Today Pearl Abyss announced that Shadow Arena, their upcoming 40 player hero action battle royale game, will be globally available for free through Steam early access on May 21.

Shadow Arena pits 40 players against each other in a ruthless fight to be the last person standing on the battlefield. Players can choose from nine playable characters, each with their own unique fighting style. To climb to the top of the pack, players must slay monsters and collect loot to upgrade their gear and gain buffs. However, impeccable skill execution and well-timed evasive tactics are critical in securing victory.

Shadow Arena was originally a mode within Black Desert, but was eventually developed into its own stand-alone game. While Shadow Arena does take inspiration from Black Desert, it has created its own unique style that draws from the MOBA, battle royale, and MMO genres to create a unique game. Shadow Arena has three gameplay modes: solo, duo, and AI. While players can show off their skills in solo mode, complex and strategic gameplay is required to emerge victorious in team mode. Duo mode allows players to enjoy distinctive co-op experiences that create a new style of PvP action. Players can hone their skill with AI bot in the AI mode.

Current language support for the Shadow Arena closed beta includes English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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