Elder Scrolls? Guild Wars? Aion? Nothing Compares To Black Desert’s Character Creator

By Eugene . April 8, 2014 . 9:00am


Black Desert is an upcoming Korean massively multiplayer online game hoping to be filled with player-versus-player action such as castle sieges. Developers Pearl Abyss are also trying to win the award for most insanely detailed character customizer ever.



While it’s been in development in Korea, the game is coming out in English (and Russian) as well. As beautiful as the game—running on a proprietary engine—is already, the nuts and bolts will make any fan of Lineage-style combat happy. Players and guilds will be able to buy housing and then invade each other with full-scale siege warfare.


One of its more intriguing aspects is the Intimacy system. Instead of simply waltzing into town and having everyone fall over themselves to give you quests, you’ll actually have to talk to, and build up, a rapport with people. These will unlock further options in a kind of semi-gated daisy chain.


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Black Desert’s next closed beta is expected to start from April 22nd and will last for three weeks on PC.

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  • DarkWaterClone

    Wow I really like how much freedom this game is giving you. I really enjoy hearing developers giving more choice in their games. I enjoy see what you can do with the hair on you player. So many times you might see diferent styles you like. But can only go with one of them and this gives the chance to merge both into your character.

    I just wonder how much fun the game will be. But if they are giving you this much freedom for just how you make your character. I can’t wait to see how much they give you in the game.

  • Nonomino

    In my opinion, The Sims should look like this!

  • Six

    Fallout 4 is going to need more beards.

  • Haha, I saw the video for this last night. It’s amazing what type of detail and molding goes into this character creator– I can imagine people just spending hours, if not a few days, just in this thing.

    I do like the intimacy part of the game too, though. I wonder what the scale will be of that?

    • Shippoyasha

      The cityscape looks right sprawling from what they showed in the trailers.

      And they say we can move about the buildings with parkour like in Assassin’s Creed apparently.

  • Kai2591

    Amazing….but its kinda creepy how realistic they look though.

    Uncanny valley?

  • The characters looks so realistic, love it. I love spending a lot of time making my character in MMOs, and I love when they’re very detailed. This one if the best I’ve ever seen.

  • KoRLumen

    I’d get the game just to make characters. It’d be the ultimate dress up game!

  • Surgeon of Death


  • T-Ven

    Wow, that’s the best character creator I have seen :O. Customizing characters is the part I most enjoy and I spend like a hour making my avatars but, if a game have a character creation with that much detail a would never leave that menu xD.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    hope that your hard work will actually be reflected in-game.

  • I’ve been following this game for a couple years now I cant wait for it to hit the west… hopefully soon.

  • Unlimax

    Dream game , If only there is an English publisher for it
    BTW The Korean developers said that the game is already translated to English , They are just preparing for the publisher
    Aeria Games might be the one

    • pekikuubik

      Aeria sold their European branch and PC MMO business to ProSiebenSat.1 Group. They’re focusing on mobile games going forward.

    • Kaetsu

      Aeria is a decent publisher. I’m just glad it wasn’t Nexon.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Don’t like to yourself like that, Nexon is a pain but is nothing compared to Aeria.

      • Dystopiq

        How much are they paying you to say that?

    • Dystopiq

      Fuck no. Pearl Abyss knows better than to give it to them.

  • Masa

    Not the best at all, all you can do is alter the preset character face and even after altering them everybody looks the same.

    • Shippoyasha

      Well, we haven’t seen the extremes they morphed the faces into. There were more restrictions on other character creators where people changed looks drastically. It looks like you can influence musculature in this creator so I hope we can see how it is when gamers get their hands on it.

  • rurifan

    Making a character this cool right off the bat seems like i would remove much of the motivation to play.

  • This game has awesome caster classes

  • Lissomia

    Holy crap I would buy this in a heartbeat!

  • Abysswalker90

    It’s always fun and exciting creating your ideal character, or even your waifu / hasubendo, until you realize the gameplay is a tedious clickfest that leads nowhere and ends up making you feeling empty inside.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Too bad this isn’t one of those things

      • Brandonmkii

        Gameplay footage looked that way to me, but I’d be willing to give it a shot regardless.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          I’m sure

        • Abysswalker90

          I have no doubt that it is.
          Every new MMORPG claims to be revolutionary, but ends up being the same, a palette swap of every other MMORPG ever.

          • Abend

            I would love to believe that it isn’t, I would love to disagree with you but too many times have i gotten my hopes up with Korean or Asian mmos only to be disappointed by lack of substance and stuttering bad controls. I hope it ends up coming out, being fantastic and blowing expectations away but i know that will not be true it almost never is.

  • Bioware should take a lesson from this :p

    • Firekitty

      So much. I liked Dragon Age, but even with mods it’s almost impossible to make a really good looking guy.

    • Alestaos

      And Beshestda for there Elder Scrools Games.

  • 하세요

    I’d spend way too much time in this. PSO2 left me in character creation long enough as it is.

  • harmonyworld

    I would never leave character creation…..ever!

  • Vinny hawj

    Korean make better MMO characters model and gameplay.

    • They make better cell phones too but rarely do theirs make it way over here nor do many people know this about them, plus they’re hella expensive anyway >.O

  • JustThisOne

    I really like how watercolour-y the textures are. It looks the best on the hair. But a game can’t all be character creation… :>

  • AkiraScare

    He he he That butt Jiggle (^_^)

  • Omikuji

    I forsee many people creating… some horrifying monstrosities considering how much can be pushed and pulled.

    It’s a beautiful creator though, I would play with just that all day long.

  • I saw this a couple days ago on Steparu, I just hope the classes aren’t gender locked. This is getting really annoying with MMOs

    • rpgmaniac

      That’s my No1 request to the devs at Pearl Abyss “DON’T GENDER LOCK THE VARIOUS CLASSES! ESPECIALLY THE WIZARD!!!” I always play female Nuker so if they don’t create a female version of wizard I must skip this game unfortunately.. :/

  • doubleO7

    Oh dang, with graphics like that, running this game on Ultra settings and walking through a heavily populated town with dozens of other players would slaughter all but the most powerful of computers. Challenge Accepted, whenever… an English release happens.

  • Taylor Davis

    I’m sorry, but I would just play the game JUST for the customization (and make my own characters).

  • Guest

    I saw and played eroges with “characters customizations” that are a lot better and with more variety than the one in this MMO.

    And as someone said before; what happen if you spend hours on creating your ideal character and in the end you discover that the rest of the game is crappy ???

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    On their official Facebook page it says that it is being translated into English
    That doesn’t mean US/EU, but English is a good start.

  • Hector Velar

    lol funny how Elders Scrolls is first on the list yet it has the worse character creation. But the game has solid game play and great quests that are engaging and original something most mmos lack. Just wish the characters didn’t look so ugly and closer to Black desert, guess you can’t have both.

  • Mimi

    I like how the girls all look Asian but the guys look european. Huh?

  • Steven Higgins

    Ah, yet another game where you can manipulate every aspect of your character’s appearance, but they still have to be hairless.

    Gonna play anyway though.

  • Hossi Blumengaarten

    wonder how it will do

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