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Blade & Soul is Finally Coming West this Winter

NCSoft has announced that Blade & Soul, their Chinese martial-arts MMORPG, is finally coming west this winter. Featured above, you can view a brand new trailer for the game.

The game was originally released in Asia back in 2012. The game follows a “Wuxia” storyline in which the player has to fight to avenge the death of their master. For those who aren’t familiar with Chinese culture, “wuxia” translates directly into “martial hero,” and covers a pretty dynamic range of Chinese fiction and media covering martial artists.

Blade & Soul is getting the full western treatment by getting translations into English, German, and French, and voice overs in each language as well. No word on if dual-audio is going to be offered in the game. The current state of the game is described as “pre pre pre alpha,” and despite it being free-to-play, will have no main content being gated or needing payment to access.

You can register to get information for the game over on its official website, and beta invites will be going out sometime this fall. Further details regarding micro-transactions (as the game will be free to play) will be confirmed this summer, with a full launch set for this winter.

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12 comments
  1. Joel Leonheart
    Joel Leonheart
    May 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Alright tried this on the Russian server witch worked fine until..Well let just say I could play the epilogue part and little further then came the bug’s and translation issues..

  2. Turt
    Turt
    May 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    This is happening way too late.

  3. John Smith
    John Smith
    May 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    They said they arent going to censor the game. But coming out of cali I woudnt hold my breath

  4. killertpu
    killertpu
    May 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Honestly when i saw this game what, two years ago? I was hyped as fuck for a western release now? Meh. I got other shit to do now.

  5. patyos
    patyos
    May 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    You sure its not gonna Get Delayed Yet Again ? :P

  6. UntamedLoli
    UntamedLoli
    May 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    It should’ve been out a long time ago but I’ll try it. I’m fully expecting a big mess like their other games though. They couldn’t even be bothered to change Aion’s systems from pay-by-the-hour they use locally to monthly before it went F2P. Not even attempting to fix any of the other major outstanding problems either.

  7. Nina Bradford
    Nina Bradford
    May 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    What the hell took them so long? Can they even compete in the MMO market right now?

  8. 7-D Sensei
    7-D Sensei
    May 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Only took like 4 years.

  9. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    May 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Fuck yes, but I hope it doesn’t fall to censorship.

  10. Fenrir7
    Fenrir7
    May 21, 2015 at 4:11 am

    I just heard about this game today, but it looks pretty damn cool. Gonna check it out.

  11. SolidSalamander
    SolidSalamander
    May 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Here’s hoping they don’t go down the Pay2Win route, and also that they don’t fucking censor it.

  12. boag
    boag
    May 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    agreed, the hype for this game died around the time Terra came out.