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Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 4, 2019

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'Black Desert' Valencia Content Update Adds New Region, Monsters & Abilities

by Rainier on May 8, 2019 @ 2:59 p.m. PDT

Black Desert 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 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.

Black Desert’s third major content update, Valencia, is now available. The desert kingdom is the largest region since the release of Mediah, containing withering sandstorms and new enemy types for experienced adventurers to conquer. The Valencia update also adds Absolute Skills, improvements to gear enhancements, new items, and user interface improvements in response to community feedback.

Valencia's violent past also introduces new gameplay elements. Adventurers who kill another player within the region will receive a villain mark regardless of their current Karma, and will be treated as a hostile by other players. Once killed, murderers will be sent to Pila Ku Prison to serve out their time and gain de-buffs. Chances of escape are slim, but where there’s a will, there’s a way…

Other additions and improvements include:

  • Gear and item enhancements: Gear cleansing, accessory melting and new gear enhancement levels have been added due to player request.
  • New items: The kingdom of Valencia introduces region-specific items, but more powerful potions and Dim Magical Armor exchanges are now available as well.
  • UI improvements: To make the game more visually appealing, interface changes have been applied to quests, item information, chat windows and the central market.
Black Desert will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting May 9th. Subscribers will receive a special in-game item, 10% off all Pearl Shop purchases, and 20% off Standard, Deluxe or Ultimate edition bundles.

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 (PC) here.

Black Desert is currently available on Xbox One and PC (known as Black Desert Onlinr).

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