Black Desert Online Free On Steam Until March 2

Black Desert Online

Kakao Games have announced they are currently giving away free game passes for their sandbox MMO, Black Desert Online.

As part of their 4th Anniversary celebrations, and until March 2nd, gamers in North America and Europe can add the game to their account and keep it.

It should be noted the game is not subscription based, but does have an in-game shop for “additional items, and is mostly focused on aesthetics. Buying items from the Cash Shop is completely optional.” The various packages DLC also do not contain access to levels or areas.

Editor’s Note: We have seen reports [1, 2] that the game utilizes XignCode Anti-Cheat Software. This appears to be installed when the game is launched, but this is not made clear to the player. We advise all our readers to carefully examine their files when installing any new game or software.

You can read more about the deal, and some of the game’s recent updates, here.

You can find a rundown of the game (via Steam) below:

Black Desert Online is a sandbox, living-world MMORPG. Experience fast-paced, action-packed combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in a guild to siege nodes and region castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more!

Players will enjoy jaw-dropping graphics, intuitive skill-based combat, and an immersive story encased in our expansive world that’s just waiting to be explored. Accompanied by a Black Spirit, a companion whose destiny is intertwined with their own, players will discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects.


  • Guardian
  • Shai
  • Archer
  • Lahn
  • Mystic
  • Striker
  • Dark Knight
  • Warrior
  • Ranger
  • Sorceress
  • Berserker
  • Tamer
  • Valkyrie
  • Kunoichi
  • Ninja
  • Witch
  • Wizard
  • Musa
  • Maehwa


  • Robust Character Creation Tools – Make the character YOU want to play.
  • Seamless Movement Throughout the World – No loading times necessary as you explore.
  • Combo-Oriented, Non-Targeted Combat – Take part in fast-paced, action-packed combat with skills that can be chained through combos.
  • Unique Weather and Climate – The weather and climate will have various effects on different zones that players can adapt to.
  • Day / Night Cycle – Along with unique weather and climate changes, the game revolves around a day/night cycle that alters NPC behavior and triggers various events based on the time of day.
  • Instanced Player Housing – From tents to palaces and everything in between, players can furnish and customize their own homes and can hire NPCs to keep your place clean or purchase things from the marketplace.
  • Mounted Combat – Utilize your trusted mounts on the battlefield and take advantage of their mobility and effectiveness in combat. Keep in mind, however, that mounts will need to be cared for, housed and protected as they can die in combat.
  • Boss Hunts – Group up with friends or other players to hunt down field bosses and world bosses to get that rare loot.
  • Siege Warfare – Massive free-for-all guild battles! Join a guild and participate in daily node wars or weekly conquest wars against many other competing guilds. Win the node or castle and claim it for a week to collect taxes to increase your guild funds.
  • Ocean Contents – Craft your boat and make sail to the vast oceans to fish, hunt ocean monsters and bosses, underwater exploring and gathering, quest missions, trade, and so much more.
  • Taming & Breeding – Catch and tame horses and elephants in the wild to make it your mount. You can also breed horses for better offspring with improved mount stats and skills.
  • Crafting – Enjoy all aspects of crafting in Black Desert from tools, weapons, armor, jewelry, boats, costumes, outfits, and more. Just about everything can be crafted in the world of Black Desert Online.
  • Profession – Take part and grow your character into a profession that can help your income. With professions like gathering, processing, cooking, alchemy, training, fishing, hunting, trading, farming, and sailing, you can choose to play Black Desert Online the way you want to.

Black Desert Online is available on Windows PC (via Steam), and Xbox One.

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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