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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' Land of the Morning Expansion Gets PC Date, Reveals Content Details - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on May 25, 2023 @ 11:10 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.

Korean developer/publisher Pearl Abyss announced that Land of the Morning LightBlack Desert Online’s first major expansion in 2023, will launch worldwide on June 14, 2023.

Coming to North America and Europe in June, Land of the Morning Light is a new mythical continent that is filled with light and dark dichotomies: moral fables of action and consequence, likable and troublesome characters, day and night cycles, and light and dark forces, comprising unique terrain, storyline, characters, bosses, and valuable rewards for a new MMORPG experience. Going beyond Black Desert Online’s medieval fantasy setting, the new expansion will introduce adventurers to a continent that exudes Korea’s rich history and culture. The new trailer reveals brutal bosses Adventurers will need to defeat in the new region.

Where beauty gleams, mysteries lurk in the darkness.

Beneath the region’s serenity, however, resides a mystery that casts a shadow of fear over its peaceful populace. Deadly perils await Adventurers who dare explore the deeper regions beyond Land of the Morning Light’s rural allure. Adventurers will be tasked to solve the island’s riddles and confront the powerful forces that terrorize its inhabitants. More intriguing details for the upcoming expansion will be unveiled on a weekly basis.


Black Desert Online’s latest expansion takes Adventurers on a perilous journey through the mythical Land of the Morning Light. In it, Adventurers will be able to explore breathtaking landscapes filled with intricate architecture and unique vegetation, fight unique bosses at customized difficulty levels, and follow the expansion’s rich storytelling in a non-linear questline, which is realized by 80 cutscenes, 40 vignettes, and 6,000 fully-dubbed lines.

“I want adventurers to experience the Korean medieval era, its architecture, clothing, mythology, and joys and sorrows of life,” said Jaehee Kim, Executive Producer of Black Desert Online. “We felt that new adventures in a new region should not be the same as existing regions. You will now be able to enjoy each story with a sense of immersion, similar to reading a fairy tale or novel.”


Hailing from the Land of the Morning Light, the original twin female classes, Woosa and Maegu, will see their new, evolved classes arrive very soon with new looks, skills, and fighting abilities. 

Woosa’s Awakening draws strength from the divine power from strange flowers in the afterlife. Using her hybrid combat style with focus on mid-range attacks, she uses spirits by employing a set of charms that Maegu uses as a main weapon. The arrival of Woosa Awakening is planned for next Wednesday, May 31.

As Maegu embarks on her Awakening quest, she gains profound insight into herself and re-learns to wield the fan, her sister’s main weapon. Maegu pierces through enemies with fiery attacks using her melee-heavy combat approach. Maegu’s class Awakening will arrive in June.


Land of the Morning Light’s formidable bosses were created using various references to Korean folklore and legends. Each boss possesses one of three attributes: Sun, Moon, or Earth, that affect their AP and DP. 

As players progress, they’ll obtain "Light Orbs" in limited quantities. Light Orbs are like points that enable players to enhance the Sun, Moon, or Earth attributes and deal more damage to the bosses and reduce the damage received. Pearl Abyss’ team has quietly developed a brand new boss, a monster called Imoogi, available globally on June 14.

Global players also will discover a new challenging mode called Black Desert Boss Blitz, where players can choose the boss they want to defeat at customized difficult levels, ranging from “Calamity” Level 1 to 10. Once players defeat bosses, players can compete with others to enter into a ranking system for bragging rights. Top scores are based on the speed with which players defeat bosses, and are categorized on the various character classes. 


The highly anticipated new gear, “Dahn’s Gloves,” was revealed through the video. This gear comes in two versions: damage reduction and evasion. Upon defeating the ferocious bosses, Dahn’s Gloves can be obtained by a low chance loot drop. It can also be crafted by materials such as the “Flame of Hongik,” which is also dropped by the bosses or crafted using “Crystallized Despairs” in Elvia Calpheon. 

“Belt of Taebaek" comes with a special option that activates new skills immediately upon equipping it. As players defeat bosses, there is a small yet certain probability that they’ll obtain special loot called the "Jewel of Illusion." The eagerly anticipated "Deboreka Earring" not only possesses its own inherent attributes, but it plays a role in activating the Deboreka 3-Set Effect. 


As the new expansion inherits many aspects from the last dynastic kingdom of Korea, Joseon, Adventurers can experience unique housings. This includes, “Shimhyangje,” a spacious manor with rooms for decorations with new traditional furniture.

Players can also construct a new ship, the Panokseon. This ship may appear to be primarily used for combat, as evident from its exterior design, but its true charm lies in the flexibility of the ship's performance as it is able to hold quite a large crew.


Capitalizing on the upcoming new content, Pearl Abyss wasted no time giving players reasons to jump into Black Desert Online, announcing a new Summer Season. Adventurers can already create seasonal characters and complete challenges throughout the season to obtain the “8th Gen Female Horse” and quickly attempt Course awakening to acquire a “Dream Horse”. The Dream Horse enables players to travel the vast world of Black Desert efficiently.

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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Black Desert Online is currently available PC, as well as PS4 and Xbox One (titled Black Desert). Also compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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