New Black Desert Online Shai Class, Expansion & PvE Experience Revealed2019-06-11 09:41:54
On the 8th, during PA’s Heidel Ball, Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss and Publisher Kakao Games announced a new Black Desert Online event with The Heidel Ball, a brand new class called the Shai, a new expansion, a PvE experience and a balance update for PvE and Life Skill content.
New Class Shai
The biggest highlight is the the 18th new character class. Shai is designed around being a support class that wields two types of boomerangs, ‘Floran’and ‘Bitsari’.?Being a member of the Shai race, the new class is completely unique in the BDO universe - she'll stand out amongst the rest.?This is further emphasized by the fact that the Shai is the only class to start at ‘professional’ levels in the Alchemy and Gathering life skills.
The preparation event for Shai begins on?the 8th for KST server players, the 12th? for KR server players, on the 19 th for the ?the rest of the world including NA, Europe, Japan, and Russia. Please check the event page for details on the pre-registration rewards.
Here is a sneak peek of Shai’s skills:
The Great Expedition
We’re also getting a new sea expansion named The Great Expedition. The Great Expedition introduce new wind and current mechanics, making oversea travel more rewarding and faster. In addition, new islands and ships are added. New islands will have special trade mechanics and new trading-focused ships allow players to transport goods between islands, making a nice profit in the process.
A New PVE Experience: The Altar of Blood
In addition, a new PvE experience will be added in the form of the ‘Altar of Blood’. This content will see This content will see three players defending their ‘sacrament’ from increasingly strong groups of monsters.
The ‘Altar of Blood’ demonstrates similarities with ‘Savage Rift’ but with the groups being smaller and players being able to utilize their class-skills. This new challenge will require solid tactics and cooperation to conquer the foes in the ‘Altar of Blood’. Thematically, ‘Altar of Blood’ is linked to the recently added ‘Star’s End’update that was launched last week.
The producer of the game, Jae Hee Kim, also touched on more general improvements that are being planned for the game. The various grind spots in the Black Desert Online will receive a new balancing pass to make monsters more challenging. Furthermore, improvements to the Life Skills are currently in the works to make these systems more rewarding and engaging.
Improvements are also being made towards the user interface with the goal of reaching a more cohesive experience between the console and PC-versions of the game. These updates are currently scheduled to be released somewhere in summer.
There was also some news about earlier announced content. The O’dyllita region has been postponed to give the developers time to create a more unique spin on this expansion. The Territory War content is also nearing completion but it was the opinion of Pearl Abyss that further improvements should first be made to the existing Conquest and Node War content before it could be fully released.