Long Awaited Lahn Arrives in Black Desert Online with 50% off Deal
Counter-Strike Online 10th Anniversary Awards Sketch
New Lahn class coming to Black Desert Online on May 23
En Masse Reveals Upcoming Rollout of Content Updates for TERA
Smash-Hit Action MMO TERA Delivers New Content Two Weeks After Launch
Final Winner of the 2018 Black Desert Global Costume Design Contest Revealed
Black Desert Online becomes more Magical with the Addition of Fairies
Neon District Partners With Pineapple Fund and Atari Movie to Launch Pineapple Arcade
Rabam’s Enlightenment and Team Battle coming to Black Desert Online this week
The ‘Tina vs Harpy’ Event is Now Live in Closers
Choose the Next Wolf Dog Character in Closers
En Masse Entertainment announced today that their upcoming community event, ‘Tina Versus Harpy’ will run from March 6 through March 14. Players who participate in this event will have a direct impact on the next character that joins the Closers team. By crafting a special in-game Tina or Harpy token item, players will cast their vote for which unreleased Closers character they want to come out next: the marksman-specialist Tina or the kinetic explosive cards of Harpy! To cast your vote during this community event, players use Wolf Dog Cookies to craft either a Tina or a Harpy support box that is worth one vote. You can earn the materials to craft Tina or Harpy support boxes the following ways: stage clears, PvP wins, and Daily Login Rewards. In addition to vote tokens, players can also craft either an 8-Bit Tina or Harpy mask to show their support for their favorite character! Voting closes on Wednesday, March 14, at midnight UTC. The results of the community event will be revealed on March 15 and and the chosen character will be available in-game on April 3.
Black Desert Online Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games are excited to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of their critically acclaimed MMORPG Black Desert Online that took the world by storm with its beautifully designed open world, unprecedented detailed character creator and its real-time action-based combat. Black Desert Online not only rejuvenated the genre, but also pushed the technical limits on what is possible within modern day MMORPGs. Since its launch, Black Desert Online managed to attract over 3 million players and became a massive success in North America and Europe. The MMO managed to captivate a highly dedicated community with unique gameplay, innovative game systems and overall depth. Minsung Kim, CEO at Kakao Games Europe B.V. said: “We feel honored to have achieved this incredible success and would like to thank our community for their continued feedback, support, and enthusiasm. Our partners at Pearl Abyss are hard at work to add even more exciting content in the coming months and we can’t wait for it to come to our service.” Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss celebrate the 2nd anniversary with an infographic that details two years worth of in-game data such as cumulative playtime, quest completions and the number of times players died. Additionally, a new trailer has been released commemorating Black Desert Online’s best features. In-game, players can look forward to the recently announced Absolute Skills for all classes, a new improved UI system and 3D mini-map and there will be a token of appreciation in the form of an Appreciation Gift from which players can obtain highly sought Boss Gears and Weapons. New players are also eligible if they create a free trial account and complete the tutorial before the next scheduled maintenance which takes place on the 7th of March. The Appreciation Gift will be distributed via in-game mail. Adventurers will also be able to obtain rare Accessories through in-game events, along with special gifts for rookie and returning adventurers. Spanish players will be excited that the game has been updated with Spanish localization.
Closers new Playable Anti-Hero NATA Available Now
Coming off a very successful launch of the online beat ‘em up RPG, Closers, En Masse Entertainment begins their dedicated plan of new major monthly updates with the release of the first new playable character - the spinning blades of Nata. As part of a special rogue Closers group, the Wolfdogs, Nata was drafted against his will and channels his anger on the battlefield! Wielding dual curved blades, Nata slices through enemies with deadly spinning attacks and can release an explosive column of energy rivaling the power of any Closers from the Black Lambs. Download image and special animated gif assets of Nata HERE: spaces.hightail.com/space/GrcE2c5Bnw In addition to free DLC updates every month, unique Closers community events will be taking place, including the upcoming “Tina vs Harpy” community contest where Closers players will be able to choose the next character to be added to the Closers roster! More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks. Lastly, Closers players are encouraged to check out the En Masse Store daily deals for special discounted and free in-game items that will improve item crafting results, modify abilities, and more. Be sure to check back every day as new items are restocked that will greatly help against the alien invasion! Closers is a multiplayer online action RPG (MOARPG) beat-em-up in which players take the role of one of the “Closers,” a group of psychic teenagers chosen by the world government to stop an alien invasion by defeating hordes of lethal monsters and closing interdimensional gates to thwart the invaders and their evil incursion. Fast, intense, and eye-poppingly beautiful, the game masterfully combines the frenetic action of old school arcade 2D beat ‘em ups with the engaging combo mechanics of fighting games, and the vivid art style and drama of an episodic anime.
Black Desert Online Adds Absolute Skills For All Classes
Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced that the long-awaited Absolute Skills (Jin: the Pinnacle of Main Weapon Skills) will be added to Black Desert Online with next week’s maintenance, right in time for the game’s second anniversary and celebratory events that kick off on the 28th of February. Over the last two years, all 15 available classes received the first awakening weapon that provided Black Desert Online players with a whole new way to play their characters. It unlocked new powerful combos, fighting styles and tactical advantages that made each class more diverse, but it also meant that many players diverted away from their main weapon skills. To rival the awakening weapons, Pearl Abyss has developed the Absolute Skills which balances the original main weapon with regards to damage output, giving players unprecedented freedom and a huge array of combat tactics to overcome even the toughest challenge. The Absolute Skills will be available for characters of level 56 and above. Seasoned Black Desert Online players will be pleased to know that all 15 classes will be updated at the same time, along with Pearl Shop sales for all Classic Outfit sets.
Unravel The Station’s Sci-Fi Mystery Today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
The Station, a first-person sci-fi mystery adventure, launches today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux. Development was spearheaded by Dave Fracchia, the former Studio Head at Activision subsidiary Radical Entertainment, Les Nelkin the designer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and BioShock Infinite as well as League of Legends composer Duncan Watt. When a sentient alien race is discovered across the galaxy, a team of researchers board a cloaked research vessel to investigate. Weighing whether to make contact with their subjects, who are embroiled in a constant state of civil war, the crew observes the extraterrestrial civilization from orbit. Then disaster strikes. The ship’s stealth systems falter and all communications go silent. Was the station attacked? Are the dangerous denizens of the planet below responsible? Players embark on a solo reconnaissance mission to board the powerless vessel, discover what happened to the ship, and the location of the missing scientists. Through intuitive problem solving, the ship’s core systems can be restored. Clues hinting to the crew’s whereabouts are uncovered using the game’s distinctive in-game augmented reality interface, which converts conversations, clues, and more into digital representations. The Station’s “progressive sci-fi” theme represents an optimistic future where space travel and the natural curiosity inherent to the stars is celebrated. An ambient soundtrack underlines the optimism with darker undercurrent. Space has the potential to bring worlds together, but it’s also the cold, isolating distance between them. Players will discover the dangers and delights such voyages can bring. “How would we react if we finally discovered intelligent beings in space, and they were warmongers?” said Dave Fracchia, executive producer, The Station. “We can’t wait for players to explore this conundrum in The Station, and to truly ponder what it would mean to find out that we are not alone.” The Station is out now in English for $14.99 via the PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam stores.
Steam Lunar Sales and PVP Arsha Server Available in Black Desert Online
Kakao Games is excited to announce that it is featured during this weekend’s Steam Lunar New Year Sale. Adventurers can save 50% on Black Desert Online as well as on its premium DLC packages. The same promotion is also available on blackdesertonline.com. The Lunar New Year Sale starts today up until the 19th of February at 18:00 UTC. - New PVP Arsha Server To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss have prepared a whole new PvP “Arsha” server to specifically cater for the competitive player. The server will be added on the 21st of February after the regularly scheduled maintenance cycle. Eager combatants will be pleased to know that the PVP (Player vs Player) balance on the Arsha server will be adjusted to incentivize players to engage each other in combat and to provide for more spectacular clashes. All characters will have stronger PvP defense ability and will be immune to Crowd Control skills for a certain amount of time if they have been hit by CC attacks three times (such as Knockdown, Bound, Floating, Stun, Grapple) allowing for dynamic counter-attacks. Players do not have to worry about karma loss in the Arsha server, but if their character has built up negative karma in other servers, this will carry over. All PvE monsters with the exception of Field and World bosses will be present and can be slain to regain your karma.
The Forbidden Arts Immolates PC Early Access Today
The Forbidden Arts, an action adventure platformer, has been summoned onto Steam Early Access. Wizards who prefer to work their magic on consoles can look forward to Q1 2019 when Stingbot Games brings their title to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One simultaneously alongside the complete PC launch. Phoenix, a young man with newfound pyromancy abilities, sets out to protect the world of Chora from a looming evil. By joining forces with other valiant souls he can confront the evil necromancer Voltaire and his horde of undead. To overcome the enemies that stand in his way, Phoenix will channel his inner flame - launching fireballs, conjuring elemental shields, and propelling himself into the air in this epic adventure full of action, suspense, and comedy. Quests, puzzles, mini-games, and long-forgotten secrets await Phoenix and his companions on their travels through Chora. This magical realm delicately combines western and eastern cultures, given life by a vibrant and colorful art style, with an acoustic guitar soundtrack. "Chora is a magical world full of mystery and wonder, with many more surprises on the way," says Sterling Selover, founder and visionary, Stingbot Games. "Our Early Access players will help us shape Phoenix's journey and strengthen him for the challenges ahead." The Forbidden Arts is currently available for $9.99 USD in English. Other localizations will come during the full launch next year. New content will be added regularly, with the first major update due out in the next few weeks. The price of The Forbidden Arts will rise as it approaches release, but early adopters will receive all added content at no extra cost.
Joint Interview on Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival and Expansion Pack
In the afternoon of October 19, a joint interview about a role-playing online game 'Final Fantasy XIV', developed by Square Enix and serviced by Identity Entertainment, was held at the Identity Entertainment headquarters located in Seocho-gu, Seoul. Before 'Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2017 Seoul', which will be held on 21th, and an update of 'Stormblood', which is an expansion pack to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy franchise, the interview was prepared for introducing stories about the contents of the event and update. Therefore, Acrofan met with Naoki Yoshida, producer and director of Square Enix, to hear about the fan festival and expansion pack. ▲ A joint interview about Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival and expansion pack was held. Q1. What do you feel about the first 'Fan Festival' being held in Korea?' After the 'Fan Festival' was held in Shanghai in August for Chinese users who are servicing through local publishers as in korea, Korean fans and Identity Entertainment are constantly sending their opinions that they want to hold 'Fan Festival' in Korea. Since it is difficult for a single game to conduct a festival independently, I was careful enough to check intention to hold a number of times. However, the will was so passionate that we finally decided to hold a fan festival in Korea and helped with especial vigor. I heard that the site entrance ticket was sold out very quickly, so I think that the users' enthusiasm is hot. I am very much looking forward to it personally. Q2. What kinds of events will be held in this 'Fan Festival'? In this 'Fan Festival', we will have time to introduce the content of expansion pack 'Stormblood', which will be added to Korean server soon. The members of the development team in Japan will also attend to give a talk about development stories after summarizing questions of the story, world view setting, etc. There will also be on-site Q&A, character cosplay and competition using in-game PvP content 'The Feast'. At the finale of the event, performances of ‘The Primals’, which is a rock band decided by Masayoshi Soken, sound director of 'Final Fantasy XIV', will be held. Since most members are made up of professional artists, it will be possible to enjoy high-quality performances. Q3. It was reported that 'Final Fantasy XIV' was the first MMORPG to approach the number of users of Blizzard 'World of Warcraft (WOW)'. What do you think was the reason for this steady growth? We have been preparing "Stormblood" based on know-how and experience to progress service for a long time, but I honestly thought, "Isn't it a limit to the recruitment of new gamers?". However, after the service of "Stormblood", many return users and new users participated in the game and recorded the highest number of users. Personally, I was very surprised. So when we think about why most users have come with this expansion pack, we concluded that we have been developing "contents for gamers" that we consider to be more important than specific factors. It is true that the current MMORPG genre is in a slump, but Final Fantasy XIV progresses a major patch every three months and releases its expansion pack every two years, and we got a good response from users and media. This continuance of positive feedback has become a factor to absorb new users, and marketing and PR, which focused on this, seemed to have played a significant role. I think that it will be able to grow even more if the content that can be enjoyed only in 'Final Fantasy XIV' in the future increases. Q4. Introduce about a new expansion pack, "Stormblood". "Stormblood" is released on a global server in June, and it has a tremendous story that is the most popular among 'Final Fantasy XIV' expansion packs. As it is getting positive response from overseas users and media people, we hope that users in Korea will have a lot of feedback. In addition, two new characters are added, one for Samurai and the other for Red Mage. ▲ Yoshida Naoki, producer and director of 'Final Fantasy XIV' Q5. What are the characteristics of the new job, Samurai? The samurai is a close ranged dealer, a style similar to Monk. It uses various combo attacks using sword. The method of giving damage is to combine three kinds of status, 'Sen', depending on situations, and it can give a lot of damage by filling the gauge of the ‘kenki’ and releasing it. Also, when filling this gauge completely, it allows a user to use the special skill, and the important thing is when the user uses the skill while accumulating combos. Another feature is that Samurai is a pure dealer with no skills to support other members of the party, so the operational skill of each user plays an important role. In addition to this, we have also paid much attention to the sound and effects of swinging and cutting with the sword. Q6. What are the characteristics of Red Mage? In the 'Final Fantasy' series, it is a very classic job with more demanding than Samurai all over the globe. The image of the basic Red Mage is a so-called hybrid job with using techniques of white mage and black mage as well as making physical attack by using rapier, so there was a lot of worries in the development stage. If the game was a regular packaged game, we could make the character strong as much as we want, but in online game, balance with other jobs should be considered, so it is hard to make it very strong or weak. In addition, the reason why hybrid jobs in the existing online games are poor is that it is not well balanced. In the meantime, the battle system team made a key suggestion, 'fight against black mana and white mana', which seems to be hybrid since it uses several magic. However, in an actual operation, it can be operated as a pure caster. Thanks to that, Red Mage, the character that we worried about putting in the game until the last minute, is applied to the game. Currently, the dealer's DPS (damage per second) is the highest, and for this reason, the black mage masters have been complaining that "give us resurrection skill like those red ones!". Q7. Are there any plans for an onion knight to be introduced by event or other means? The onion knight is a transcendent job, and it is the highest profession among the hidden professions. I do not think about putting it because the balance of the game will be completely shaken when I put this onion knight. However, I am always thinking about ways to increase the number of new gamers, so I would like to say that I have plans to surprise gamers in the future.
STUDIO WILDCARD LAUNCHES “ABERRATION” EXPANSION PACK FOR ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED
The world of ARK: Survival Evolved just became far larger today as the game’s second expansion pack “Aberration” has gone live. Set in elaborate underground caves, where players must hide from dangerously intense sun that has turned the ARK's surface into an irradiated hellscape, ARK: Aberration contains a new storyline to explore, dozens of new creatures to tame and more than 50 new items to craft. Waking up on ‘Aberration’ - a derelict, malfunctioning ARK featuring an elaborate underground biome system filled with new challenges unlike those found on prior ARK maps. Extreme radioactive sunlight, earthquakes, and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, fantastical creatures like the Rock Drake and Basilisk, and more await survivors throughout these vast caverns. Beware the ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids, which have evolved into vicious light-hating creatures, and the Reapers, massive alien monstrosities which can impregnate foes to spawn their offspring! Aberration is free to ARK season pass owners and $19.99 USD standalone on Xbox One, PS4 and PC/Steam.
Space Wars: Interstellar Empires Now Available via Steam Early Access
Space Wars: Interstellar Empires, the free-to-play turn-based strategy MMO from Desert Owl Games, is out now for PC and Mac via Steam Early Access. Melding the turn-based combat with the real-time interstellar travel, Space Wars allows players to take part in a raging battle between four great space empires vying for galactic domination. Wage war in one of more than 250 distinctive ships by managing a diverse crew, balancing power the vessel's systems (propulsion, weapons, sensors, and shields), and choosing the correct moment to use powerful special abilities in a persistent universe supporting thousands of players and up to 40-player skirmishes. "We're excited to finally welcome players into the Space Wars: Interstellar Empires universe with today's Steam Early Access release," said the title's producer and creator Hooman Simyar. "Realizing this project has been a dream come true and we look forward to bringing it to even greater heights with our community as we continue to develop new campaigns and features." Accompanied by a short novel, the first two parts of which are currently available, Space Wars features the first of several massive and engaging galactic campaigns currently in development. Written by Simyar and narrated and illustrated by the team at Desert Owl, Space Wars will allow players near limitless choice towards how their faction with conquer the universe while providing a rich and astonishingly polished overarching storyline to its initial campaign. As additional features and campaigns are developed, players will have hundreds of ships to choose from, additional in-game tactical features, and new playable factions to align with.
Legrand Legacy Journeys to PC on 24 Jan
Legrand Legacy, the nostalgic love letter to classic JRPGs from publisher Another Indie and developer SEMISOFT, will arrive on Steam for Windows on 24 January, 2018. Legrand Legacy will release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q1 2019. In the war-torn land of Legrand, a slave named Finn will rise from humble roots to possibly becoming a savior. After Finn exhibits powers beyond his control in the gladiator arena, an old man buys his freedom. Together they journey to save the man's daughter, which leads them to a prophecy and a greater quest: to save Legrand from the second coming of a conflict that nearly destroyed the world in times long past. Despite the looming darkness, Legrand is a thriving realm depicted in an art style delicately balancing eastern and western oil paintings. As Finn explores the beautiful world of Legrand he will learn the backstories of allies, uncover side quests, go fishing, and engage in fencing competitions in addition to intense hack and slash battles. Exploiting enemies' weaknesses and unleashing powerful attacks is key for victory. Craft weapons and unlock new magic abilities as the enemies become fiercer. When the stakes are at their highest, take to the battlefield with an army and conquer foes in tactical warfare. By recruiting citizens of Legrand to join his party, Finn can upgrade his headquarters, Dumville Castle. As his party expands, Finn gains the services of blacksmiths, shopkeepers, and others that aid his journey. Can Finn and his companions gather the strength they'll need before the world falls to its impending doom? "Legrand Legacy is packed with callbacks to classic JRPGs, from the modern take on original PlayStation style graphics to music, gameplay and mini-games," says Iain Garner, Director of Developer Relations, Another Indie. "Most importantly, the story is the kind of epic RPG fans crave." Legrand Legacy will be available on PC via Steam for $24.99 USD. It will have language support for English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and Russian. The game was successfully Kickstarted by 1,000 backers on 18 January, 2017, surpassing its goal of £40,000 (more than $53,000 USD).
Pearl Abyss Reveals Upcoming Black Desert Online Improvements, New Class and Region
During the FESTA event, held in South Korea last weekend, Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have revealed their roadmap for Black Desert Online. Aside from the main announcements, a keynote session was held with JaeHee Kim, the Executive Producer of Black Desert Online who spoke about the current development challenges, planned improvements, and future ideas. - New class Lahn Kim announced a new female martial arts class for Black Desert Online. Her name is Lahn and she uses a unique crescent scythe with deadly flair and carries a short sword in the off-hand. Aside from her combat abilities, she can dash through the air with incredible speed. Watch the Lahn class teaser trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yPBlqqIVDGw - Client/UI improvements Kim and his team have successfully reduced Black Desert Online’s client size from 51 GB to 27 GB and streamlined it to increase performance, with higher FPS possible depending on hardware. These improvements will be implemented starting this week and will be finalized by Dec. 13th. Black Desert Online’s UI is also receiving a makeover that lets players decide how much information is displayed on screen. In Action mode, only UI elements that are connected with combat (HP, quick slots, buff/debuff icons, etc.) are visible. In addition, Pearl Abyss is working on a 3D mini-map that not only highlights points of interest but also shows elevations in the landscape. - Better quests, life skilling and tutorials Many improvements will be implemented in Black Desert Online in the near future. Existing content will be enriched to make it more enjoyable. Players will be able to make money in the Red Battlefield and additional mini-games will be introduced to make material gathering more fun. Other measurements such as improvements to training levels and fail stacks for horse Awakening will be made to improve training of horses as well. When a player gets stuck in the middle of progress, they will be able to turn to tutorials to help them realize what they have to do next. The development of this feature is almost finished. The game’s tutorials and quest systems are receiving an overhaul. The tutorials will allow players to be better acquainted with the systems of the game. To revamp the quest system, a new feature called the ‘Story Book’ (name tentative) will be introduced. With the Story Book, players can make money by doing quests all day and these quests will be made a lot more enjoyable. Story Book will allow not only a silver bonus but also gives a Combat EXP Bonus and Skill EXP Bonus. - New Dreegan Region Dreegan is a new territory in Black Desert Online inhabited by ferocious dragons. Players will have to engage in a new form of party play in order to survive this inhospitable place. This new content is planned for early next year. - Conquest War Changes To make the conquest wars even more enjoyable, new rules and battle formats will be introduced. The Guild Battle will consist of three options: a 20 vs 20 players mode, a 5 vs 5 mode or an all-out model. A new feature is under development that allows induvidual players, who are not part of a guild, to participate in guild battles. More information about this system will be announced in the near future. - More Features/Improvements The standard main-weapon skills will increase in power to be on par with the current awakening-weapon skills, so players can choose the skills that serve them best. Known as Absolute skills, these will allow players to switch combat strategies on the fly, making for even more diverse and engaging combos and movesets. Pearl Abyss has announced they are working on an update to the skill customization system, where players can combine & fuse certain skills to create new ones. What's different with this announcement is that players will be able to fuse skills of their choice to create new skills instead of following the fusion formulas available. When this feature is fully available for all players is still unknown. A newly developed feature is the ‘Character Tag’ system which allows players to switch classes live without disconnecting from the game. For example, while you are leveling your Striker, you can switch to your alternate Ranger class to level at the exact same spot. The ‘tagged’ characters will share an emergency escape cooldown and there will be a brief loading screen. This brand new system will be introduced in South Korea next week. Another new feature in development is the ‘Gear Imprint System’. Players can attach their Family Name to weapons and armor. Kim also hopes developer-player relations will be improved by delivering more detailed patch notes, this will be achieved by communicating with the community more often about future updates and current topics. In his announcement, Kim also mentioned that all worldwide Black Desert Online players will receive a free maid of choice in December after fulfilling a special Black Spirit quest, available to characters that are level 50 or above.
Rocwise First Game Available On Steam Now
Istanbul based independent game development studio Rocwise Entertainment's first game Soldiers of The Universe (SOTU) has launched on Steam. Inspired by the Turkey's ongoing war on terror in the middle east, SOTU bears the importance of being the first story-driven FPS game made in Turkey. With a storyline focused on current real world problems, SOTU turns heads not just in the local region but in the worldwide as well. SOTU's story revolves around "Hakan Kahraman". The Republic of Turkey has a secret organization called "Akinci Warriors" who specializes in secret military operations. Our hero Hakan takes over his father Selim Kahraman’s place as "The Toyga" of Akinci Warriors. He will lead military operations to take his father’s revenge and he will fight against the enemies of the state. Having trained in military and various branches of science for many years Hakan will be fighting a relentless struggle against terrorists along with three other heroes that joined to his side. After meeting Mr. Barbaros and Akinci warriors, a lot will change in Hakan's life. He will learn what "patriotism" really means and he will understand the importance of fighting for his own country but not for his personal devils. REAL WAR ON TERROR Rocwise Team says "We are very proud of our achievements with the development of Soldiers of The Universe. Through the early access period of our game, we worked closely with our community to further refine the game. With our latest update, we added 4 player co-op system and a new operation map to the game. We're taking every little feedback into account and still working day and night to make the game better. But, raising awarness to the terror problem in the middle east and all around the world is our priority. We wish for a terror free world for all, and we want these topics to stay just as a video game." You can buy and download Soldiers of The Universe from Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/640050/Soldiers_of_the_Universe/ For more info on Rocwise Entertainment: http://www.rocwise.com/
Mystic Class Coming to Black Desert Online on December 13th
Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss today have announced that the brand new Mystic class will be added to Black Desert Online’s character roster on the 13th of December. Adventurers will be able to customize their Mystic in advance with Black Desert Online’s famed character creator on the 6th of December. All users participating in the pre-customization event will receive Horse Flute (7 Days), Blessing of Kamasylve (1 Day), and a Gold Bar 100G. Also, an additional character slot will be made available in the loyalty shop (1 Loyalty) for everyone to try out this exciting new class. With her addition, Black Desert Online will boast 15 unique classes, each with their own special abilities, combat style and character. To celebrate the announcement, Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss have revealed a new trailer that showcases Mystic’s amazing martial arts and highlights her agile moves.
Black Desert Online celebrates Thanksgiving with Black Friday Sales and in-game events
Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games kick off their Thanksgiving celebrations with the Black Friday sales period on both blackdesertonline.com and Steam. Two special deals will be available starting on November 22, that will excite both new and existing members of the Black Desert Online community. Additionally, players can look forward to this week’s Thanksgiving-themed events in which they can earn epic loot. New players joining the Black Desert Online community today save 50% on their investment and are instantly ready to delve into the critically acclaimed MMORPG that has already captured the imagination of millions of fans around the globe. Opening the biggest sale of the year so far, existing and new members can enjoy in-game discounts starting with the PEARLfect Deals offering popular items at only 10 Pearls. The Closeout Deals allow players to save 30% on items that leave the cash shop after the end of this sale. Finally, the Weeklong Deals will offer players up to 40% off on selected items during the entire sale period. Both the package deals and the in-game pearl shop sales begin, November 22, 2017, after maintenance and ending on December 4, 2017 at 08:59 a.m. UTC. The festivities continue with Pearl Abyss adding the highly requested 5th pet slot which allows players to loot more effectively. This feature will be updated after today’s maintenance. Additionally, adventurers can look forward to the return of King Targargo, a special Thanksgiving boss. By defeating this reward-stuffed turkey and by participating in the Turkey on the Table event, players can earn amazing items. Furthermore, NPC Patrigio has started his Discreet Discount sales, so players are invited to check out his wares. For more information on the events, please check the dedicated page on blackdesertonline.com
Episode Three of Batman: The Enemy Within Now Available for Download on All Platforms
Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, alongside DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today premiered episode three of Batman: The Enemy Within, a five-part game series that continues Telltale's unique take on the World's Greatest Detective. After an unexpected reunion, Bruce finds his attention (and his loyalties) stretched in yet another direction. Now, in addition to brokering a power struggle between Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller, Bruce must balance romantic entanglements with his mission to infiltrate the Pact. As he plunges deeper into the criminal underworld, the villains' plan starts to come into focus, but will his deceptions take a dire toll? Episode three, 'Fractured Mask,' is now available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and mobile. A special Batman: The Enemy Within Season Pass Disc for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is also available at retailers across North America and Europe. The disc includes the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released. Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale's vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who reprises his fresh take on 'John Doe,' better known to fans as The Joker. This new season is intended to be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players' choices from the first season of Batman - The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season also includes Telltale's unique multiplayer 'Crowd Play' feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an online connection. Batman: The Enemy Within is a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman - The Telltale Series. Both products are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC's iconic character. Episode three, 'Fractured Mask,' has been rated 'Teen' by the ESRB.
KAKAO GAMES TO PUBLISH NEW BLUEHOLE MMORPG ASCENT: INFINITE REALM IN THE WEST
Today, Kakao Games has announced that it will be publishing the new MMORPG Ascent: Infinite Realm, or A:IR, in Western territories. This upcoming MMORPG for PC is being developed by Bluehole, a leading South Korean studio known for the highly successful Tera and their recent blockbuster hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. A:IR was unveiled during today’s G-Star Bluehole media showcase in Busan, South Korea. The media briefing showcased A:IR’s open world―marrying a steampunk setting with high fantasy magical elements―as well as the Realm vs Realm (RvR) aerial combat feature that pits all kinds of fantastical ships against one another. A:IR will be playable at the Bluehole booth (A04) during the G-Star exhibition, held at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO). Watch today’s new trailer for a first ever look at A:IR’s gameplay and features: https://youtu.be/uvZo59uhz5E Kakao Games expects to prepare a first Beta test for Ascent: Infinite Realm in the first half of 2018. Initially, Kakao Games intends to localize the game in English, German, and French. Minsung Kim, CEO of Kakao Games Europe, said: “All of us at Kakao Games are very proud to be able to work with the remarkable talent at Bluehole and bring their new AAA MMORPG to Western audiences. We are confident that we can localize their creative vision effectively and help make A:IR into a massive global success.” ABOUT ASCENT: INFINITE REALM (A:IR) Ascent: Infinite Realm takes place in a high fantasy steampunk world where machines and magic rule and everyone is dependent on flight to explore, travel, and conquer. In search of a new home, adventurers take to the skies using a wide selection of airships, vehicles, and flying mounts to traverse A:IR’s open, highly vertical world. REALM VS REALM COMBAT Vehicles and mounts in A:IR serve more than just the purpose of transportation; they will also provide adventurers with the ultimate battle experience: A:IR’s Realm vs Realm PvP mode. In RvR, factions fight for fame and glory, taking turns to lead offensive and defensive efforts using all kinds of fantastical flying vehicles. Players can also join the fight from the ground with mechs and the use of anti-air artillery to fight airborne threats―or initiate ground based aerial attacks depending on the map and strategy. Various strategic weapons such as cannons, mines and attack buffs are at each faction’s disposal to tip the balance in their favour. The combination of ground-based and aerial combat makes each fight strategically challenging and dynamic. KEEPING IT PERSONALIZED Most of A:IR’s content is highly customizable, allowing players to tailor detailed aspects of their play experience and unleash their creativity. An airship, for instance, can have its type, appearance, color, and performance modified. Players can even create their own quests, alter their hunting grounds, and change the difficulty when battling monsters in dungeons or hunting areas. KEY FEATURES Explore a beautifully designed high fantasy steampunk world Discover a fusion of classic MMORPG elements with multi-dimensional gameplay encompassing both land and sky Choose from five fully customizable classes Conquer the skies with A:IR’s Realm vs Realm mode and experience massive aerial battles For more information about A:IR, visit the new teaser website to sign up for the newsletter and get a chance to participate in future Beta tests. Follow A:IR on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.