Black Desert's battle royale spin-off, Shadow Arena, is now in Steam Early Access and can be tried out for free but there are in-game purchases as you might expect.
Shadow Arena is now in Steam Early Access, requiring no initial charge but the 10 heroes can be purchased in an extremely pricey package. It costs $89.99 / €89.99 / £71.99 and considering the game was not getting stellar reviews at the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether it will manage to find much success.
Even the in-game purchases are hard to classify as microtransactions as one skin can cost around $20 . Those who are used to Korean MMOs might not find this to be egregious but if you don't usually shell out that much money for just about everything in the game, you might not like this kind of monetisation.
As for the gameplay, it is the usual rules of battle royale - 40 people are dropped into a map and the last one standing wins it all. There are, however, PvE elements since players will need to battle some monsters in order to obtain gear.
System requirements listed on Steam are pretty low so most modern rigs should run Shadow Arena with no issue. Then again, there seems to be a 30 FPS cap so make of that what you will.
At the time of writing, 56 per cent player reviews on Steam were positive so it seems like some of that Black Desert charm managed to squeeze itself through between the aforementioned bad parts of the game.