This is not a review of the new MMO "BLACK DESERT" it is literally my first thoughts on it.
I shall be writing about it regularly, probably just expanding this page most of the time, in a sort of Blog, and giving my impressions as well as adding or removing screenshots.
Black Desert Online Sells 400.000 Copies in its First Month
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 5, 2016/ Daum Games today announced that Black Desert Online has sold 400.000 copies in its first month on the European and North American markets. Black Desert Online is expected to become one of Korea's most successful games in the West as it is drawing exceptionally favorable early responses with its new player base.
"Considering the upward trend, I expect that the game will achieve over one million sales this year. What’s impressive is these figures far exceed those in the domestic market," Daum Games Europe CEO Min Kim said in an interview in Seoul, last Wednesday.
Daum Games attributes much of the success to adopting a premium business model for Western audiences as opposed to the free-to-play model used in Korea. After purchasing the game once, players have access to all content updates for free as they become available. Daum Games is planning to catch up on the Korean service by delivering near-monthly content updates for European and North American players to enjoy.
Furthermore, Black Desert Online’s cash shop is also performing extremely well. "A game with a buy-to-play business model normally has a much lower conversion rate for paid in-game items compared to free-to-play games," explains Kim. "But Black Desert Online is recording a much higher pay ratio than the average 11 percent normally seen in free-to-play games."
Black Desert Online now boasts an average of 100.000 concurrent users.
So here goes. Impression the First.
It is not an MMO in the way WORLD of WARCRAFT or STAR WARS are, it is more like DIABLO III; a sort of open ended arcade action-adventure. It has MMO simularities where you create and build your character, find items and equipment on the bodies of falled adversaries, collect resources, craft various things, buy & sell at shops or auction and collect infinite Quests etc.
I approached it open-minded not knowing anything about it at all, no background history, no storyline, just downloaded, installed, created a character and began to play. It is easy to create a character, there are options to change face, hair (style & colour), clothes, horoscope etc but there aren't as many (thank goodness) as there are in some MMOs.