Black Desert Online’s in-game store has recorded 2.3 billion South Korean Won in a single week, which comes about to roughly $2 million USD.
The free-to-play business is going good for the game and publisher DAUM is all smiles. I’m though unsure as to how much of its content falls into the pay-to-win category. We’ll be able to decide on that when we get access to the western version of the game.
The free-to-play models of the west and those of Korea normally don’t see eye to eye. Hence, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that Black Desert Online has more for sale than just cosmetics.
Black Desert Online is currently in open beta in Korea and has more than 1.5 million registered users. A western release has been confirmed but will take place sometime in 2016, which most probably will be late in the year.
Earlier this week a new trailer was released that showcased the many locations of Media Republic, a new area in Episode 2 of the game.
Media Republic is found between Serendia and Valencia, and has four new hunting grounds, three new regions, and plenty of new NPCs for players to interact with.
According to the announcement, there will be around a hundred new monsters to fight, all of whom will be spread across levels 51-55, and with new combat patterns. Episode 2 will also add crafting, commerce, and new combat content.