Last month, fans and players from all across the globe had a chance to vote on the Global Top 10 designs for Black Desert Online‘s Costume Design Contest. The top #1 spot is claimed by an entry from Thailand called “JUNGLE TERROR” for the Berserker character.
The artist behind the entry will be receiving the grand-prize of $10,000 USD. Their design will also be made into an actual in-game costume in the Black Desert universe in the future. Of course, the developers will not take the exact design of the winning artist and make alterations to fit Black Desert’s aesthetics.
Phoenix Labs announced that Dauntless, the upcoming multiplayer co-op monster hunting game will head into open beta on May 24th of this year. The Vancouver based indie developer has got their hands full at the moment showcasing Dauntless to gamers in Boston for PAX East 2018.
The studio states that over 100,000 players have already participated in the game’s closed beta and an additional 700,000 players are pre-registered in preparation for the open beta. The game’s open beta was previously expected to come in the later part of 2017, so it’s had time to build up a nice list of players excited to slice tails off of giant lizard beasts.
Laila the Fairy is coming to the Western version of Black Desert Online very soon after this week’s maintenance! The Fairy System is an assistance-based companion system that players will be able to obtain by completing a recurring quest. They can provide a variety of useful skills for traversing the world such as their ability to light dark areas as a functional lantern, auto-purification of water consumption, instant resurrection of a player without penalties and automatically using a potion on a character when HP is low.
Laila has 4 tiers and after every 10 levels, she gains a random new skill. To level her up, players must feed her equipment like Rocaba and Grunil or Sweet Honey Wine.
Intrepid Studio’s Ashes of Creation shared a showcase video of the guided gameplay that players at PAX East 2018 are able to experience. This time, the developers have control of the five characters in the party. Watch Steven Sharif, Intrepid Studios’ CEO and Creative Director forget to take his quest and shoot ice bolts at decaying monsters.
Perhaps the most criticized issue that can be found in Tree of Savior is the often times frustrating client optimization that causes drastic and dreadful lag issues and dropped frame rates. In the game’s latest Developer’s Blog, the staff presented the results of their Client Performance Optimization efforts so far.
They recorded densely populated maps in three different variations comparing before and after the Client Performance Optimization patch. The difference is almost night and day.
ArtCraft is showing off lots of new exciting features and content for Crowfall focused on exploring the newly finished map, Wrath. Wrath’s landscape is diverse and is the first map to feature new PvE areas called “Adventure Zones” like the Spider Canyon where players can hunt giant spiders and face a world boss for valuable loot.
A new system for player death and recovery was put in place. If a vessel’s health reaches zero, it is knocked unconscious. Players can be resurrected by a Cleric, Druid or Templar or be finished off with a killing blow.
The Korean version of Closers has just revealed several exciting news coming to the game in the summer and beyond. Keep in mind that while En Masse’s English version is releasing characters at a good pace with Tina’s release only three days ago, the original Korean version is still more than half a dozen characters ahead with even more coming soon. This is very exciting news and gives Western players even more to look forward to.
Upcoming 14th Character
Closers (KR) as of now has 13 characters and Nexon has revealed that the 14th addition to the roster will be released in July! The class name will be Mystic, but a character name has not been revealed yet. Based on the silhouette below, it’s highly likely that the character is a girl. However I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s certain since there are existing characters that would be very difficult to label with only a silhouette like Misteltein.
Likely in response to the massive player protests from the North American region that occurred several days ago in regards to server instability and constant lag issues, Black Desert Online will be switching service providers towards the end of April. Will this finally calm the masses and ease the tension building up within the Black Desert community? Only time will tell.
The North American servers will be taken down to initiate the migration process to the new Service Provider and the NA servers will also be utilizing Level 3 Communications as the primary carrier. Two other carriers will be working alongside them to support network stability. All of this comes with Database server upgrades for improved performance.