over-week increase of 103.6% in returning players and a 24.2% increase in new player acquisition across NA/EU regions. Minsung Kim, CEO at Kakao Games Europe B.V. commented: “Pearl Abyss has done a fantastic job on Black Desert Remastered. The game was already had the best in-game visuals, but with Black Desert Remastered, the developers have really pushed the envelope. It is no wonder that so many players are returning to the game.” “We are ecstatic after seeing that our hard work on Black Desert Remastered has been so positively perceived by the community at large. The heart-warming reactions have definitely been a morale booster. We want to thank our players all over the world for playing our game,” said Jae Hee Kim, Executive Producer at Pearl Abyss. “We are highly motivated to keep the game current and up-to-date by continuing to develop exciting new content while striving for continuous improvements and optimizations.” Pearl Abyss is currently working on recently announced Drieghan expansion which is expected to arrive to the Western service later this year.
Black Desert Online Revamps Savage Rift Horde Mode and Introduces New AFK Gameplay Systems
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games are thrilled to announce that after this week’s maintenance cycle, Black Desert Online players can look forward to a reworked Savage Rift horde mode that promises to spice up the exciting co-op experience in the game. The most noteworthy change to the Savage Rift content is that the number of monster spawns has been reduced by around 40% which as a result makes each runthrough last about 20 minutes. Cooldown times for siege weapons such as the Hwacha amd Lynch Cannon have been reduced by 50% so that adventurers can shoot these powerful weapons more often. As a result, the reward structure has been reworked as well. Although the rewards per playthrough have been reduced, the rewards vs playing time have actually increased, making it more interesting for adventurers to engage enemies in the Savage Rift. To celebrate, a special event will take place between the 15th and the 29th of August that can reward players very nice in-game rewards. During the event period, a hidden 26th stage can follow after a successfully cleared 25th wave. The chance of this happening is 50% and in this stage a new boss, named the Savage Ogre will appear that drops a Savage Rift reward Box upon defeat. This box will include a Soiled Ogre Ring, Trace of Savagery and more. - Black Spirit’s Training One of the unique elements in Black Desert Online is that adventurers can still feel connected to the world when they are not actively engaging with the game. AFK fishing was introduced to allow players to catch fish and valuable items while they were at work or sleeping. The excitement for the player was to find out what was achieved during their absence when actively playing again. This system has now expanded with the Black Spirit’s Training, a mode that allows players to gain combat and skill experience by engaging in AFK activities. To activate the Black Spirit’s Training, players will need to acquire a Book of Training from NPC Jamey Drucker who resides in Velia, Heidel, Calpheon City, Altinova and Valencia City. Upon activating the Book of Training players can practice against one of the scarecrows in each town to start gaining experience. Players who are looking for additional combat EXP will be pleased to know that the earned combat EXP can be stacked with other buffs such as Fever Time and event EXP buffs, Pet skills, Book of Combat, Golden Bells, Olvia Server buffs, and Elixirs making AFK leveling much more efficient.
Cybernetic Costumes Update Launches Today For Closers
Closers, time to suit up with a new cutting-edge look! En Masse Entertainment announced today the new Cybernetics costumes are now available for the anime-inspired, online RPG beat’em up, Closers. Along with the uber-cool Cybernetic costumes, a Summer Beach Dungeon event and Levia Special Crew Promotion will also be available with this update. Closers gamers have a chance to craft the Cybernetic costume in-game by combining two rare costumes with the Synchro Fiber item, the same method that the Dark Command costumes were obtained. Closers is a multiplayer online action RPG (MOARPG) infused with arcade beat’ em up mechanics and anime-styled artwork. Players take the role of a “Closer,” a group of psychic teenagers chosen by the world government to stop an alien invasion by closing interdimensional gates to thwart the invaders and their evil incursion. Fast, intense, and eye-poppingly beautiful, the game masterfully combines the frenetic action of old school arcade 2D beat ‘em ups with the engaging combo mechanics of fighting games, and the vivid art style and drama of an episodic anime.
Epic Games Korea 'Fortnite' Media Showcase
Epic Games Korea, the Korean subsidiary of Epic Games, held a media showcase at Grand Intercontinental Seoul Parnas in Gangnam-gu, Seoul on the morning of 19th January, 2018. The event was organized to introduce features and service schedule of Epic Games' action building game 'Fortnite' in advance of domestic service with some officials of Epic Games Korea including Country Manager Sung-chul Park, Won-se Lee, in charge of domestic business, and Hee-uk Yoon, in charge of marketing, in attendance. Sung-chul Park, Country Manager of Epic Games Korea said, “After Epic Games Korea launched its Korean subsidiary in 2009 for the Unreal Engine business, we feel new since it is the first time to provide service of both the game and engine, which are the main businesses of Epic Games, in Korea through releasing ‘Fortnite’. In order to enable Korean gamers to enjoy games in an optimal environment, we made our best effort to the domestic service of ‘Fortnite’ through Korean localization, real-time global one build contents, and various Korean exclusive benefits. In addition, as we have introduced the game to be rated for over 12 years old so that teenage gamers can also enjoy a Battle Royal game, I would like to ask you a lot of attention to the service of ‘Fortnite’ in Korea.” ▲ Epic Games Korea's "Fortnite" media showcase was held. ▲ Sung-chul Park, Country Manager of Epic Games Korea said, “We made our best effort to the domestic service of ‘Fortnite’. I would like to ask you a lot of attention to the service of ‘Fortnite’ in Korea.” According to the announcement, 'Fortnite' is an Action-Building game that combines elements of battle, construction and action. Its biggest advantage is that users can enjoy creative new concept of battle play with unique skins and emotions over a normal shooting game that users simply shoot down enemies. Especially by dissolving easy play and in-depth game elements into the game, it has been loved by gamers from all over the world right from its release. In July 2017, 'Fortnite' was released ‘Save the World’, a new concept of action building system that four players cooperate with each other through role division into battle and construction as an early access version through Epic Game’s platform ‘Epic Games Launcher’. In September 2017, ‘Fortnite Battle Royal’, a PvP mode separate from ‘Save the World’ was released free of charge. Epic Games has recorded 10 million users in two weeks after launching the 'Fortnite Battle Royal' mode, followed by 20 million users in 72 days, 40 million users in 100 days, and 1.75 million concurrent connected users (CCU). With more than 2 million CCU, it has been recorded as one of the fastest growing games. ▲ In 100 days, it recorded 40 million users and 1.75 million CCU. Regarding the service of 'Fortnite', Epic Games implemented a complete 'Global One Build' policy that simultaneously releases the same content all over the world. Also, it stated that it will never introduce a business model that would impair the game’s fairness such as 'Pay-to-Win' items. It made it clear that it will respond strongly to illegal users such as cheat program users. In addition, Epic Games will continue to provide fresh and new pleasure through fast content updates. It will focus on high quality localization that is more readable than English version and has familiar fonts for Korean users to continue to develop the game. Epic Games has produced the first CF of 'Fortnite' in Korea, produced by Jung-hoon Park, a film director of the movie ‘The Villainess’, and Actor Sang-hoon Jung. It also plans to launch special events for domestic gamers such as releasing a limited edition T-shirt made by designer brand ‘Super Rocket Punch’, and providing Battle Pass to all the pre-orderers who play the game within two weeks after the launch. ▲ Various events for Korean users are prepared. ▲ Epic Games has produced the first CF of 'Fortnite' in Korea, produced by Jung-hoon Park, a film director of the movie ‘The Villainess’, and Actor Sang-hoon Jung. Sung-chul Park, Country Manager of Epic Games Korea, who came back on stage after the presentation of all the information about 'Fortnite', announced that Korea service of 'Fortnite' will start from January 23. Meanwhile, Epic Game’s Game Developer Tim Sweeney sent a video message. “The most important thing to consider when we make a game is 'fun', so we create a game that we want to play. We took six years to develop the game that users can enjoy tense fast-action as well as building construction with their friends, and the outcome is 'Fortnite'. It is the first time for Epic Games to provide service in Korea in its history of 27 years, so it is our new experience. And, it is expected that Korean users will be ranked first in ‘Fortnite’. Please enjoy the game.” ▲ Tim Sweeney said, “It is expected that Korean users will be ranked first in ‘Fortnite’.”
Mysteries of Summer Enter Black Desert Online
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that players can look forward to the Mysteries of Summer event that will be added as a special event to Black Desert Online after next week’s regular maintenance. Players can win fantastic prizes if they are one of the first to complete the Mysteries of Summer challenge. This challenge is heavily inspired by Spielberg’s latest film Ready Player One, where inhabitants of a virtual reality game hunt for Easter eggs in a bid to receive full ownership of the virtual world and the company that owns it. Prizes include high-end Alienware Area-51 R5 desktop gaming rigs, 34-inch ultra wide monitors and Geforce GTX 1070 Ti graphics cards. Additionally, players will be rewarded with in-game items and silver so everybody wins. A mysterious teaser trailer was released today showing the Dark Knight who is trying to uncover the Mysteries of Summer. To celebrate summer, Terrmian Waterpark makes a welcome return, featuring a host of mini-games, events, and the event boss Nineshark has miraculously entered the coastal area of Terrmian threatening player’s valuable leisure time. For more information on the prizes, schedule, and conditions please visit the dedicated page on blackdesertonline.com
Closers Announces Details on New Character and No Fatigue Gameplay
En Masse Entertainment announced today two major changes coming to the upcoming major update to Closers, the anime-styled, online RPG beat’ em up. Arriving July 3, gamers will be able to select the greatsword-wielding Violet, who utilizes her Phase Force abilities in conjunction with her devastating sword attacks to ravage all enemies within sight. Assisted by her personal assistant Hyde, Violet secretly hides her own goal while working for the Wolf Dogs – to bring her real father’s killer to justice. With the release of the final Wolf Dogs character, En Masse has heard the feedback from players about Fatigue and is delighted to announce that the in-game Fatigue system will be permanently removed July 3. Removing Fatigue allows gamers to spend more time pursuing more achievements, finding elite loot, and improve the overall Closers gameplay experience.
TERA's Gunner class shoots onto consoles June 26
En Masse Entertainment announced today that the most explosive character for TERA – the Gunner class – will be launching June 26 on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. Best described as a highly-mobile “artillery cannon,” the Gunner class can mow down mobs of enemies with her massive Arcannon. In celebration of the upcoming Gunner class release, En Masse has announced a special 33% off discount for TERA Founder’s Packs on Xbox One starting today through June 18.
Long Awaited Lahn Arrives in Black Desert Online with 50% off Deal
May 24, 2018/ Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that Lahn, its 16th class has been officially unleashed to the Black Desert Online world with yesterday’s maintenance. To celebrate her arrival, Black Desert Online game passes have been discounted by 50% on the official website, Humble Bundle, and Steam. The sale will end on May 28 at 17:00 UTC. Players who try out the brand new Lahn class will be pleased to know that from today up until June 13 there is a special level-up event that can grant them a host of in-game rewards and goodies including Gold Bars, Black Stones, Lauren Family Gift Boxes and more. For more information on this event and conditions, please check the special Lahn Level-up section on the official website.
Counter-Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards Sketch
On the afternoon of January 13, 2018, Nexon hosted the FPS online game ‘Counter-Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards’ at the Nexon Arena in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 'Counter Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards' is designed to meet the 10th anniversary of Counter Strike Online service with many people who have played the game. It was held with 300 users through online ticket sales and winners' invitations. The event was progressed in the order of screening the 10th anniversary history of Counter Strike Online, ‘Counter Strike People Awards’, announcement of winter peak season updates, and user Q&A. It also brought pleasure through two types of special leagues for users, competitions with professional gamers and developers. In the announcement of the winter peak season updates, NEXON's CSO Development Team Leader Choi Jin-hyeok introduced about new contents of 'Counter Strike Online'. First, ‘Destruction System’, which can destroy the map with a dedicated weapon in the studio mode, presents a new joy. The system applies the function of destroying maps with a dedicated weapon to various studio-based modes. Outside of the studio, a dedicated weapon 'Rock Breaker' can be also used, and on the contrary, a weapon option that can 'destroy' is added to the existing weapons. Along with this new mode, Zombie AI mode and Team Deathmatch AI mode are added, and various device blocks such as warehouse block, coin block, and rock-paper-scissors block are updated. In addition, 'Magnum Launcher' was unveiled as a weapon for celebrating ‘Happy New Year of 2018’. The Magnum Launcher is a combination of a shotgun and a missile launcher, inheriting the appearance of Magnum Drill and the function of ‘Barling-11’. As for the future update direction, an Egyptian 'Stamper Zombie' skin item and a new 'Zombie Scenario Season 7' for presenting a full-scale confrontation with the company CRONOS will be added. In addition, the newly changed ranking competition and the official website are also presented in sequence. Meanwhile, Nexon carries out social contribution activities in commemoration of 10th anniversary of service. Nexon's new social contribution activities will be conducted in a ‘medical treatment expenses support for dischargers' in consideration of the genre of the game. ▲ Counter Strike Online 10th Anniversary was held. ▲ At the event, a history wall was set up to look back on the history of 'Counter Strike Online'. ▲ The event sent thanks to users through ‘Counter Strike People Awards’. ▲ In the user Q&A time, Yu Hwan-guk, the team leader of the development team 1, answered the question. ▲ Through the special league where users have competitions with professional gamers and developers, the event presented pleasure.
New Lahn class coming to Black Desert Online on May 23
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that the brand new “Lahn” class will be added to Black Desert Online on May 23rd. Lahn’s unique capabilities, moveset and fighting style will enable players to experience Black Desert Online in a whole new way. With the addition of Lahn, players can now choose between 16 diverse classes, each of which has the unique real-time action combat abilities for which Black Desert Online is famed for. Lahn is a master of martial arts who trained in a dynasty of the far east. Her story begins by becoming a priestess but falls to an evil scheme, which she tragically loses her lover in the battlefield. Grieved by her loss, she realizes that strength is the only way to achieve her ideals. Determined to return to her home one day and protect the ones she love, she embarks on a journey in search of greater power. The upcoming female class uses a new weapon type that is exclusive to her, a stretchable main-hand weapon called the Crescent Pendulum. This is a crescent-moon shaped blade on the end of a long piece of cloth. She throws and swings her weapon with immaculate grace and completes her deadly arsenal with the Noble Sword, a short blade that is her off-hand weapon. Lahn is a very speedy and agile class that utilizes dance-like combat moves. Her Nimbus Stride skill lets her gracefully glide through the air, displaying both elegance and power. During the upcoming Subscription Event running from May 9 (after maintenance) - May 23 (before maintenance) new and existing players that subscribe to the Black Desert Online newsletter on the special event page will be rewarded with the following 3 in-game items, Sealed Book of Combat (7D), Blessing of Kamasylve (7D) and Gold Bar 100G.