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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

Recommended MMO :Blade and Soul will be released in January 2016

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Blade & Soul

The game is going to finally release in the west on January 19. You should have added this game to your play list while you are pretty familiar with the game’s content. At launch you can choose from 7 classes including Blade Master, Blade Dancer, Destroyer, Force Master, Kungfu Master, Assassin, and Summoner. Looks like Warlock will be added in future update. For now we have no idea how exactly the cash shop will be like since there will be no open beta.

While most game play content remain the same as that in Korean version, the team modifies numbers of quests and quest dialogues for the purpose of localization. Some western players don’t like it, citing that the alternation “turns the player into a strict hero archetype with no moral failings or ambiguity. Villains are now stereotypical cartoon-tier evil.” We’ll see how the community will say about to the story and quests after the launch.

Recently, NCsoft unveiled a new class for Blade & Soul. In addition, the full version of previous musical titled “Wash Painting Succuba – Jin Seo-yeon” is unveiled.

The new class could change combat modes freely as usual depending on different conditions. They are not only good at melee but also range attack. They are also helpful in recovering team members

Besides, NCsoft offered a musical titled “Wash Painting Succuba – Jin Seo-yeon” during Blade & Soul 2015 World Tournament in last November at Busan. This musical interpreted Jin Seo-yeon again with imagination and wonderful Acousto-optic effect created by the production team and artists. So far, the name of this new class has not been confirmed. The official invited players to name this new class.

You can search more information in the following website:

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

http://www.blade-soul.com/blade-soul/blade-soul-powerleveling

 

The Wait Is Over! A Look Back at Blade & Soul’s 8-Year Road to the West

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On the subject of the most anticipated MMORPG in 2012, Blade & Soul will be in everyone’s mind. Blade & Soul attracted wide attention and received good comments from players due to its gorgeous art, exciting windwalking system, beautiful characters, fast combat and facsinating story.
NCsoft, the Korea-based MMO veteran behind Lineage 2, announced the Unreal Engine 3 title Blade & Soul for the first time in 2007, and it’s been 8 years since it then. During the 8 years, western players leant about this game via news from Korea and China.
On May 21, 2015, NCsoft finally confirmed Blade & Soul will come out in North America and Europe this winter and enter first closed beta test on October 30th. The wait is almost over, so let’s take a look back at the 8 years’ time of Blade & Soul’s birth, growth, and how it get to where it is today.

On November 21st, 2007 NCsoft officially announed a mysterious new title with codename Project M

Developed by NCsoft’s Team Bloodlust, Blade & Soul is NCsoft’s first oriental fantasy MMOPRG. It is also seen as the company’s new flagship MMO after AION.
On July 31st, 2008 Project M had a formal name Blade & Soul
At NCsoft’s newgame press conference in 2008, Project M officially named Blade & Soul and it unveiled the first trailer and first batch of screenshots. Take a look at the video below and see how the game looked like 7 years ago.
On October 13, 2008, NCsoft released a new trailer for their next generation title Blade &Soul
On October 13, Pae Jae Hyun released an 8-minute trailer which uncovered more details of the game. More actions including dazzling skills and windwalking skill can be seen in the trailer and at that time people were sure of the development went smoothly.

On August 8th, NCsoft announced that Blade & Soul’s first CBT would be delayed to 2010
NCsoft confirmed on its financial report conference that Blade & Soul CBT rescheduled in 2010.

On December 11, 2009, Blade& Soul unveiled a G-Star interview video

In this interview video, Blade & Soul designer who was in charge of the graphics talked about Blade & Soul’s features and development.

On March 8th, 2010, Blade &Soul unveiled a video for all plyable races

At G-Star 2009, Blade & Soul released a video, officially introducing 4 races, including Gon, Jin, Lyn and Kun.

On May 9th, 2010, NCsoft announced again that Blade & Soul’s CBT schedule would delay again

At NCsoft’s 2010 Q1 financial report conference call, NCsoft’s managing board talked about Blade & Soul’s development status. They planned to start B&S CBT in 2010 and commercial service in 2011. During that time, Blade & Soul was in internal test and reviewed players’ feedback. So, they changed the schedule and delayed the CBT. However, they confirmed that they would not change the official release schedule.

At G-star 2010, players could get their hands on Blade & Soul for the first time

On August 13, 2010, NCsoft updated the launch schedule at the Q2 financial report conference. The next day, NCsoft presented Blade & Soul at G-Star and offered a trial demo which contained tutorial contents and early quests.

On October 29th, 2010, NCsoft unveiled a G-Star promotion trailer

On April 27th, 2011, Blade & Soul finally kicked off first closed beta test in Korea

The anticipated MMORPG kicked off a 5-day closed beta test on April 27th. The first CBT opened 20 levels of content including windwalking system, combo skills and grouping. Although the beta only lasted 5 days, the CBT key was sold at skyhigh price on the internet at third party websites.

On May 2nd, 2011, NCsoft announced that Blade & Soul’s 2nd CBT would due in August and released a brand new class for the game

 

On May 16th, 2011, Chinese publisher Tencent secured publishing right of Blade & Soul in China

On May 23rd, 2011, NCsoft released a trailer to celebrate the success of Blade & Soul’s first CBT in Korea

In celebration of the success of Blade & Soul’s first closed beta test, NCsoft released the first commemorated trailer. Players can see the game’s content in the CBT.

Blade & Soul – The Memory of 1st CBT

On July 28th, 2011, the second round of CBT started. It was said that the game had been hacked.

Blade & Soul entered the first closed beta test in the end of April, so the client was available to the public for the first time. A lot of foreign players can not wait to play the game and someone hacked the client. Later on, Blade & Soul private server appeared.

On August 18th, 2011, Blade & Soul unveiled the second CBT schedule and new class assassin

Blade & Soul announced to start the second CBT on August 29th, 2011 and end on September 10th, 2011. In addition, NCsoft unveiled new class assassin would be available in CBT2, along with optimized control and targeting system.

On September 8th, 2011, Blade & Soul unveiled the sixth new class summoner for the 3rd CBT

On April 23rd, 2012, Blade & Soul unveiled the 3rd CBT schedule and more about Summoner

The 3rd CBT ran from May 9th to May 22nd, 2012. At the same time, NCsoft released a trailer and some screenshots for Summoner.

The creature summoned by Summoner was pretty terrifying seeing from the promotion trailer in 2009. However, in the actual game the creature became an adorable cat. The class is mainly designed for female players.

On May 23rd, 2012, Blade & Soul Open Beta schedule unveiled

The third closed beta test of Blade & Soul ended on May 22nd, and shortly after, NCsoft unveiled the OBT schedule. The Open Beta will start on June 21st, 2012.

On February 19th, 2013, Blade & Soul confirm the game’s western version won’t be modified or censored.

A trailer of Blade & Soul published for the west featured censored content. Characters were less exposed than the Korean version. Rumors spreaded, saying that NCSOFT West was modifying the content. NCSOFT West made a statement clarifying that they would never alter the game content.

On February 7th, 2014, Blade & Soul set sail to Japan

On April 8th, 2014, Blade & Soul Japan Confirmed to Be Pay-to-play with Cash Shop

The payment mode of Blade & Soul Japan has been confirmed to be pay-to-play with cash shop according to Steparu. Details of the monthly packages have not been announced yet, but you can take a look at the two starting packages available on Amazon. They are the Standard package with a price of 37 USD and the Premium package of 95 USD.

 

On July 30, 2014, Blade & Soul Taiwan server officially announced with beta sign-up starting on July 30

On May 21st, 2015, NCSOFT announced Blade & Soul to Launch in North America and Europe in the winter

Finally, NCSOFT announced that Blade & Soul(Official Site: http://www.bladeandsoul.com/) will launch in North America and Europe this winter.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, Blade & Soul is a game unlike any other. 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.

On October 30th, 2015, Blade & Soul will start the first closed beta test in the west

Without any further notice or a big adverstising campaign, NCSoft suddenly announced that theFounder’s Packs for Blade & Soul are now available in North America and Europe, and revealed that the game will launch in the first quarter of 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions of Blade and Soul

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When will the English release be released?

January 19th, 2016!!!

Where will the servers be for the English release?

There will be two servers available in the English release. The North American server will be situated in Dallas, Texas, and the European server will be in Frankfurt, Germany.

Will the English release be Censored?

No!

What version of Blade & Soul will the English release use?

The English release will be using the latest skill set as used in the various Asian versions. We will also have the story unlocked to the end of the 3rd part. More information can be found here.

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What classes will we have access to?

We will have access to Blade Master, Blade Dancer, Kung Fu Master, Force Master, Summoner, Assassin and Destroyer, with the help of Blade And Soul Items. We will not have access to Warlock or Qi Master on release, but it will be added at a later time through content updates.

What will the level cap be?

The level cap will initially by 45. This will be changed at a later time through content updates.

Will it be Pay to Win?

The English release of Blade & Soul will not be Pay to Win. The Cash shop can be used to purchase things such as Costumes, basic consumables, inventory expansions and other simple things like that. Nothing that can give a player an edge over an other.

What is Premium Membership?

Premium Membership gives a player some benefits including special windwalk effects (i.e. a blue wind trail), Blade And Soul Gold and XP boosts, and a currency boost.

Is there an Oceanic & SEA server or plans for one?

As of now, the answer is no. However, there is a petition for an OCE server that you can sign, and NCSoft has supported the petition on their Twitch streams as something they will consider for the future.