Black Desert Online Gets Seven-Day Free Trial, Holiday Event & Sales


Publisher Kakao Games announced that Black Desert Online will enjoy a free seven-day trial available from today through January 4th, 2017.

The fantasy MMORPG developed by Korean studio Pearl Abyss will be playable without content restrictions during the free trial and players interested in purchasing the game afterward will be able to pick up right where they left off. You'll just have to create an account here to get started.

During the same period (from today through January 4th), Kakao Games also discounted all Black Desert Online packages by 50%. Furthermore, the Explorer's Package (priced at $24.99, down from $49.99) will also unlock the Noel Costume set, a special holiday outfit.

Those who already have Black Desert Online can get the Noel Costume set by purchasing it from the Pearl Shop or by referring five friends to the game. The roads and towns of the game world are filled with snow and themed decorations, as you can see in the gallery below.

Time for Holiday Cheer
Get into the holiday spirit with a festive ambiance and decorations in Black Desert Online. Travel across snow-covered streets, take dazzling selfies under strings of lights and ornaments, and gaze upon a shining aurora. Visit the Pearl or webshop to purchase special holiday-themed items like the Christmas Interior Set that brings the celebration straight to your in-game home. Players level 56 and up can also gift purchased items to their friends for a limited time.

Black Desert Online launched earlier this year. Chris rated the game 8/10 in his review:

Black Desert Online is the most refreshingly unique MMO around. Introducing many new game mechanics and ways to play in a world that's so exquisitely designed, with characters, building, monsters and even the weather all working together to make the best looking MMO to have ever been released, BDO is only really let down by the game's unwillingness and/or inability to properly explain its mechanics. The post-launch updates have been great so far and there's no reason to think the game won't keep improving.

The game will receive the Margoria Expansion, bringing naval and underwater content, next year.