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Play the Black Desert Beta, Live Today on PS4

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Play the Black Desert Beta, Live Today on PS4

Become your true self in the open-world action MMORPG.

The long-awaited beta for Black Desert on PlayStation 4 is now available as a free download (no PS Plus subscription required) for all players until August 13 at 2:00 a.m. PDT. Begin your adventure and experience the open-world action of our sandbox MMORPG for the first time on PS4 before its launch on August 22. To prepare for the start of your quest, we’re sharing details you should know before diving into the beta!

The world of Black Desert contains vast regions, fierce enemies, and an immersive story that’s waiting to be explored. You’ll choose from six different character classes: Warrior, Sorceress, Ranger, Berserker, Wizard, or Witch. Each class offers various strengths and weaknesses, so choose wisely to cast powerful magic, launch stealth attacks, or deliver devastating damage in this open-ended sandbox world.

Black Desert provides you with endless customization options to create a living, breathing world that feels like your own. Personalize your character with Black Desert’s highly detailed customization tool and create an Adventurer to become your true self. You’ll be ready to explore three different expansive regions within the beta, Serendia, Balenos and Calpheon, powering up your character to a maximum level of 50. Playing within the beta also rewards you with an exclusive Sky Hawk pet when Black Desert launches on August 22, allowing players to loot items, increase Knowledge Gain Chance and find rare monsters.

While the world of Black Desert is known for its real-time combat and in-depth action within quests, your adventure also includes the chance to become a part of an expansive, living world populated by players around the world. Here are a few of the in-game events that you’re invited to join during the beta for the chance to win exclusive prizes and content:

  • Decorate your residence and share screenshots on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or via our official forums to win ornaments for your home at launch.
  • Test your fishing skills and reel in the ‘Fish Bones’ item for various rewards at launch.
  • Learn to tame a wild horse and win a new horse outfit for use during the beta.
  • Play Hide-n-Seek with Pearl Abyss GMs – finding them gets you a chance to win awards at launch.
  • Compete to become the fastest cart racer in the entire beta, with the fastest participant winning rewards at launch.
  • Participate in a battle of the GMs at the Red Battlefield in a 2v2 match and intense PvP action.

On August 13, we’re ending the beta with an enormous fireworks show for all players to enjoy. Think back on all of your amazing adventures and share the moment with friends online as we celebrate the final moments of the beta.

We hope to see you all in the beta, and that these tips help your adventure in Black Desert!

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27 Comments

  • andrew_pohuliai

    Screw your region lock. I can’t play with friends, so you not getting my money.

    What’s the point of your MMO if you don’t allow people to play with friends?

    • I’m guessing you don’t play many MMO’s then because most of them are region locked.

    • andrew_pohuliai

      @Dethfuse, I dont think you understand what I’m saying.

      ESO, Tera, Neverwinter, Planetside 2 are on PS4 and can be enjoyed with friends, yet BDO is the first one that restricts me to only play with US region. Because I sure as hell can’t group up with my EU friends. Their region lock is crazy strict.

      I expected things to be different from PC version. Good thing – this BETA saved me money.

      My bud and his wife, since they are in same region and CAN play together, are debating now whether to buy as well. See, not being able to play with your overseas friends makes you no money, Pearl Abyss.

    • NERVergoproxy

      Actually Tera is region locked.

    • andrew_pohuliai

      @NERVergoproxy, I’m not sure in which way it is, if so, but it allows me to play with anybody: friends from Brazil, Phillipines, USA, EU region.

      BDO isn’t working out for me AND I’ve seen others requesting help in server chat. Mods, or whoever they are, who type in green, tried to help at first, but then just stopped responding to the issue when hour in and still no dice. Party invite auto-rejection is off by default, but green-text-gurus still ask you to check it every time a-la “have you tried turning it off and on again” kind of support. Not only it’s a rant but also a desriptive text of what’s wrong with their friend adding/search function, in hopes they see it/fix it.

    • wolverdemon

      It’s a bèta.. What did you expect?

    • Actually, mate, Tera WAS region locked up until recently when they introduced fishing, and all that. The reason it is not region locked anymore is because their playerbase had been dwindling so they combined all regions and such to bring it back up. I played for a while, and had one of the top 20 guilds on my server.

  • DAVIDZOCKTLOL

    Cant download. IT Says i need psplus.

    • DAVIDZOCKTLOL

      “is now available as a free download (no PS Plus subscription required) “

  • Really looking forward to finally trying this out. I’m going to spend hours in character creation. :D

    • Where in the store did you find the download for beta?

    • andrew_pohuliai

      @PRIAPUS-8, just go to game’s preorder page, scroll down, you’ll find beta below. Search function didn’t work.

  • Been on the fence about getting this, was hoping there would be some kind of trial, so thanks for this!

  • I cannot find the download for Black Desert Beta in the PS store. Anyone have a clue as to what I’m doing wrong?

    • Search for the base game, scroll all the way down and you’ll find a “demo” section, that’ll be the beta. That’s how I found it.

  • Any chance of this coming to outside of the US?

  • NERVergoproxy

    When will we get the other classes. PC is already years ahead….

    • PC version has also been out longer. Not even the Xbox version has all the classes yet

  • aTimelord2112

    Is this crossplay with PC?

  • LEFT__4__DEAD__2

    Yay, i love me MMOs <3

  • Will trophies unlock after the beta? I have already bough the game and have progressed to level 14.

  • JairusMonillasR3

    is this exclusive only for R1? US?

    I can’t find it anywhere with my R3 account.

  • I’m curious to see just how censored this version is.

  • Nice women designs…game looks poor though.Figure even the beta is a waste of time…maybe not.

  • DeadshotDre

    Idk if it’s just me.. but at first I was thinking this might be an awesome MMO, until I tried the beta. Like, the “tutorial” to the game is extremely off-putting and totally uninformative, 9 times out of 10 I found myself having to figure things out without them being explained to me even slightly, then the combat.. I STILL don’t understand! Not only because it wasn’t EXPLAINED at all! But because it’s SUPER confusing AND it wasn’t explained! Like, this just seems like a lack of caring on the developers end to explain things and slowly introduce players to their game. Instead we’re prompted with things like “Open menu>ring menu>assign skills” like wtf is that?! Lmao either way, you lost me on this one!

  • well it definitely wasn’t available until 8/13 at 2:00 PST because it’s 12:37 PST and it’s no longer available. I hopped on the PS Store and seen this earlier tonight. After checking it out and seeing this blog post I figured I’d best check it out. Nope, only available in the purchasable versions. Does look pretty solid though.

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