Visual stunning Korean MMORPG Black Desert Online has at long last been confirmed for a Western release in 2016. Korean players have been beavering away at Black Desert since 2014, and all we’ve been able to do is look on in envy at the incredible capabilities of its character creation screen.

The plan is for closed alpha testing to begin for Black Desert Online soon, ahead of an eventual release in the US and Europe in 2016. However, when it does arrive, Black Desert Online won’t be free-to-play is it is in Korea and Japan, but will be a subscription-free buy-to-play game, much like The Elder Scrolls Online is now.

We are putting a lot of effort in the game’s Western localization,” said Daum Games’s Daniel Loehr.

We are localizing approximately 2.5 million words into English, German and French. Black Desert Online’s content and gameplay systems will be adjusted to accommodate Western players and our differentiating business model.

Aside from its lovely visuals, Black Desert Online differs from the rest of the crowd by being an action-focused MO. There’s an Assassin’s Creed-like parkour system for scaling the environments, while much of the end-game play centres around large-scale castle sieges using advanced weaponry.

For now Black Desert Online is certainly one to keep an eye on. We’ll update you as soon as we know anything more about the alpha.