Black Desert: Remastered Announced!
Pearl Abyss announced that the four-year-old game Black Desert Online is looking at a massive upgrade in both graphics and audio. What’s even better? This will not affect the current system requirements! I reviewed BDO a bit ago and was fairly impressed with the game! With the massive update, it’s looking great for existing players, and a great entry for newcomers as well!
During a two-hour keynote speech that was held in Seoul last weekend, game developer Pearl Abyss announced the specifications and release date of Black Desert: Remastered, which promises an extensive overhaul of one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed MMORPGs on the market.
The South Korean MMORPG, already known for its stunning graphics and beautifully designed seamless open world, will undergo a massive overhaul of its graphics and audio to offer a more immersive experience for Adventurers. Kwang Hyun Ko, lead graphics programmer at Pearl Abyss talked about improvements such as physically based rendering, lighting, and atmospheric scattering techniques as well as the addition of volumetric clouds.
In addition, Black Desert Online will support HDR output and improved post-processing with the help of YEBIS middleware. Other optimizations include ambient occlusion, improved ocean rendering, and realistic cloth simulation. Pearl Abyss announced more improvements in the future, like improved shadow rendering, temporal upsampling and antialiasing. With improved game frame optimization, the new graphics remaster will not affect the recommended system requirements for Black Desert Online.
The keynote also featured Audio Director Hui Man Ryu (CROOVE) who explained several soundtrack enhancements. New folley effects have been added to make the world more lively and better reflect the Black Desert world. Last but not least the original midi score has been replaced with a full orchestral score, consisting of new compositions and arrangements. Special attention has been given to motifs that better accompany action gameplay and each region now has its own signature track..
In total, over 100 pieces that cover Balenos, Serendia, and Calpheon have been remastered with a total length of over 300 minutes. Three renowned full-scale European orchestras and a choir have been used in recording the music.
Black Desert: Remastered is out today for users of the Global Lab Testing server and will be rolled out to the live server on the 22nd of August after regular maintenance. For more information on the improvements and in-depth technical specifications, please refer to the news announcement on the official website.
About Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online is an open world action MMORPG with cutting-edge visuals and skill-based combat that redefines we see 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 out of the norm and make unique characters that truly represent each and every player. Its intuitive controls, beautifully designed world and extensive lore will excite both newcomers and veterans of MMO games and action RPGs in general. The game has been successfully launched in over 150 countries, is available in 12 languages and has over 8.5 million registered users. The mobile and console version is scheduled to launch globally in 2018.