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MMORPG 'Black Desert' beta now live on Xbox One

Black Desert is a third-person action game by Korean developer Pearl Abyss. The title can be classified as a sandbox-oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) which offers players unprecedented freedom. You need to love exploration and be able to engage challenging enemies in a heartbeat if you want to succeed.

The game takes place in a fantasy setting and revolves around the conflict between the rival nations of Calpheon and Valencia. Black stones are a precious commodity and Calpheon doesn't have any way of mining them due to its geographical location. This causes the desperate nation to launch raids into other territories, particularly Valencia, which holds the vast Black Desert with a near-infinite amount of stones.

At E3 2017, Microsoft announced that the game would be launching on Xbox One in 2018. While we still don't have a concrete release date, the developer did provide some details about the console version. A beta is also available on Xbox One until November 12, 2018. You can download it by searching "Black Desert Beta" on your console. The download is quite large so be sure you give it enough time.

Black Desert is supposedly targeting native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. Since Black Desert appears to be a graphically-intensive experience, hopefully Pearl Abyss will utilize a dynamic rendering solution which automatically lowers the resolution when it senses a dip in performance. However, maybe the team will come up with another way to get better results in populated areas.

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3 Comments
  • Been a long time coming. Hopefully the microtransactions are less predatory than the PC version.
  • Doesn't appear to be available in the UK on Xbox mores the pity. I would have liked to try the game out first before I purchase.
  • Wozza59 if I’m not mistaken I think BDO will be free to play on xb1. So hopefully you won’t be having to make a blind purchase at full release. 😊