Daum Games has announced that the fantasy MMO Black Desert Online will launch on March 3. If you can’t wait until then, the studio also revealed that applications for a second closed beta test, which will run from February 18-22, are now being accepted.
Black Desert Online is a â€œbuy-to-playâ€ game with no subsequent subscription fees required, although vanity and convenience items will be available for purchase through the in-game store after launch. It offers both PvP and story-driven PvE combat, and promises â€œthe deepest character customization of any game currently on the market.â€ In fact, the standalone Character Creator is available as a free download, and characters created with it can be imported into the second beta and the full game when it goes live.
Black Desert Online is currently available for pre-purchase in $30, $50, and $100 packages, with the latter two guaranteeing access to the second closed beta. The second half of Daum’s â€œBeauty and the Beastâ€ character creation contest—that would be the â€œBeastâ€ part—is also underway, with closed beta access, pearls (the in-game currency) and a few physical goodies up for grabs. Find out more at blackdesertonline.com.