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Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, 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) Revamps Savage Rift Horde Mode, Gets New AFK Gameplay Systems

by Rainier on Aug. 15, 2018 @ 1:47 p.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.

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.

For more information on these exciting new additions, gameplay changes, balance and bug fixes, please refer to the full patch notes on the official website.

Last but not least, the developer unveiled a much-requested male ranger class which is planned to be added to the service this Winter.

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

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