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Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Daum Games Europe
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 3, 2016

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'Black Desert Online' (ALL) Update Adds Enlightenment and Team Battle - Trailer

by Rainier on March 14, 2018 @ 8:39 a.m. PDT

Black Desert Online is an open-world action MMORPG with next-generation visuals and skill-based combat that rejuvenates the genre.

With the deepest character customization of any game currently on the market, Black Desert Online allows for unprecedented detail in character creation. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world, and extensive lore will enthrall both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs.

Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.

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.

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.

Key Features

  • A beautifully designed open world that’s as expansive as it is alive
  • Heart-pounding skill-based combat
  • Unprecedented character customization with incredible detail
  • Crisp next-generation graphics
  • Extensive open world PvP modes (Arena mode, guild vs guild, node wars, castle siege, and more)
  • Engaging story with deep lore and epic quests
  • Unique farming system - grow and perfect your crops
  • A personalized stable - catch, tame, and breed wild horses
  • Deep crafting, housing, fishing, hunting, and alchemy systems
  • Intuitive action gameplay complete with gamepad support

Get a free 7-day trial for Black Desert Online here.

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