Black Desert Online will feature five playable races. They are designed to fit into the Medieval European aesthetic of the game. The five races are Human, Elf, Giant, Dwarf, and Hobbit. The first three are confirmed, the last two are unconfirmed. Classes may or may not be race-restricted (i.e., archers can only be elves), but that’s not confirmed yet. Some classes will be gender-locked, while others will be open.
Here is an elven female archer. Archers can play as a male or a female, so I presume we’ll be seeing male elves soon.
This is a Giant Predator. Predators will be gender-locked.
This is a human male fighter. Fighters and sorcerers are not gender-locked, but tamers can only be female.
Human female Tamer. All Tamers are female.
Source on gender-locking:
But we guarantee that we will make other genders of fighter/ranger/sorceress.