Black Desert Online Open Beta is just around the corner and I have been receiving numerous questions about the current state of the game, how to get in beta, what are the requirements, and all that stuff! While I don't have the answer to every question, I will try my best to answer them all! Have a question? Feel free to ask me anything Black Desert Online related below or my Steparu Facebook Page.
NCSoft Korea is finally releasing the Warlock playable class for Blade & Soul Online on December 17th! Having played Blade & Soul for more than 2 years in various languages such as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. I am very much tempted to try out the upcoming class because B&S is one of my favorite all time MMORPG's in the past.
Hearing F2P makes players worry, but if I had to speculate the cash shop items was already present during the final test. A "special NPC" sold various items shown in the images below that was purchasable by in game currency and perhaps will become a cash shop feature or a mixture of both later on. PearlAbyss reassures the community during the live conference announcing that there will be no "balance breaking items" in the cash shop.
The official Open Beta for Korean version of Black Desert Online is scheduled to go live on December 17th. The Korean version of Black Desert Online will be Free To Play with Cash Shop system. I've listed the upcoming schedule below along with early character creation and download information.
The 2nd Alpha Test for Lord of Vermilion Arena kicks off late next month starting on December 22nd. Players can sign up early by logging in their Japanese Square-Enix account and yes, you will have to make a JP account! LOVA was quite popular during the 1st Alpha Test so securing a spot in the upcoming test might be hard. You'd think that SE will move on towards Closed Beta, but here is another Alpha for fun!
CryEngine 3 Flying MMORPG Icarus Online is flying out of South Korea for the first time and heading straight to Japan published by NHN PlayArt. This should explain why I am unable to access the main Korean website for Icarus Online during the past few days. It seems like WeMade Entertainment enforced a strict IP block to certain countries outside of South Korea including the US.