Black Desert Online is Buy-To-Play, teaser site launched

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In a completely unexpected twist, the North American and European versions of the highly anticipated MMORPG Black Desert Online isn’t going to be free-to-play. The business model chosen by Daum Games Europe and just announced is buy-to-play, the same model used in Guild Wars (and the one that was recently dropped in Guild Wars 2, where now you just have to buy the expansions and get the core game for free). The NA and EU versions are said to differ in several ways from the Russian and Korean services, such as the “game’s balancing, progression and monetization model.”

Despite being buy-to-play, Black Desert Online will include the usual in-game store with “vanity and convenience items” available for purchase.

“We are putting a lot of effort in the game’s Western localization,” said Daniel Loehr (AKA Belsazar), Project Manager at Daum Games, “We are localizing approximate 2.5 million words into English, German and French. Black Desert Online’s content and gameplay sytems will be adjusted to accommodate Western players and our differentiating business model.”

Black Desert Online is set to launch early 2016, with the alpha expected to begin really soon. The western teaser site just opened. You can watch the new NA and Eu teaser below.

What do you think of this business model for the western release of Black Desert Online? Will it benefit the game or not?

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  • Arcee

    I might be able to afford it if I save one quarter per day starting now.

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  • Sniffild

    Hahahaha, so I’m going to stick with Russian Beta

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  • alex

    ok apparently free2play + cash shop is bad, so lets go buy2play + cash shop, oh yeah…… #cheers #logic

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      Well, you sort of have a point there :)

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    • Felipe Tomazelli

      when i saw the notice “black desert online is b2p”, the first thing i thought was “OMG, so maybe they won’t have a cash shop, then there won’t be those rich ppl that buy every f***ing thing in the game with real money and become over powered”

      then they broke my heart with that b2p + cash shop system </3

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  • Chakracat

    I would have been okay is it was just b2p but now it also comes with a cash shop so they can go fuck themselves now.

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  • bloom warren

    anyone knows if black desert has a game guard of any sort ?

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  • Rodeldj

    Damn I prefer to have this game free to play in two months before like wildstar

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  • Gameking GK

    this asshole going the same shity way the others have done

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  • Darko Gajic

    well f it.. only thing good about it is just character making and combat anyway

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  • killertron .

    And here goes my chance to play the NA version of the game. If at least it was coming through steam….

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  • Snowdemon12

    look there is nothing wrong with buy-to-play but for gods sake don’t add an in-game shop. please… listnen black desert listnen to the EU and NA community

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  • Slick Shibby

    i agree nothing wrong with b2p but with in-game cash shop
    hohoho they really screwed the community :)

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  • Darthsabre

    well, looks like Blade n Soul’s player base will be getting a boost lol.

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  • Zeraltz

    i wanted to play this, but i dont want to pay for the game, and to pay for equipment (cash shop). it looks like a lot of people will be downloading blade and soul

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    • Darthsabre

      or playing the Russian version with the English patch.

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      • Zeraltz

        ip block lol

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    • Felipe Tomazelli

      Tree of Savior, bro, Tree of savior..

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      • Zeraltz

        I got my beta key already!

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  • Lex

    Dont fret, it will fail in i estimate ~~2 months after release~~ , definitelly not more,
    than turn F2p after they get enough money from rich fans, that is their
    plan, and the reason there is a cash shop in the first place.

    Of course we will have a handicap of few months of gameplay, but who cares, it will go F2P ,that one is almost guaranteed.

    There are way too many titles comming up, community will split ,as well as money, and the games that dont offer best of service will die out fast, and strenghten numbers of best choices.

    Cash-Shop is there for when it turns to F2P ,cant believe no one here mentions it, so there you have it.

    Sincerily
    A13xand37

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  • http://raptr.com/ELMASHEEN/about ELMASHEEN

    Great! I enjoy the pay metod of GW2, I definitely can pay for this great game.

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  • bloom warren

    as long as it is a working black desert fine by me . meaning sure i also dislike a cash shop but you cannot only have pros with no cons .

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  • Muhammad Yasir

    WELL FUCK U !

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