What future for MMORPG? We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

Game news What future for MMORPG? We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

For the release of Abyss One: The Magnus content in Black Desert Online, we chatted with Jesse Joo, Head of the game’s Game Design Division. The opportunity for us to talk about the title, but also talk about the MMORPG genre , massively multiplayer online games, which has experienced great turmoil in recent years.

Summary

  • The current state of Black Desert Online
  • Tips for new players
  • The evolution of the genre in the 2010s
  • The future of MMOs

The current state of Black Desert Online

Seven years after its release, what about Black Desert today? What has happened to the game and what kinds of improvements and new content have been added over the years?

Jesse Joo, Head of Game Design Division at Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online is a game that is constantly changing, evolving and evolving to push its limits. However, today we are at a crossroads in the game where the various games that were offered in the past are still in the memories. Since its conception, Black Desert has always been eager to offer new adventures, as evidenced by the many updates the game has received. We created a realistic desert where players cannot find their direction without a compass and where characters suffer from sunstroke and hypothermia. We also updated the content of Ocean Zone, which provides a new gameplay experience. Black Desert has also been remastered and the graphic quality improved. In addition, we launched the Mountain of Eternal Winter expansion in early 2022, where players can enjoy new content and its new storyline from level 1. Recently, we launched 3v3 PvP content: Arena of Solare; players compete there on equal footing with equipment of the same level so only talent speaks. This new feature has been particularly well received by the PvP community.

Today we are very happy to present Abyss One: The Magnus, which offers our players a new adventure, very different from what we have offered before. This will mark a major change in their experience in the Black Desert. I have no doubt that players will enjoy this experience thanks to the new characters and stories, as well as the new gameplay of the abyss, connected to The Magnus. Also, depending on the progress of the main quest, the new storage function will be unlocked so that you can freely access your inventory regardless of location. Thus it is possible to transfer goods from one town to another using Magnus. The fast travel feature between regions can also be unlocked by players. By following the main quest in this new content, players will also get a new combat skill for each class. I’m really looking forward to seeing how these changes will affect the experience of adventurers in the Black Desert!

What future for MMORPG?  We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

Tips for new players

Regarding new players who want to discover Black Desert Online today, what advice can you give them so they don’t feel lost and fully enjoy the experience the game has to offer?

Jesse Joo, Head of Game Design Division at Black Desert Online

First of all, I would recommend a newcomer to follow the main quest of the game to immerse themselves in the vast continents and fascinating landscapes of the world of Black Desert. After that, the players will know better and better the universe of the title and know what they want to live there. There are a thousand ways to enjoy the game. If players want to become stronger, for example, they can practice in the hunting area where powerful monsters are waiting. If they feel like a builder, they can gather the necessary materials by exploring a lush forest. If their ambition is more to become a trade tycoon, they can make deals with merchants from different regions or travel the seas to make money. Whatever one’s personal dreams and ambitions are, there is always something exciting to do in Black Desert Online.

What future for MMORPG?  We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

The evolution of the genre in the 2010s

How do you see the world of MMOs in recent years, and especially in the 2010s?

Jesse Joo, Head of Game Design Division at Black Desert Online

Not just in MMOs, but in all genres of games, we see that the boundaries between different platforms are quickly blurring. For MMOs in particular, we have seen the development of cloud technologies that allow players to come together and play without necessarily being constrained to a single platform. This is why we have been striving for seven years to provide content that satisfies a diverse community of players by offering them a variety of gaming experiences. We launched Black Desert Console on Xbox in 2019 and then successfully introduced our game to PlayStation users in the same year. To allow them to enjoy Black Desert, regardless of their platform of choice, we now offer cloud gaming services on Xbox Cloud Gaming and, more recently, on GeForce Now.

What future for MMORPG?  We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert OnlineWhat future for MMORPG?  We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

The future of MMOs

Now, how do you envision the future of MMOs?

Jesse Joo, Head of Game Design Division at Black Desert Online

Very difficult question (laughs). In fact, we try not to make comet plans by saying “the future will be like this or that”;. We are especially attentive to the changes we can make now and what kind of “Black Desert” adventure will be offered to adventurers after each maintenance, so that they can continue to enjoy the game. This is the most important for us. The history of the game is written in many days and this history will naturally guide us towards the future we desire. This is how Black Desert studio sees the future of MMORPGs.

What future for MMORPG?  We discussed this with one of the thinking heads of Black Desert Online

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