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Black Desert Online is catching up with the Korean servers

We talked to Kakao Games as the Warrior Awakening and Valencia - Part Two just released.

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Yesterday Black Desert Online received both the second part of the Valencia expansion as well as the first class Awakening as well, both with brand new trailers to go with them.

With Valencia Part Two players will be given the chance to travel to Muiquun, a land of outlaws, where the Muiquun gang are causing chaos. There will be new regions to explore and two outdoor dungeons within the expansion. One notable location is Arehaza, a fishing town where you can trade or transport supplies.

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The Warrior Awakening will allow Warriors to unlock the Greatsword after level 55. This will not replace the sword and shield but will instead add more offence to the typically defensive fighting style in what's promised to be a "seamless transition".

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In September two new world bosses will be added as well, including the colossal Desert Dragon Nouver and sandworm Kutum.

We recently talked to Kakao Games' Rick van Beem at Gamescom about Black Desert Online and where he thinks it is going in the future. "Basically we want to catch up with the Korean servers so our Western players have the same content. I mean we will always lag behind, but our target is to lag behind for three months. I think for the expansions that our coming up, [that's] the time we need to localise but yeah, whenever there's an announcement on the Korean servers, players can have an expectancy of when it will arrive to Europe. So that's why we have been updating the game in this very rapid pace".

In terms of plans moving forward, van Beem said "the plan is, now I'm not making any very hard promises here because it depends on how fluid it will go, but the plan is that the first awakening, which will be the Warrior class, will be released on August 31 alongside Valencia Part Two, which is a big content update again, and I think we will be rolling out these awakening classes by weekly. Again we haven't worked out exactly what the launch plan will be but at least the first one will arrive August 31 and by the end of the year we will have the Margoria expansion which is the naval expansion which features naval warfare, diving, treasure hunting, monster hunting, so that's also going to be really interesting content which we hopefully can release before the end of the year".

In regards to Margoria, he continued "it's a really underwater world we built. I think that also diversifies it from other MMOs, the world feels really lively [...] I think that sets Black Desert apart from its rivals. Again also with this ocean expansion we want to enlarge the world. The world will be approximately double the size and we want players to experience Black Desert in a whole new way which is at sea". He also added that the trade route system in the game can also be extended to the ocean.

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