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Dev Diary #1

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by CM Yukimura, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. CM Yukimura

    Community Manager

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    Greetings Adventurers!


    Since the launch of Black Desert Online NA/EU, we have collected your feedback, insight, suggestions and concerns, and crafted them into crates to share with Pearl Abyss. We cannot properly express how grateful we are to all of you for your passion, persistence, and willingness to communicate your concerns. All of you are the reason BDO has been so successful, and we want to continue growing with you.

    PA has been receiving our crates and unpacking them, reviewing your feedback and crafting their own answer crates in response. A shipment has recently arrived via Cargo Ship and we are so excited to share it with you! Since crates do have a limited capacity, we don’t have every answer to your questions and concerns, but we’re expecting more deliveries in the future.

    If you have questions you would like to see the Developers answer, please respond to this Thread and let us know! It is extremely important to us that we accurately represent your feedback, so please do not derail or spam post in this topic.


    Now for the Main Event! It’s Q&A Time!


    1. During disconnects, players would like to be able to resume their game connection by pressing the start button, instead of having to fully close and reopen the client.

    A) That is a good suggestion. Actually we have been developing a function which is similar to the suggested idea, and I wish we will soon be able to update you with good news.


    2. The "Flickering" screen effect players see when a critical hit has landed is causing many users to have headaches and other irritations when playing the game.

    A) This was fixed with 5/17 patch. - You can adjust the focus effect during combat under
    Game Settings > Screen, by lowering the "Screen Focus Effect in Combat", you can
    alleviate eye strain. Then you can also remove "Hit Effect" option as well in the same
    category.


    3. A previous maintenance added underwear for female characters, however, players are claiming the Dark Knight version is missing.

    A) [Dark Knight] Lazies Underwear was released recently prior to this maintenance and available for sale via the Pearl Shop. The underwear was added for classes that did not already have a version.


    4. The new Epheria Sailboat & Guild Galley don't have any form of customizable appearance options. (i.e. Dark Thorn appearance item for the fishing boat).

    A) This is on development list, but unfortunately, we can’t really confirm exactly when this could be released, since it takes additional time and development resources. We are aware that the extra customization option is needed, and we are constantly discussing ways we could launch this feature.


    5. Users have requested the re-introduction of lore and cutscenes that were removed during the main story quest overhaul.

    A) By progressing main and sub quests, you will be able to see all relevant cut scenes. In Calpheon, for instance, you can see all existing cutscenes by completing the Monarch of Darkness story quest. There are still some cutscenes that players cannot watch again, after they have completed the quest. This is scheduled to be fixed in the future.

    6. After reaching 100 Latent Auras, players continue to receive the item, even though the quest can only be completed once and they have no alternate use.

    A) We’ll make a change so that those who collect more than 100 Latent Auras will be able to use the extra for a different purpose. We are currently brainstorming effective ways players could use them, and because we understand this item isn’t easy to obtain, we are designing the content to be as meaningful as possible.

    7. Harpoon fishing is not available on any boat, except fishing boats. This is a huge limitation for the newest boats. Due to current Margoria content, players would like to have this option/function available on the Galley and Epheria Sail boat, as well.

    A) Harpoon fishing is an exclusive function for the fishing boat. The Epheria Sail Boat is more suitable for trade and open ocean fishing. Harpoon fishing near the coast is still possible with the fishing boat and we will review possible methods for introducing a new boat for harpoon fishing in Margoria.

    8. Valencia content requires more time investment for the experience and silver gain, when compared to content that has been available for much longer, like Sausans in Mediah. This results in a lack of players experiencing new content and dispersing through the vast region of Valencia, and overpopulation in older content.

    A) There are many places in Valencia for those who are fully equipped with appropriate gear. Players can expect to profit by picking up the Basilisk’s Belt, at the Basilisk’s Den, and the Ring of Crescent Guardian, from Crescent Shrine. The Centaurus region allows stable profit. Areas like the Naga and Bashim regions are intended to allow players to get high EXP. Hunting grounds in Valencia Part.2 also have various advantages as well. At Sulfur Mine and Pila Ku Jail, players can gain high EXP along with the Sicill's Necklace and Map of unknown Piece, with which players can create a very special item: the Archaeologist’s Map.

    The hunting spots in Mediah are balanced for players who are not very experienced with BDO and, for this reason, Valencia may feel less significant and rewarding compared to other regions.

    All of the regions are intended to allow players to achieve higher EXP and profit, compared to Mediah, but players without proper gear will find hunting in these regions quite inefficient.

    Our developers have been constantly updating new regions, as well as existing regions, as you may have seen. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading your suggestions to enhance Black Desert even further.


    9. A small CP (Contribution Point) menu would help improving in game CP management. Players would be able to track where they're investing their CP without being forced to check every node individually.

    A) We are also very concerned with this, and have been discussing it internally. Currently, if you mouse over the Contribution Icon on your UI, to the right of your Character Level, you can see your contribution values very briefly. We will continue looking into ways to provide a more detailed CP display.

    10. Players would like to be able to transfer Life Skill related Costumes and Outfits to new characters but cannot because they are Character Bound. The introduction of a Costume Transfer Coupon would give them such a functionality.

    A) This sounds like a good idea. We’ll take the idea under consideration and have an in-depth review with Kakao Games.


    11. Players would like to see the introduction of a Karma Bounty Hunter mode, where positive karma characters get daily rewards for hunting negative karma characters


    A) We always try to be careful when it comes to PVP, because players who intend to exploit these mechanics always appear. We actually thought of a separate Bounty hunting system but we were concerned with the possibility that offering rewards for it would encourage abuse of the system. We are thinking of making some modifications on our current rules or introducing another safety device. We will review the possibility of introducing such a bounty hunter system in the future.


    We know that all of you have many questions and would like to see more answers, but that’s all for this month’s crate shipment. We look forward to continuing this epic journey with all of you, and hope to see you for the next Dev Diary!


    All the best,

    The BDO Team
     
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  2. Joshelin

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    2FA when?
     
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  3. Jojo

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    What is your favorite class?
     
  4. Tai

    Tai Witch 61 NA

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    >Players can expect to profit by picking up the Basilisk’s Belt, at the Basilisk’s Den, and the Ring of Crescent Guardian, from Crescent Shrine. The Centaurus region allows stable profit.

    wew lad xD
     
  5. MrSirGuy

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    lol well this is better than that recent interview lel.
     
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    Serap's necklace at sulfur and pila ku? [​IMG]
     
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    You have clearly never entered this game. The answer for number 8 just made me laugh. Did you hear that boys? Just go to Basilisk if you want profit!!

    What. A. Joke.
     
  8. Magnificent Innuendo

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    I really don't see how this answered the grind zone problem...at all. It's still far more profitable for higher levels to camp places like Sausans rather than move on to Valencia. I get that places like Bashims are supposed to offer more exp, but if I can mow down mobs at Sausans in a fraction of the time, I still don't have a reason to move on.
     
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  9. Stodderkongen

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    Bs upon bs

    Sorry let me rephrase that, send those crates back over to korea, please do let em know they didn't come in much handy at all.
     
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  10. Shadowfibby

    Shadowfibby Tamer 62 NA

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    Part 1 of PA answering questions we didn't care about? Buff valencia, fix marketplace lag, make rng less stressful, ban exploiters etcetcetc
     
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  11. Jinxd

    Jinxd Sorceress 63 EU

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    So Pila Ku drops Serap's necklace and gives as much if not better exp than Mediah ? Caus at level 60 I can get 0.8% in one hour of pila ku but 1.6% on Kuit Island during the week-end ? Are devs bamboozling us ? Did I miss a Serap's + exp spot in pila ?

    Edit : Nice edit lol but you still have it wrong , sicil's necklace , not sicill.
     
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    Those stupidly expensive mysterious garbage things at the blacksmith give more accessory drops than valencia does when you farm for 6 gorillion years. Also since release of Valencia you've been buffing SAUSANS and now those are better LAMO!! !?!? !?

    Mfw you're answering questions without playing the game

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Lady Minuit

    Lady Minuit DeMinuit Kunoichi 61 NA

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    Thanks for doing this and hope to see more in the future. For now, here are the ones I am interested in personally:

    4. The new Epheria Sailboat & Guild Galley don't have any form of customizable appearance options. (i.e. Dark Thorn appearance item for the fishing boat).

    A) This is on development list, but unfortunately, we can’t really confirm exactly when this could be released, since it takes additional time and development resources. We are aware that the extra customization option is needed, and we are constantly discussing ways we could launch this feature.
    No rush but definitely would want to see that in the future.

    9. A small CP (Contribution Point) menu would help improving in game CP management. Players would be able to track where they're investing their CP without being forced to check every node individually.


    A) We are also very concerned with this, and have been discussing it internally. Currently, if you mouse over the Contribution Icon on your UI, to the right of your Character Level, you can see your contribution values very briefly. We will continue looking into ways to provide a more detailed CP display.
    Would love a more detailed overview or CP and workers as well. Thanks for looking into it.
    10. Players would like to be able to transfer Life Skill related Costumes and Outfits to new characters but cannot because they are Character Bound. The introduction of a Costume Transfer Coupon would give them such a functionality.

    A) This sounds like a good idea. We’ll take the idea under consideration and have an in-depth review with Kakao Games.
    May I suggest to make the coupon available through loyalty as well, since over time and with new classes coming out, people most likely will want to transfer outfits.

    11. Players would like to see the introduction of a Karma Bounty Hunter mode, where positive karma characters get daily rewards for hunting negative karma characters

    A) We always try to be careful when it comes to PVP, because players who intend to exploit these mechanics always appear. We actually thought of a separate Bounty hunting system but we were concerned with the possibility that offering rewards for it would encourage abuse of the system. We are thinking of making some modifications on our current rules or introducing another safety device. We will review the possibility of introducing such a bounty hunter system in the future.
    Sounds like something fun for end game content and PVP oriented people.
     
  14. LeWaffles

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    I appreciate greatly that you guys attempted to communicate our concerns with the Valencia region.

    However, this response is fairly skewed. If they are implying that "Proper Gear" is 220+AP then that's fine, but even at 210 AP with kutum one finds that Valencia loot is simply NOT as good as pirates or sausans. The drop-rate of the mentioned items Basilisk Belt and Crescent Ring are abysmal, causing players to possibly go 12-16 hours or more without receiving this ultra lucky drop. Because of this, Players CANNOT "Expect to profit by picking up" the mentioned items. Centaurs even with efficient clear speed is not comparable to pirates in terms of loot. The EXP areas such as sulfur mines are a good idea in that sacrificing loot for great exp is a trade-off many are willing to take and do take; in implementation however, even with endgame gear, it surpasses other areas only marginally due to the fact that Quantity tends to beat out Quality when in comes to exp grinding. The Map of unknown piece is an excellent incentive, but it seems one can grind for 100's of hours without receiving a single one of these pieces, which can be discouraging.

    Again, im incredibly happy that you were able to communicate our concerns, and I appreciate you sharing with us the response that you have received. If that is the answer, then that is that; but if that is that, do NOT expect the problems currently being experienced with overcrowding and the resultant PK at sausans and pirates to EVER be resolved, and DO expect a continuously disgruntled playerbase as a result.
     
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    Thank you for this thread. Hope this post wont be the 1st and the last done by Kakao.
     
  16. Taj

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    Of course they think this is a good idea, people basically ask to give them more money.
    I'm not quite sure what the in-depth review is needed for though...
     
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    5 - Thank god finally they aknowledged they are missing... Took just few months... But with that i am afraid how long it will take for them to actually fix it...

    8 - Calling BS here... Mediah spots are so profitable, that regardless of gear you can hoard more silver and exp than you ever get in most of Valencia with that shitty density and droprates... They should try playing their own game...
     
  18. flukeSG2

    flukeSG2 Tamer 62 NA

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    So considering it takes approximately 6 to 8 months to get communication like this, should we expect to hear back from them again sometime around February 2018? How are these "crates" delivered? Row boat?

    Their response for question 8 just proves they have no idea how their own game works. If they can't understand why grinding/farming Sausans/Pirates is the best income, there just isn't any hope.
     
  19. Hideto

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    Numbers when ?
     
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    The only stable profit is at sausans and pirates.
    Valencia just can't compete with that.

    When someone wants accessories that drop in Valencia they just grind at Sausans/Pirates for silver and wait for the monthly Fine Accessory Box.
     

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