Throughout yesterday’s Opening Night time Reside stream at Gamescom we bought a have a look at a brand new recreation referred to as DokeV that, fairly frankly, baffled all of us. Developed by Black Desert On-line studio Pearl Abyss, it was described as “an off-the-cuff, open world journey stuffed with lovable tales” that has gamers accumulating creatures referred to as Dokebi, who “reside side-by-side with people and encourage individuals’s goals from which they achieve energy.”
The trailer was lengthy and loud and totally complicated—however type of in a great way, if solely as a result of it left us desirous to know extra about what was happening. Throughout as we speak’s Future Video games Present, we bought it: Whereas yesterday’s presentation was all sound, fury, and confusion, as we speak’s is a clearer breakdown of what gamers must stay up for.
Dokebi are “spirit-like entities that seem in conventional Korean folktales,” lead producer Sangyoung Kim explains within the new video. “They encourage braveness, and typically unintentionally trigger hassle, however they’re enjoyable mates to have.”
DokeV is about in an enormous, open world the place Dokebi and folks reside side-by-side. Gamers can transfer freely inside the recreation world, taking part in mini-games and finishing quests, however there’s additionally a big-picture story to observe that is picked up by way of hints discovered scattered all through the sport. Finishing sure necessities will trigger a particular occasion to start, by way of which you will meet and acquire new Dokebi.
Fight is supposed to be intense however accessible to a variety of players, and is meant to be “one thing that is enjoyable even simply by itself.” But it surely’s not essentially the main target of the sport: “At present, the gameplay trailer consists of largely fight scenes,” recreation designer Changkee Nam mentioned. “However there may be all kinds of gameplay in DokeV and you’ll have the liberty to attempt them out within the recreation.”
Thanks for the love! 💙DokeV is definitely an open world action-adventure (not an MMO) however no matter style we’re going for enjoyable, cute, and thrilling! 🥳August 25, 2021
One level the video does not clarify is how—or if—DokeV will deal with multiplayer. The sport’s web site initially described it as an “open world MMO,” however Pearl Abyss informed us yesterday that this is not truly the case, some extent the studio additionally made on Twitter. The MMO reference has since been faraway from the positioning. The trailer mentions “embarking on varied adventures with mates,” however in a while appears to make clear that as “Dokebi mates,” fairly than different gamers.
DokeV positive appears to be like like a recreation that is constructed to be an MMO, however even when it solely helps solo play or small-scale multiplayer, it appears to be like fairly darn enjoyable: A giant, interactive world you may rattle round, discover at your personal tempo, and observe the larger story at any time when the urge strikes. There’s nonetheless so much we do not find out about it, however based mostly on what we do know up to now, I am intrigued. It is set to return out someday in 2022, and till then you will discover out extra at dokev.pearlabyss.com.