Crimson Desert will feature an extensive and immersive single-player story campaign revolving around Macduff, son of Martinus, the leader of a ragtag band of Mercenaries. The campaign will feature a variety of engaging Quests based on both the exploits of the many mercenaries for hire, and on content that traditionally initiates quests in an MMORPG format. Crimson Desert is a story of growth and resilience. A story where mercenaries, plagued by hardship and pain, endeavor to survive in a hostile world.
The world of Crimson Desert is full of mythical creatures, both big and small, who threaten the livelihood of characters in-game. There are also completing bands of bloodthirsty mercenaries across the land and other powerful figures acting from the shadows. Players must make strategic choices using an action-driven combat system, while either working with, or against other players who inhabit the same world.
Crimson Desert is being advertised as a prequel to Black Desert Online, but although players may get to visit some locations from the original game, there will be entirely new worldviews, religions and characters unique to the world of Crimson Desert.