Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games revealed a new Black Desert Online event with The Heidel Ball and also unveiled a brand new class called the Shai. The event itself will be exclusive to the PC version of the game (sorry, Xbox players), as you'll be headed out to the high seas with several islands to check out. Meanwhile, the new Shai class will be coming to the game today with a pre-creation event taking place on June 19th. You can read more about that event here, as we have details on the new character and the upcoming event (with video) for you below!
The 'Shai' is a mischievous halfling from the forest near Florin, which lies north-east of Calpheon. Using her Boomerang and a variety of skills focused on both evading danger and aiding her friends, the Shai is quite unique compared to other classes. This is further emphasized by the fact that the Shai is the only class to start at 'professional' levels in the Alchemy and Gathering life skills.
Due to her small stature, the Shai prefers to ride smaller mounts such as the Donkey on her adventures. Her unique class skills further offer new gameplay and tactical options. The Shai can fool enemy players by 'Playing Dead' but is also a very effective counter to other stealthy foes. Using her Lantern sub-weapon, a Shai can reveal hidden enemies around her, sneaking up on her should prove difficult. Another unique ability allows the Shai to create a protective barrier around her and her allies, making it an effective support class.
The Great Expedition
A new expansion named 'The Great Expedition' will see the introduction of new wind and current mechanics to the ocean of Black Desert Online. Traversing the high seas will now become more rewarding to players that can skillfully utilize the winds and current to reach their destination more quickly.
The addition of new islands to the ocean and new ships will give players even more reasons to explore this new content. The new islands will have special trade mechanics and players can use one of the new trading-focused ships to transport goods between islands, making a nice profit in the process. The new islands are easily distinguishable by their unique themes, but finding the correct one will require navigations mastery within the new current and wind mechanics.
A new PvE experience: The Altar of Blood
For players that are more concerned with the content on land, a new PvE experience will be added in the form of the 'Altar of Blood'. This content will see three players defending their 'sacrament' from increasingly strong groups of monsters. The 'Altar of Blood' demonstrates similarities with 'Savage Rift' but with the groups being smaller and players being able to utilize their class-skills. This new challenge will require solid tactics and cooperation to conquer the foes in the 'Altar of Blood'. Thematically, 'Altar of Blood' is linked to the recently added 'Star's End' update that was launched last week.