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This Incredibly Popular MMO Is Free On Steam Right Now

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


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.

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Now Playing: Black Desert Mobile Is The Full MMO Experience

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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Black Desert Online

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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