Halloween Comes to Closers with New Costumes and Gleam Campaign
Halloween Returns to Black Desert Online with Two Event Bosses
Black Desert Online Showcases New Archer class at TwitchCon 2018
Black Desert Online Offers Permanent Access to 7-Day Trial Users
Penny Arcade to release THE MAGIC HOUR, a travelogue-style web series featuring Magic: The Gathering
Black Desert Online sees Massive Surge in Player base after Remastered Launch
Black Desert Online Revamps Savage Rift Horde Mode and Introduces New AFK Gameplay Systems
Cybernetic Costumes Update Launches Today For Closers
Epic Games Korea 'Fortnite' Media Showcase
Mysteries of Summer Enter Black Desert Online
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.
En Masse Reveals Upcoming Rollout of Content Updates for TERA
En Masse Entertainment revealed today the schedule of content and activities coming in May to TERA. Following its strong launch on April 3 for both Xbox One and PlayStation®4, En Masse has created a dynamic lineup of updates that will keep the momentum going with something new for players to experience every week in the month of May. Take turns attacking and defending Corsairs' Stronghold in intense 20 versus 20 action. Throughout the month, players can expect new content and updates to appear on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on a weekly basis starting off on May 5 with the game’s first Item Pass Delivery and a new five-player dungeon set for level 65 characters. The following week, players will be able to test their PvP skills with a new level-65 battleground called Corsairs’ Stronghold, where two teams of 20 players will alternate between protecting the keep and attacking it in a best-of-three siege mode. “Following the successful launch of TERA on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, our next goal is keeping the community engaged with exciting new game content,” said Matt Denomme, Sr. Product Manager at En Masse Entertainment. “We have a strong month planned out for players of all tastes and types in May, and that’s just the beginning. There’s even more new content ahead that we’re sure both veteran and new players will be thrilled to experience.”
Smash-Hit Action MMO TERA Delivers New Content Two Weeks After Launch
En Masse Entertainment has announced that the first DLC update for TERA on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One is now available. The Ruinous Manor update will truly test the most hardcore TERA veterans featuring a new max level dungeon and precious treasures including rare set items, unique magic imbuing dyads, and high-level crafting materials. These top-tier rewards are only earned after hard-fought battles, and brave warriors will face off against three Big Ass Monsters (BAMs) bosses in the Ruinous Manor: the deadly claws of Atrocitas, the powerful kick attacks of Malgarios, and Lacheilith, a true nightmare armed with a piercing tail scythe, life-draining soul spheres, and triple lasers. Be sure to bring powerful allies and lots of luck Skilled warriors with the courage and power to fight through the Ruinous Manor will find GG loot rewards, including Cleansing Brooches that remove debuffs, dyad niveot structures (used to create powerful dyad niveot crystals), and Lacheilith’s Treasure Chest, which can contain powerful materials required to craft end-game Ambush gear. TERA delivers tremendous MMO gameplay depth combined with intuitive and precise controls perfect for gamepads. TERA’s customized console controls incorporate a streamlined interface, intelligent button mapping and new gameplay systems. The fast-paced combat, skill-based aiming and positioning, and furious combos make for a visceral experience that works perfectly on consoles. With a character type to match nearly every play style and innumerable customization options, TERA gives every kind of player a character, story, and experience that is truly their own. Players can quest alone, bring their friends, make new allies and take on challenges as large as the world of TERA and the BAMs that live in it.
Final Winner of the 2018 Black Desert Global Costume Design Contest Revealed
Pearl Abyss announced today, the final winner of the 2018 Black Desert Global Costume Design Contest. Congratulations to the talented artist from Thailand who created a remarkable Berserker costume! Thrilling news for Black Desert Online Berserker users, as this winning design will be recreated and implemented in-game in the future. Check out the magnificent design here. “What started last year as an event that was held only in Korea, has now been held on a global scale,” said Seoyoon Kim, Head of the Black Desert Online Business Division at Pearl Abyss. “We are grateful for the overwhelming love and support from our users all around the world, and we will try our best to include the winning costume in-game as soon as possible.” The 2018 Black Desert Global Costume Design Contest has been the talk of the town for the past two months since the submissions began in February. Pearl Abyss announced at the start that the ultimate winner will walk away with $10,000, a special in-game title, and the opportunity for their costume to be included in-game. As anticipated, the competition was indeed fierce as countless talented artists from 10 different regions submitted their works of art. In the final round of the contest, the number one design from each region was voted on by Adventurers to determine the ultimate winner. The other nine runner-ups will be receiving $3,000 each and the designs that can be implemented in the game will also be considered for future in-game costumes. The award ceremony will be held on April 15th in celebration of World Art Day, where the global winner and the regional winners will receive their prize money. For more details on the award ceremony, go to the website.
Black Desert Online becomes more Magical with the Addition of Fairies
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced today that Black Desert Online players can soon enjoy the long-awaited fairy system which will go live tomorrow after this week’s maintenance. Fairies are peaceful creatures that enjoy the flowers under the grace of Queen Theiah. One day, a golden rift broke open in the fairy world. Unable to resist its own curiosity, Laila bravely embarked on an adventure and tumbled into the world of Black Desert. Players can seek Laila fairies as a companion in their journey by completing a recurring quest. Each can learn different skills that benefit their characters and makes life in Black Desert Online more pleasurable. To give more character and personality, Melissa Hutchison was chosen to cover Laila’s in-game voice. The talented voice actress is known amongst many gamers for her work on Telltale’s The Walking Dead series where she has voiced the main character, Clementine. She also delivered the voice work for League of Legends’ champion Ashe. She can be heard in a new trailer that highlights the new content. Laila exists in 4 different tiers, where the tier indicates the maximum level of which the fairy can grow towards. At every 10 levels, Laila will be able to obtain a random skill. All fairies automatically learn and equip the Luck +1 skill which increases the chance of obtaining rare items. Her skills can help in numerous ways, the most obvious being a lantern function to help players navigate dark places. Other skills include auto purified water consumption which is ideal for desert survival, underwater breathing, instant resurrection without penalties, and last but not least, auto potion consumption when HP is low. Adventurers can grow and level their Laila by feeding her equipment such as Rocaba and Grunil or the item Sweet Honey Wine, which is a craftable item in Black Desert Online. The level cap for the highest tier fairy is 40. For more information on Black Desert Online and access to the 7-day trial please visit blackdesertonline.com
Neon District Partners With Pineapple Fund and Atari Movie to Launch Pineapple Arcade
Neon District, a new Ethereum blockchain game with a tech-noir ethos, is partnering with both The Pineapple Fund and the upcoming Atari movie to create the Pineapple Arcade, which is now available to players globally. The Pineapple Arcade is a full digital arcade of retro-style mini-games, Easter eggs, and puzzles. Potential prizes are hidden throughout the arcade. These prizes include digital trophies, which give players access to Neon District’s alpha game, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Coiin – a new social cryptocurrency platform that rewards people for sharing, engaging, and promoting on social media. The Pineapple Fund is also contributing a $100,000 prize to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. The Pineapple Fund was created by an anonymous early Bitcoin adopter on a mission to donate their windfall to charities and other worthwhile causes. To date, the Pineapple Fund has donated over 5,000 BTC to causes supporting mental health, environmental conservation and more. Also joining the Pineapple Arcade are Coiin and the Atari movie, a biopic about the godfather of the video game industry, Nolan Bushnell, and his transition from fixing broken pinball machines to launching his own gaming manufacturer in the early 1970s. To promote the upcoming Atari movie, Coiin will launch a new Social Media App with more details to come, and is offering 1 million Coiin to be won in Coiin-Man, a tribute to the classic game Pac-Man. For the latest details on Neon District, sign up for the email list at neondistrict.io
Rabam’s Enlightenment and Team Battle coming to Black Desert Online this week
This Wednesday Rabam’s Enlightenment - Skill Enhancement will be added to Black Desert Online. Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announce the highly anticipated system which will allow players to combine two different pre-awakening skills to create a more powerful skill. Players will be pleased to learn that Rabam’s Enlightenment will be rolled out for all 15 classes as a free update. Every character from level 56 and up can access this new feature from the skills page, provided they have sufficient skill points to attribute to Rabam’s Enlightenment. Furthermore, players will need to have unlocked the subsequent skills and sub skills in order to combine them. Through Rabam’s Enlightenment, two main skills can be combined into a greater and more powerful skill. A Warrior class can, for instance, combine the Ground Smash with the Ground Roar skill to create Seismic Strike and a Striker can mix Flow: Mass Destruction with Flash Step, creating Flow: Back Step. Rabam’s Enlightenment has a second phase that launches next week when new skills become available. These skills have a level 57 requirement allowing for more customisation. With the second phase, all classes will have a total of two new Rabam Skills. - Get ready to rumble Also new this week is the Team Battle feature. A team battle needs at least 10 participants to commence and two teams are automatically formed based on total sum of AP and DP. (The total AP + DP of each participant will decide their teams, with the 2 players of the highest total, 2nd highest, 3rd, 4th, and 5th being split into each team automatically). The player with the highest stats will be the team leader. Once the teams are formed, players will compete in a best of three rounds battle. The first and second rounds are 1 vs 1 matches where the team leader chooses which team members are entering the fight. The combat takes place in a small ring made up from NPC soldiers. Moving outside this ring will risk disqualification and forfeiting the match. In case of a draw, a player’s remaining HP bar will determine the winner. After the second round, if the score is tied, there will be a third decisive deathmatch round in which all 10 players participate. For more information on this week’s updates, including the new Team Battle as well as the reworked Final Battle system, new events and all the latest news, please check the revamped new website. New players can sign up for the 7-day trial.
The ‘Tina vs Harpy’ Event is Now Live in Closers
En Masse Entertainment announced today that their upcoming community event, ‘Tina Versus Harpy’ is now live and will run from March 6 through March 20. Players can have a direct impact on the next character that joins the Closers team by taking place in this special event. Through crafting a special in-game Tina or Harpy token item, players will cast their vote for which unreleased Closers character they want to appear in-game next: the marksman-specialist Tina or the kinetic explosive cards of Harpy. - Who will win: gunslinger Tina or card shark Harpy? You decide To cast your vote during this community event, players can use Wolf Dog Cookies to craft either a Tina or a Harpy support box that is worth one vote. You can earn the materials to craft Tina or Harpy support boxes the following ways: through clearing stages, winning PvP matches, and through Daily Login Rewards. In addition to vote tokens, players can also craft either an 8-Bit Tina or Harpy mask to show their support for their favorite character. Voting is now open and closes on Wednesday, March 14, at midnight UTC. The results of the community event will be revealed on March 15 and and the chosen character will be available in-game on April 3.
Choose the Next Wolf Dog Character in Closers
En Masse Entertainment announced today that their upcoming community event, ‘Tina Versus Harpy’ will run from March 6 through March 14. Players who participate in this event will have a direct impact on the next character that joins the Closers team. By crafting a special in-game Tina or Harpy token item, players will cast their vote for which unreleased Closers character they want to come out next: the marksman-specialist Tina or the kinetic explosive cards of Harpy! To cast your vote during this community event, players use Wolf Dog Cookies to craft either a Tina or a Harpy support box that is worth one vote. You can earn the materials to craft Tina or Harpy support boxes the following ways: stage clears, PvP wins, and Daily Login Rewards. In addition to vote tokens, players can also craft either an 8-Bit Tina or Harpy mask to show their support for their favorite character! Voting closes on Wednesday, March 14, at midnight UTC. The results of the community event will be revealed on March 15 and and the chosen character will be available in-game on April 3.
Black Desert Online Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games are excited to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of their critically acclaimed MMORPG Black Desert Online that took the world by storm with its beautifully designed open world, unprecedented detailed character creator and its real-time action-based combat. Black Desert Online not only rejuvenated the genre, but also pushed the technical limits on what is possible within modern day MMORPGs. Since its launch, Black Desert Online managed to attract over 3 million players and became a massive success in North America and Europe. The MMO managed to captivate a highly dedicated community with unique gameplay, innovative game systems and overall depth. Minsung Kim, CEO at Kakao Games Europe B.V. said: “We feel honored to have achieved this incredible success and would like to thank our community for their continued feedback, support, and enthusiasm. Our partners at Pearl Abyss are hard at work to add even more exciting content in the coming months and we can’t wait for it to come to our service.” Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss celebrate the 2nd anniversary with an infographic that details two years worth of in-game data such as cumulative playtime, quest completions and the number of times players died. Additionally, a new trailer has been released commemorating Black Desert Online’s best features. In-game, players can look forward to the recently announced Absolute Skills for all classes, a new improved UI system and 3D mini-map and there will be a token of appreciation in the form of an Appreciation Gift from which players can obtain highly sought Boss Gears and Weapons. New players are also eligible if they create a free trial account and complete the tutorial before the next scheduled maintenance which takes place on the 7th of March. The Appreciation Gift will be distributed via in-game mail. Adventurers will also be able to obtain rare Accessories through in-game events, along with special gifts for rookie and returning adventurers. Spanish players will be excited that the game has been updated with Spanish localization.
Closers new Playable Anti-Hero NATA Available Now
Coming off a very successful launch of the online beat ‘em up RPG, Closers, En Masse Entertainment begins their dedicated plan of new major monthly updates with the release of the first new playable character - the spinning blades of Nata. As part of a special rogue Closers group, the Wolfdogs, Nata was drafted against his will and channels his anger on the battlefield! Wielding dual curved blades, Nata slices through enemies with deadly spinning attacks and can release an explosive column of energy rivaling the power of any Closers from the Black Lambs. Download image and special animated gif assets of Nata HERE: spaces.hightail.com/space/GrcE2c5Bnw In addition to free DLC updates every month, unique Closers community events will be taking place, including the upcoming “Tina vs Harpy” community contest where Closers players will be able to choose the next character to be added to the Closers roster! More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Lastly, Closers players are encouraged to check out the En Masse Store daily deals for special discounted and free in-game items that will improve item crafting results, modify abilities, and more. Be sure to check back every day as new items are restocked that will greatly help against the alien invasion! Closers is a multiplayer online action RPG (MOARPG) beat-em-up in which players take the role of one of the “Closers,” a group of psychic teenagers chosen by the world government to stop an alien invasion by defeating hordes of lethal monsters and 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.
Black Desert Online Adds Absolute Skills For All Classes
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that the long-awaited Absolute Skills (Jin: the Pinnacle of Main Weapon Skills) will be added to Black Desert Online with next week’s maintenance, right in time for the game’s second anniversary and celebratory events that kick off on the 28th of February. Over the last two years, all 15 available classes received the first awakening weapon that provided Black Desert Online players with a whole new way to play their characters. It unlocked new powerful combos, fighting styles and tactical advantages that made each class more diverse, but it also meant that many players diverted away from their main weapon skills. To rival the awakening weapons, Pearl Abyss has developed the Absolute Skills which balances the original main weapon with regards to damage output, giving players unprecedented freedom and a huge array of combat tactics to overcome even the toughest challenge. The Absolute Skills will be available for characters of level 56 and above. Seasoned Black Desert Online players will be pleased to know that all 15 classes will be updated at the same time, along with Pearl Shop sales for all Classic Outfit sets.
Unravel The Station’s Sci-Fi Mystery Today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
The Station, a first-person sci-fi mystery adventure, launches today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux. Development was spearheaded by Dave Fracchia, the former Studio Head at Activision subsidiary Radical Entertainment, Les Nelkin the designer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and BioShock Infinite as well as League of Legends composer Duncan Watt. When a sentient alien race is discovered across the galaxy, a team of researchers board a cloaked research vessel to investigate. Weighing whether to make contact with their subjects, who are embroiled in a constant state of civil war, the crew observes the extraterrestrial civilization from orbit. Then disaster strikes. The ship’s stealth systems falter and all communications go silent. Was the station attacked? Are the dangerous denizens of the planet below responsible? Players embark on a solo reconnaissance mission to board the powerless vessel, discover what happened to the ship, and the location of the missing scientists. Through intuitive problem solving, the ship’s core systems can be restored. Clues hinting to the crew’s whereabouts are uncovered using the game’s distinctive in-game augmented reality interface, which converts conversations, clues, and more into digital representations. The Station’s “progressive sci-fi” theme represents an optimistic future where space travel and the natural curiosity inherent to the stars is celebrated. An ambient soundtrack underlines the optimism with darker undercurrent. Space has the potential to bring worlds together, but it’s also the cold, isolating distance between them. Players will discover the dangers and delights such voyages can bring. “How would we react if we finally discovered intelligent beings in space, and they were warmongers?” said Dave Fracchia, executive producer, The Station. “We can’t wait for players to explore this conundrum in The Station, and to truly ponder what it would mean to find out that we are not alone.” The Station is out now in English for $14.99 via the PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam stores.