Korean MMO Black Desert raised beautifully manicured eyebrows with its frankly bloody stunning character creation system earlier this year, and the game seems to be progressing nicely.
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.