Black Desert Online

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Daum Games Europe
Developer: Pearl Abyss
Release Date: March 3, 2016

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'Black Desert Online' Free for a Limited Time

by Rainier on March 2, 2023 @ 8:42 a.m. PST

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.

Publisher/developer Pearl Abyss announced Black Desert Online will be free on Steam and the official website for a limited time.

Now everyone can join a welcoming community of more than 20 million players in an adventure of a lifetime, just in time to take part in the game’s seven-year anniversary celebrations.

During the discount period, the Black Desert Online Traveler Editionwhich includes the base game, will be free to keep, providing unlimited access to the award-winning MMO, while other packages also will receive a steep 70% discount. New and existing adventurers will be pleased to learn that Pearl Abyss has raised the value of its seven-year anniversary celebratory login events, now offering in-game rewards that have an accumulated value of $160 USD

Black Desert Online will be available at a 100% discount on the base game (Traveler Edition) and 70% off other packages at the following times:

  • Steam: 10:00 AM (PST), Thursday, March 2 – 10:00 AM (PST), Thursday, March 9
  • Official Website: Tuesday, February 28 after the regular maintenance – Wednesday, March 8 before the regular maintenance


Adventurers can quickly level up their character via the recently opened Spring Season Servers, enabling new players to quickly catch up while existing players can bring their alts up to speed. Additionally, adventurers can now receive more Combat EXP from all life skill activities. For example, a level 56 character can now earn 7.7 times more Combat EXP through fishing. When the same character does fishing on the Spring Season Server, this EXP will be further multiplied by 3. 

Fishing takes on a significant role in the Spring Season by featuring an exclusive fish called the “Coleacanth”. Once caught, it can be exchanged for various seasonal progression items, including the “Dreamy Crystal of Balance”, which has the ability to perform guaranteed enhancement of Capotia accessories to the highest enhancement level of PEN (V). Adventurers can thus shorten the time spent on defeating monsters by fishing during down times on their journey in the Black Desert world.

The new season’s weekly quest has been improved by significantly reducing the number of monsters to be defeated to complete the quests. For example, the number of Gahaz Bandits to be exterminated has been reduced to 500 from the previous 5,000.

Adventurers can expect to grow their characters even faster by taking advantage of the season’s hot time and level-up rewards. Starting today, 300% of Combat EXP (for characters level 51 and above), 50% of Skill EXP, and 30% Life Skill EXP buffs will be applied to all season servers. For those who are completely new to the game, useful beginning items can be obtained at each level, including powerful PEN Tuvala Accessories.

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.

Black Desert Online is currently available PC, as well as PS4 and Xbox One (titled Black Desert).

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