First released in Open Beta in October of 2013, the sandbox-oriented MMORPG created by Korean developer Pearl Abyss, Black Desert Online has finally arrived on to the Xbox One. Unfortunately for Xbox One Players, there’s more desert than content at the moment as three years’ worth of content updates are missing.
The Xbox One port of Black Desert launched on the 4th of March is still the same high fantasy MMORPG is the vanilla 2016 version that has none of the great add-ons that the PC version has received since then.
The game had over 10,000,000 million active players on the PC and this port to the Xbox has been a long time coming. The open beta for the Xbox took place in November of 2018 and with the service going live, initial reports say that there are over 500,000 active players on Xbox.
The game is still amazing to play and character creation is still second to none, granting players total control of nearly every detail of their characters. The world in which the conflict between the Republic of Calpheon and Kingdom of Valencia is large, lush, detailed and feels incredibly alive. Coupled with the action-oriented combat, excellent control schemes, and well adapted controls.
Since the early access launch, developer support continues to stream in, as multiple servers were added to handle the influx of players. For a non-free to play MMORPG, that is a great sign as people are putting down money to join, indicating that the console community will be huge, but I will be sticking to the PC Version.
Black Desert is shaping up to be a good console MMO but the PC version I have been playing for the past year simply surpasses the Xbox One port. Character Creation on the Xbox One limits me to six classes, with the Witch and Wizard being essentially identical while I have 17 on the PC. That’s almost three times as many choices.
My biggest gripe at the moment is the questionable frame rate which makes things feel sluggish and choppy. Granted, the surge of players is partly to blame but I am also sure that the game’s performance is being limited by the console to some degree, especially if you chose to run it at the highest visual settings.
Lead Producer KwangSam Kim told Kotaku that the missing content will eventually make it to the console port, in a series of free content updates scheduled for the rest of 2019. This includes P-v-P, Absolute skills, the other classes and various new zones to explore.
Black Desert Online has a sound core game, with exquisite character creation. It is going to be one of the best MMORPGs available to the Console for the next few years but it is going to experience some growing pains until it catches up content wise. Just stay away from the PC version, to avoid spoiling the heck out of yourself.