During a recent event held in South Korea, Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games revealed their roadmap for Black Desert Online. This roadmap includes a new class and region, planned improvements, future ideas, and more.
The developer revealed that Black Desert Online will soon receive a new female martial arts class. 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. In addition to the new class, a new region called Dreegan will also be introduced. 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.
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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.
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’, which allows players to attach their Family Name to weapons and armor.
Black Desert Online is available for PC, and will release next year for Xbox One.