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This Incredibly Popular MMO Is Free On Steam Right Now

The pricier Black Desert Online editions are on sale, too.

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One of the most popular MMOs around is free on PC for the next few days. From now until 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET on March 2, you can grab Black Desert Online from Steam or the game's official website free of charge. Black Desert Online doesn't require a subscription, so once you click "Add to Account," it's yours to play for as long as you like. While it normally only costs $10 on PC, you can't beat free.

Like many MMOs, Black Desert Online is a time sink that you can easily dump dozens if not hundreds of hours into. The free promotion coincides with the four-year anniversary of the MMO's release on PC, and it's the first time the game has been given away for free.

Black Desert Online is action-oriented with fast-paced combat and a large, sprawling world filled with monsters to slay alongside your friends. The game has 19 character classes and a robust crafting system that lets you create practically anything found in the world if you have the right materials.

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New players who download from Steam will also have to create a Black Desert Online account. You'll get the Starter's Package for free this weekend when creating your account, which gives you 10 seven-day guest passes. During the free giveaway, you can also save on the Traveler's Package and Explorer's Package, which come with in-game upgrades to inventory and character slots, a pet of your choice, and other items that will help you on your journey. The Traveler's Package upgrade is available for $8 (was $20), and the Explorer's Package upgrade drops to $16 (was $40).

Black Desert Online launched on PS4 and Xbox One in 2019, and developer Pearl Abyss is adding cross-play support for the console versions on March 4. The impressive iOS and Android version, Black Desert Online Mobile, released late last year as a free-to-play game.

Steam users can also check out Ark: Survival Evolved, Descenders, and Deep Rock Galactic for free until Sunday. If you like what you play, you can buy all three games for a fraction of their normal prices and continue playing after the free weekend ends.

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