It kicks off an open Beta in Korea on December 17, and according, representatives of developer Pearl Abyss have suggested there's a good chance that the game will make it over to the West at some point.
It's not just the impressive facial customisation that impresses; that combat engine looks a mile away from your standard stale MMO combat, recalling the action/tactical blend of Dragon Age: Inquisition and other solo RPGs. There's some beautiful environments and enemy designs on display too.
Black Desert is a freemium title, and alongside the combat and character building it packs in the familiar genre staples - crafting, questing, mounts and so on. This all takes place in a seamless world map. More Elder Scrolls than the Elder Scrolls Online?
there's rumours of a Beta for Western audiences at the end of the month or early next year, but unfortunately there's been no official confirmation as yet. We'll keep our eyes peeled.