Blade & Soul’s Free-to-Play Model Is Discussed

NCSoft has now officially detailed their free-to-play model for Blade & Soul for the North American and European versions.

The first bit of news they shared is likely a sigh of relief for anyone looking to play the game – there will be no content locked behind a pay wall or any other restrictions on gameplay for free players. They do plan to bring their NCoin currency to the game, however the real money purchases will allow you to buy only convenience items, cosmetic items, and things that will improve ease of play, like an expanded inventory or extra characters.

Additionally, there will be a currency that can be earned in game through non-real-money means that can be spent on NCoin bought items.

Premium Memberships will also be available, of course, for those who want them. The benefits of having one will require the membership to be maintained, and the longer you subscribe, the better your rewards will be. These rewards will also only be quality of life bonuses and such, none of which will tilt the game in favor of paid members.

Blade & Soul’s western closed beta is planned to be this fall, and sign-ups are already underway on it’s main website. Sometime this summer, however, pre-orders will be available as digital-only. These pre-order packs have yet to be revealed officially, but it’s a safe bet to assume there will be plenty of bells and whistles involved in the higher tier packs.

Chris Gregoria


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  1. EroBotan
    June 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    while this is great news for us gamers, I just hope that this won’t make them goes bankrupt … .

  2. patyos
    June 23, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Depends how Popular it gets with English speaking players

  3. patyos
    June 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Every single day i just wanna play Blade And Soul and No not all the other crappy version of it I want the Western version thats gonna be better theyve been talking about lately

  4. KenAyagami
    June 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I played the CH version.. when you got to level 45 there is so much daily quest to do it took about 8 hours just to complete the important quest… T^T at least for me..

  5. cfStatic
    June 24, 2015 at 12:39 am

    I *really* enjoyed tencent’s f2p of the game, and I’m hoping that NCsoft NA takes their queues from them.

  6. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 24, 2015 at 1:46 am

    “expanded inventory” What does that mean? Usable base inventory or DC Universe levels of uselessness?

  7. Shaded Lumikko
    Shaded Lumikko
    June 24, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Phew. Thank god.

  8. Shaded Lumikko
    Shaded Lumikko
    June 24, 2015 at 6:02 am

    It most likely means that you have sizable basic inventory, with additional space available for purchase.

    It remains to be seen how annoying this is, but i trust in NCSoft making it so that the problem isn’t that prominent outside frequent breaks to arrange your stuff.

  9. EroBotan
    June 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

    true, they need to be as popular as WoW or League of Legends

  10. Cytos Lpagtr
    Cytos Lpagtr
    June 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    you pay 1NCoin per cm you want your toons skirt to be shorter

  11. Nonscpo
    June 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Did anybody actually like the anime? Cause I didn’t, just saying!

  12. InfectedAI
    June 24, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    What was their implementation like? I’ve heard lots of complaints about the company.

  13. InfectedAI
    June 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    No way it’s going to be as popular as those two.

  14. cfStatic
    June 24, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Keep in mind that there’s US->Chinese currency exchange here, and I haven’t played since a few months after it was released there

    A year of VIP was $5 or $10 USD. Costumes were $10 USD at most. They did lock some things behind a secondary paywall(like a rewards program, buy thing, get reward point to use on other stuff that was only available with said reward points).

    They also had a never ending stream of events that handed out convenience items(repair hammers, protection scrolls, temp costumes), etc. Maybe it was because of the time of the year that it came out, dunno(early winter). I was certainly more loose with spending money there because they gave out so much.

    At least in regards to BnS, tencent is a-ok in my book.