With the release of Black Desert Online just a couple of weeks away, there are many dates to track before the game goes live on March 3. Beginning on February 12, players with closed beta codes from giveaways and contests can redeem their code for access to the final beta. On February 16, all players can begin downloading the beta client in preparation of the February 18 closed beta. Finally, the closed beta will end on February 22 according to the official website.
Players lucky enough to snag a closed beta key from various giveaways will need to redeem that code on the redemption site. Giveaway codes can be redeemed at this Black Desert Online website to obtain access to the second and final closed beta. Players with access to the final closed beta because of their pre-order package purchase do not need to register a code at this website. Their accounts are already flagged for the beta.
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All players with access to the second beta for Black Desert Online will need to download the closed beta client. The download will be available on the website starting February 16, and all players will need to download it in order to play. Even players that previously downloaded the client for the first closed beta will need the new download. In fact, the first closed beta client needs to be uninstalled completely before downloading the new client.
Of course, the final closed beta is still expected to open on February 18 early in the morning in the United States. The beta will remain open for players until February 22 at which point they will no longer be accessible. After the closed beta ends, it is likely that players will not get a chance to play Black Desert Online again until its release date on March 3.
Those that pre-order Black Desert Online, however, will get early access to the game before the release date. Between the three pre-order packages available on the official website, purchasers can start playing the game as early as three days in advance. That head start is solely available within the most expensive pre-order package while a one- and two-day head start are included in the two more economical packages.
The head start portion of the packages is only part of the pre-order content available in them. An in-game title, family name reservation, character name reservation, and additional character slots are also part of the limited pre-order content. The Explorer’s Package at $50 and The Conqueror’s Package at $100 also contain exclusive skins. All of the Black Desert Online pre-order content is addition a base game key, a varying number of guest passes, housing coupons, dye boxes, skill resets, and more. The Explorer’s and Conqueror’s Packages also include a horse and a pet of the purchaser’s choice.
As The Inquisitr reports, pre-orders for the game must be purchased by February 26 in order to ensure access to the head start period. Players that pre-ordered the title can reserve one character name and a family name right now through the name reservation website. Check out the official forums for the website address. Keep in mind that the reservation process has been open since February 9 and many common names will already be taken.
Black Desert Online will launch with a story centered on The Black Stones, six action-oriented classes, and a number of non-combat professions. Players in Black Desert Online will give players a chance to master engaging combat, tame their own mounts, and even become master traders. A diverse personal housing system, fishing, and crafting are also available in the game. Which class will you try out first when Black Desert Online releases?
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