The original plan was to start Black Desert NA & EU beta in the first half of 2015 which didn't happen. Is the beta delayed? Yes but it will still start this year. The game's Community Manager Oli just confirmed this in an interview with our fansite Black-Desert.com.
You will be able to play the English version of Black Desert Online for the first time from this year. Note that prior to the Alpha, there will be an early test version of the game but I need to ask players to be a bit more patient about the specifics of when the Alpha or Beta will start this year.
There's no date for beta or realese but the goal is to make the game available for both NA and EU players at "almost at the same time". "We are aware that a lot of people have been waiting for a long time to play the game and it would be rather unfair to have only US or EU players to play the game first for an extended amount of time," said Oli.
Some Q&As from the interview
We know that the English Version is currently being developed and translated in Korea. Could you tell us how far the development and translating process is?
Despite the fact we just opened our European office, the work on the English version began prior to that milestone. We now reached the point where we have a rough internal playable build. Texts are missing and it will still take us some time to polish everything considering the huge amount of text that is available in-game. By the time we will start the early test version, we hope to have the completed English version of the game and we’ll be looking forward to the community contributing to any potential mistakes left. The localization of the game is a critical point for us. We want to avoid at all cost the bad impression left by other Korean game companies that bring their games to the west with quality standards that don’t match the expectations of US/EU players.
Can we expect major changes compared to the Korean Version?
All I can say for now is that we are giving a particular attention to the feedback from the US/EU players who played the Korean version so we constantly keep their expectations in mind regarding every BDO US/EU topics. Furthermore, we are building here a solid team with people having many years of experience. As we progress towards the Alpha, we’ll be able to go into more specifics. It goes without saying that the early test version and alpha feedback from the community will be invaluable to us.
Do you know anything about DirectX12 and the process of the promised Virtual Reality support?
We are aware that a lot of players out there are looking at the potential optimization provided by DirectX12 and the new possibilities offered by the upcoming Virtual Reality. What I can say for now is that we are looking very seriously at both for BDO but we’ll speak further regarding these topics once we have something concrete to show.
You can read the full interview at Black-Desert.com.