Monthly Archives: January 2016

Blade & Soul: New Costumes and Accessories

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An array of new costumes and accessories have been arrived in Blade & Soul, who is boasting 1 million players since the Jan 19 official release. If you are into the winter holiday-themed costumes in the store, you’d better to choose those Costumes and Accessories

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Blade & Soul Launches January 19 2016

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We’re pleased to announce that Blade & Soul releases in North America and Europe at 12AM EST/9PM PST on January 19, 2016!

Available in fully localized English, French, and German, players from around the world will be able to experience the fantastical kung fu world of Blade & Soul. Featuring 7 classes—from the menacing Destroyer, to the quick-footed Blade Dancer—players will explore settings deeply rooted in ancient mythologies, and be able to master the martial arts as they seek revenge in a gripping and breathtaking story.

 Blade & Soul Launches January 19 2016

Founder’s Packs offer a number of benefits and bonuses, and will continue to be sold until Head Start—an early-access period for Founder’s Pack owners—begins on January 15. Those who have purchased the higher tier Disciple or Master Founder’s Pack will also be able to reserve names for their character ahead of time; with name reservations beginning on January 11. More information on the name reservation process is to follow.

At launch, Blade & Soul will have a max level of 45, with access to the 1v1 Arena, and two dungeons not seen in our recent Closed Beta tests: Blackram Supply Chain, and E. Fleet Supply Chain. A regular cadence of content updates and patches are planned and in-progress, and we’ll have more information on upcoming content soon after release.

We want to thank everyone who has followed the Blade & Soul release in North America and Europe up to this point, and appreciate the love and support you’ve provided. We couldn’t have made this release possible without you!

Blade & Soul Founder’s Packs Available

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Starting today, you can purchase a Founder’s Pack code through Amazon. This is a great opportunity to purchase Founder’s Packs for friends and family to play alongside with you for Closed Beta Weekend 1!

You can purchase a Founder’s Pack on Amazon by clicking the below images:

 

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How many character slots will I have if I do not purchase a Founder’s Pack?

Each player will have access to 2 Character Slots prior to purchasing any upgrades via the in-game store or benefits from purchasing Founder’s Packs. Purchasing the Disciple Founder’s Pack will grant you access to 2 additional Character Slots (4 total). Purchasing the Master Founder’s Pack will grant you access to 5 additional Character Slots (7 total).

Do I have to purchase all three Founder’s Packs to get all the benefits?

No. Purchasing the Disciple Founder’s Pack will give you all the benefits from the Initiate Founder’s Pack, and purchasing the Master Founder’s Pack will give you all the benefits from both of the previous tiers.

Do my Founder’s Pack benefits need to be activated or will they automatically be applied at head start?

With the exception of Closed Beta, Head Start and Character Name Reservation, you will need to redeem your Founder’s Pack serial key anytime after Head Start to receive your Founder’s Pack benefits. For more information on this process, click here.

How does Character Name Reservation work? The Founder’s Pack page states that we will be able to “pre-generate” our characters and secure our name. Does this mean I have to create my character’s looks before I can reserve my name?

Yes. Prior to Head Start you must log into the Blade & Soul client, create a character and select a name, but you will not be able to play the game until Head Start begins. If you purchase a Disciple or Master Founder’s Pack, you will also be given a Character Alteration Voucher, this will allow you to redesign your character’s appearance.

Are names reserved across North America and Europe or just in each region?

Name reservations will be on a per-region basis. For example: a character may have the same name on a North American server and on a European server, but not on two European servers.

Arena Invitational Event

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We have updates on Closed Beta Weekend 3, and the announcement of a new Arena event.
Closed Beta Weekend 2 approaches, and we’re focusing our attention on the 1v1 Arena. Not only will the World Championship be taking place in Korea at the same time, but we’re announcing a new Invitational event that you can participate in.

World Championship

While we’re rapidly approaching the release of Blade & Soul in the West, the game already has a thriving eSports scene in Korea, where the popular (and televised) World Championship is taking place November 13 and 14, and we’re sending out a small crew to help capture the action.

We’ll be broadcasting the World Championship live from Korea on the Blade & Soul Twitch channel, starting at 2:45am PST November 13, with on-site commentary by DjTechlive, Community & Social Director Omeed Dariani, and Blade & Soul Brand Manager Julianne Harty. It’s sure to be an incredible competition, and we encourage everyone to tune in and watch the best players in the world duke it out for the title of Blade & Soul World Champion.

Arena Invitational Event

You won’t just be able to watch the pros battle in the World Championship though, because we’re going to be bringing out Jaesung Lee—one of the best Blade & Soul Arena players in the world—and offering you a chance to challenge him during Closed Beta Weekend 3.

We’ll be providing a submission form where you can sign up to be one of the lucky few to fight against Jaesung for glory and prizes. Everyone we choose to participate will receive a faction t-shirt, while those who actually manage to defeat Jaesung will receive a Limited Edition Blade & Soul jacket—and the audience wins too! The entire event will be streamed on the official Blade & Soul Twitch channel, and we’ll be giving out prizes in chat based on player performance in the matches. While we’ll be giving out beta keys the whole time, each time Jaesung is defeated, a Master Founder’s Pack will be given out. Whether you think you can take down Jaesung or not, you’ll want to be sure you’re there to watch the matches.

During Closed Beta Weekend 2 (Nov. 13–16) we encourage everyone to participate in the 1v1 Arena. From the internal rankings of that weekend, referenced against the signups we receive, we’ll be reaching out to the top individual participants in both our European and North American communities to battle Jaesung in best of three 1v1 Invitational showmatches. We’ll start streaming the EU Invitational at 10am PST on November 24, with the NA Invitational starting at 3pm PST.

Stay tuned for the signup form and more information on the Invitational, but until then be sure to participate in the 1v1 Arena during Closed Beta Weekend 2 if you’d like to participate.

EU Update

We’re continuing to work diligently on our localized German and French clients, and will now be releasing those language versions for Closed Beta 4, beginning on December 11. The European servers will still be available with Closed Beta Weekend 2, and anyone with a Founder’s Pack or that’s been invited to participate in a Closed Beta, can play using the English client.

As previously announced, all beta characters are receiving a one-time copy to the new EU servers for Closed Beta Weekend 2, and all returning EU players will be able to pick up from where they left off in the previous weekend, but from new local EU servers.

Blade & Soul Closed Beta Schedule

Closed Beta 2: Nov 13–16
Closed Beta 3: Nov 24–30
Closed Beta 4: Dec 11–14
Closed Beta 5: Dec 18–21

Blade & Soul (KR) December Expansion Review: New Maps, Dungeons, the 9th Class

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NCsoft has revealed the first part of the December expansion preview for Blade & Soul. Of course the expansion will be first released in the Korean server but there’s no harm to take an early look at what will come to the NA and EU server in the future. You may have seen the trailer before, and if you haven’t you can see the 9th new class at around 2′ 10”, the young man who fights like Kungfu Master.

New chapter 7 story

The story revolves around the kidnap of a little girl – you can see the scene in the video above at around 55”. Mysterious new character will appear and offer his help. In the journey you will encounter and adventure with new companions in a strange land. What’s the fate of the little girl that’s kidnapped?

Good vs. evil

The left side stand your allies who will offer you assistance during your quest to rescue the little girl. The right side stands the representative of dark power – who are they and what they are up for?

Capital city of the Cloud empire, the starting point of whole new adventure

The palace of the capital city and the place where powerful men and rich people gather around – it’s like a bastion nobody can infiltrate

The slum where beggars, orphans, and helpless people live. People are united there though  oast of coral – behind its beauty is the terrifying legend that a lot of ships have disappeared and sailors lost their lives in this place

Forsaken forest – an abandoned forest with overgrown trees and unknown relics hidden in the very deep area

The headquarter of Black Dragon

A mysterious fleet

New monsters

New dungeons
A lifeless place where ancient guardians sleep

This boss has deadly fist attack

Be careful for its thunder and lightning abilities

Assassin Class Week

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Strike from the shadows in this week’s class overview.

In our ongoing series we focus every other week on a Blade & Soul class. This week the Assassin has emerged to stand revealed in our overview.

Check out our updated class page on the Assassin, where we’ve added some wallpapers, a class introductory video, and a page from the Hongmoon Secret Tome. You’ll want to join us on the official Blade & Soul Twitch channel December 3 at 10 am PST to watch us play the Assassin, and also be sure to check out Twitch streamer Mr Happy 1227 on December 2 at 9 am PST as he shows off his own take on the class.

he Assassin is a complex class that excels when they have the freedom and time to set up their attack, and can be defined by their strategic approach to combat.

Calculating and precise, Assassins need to be in the right position and have the right skill chains set up in order to ensure their opponent doesn’t have the ability to respond to the Assassin’s lightning-quick attacks. Unlike other classes that can get away with fumbling through some clumsy skill applications and still do some damage, the Assassin’s movements and skills are fluid—as sharp as the dagger they wield—and can seamlessly move from attack to attack.

Assassins are masters of confusion and disorientation. Their typical opening move leaves their targets clutching their heads in bewilderment, as they’re inexplicably struck by an invisible force. If they’re alive long enough to regain their wits, it means the Assassin has graciously decided to hold off on their devastating follow-through, and chances are they’ve already disappeared again.

Similar to a Blade Master, Assassin skill availability is dependent on their stance: Stealth stance keeps the Assassin hidden from view, allowing them to deal massive amounts of damage on the unsuspecting. Decoy Stance provides a versatile toolkit for the Assassin, including bombs and other abilities that stun, daze and knock down, as well as their Counter: a visually striking ability that prevents damage and puts them back into Stealth Mode.

This is your last chance to get in and play Blade & Soul before launch on January 19, 2016.

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The time left to play Blade & Soul during the closed testing period is rapidly closing. This is the last test weekend before the full game release on January 19, 2016 at 12:01am EST/9am CET. This final beta weekend runs from December 18 at 10am PST/7pm CET until December 21 at 10pm PST/December 22, 7am CET. This is your final opportunity to play, provide feedback, and help us ensure a successful launch of Blade & Soul next month.You can search more information to buy the Blade & Soul Gold

We’re less than five weeks away from launch, and January 19 also marks the end of your ability to get a Founder’s Pack. Having a Founder’s Pack of course guarantees access to this weekend’s test, but most tiers also offer additional benefits and exclusive rewards—with sizeable amounts of NCoin included—as well as Head Start access to the game before launch on January 15 at 10am PST/7pm CET, and Name Reservation on January 11, 2016 at 6pm PST For NA servers, and 7pm CET for our EU servers.

With Head Start beginning a full three days before launch for Founder’s Pack owners, we have a big weekend planned for our Head Start players, and a big launch event the week after to help kick Blade & Soul off right for everyone. We’ll have more information on the January 19 launch—including how you can get involved—in the near future, so stay tuned.

If you’re looking for a key for this weekend you can grab a copy of the January issue of PC Gamer US and find a free beta key inside. We’re also giving a ton of keys to individual EU press outlets, as well as a bunch to CyberPowerPC—and you can grab one from them by clicking here. We’re giving away tens of thousands of beta keys to make this the biggest closed beta weekend!

Launch is of course going to be an exciting time to start new characters, but we really want to remember everyone’s achievements throughout the closed beta by building a virtual photo album. Take a screenshot of your character waving goodbye to the beta, and post it in this official forums thread. In addition to that you can also tweet them to us @Blade and Soul and we’ll retweet a few throughout this last beta weekend.

Blade & Soul: Outfits of the Martial Artist

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While a martial artist relies on their physical prowess, mastery of their skills, and control of the elements around them, their clothes aren’t entirely purposeless. While clothing doesn’t impart anything to combat ability, both visual aesthetic and symbolism of what the clothing represents can be important.

The outfits players wear will have no effect on their abilities, but some do have additional attributes. First, players must be wearing an outfit in order to gain the benefits from their Soul Shield. Beyond that, certain costumes can also represent players‘ allegiance to a faction, and donning such an outfit will flag players for attack by those of the opposing faction. While their blue or red PvP costume will show they are either fighting for the Cerulean Order or the Crimson Legion, there are other, regional factions players will come across during their travels. By wearing their clothes, players can influence the faction’s members—and their enemies—to react to them in a different way. This can come in handy if players are being sent to infiltrate an enemy stronghold. But players’ allegiance is not bound to these regional factions. Players can easily obtain the costumes belonging to each regional faction, and choose to wear them at any point. You could get more information in the website:
http://www.blade-soul.com/

http://www.blade-soul.com/blade-soul/blade-soul-items
Wardrobe

The Wardrobe feature (F3) allows players to browse all of the costumes available within the game—including ones for the Summoner’s Familiar—preview their appearance on player’s character, and even tells players where they can be obtained. It also serves as a storage closet where players can keep the costume looks they’ve already obtained, and quickly swap to different outfits. Some outfits are just torso coverings, like shirts and pants, while others might also include a matching head item, like a hat or mask.

Costumes drop from enemies and bosses, can be rewarded from completing quests and challenges, are unique drops from limited-time events and holidays, or can be purchased from the Hongmoon Store. Players should try to collect as many as possible!

Blade & Soul Announced for Western Winter Launch

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NCSOFT® has announced that Blade & Soul will launch in North America and Europe this winter with closed beta beginning as early as fall 2015! Blade & Soul is a game unlike any other, set in an Asian, mythological world where fast-paced combat collides with the visual beauty of a Far-East martial arts massively-multiplayer online universe. Since its initial launch in Asia in mid-2012, Blade & Soul has attracted tens of millions of players across South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan, while emerging as one of the top MMORPGs in the world.

“Blade & Soul is one of the most anticipated online games by Western consumers,” commented John Burns, senior vice president of publishing at NCSOFT West. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring one of the most successful and fun online games in Asia to our Western audience this winter and we can’t wait to deliver this extraordinary and distinct gaming experience to millions of new players across North America and Europe.”

Blade & Soul delivers an engaging story and vibrant world for players to explore. In the game, players must fight to avenge the death of their fallen master in a classic Wuxia storyline. Wuxia, which literally means “martial hero,” is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. As players explore the world of Blade & Soul, they will see a fusion of Asian cultures that delivers stunning landscapes and vistas.

Blade & Soul defies typical MMO conventions, delivering action-based combat with ability combos and a flexible party role system that does not require dedicated healers. It gives players unprecedented movement abilities around the world as their characters leap over mountains and fly through the air.

The first major Blade & Soul livestream will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 10AM PDT / 17:00 UTC at www.twitch.tv/bladeandsoul. In addition, fans can receive exclusive and on-going information on all things Blade & Soul by signing up for the game’s newsletter at http://bladeandsoul.com. Player feedback will help shape the game as it evolves, so fans are encouraged to follow and interact with Blade & Soul via social media and other communication channels, including:

Twitter: @bladeandsoul

Facebook: facebook.com/bladeandsoul

Selected fans who sign up on the site will be given access to the closed beta that is planned for fall of 2015 in North America and Europe. At launch, the Western version of Blade & Soul will be fully localized into English, German and French (including voice-over). Additional information about the business model will be revealed this summer.