In an interview with MMOSite at this year’s Chinajoy, developer Pearl Abysss confirmed Black Desert would conduct its first closed beta test for North American and European regions in early 2015. The news comes shortly after Pearl Abyss revealed Black Desert’s current Korean publisher, Daum Communications, would also handle publishing duties in the West.

While Daum is currently looking to hire gaming veterans from the west to help facilitate that, the publisher is also working with Pearl Abyss to kick off the third Korean Closed Beta test in September, before transitioning into Open Beta in November. When comparing the two localisations, Pearl Abyss stated Black Desert’s gameplay wouldn’t be altered much, as the studio believes the MMO’s medieval European setting is an ideal match for Western culture. However, Pearl Abyss said they may make changes based on player suggestions and demands.

We recently listed our top reasons why we’re excited and also cautiously optimistic about Black Desert’s release here in the West. What excites you the most about Black Desert?

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  1. Hrothgarz on December 17, 2014

    I see all of you are excited. But you filthy casuals shouldnt post unless you know what you are talking about and as of now know one knows since the game is in a very early stage. Dont post on here and go find a game to get you from casual level to hard core then come back and make an efficient experienced comment.

    • fudoido on March 21, 2015

      the “casuals” dont have the time to spend in a game like you “hardcore” without a life…. most casuals have family, jobs, study or other things in life that dont allow then to progress as fast as “hardcore”, wich dont have anything else to do rather than play a game.
      But does that mean casuals are forbiden to play a game? NO, so STFU and play your style and let others enjoy the game theyr way and theyr own pace, cause games are made for everyone, not only hardcore players.
      And when you get a FULL TIME REAL JOB, FAMILY TO CARE OF, CHILDREN and a real world life, then i want to see if you like others calling you “casual” as well.

  2. Sonic on December 3, 2014

    I really like the characters customization. They are really detailed, and I mean VERY! Who wouldnt love it? Characters customization is like one of the most important features in RPGs.
    Not sure about the gameplay though as I havent played it but I would like to and cant wait for it.
    I only hope and pray that it will not simply go down like Ragnarok, my fav. Korean made game.
    Meanwhile the haters who havent even played this game yet please keep on hating and tell us how much your pessimistic life sucks. kthxbai.

  3. Ginki on November 7, 2014

    early 2015 for EU/NA?wth are you guys smoking?Korean finished cbt 3 few days ago, and you expect english version in ealy 2015?anyways, BD will be released early 2016 most likely.they wanted late 2015, but early 2016 is more reasonable: bellow the 3rd picture is the question and answer about EU/NA release

  4. Xibyth on September 23, 2014

    Aside from the fact that WOW still looks like it could be run on an N64, has no dynamic weather system or enviormental effects, gameplay does not consist of spamming skills in proper order to win, requires no in combat skills or reflex, has extremely limited avatar customization making everyone look nearly the same, has dead locked spawn points and the enviorment and mobs never change, and was a clone of the Everquest franchise like nearly every MMO out there. I’m sure I didn’t mention some other major differences but it does not really matter, WOW is boring as hell.

    I’ve been playing MMORPGS since the beginning on Neverwinter Nights. That said saying they are all the same is essentially saying you don’t see the difference between a monkey and goorilla. Some are big, strong, fun, and interesting, and some are small, cliche, but everyone associates them with every other ape out there (or MMO if your having trouble keeping up with the metaphor).

    Personally, I’m excited to see what Black Desert is going to bring to the table in the future, and the last time that happened was with Tera. Sadley for Tera though, new content for the game was too class and race exclusive. It made alot of people angry, including myself (I don’t play female charicters and I’m not a furry, so your content does not apply to me).

  5. Scott Sigurbjartsson on August 17, 2014

    I like to wear women’s clothing. This game is the best game ever.

  6. MonokumaSensei on August 7, 2014

    region lock?

    • Ginki on November 7, 2014

      worse.Korean mmo.and as most of us know, Korean mmo’s require KSSN(korean id) and Korean phone to verify your registration.if you don’t have both of those 2, forget about playing

  7. game sucks on August 7, 2014

    this game blows i played beta holy crap terrible

    • neiana on August 10, 2014

      Are you thinking about Black Gold? This is a little different, no? Unless you happen to be Korean..

  8. MamaEu on August 7, 2014

    Bless Online > Black Desert … this game designed for Tera Orphans –‘ …. BTW go to play ArcheAge *–*

    • Sara on September 15, 2014

      Tab targetting is so old. Bless online is also clunky

    • persianbull on September 26, 2014

      Blessed online is as smooth as a rusty old tractor…. How can u possibly compare. Also I’m a tera orphan plz take me in!

  9. Maras on August 7, 2014

    i see that this game has a lot of potential speaking of sandbox but it wont kill wow and i personaly dont like to grind all day to get 1lvl and can loose that all if someone ganks me just dont like that the time i invest can go to waste me personaly il stick to archeage

    • Ginki on November 7, 2014

      its easy to lvl-up in BD.if you know what you’re doing and play hardcore, you can reach 50 in 2-3 days.and combat of BD and graphics are waaay better than Archage.combat of Archage target on 2014?from the new mmo its the only one that has tab target system.even Chinese mmo have non-target action combat.rolmao

  10. dawanted on August 7, 2014

    this game looks really awesome…i feel sad for games like ESO and WOW when this is coming for free…maybe many games will die just maybe.
    cant w8 to explore this world

    • Christopher on August 9, 2014

      Hopefully ESO will go free to play after they see the servers are dying out because of games like black desert and other better looking f2p mmos. And just use player created content and microtransactions as a source of money.

      • Ginki on November 7, 2014

        i wouldn’t play ESO even if it was f2p.played cbt and it was boring as hell.i bet that official with bots, etc is even worse experience.aside BD and Blade & Soul, even Skyforge is way more interesting to play

      • NobleNerd on December 30, 2014

        ESO hasn’t seemed to die, like many suggest. I was just logged in over the last 5 days and there was hundreds of people just in the first starting towns. Also ESO has one server.

        Black Desert looks interesting, but I think because of the ArcheAge burn many are very critical of Korean MMOs now. I will hold my criticism in reserve until I see more and get to play it a bit.

  11. FiveNine on August 6, 2014

    The game will be ruined by potion-spamming full loot pvp

    • Alkatraz on August 7, 2014

      1. it was beta problems
      2. PA already said they are working to solve this issue, they will make that you wont be able to use potions in pvp since than who have more potions wins or they do some alternative to “not using potions”

      • Gomez on August 9, 2014

        They’d better scrap the potion system. it is so 90’s. I don’t play games which need potions for healing or using mana

    • Ginki on November 7, 2014

      1min CD like in Blade & Soul and problem solved

  12. Green on August 6, 2014

    Dayum I have waited for this game so long , its awesome :D, an the guy that said wow clone go eat shit.

    • EpicTony on August 7, 2014

      wow clone!

      • Ginki on November 7, 2014

        go back in your den little troll infant, and when you become an adult troll you can come out and troll

  13. GMAlonzo on August 6, 2014

    This game is a wow clone.

    • Draconixz on January 1, 2015

      Lmao, no it isn’t it’s more like Arche age in some ways but it’s nothing like WoW, WoW is not a “Sandbox MMO” Nor is it “Open World” and it also isn’t “Cursor” Based combat, this game is a lot different and it’s going to be a lot better then WoW in ways.

    • Draconixz on January 1, 2015

      lmao, it is not a WoW clone. First of WoW isn’t a “Sandbox MMO” nor is it a “Aim and Shoot” Combat system. It is nothing like WoW and will be better then WoW in many ways.
      Don’t just say that it’s a WoW clone when it is not.

  14. finalllllllyyyyyyyyy on August 6, 2014

    Well at least this better than BnS….Finally!

  15. tickles on August 6, 2014

    And here I thought 10 years from now.

    What a mounted fool I was.