Black Desert Online Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Black Desert Online Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Players can earn a free copy of the game by defeating 5 contestants in the new Battle Royale mode called Shadow Arena

  • Shadow Arena leaves Early Access and is updated with new classes to choose from, a practice mode, menacing bosses, bonus missions, and more
  • Black Desert Online celebrates its 3rd anniversary with a host of spectacular in-game events, amazing rewards and all-new content

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 27th of February, 2018 / Today Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games have announced a host of celebratory events to mark the 3rd year anniversary of Black Desert Online in the West. Secondly, Black Desert Online’s Battle Royale mode named Shadow Arena exits early access with new content, modes, and exciting rewards that will enthrall the community.

This all-new battle Royale mode is different from established genre leaderssuch as PUBG and Fortnite as its players will need to use real-time, sword & sorcery skills to become a victor amongst 49 other contestants. Each available class has its own unique set of skills, weapons and abilities, making each match feel fresh and exciting. To add even more depth, three new classes have been added, making it a total of 14 classes. Hand-to-hand combatants will be pleased to know that Striker is entering the ring, while swordsmanship enthusiasts will be pleased to be able to play the gracious Ninja and Maehwa classes.

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary, everyone is invited between the 27th of February and the 13th of March to try out this new Battle Royale experience for free*. Contestants who are skilled enough to slay 5 players during the event period will be rewarded with a copy of the game ($9.99/€9.99 value). New players can create a free account here to download the game and adventurers that have created a trial account in the past will be pleased to know that they are also eligible to enter the game with a pre-existing account (even if their trial has expired) up until the 13th of March. Highly skilled players can even win a nice sum of Kakao Cash if they are able to reach the top three by the 27th of March.

Aside from the new classes, the Shadow Arena has been updated with four new bosses (Red Nose, Giath, Dastard Bheg and Muskan) and daring players can visit the Waragon Cave where strong monsters lurk. These can be slain to obtain powerful gear and buff early on in the game, but beware, other skilled players will likely to try the same strategy.

Beginners will be pleased to know that Practice match has been added where they can test their tactics and playstyle before entering the highly competitive Shadow Arena. Also new are the Bonus Missions that have a 25% chance of appearing during a match and if players manage to complete them, they will be handsomely rewarded. On top of that, up until the 6th of March, additional awards have been made available to commemorate Shadow Arena’s new content.

Celebratory events
Black Desert Online kicks off its third year anniversary with a large scale array of events. First, new and returning adventurers alike can easily obtain a +15 Cliff’s weapon by completing the special event quests that will come with today’s update. On the special event page, players can engage with a 3rd Anniversary Special Card collecting game which randomly rewards in-game items and coupons that can include world boss weapon boxes. Everyone that opens all the cards will additionally receive a special in-game 3rd Anniversary title. A new attendance reward event is also added so that all adventurers will be able to obtain their own beautiful tier-8 horse. For more event info, revamped special attendance rewards and on how to obtain a free pet, please visit the special event page.

*This promotion is only available via and is not available on Steam.


About Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online is an open world action MMORPG withcutting edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines the genre. Black Desert Online has the most fully developed character customization system of any game that is currently on the market. This feature allows users to break free of the mundane and make unique characters that are truly representative of each and every player. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed worlds and extensive lore are enough to excite both new and veteran gamers of MMORPGs and RPGs in general. The game has been successfully launched in over 150 countries, is available in 12 languages and has over 10 million registered users. The mobile and console version is scheduled to launch globally in 2018.

About Pearl Abyss
Pearl Abyss is the Korean studio behind the hit PC MMORPG Black Desert Online which was named MMORPG of the Year in 2016 and 2017. It has been successfully launched in over 150 countries, is available in 12 languages and has over 10 million registered users. The mobile version launched in Korea and became an instant hit. Black Desert Mobile reached the number one position as the Most Popular Game in the Korean app stores for both Apple and Google in less than a week. It is scheduled to start launching globally in 2018. All of Pearl Abyss’s games are developed on their own proprietary game engine. Pearl Abyss is poised to continue its growth through 2018 and beyond to maintain its position as one of Asia’s leaders in game development.

More information about Pearl Abyss is available at

About Kakao Games
Kakao Games is a leading publisher of online and mobile games. Founded in 2016, Kakao Games is responsible for servicing a variety of games, including Pearl Abyss’s Black Desert Online (Serviced in North America, Europe and South Korea), Bluehole’s Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (Serviced in Korea) and Ascent: Infinite Realm (Scheduled to be serviced in North America and Europe).

More information about Kakao Games is available at

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