Blade & Soul makes Western debut on January 19th

If you’ve been waiting for the localized launch of Blade & Soul for what feels like an eternity, your wait is nearly over. The game is officially launching on January 19th in North America and Europe alike, with more beta tests taking place between now and then. Founder’s Pack purchasers will be able to access the game on January 15th, while name reservations will be available starting on January 11th.

Want a little more time to try the game out before buying in? The next beta weekend runs from November 24th through November 30th, giving you a new and exciting excuse for avoiding your family during the holidays. At launch, the game will have a level cap of 45 for all seven playable classes, and 30 dungeons along with the 1v1 arena once you’re done with questing and exploring.

Source: NCsoft press release
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Tizmah1
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Tizmah1

necrologyx Yup, I remember seeing the debut trailer in 2009 thinking it’d be great.  Now?  Not at all.  Plus, I already thought I played this game once, but it was called Tera I think.

necrologyx
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necrologyx

Just my two cents, of course this is all opinion….

I have been following this game for years. I tried the korean beta years ago and was excited, and I got the beta for this weekend for the US release. Game is pretty. It runs well. So far there is nothing that screams “wrong” with it. Other than its like, 5 years too late. It’s not bad, its just…. I dunno. It feels like every single other MMO that has come out in the past 11 years. After playing it for a bit i logged out and thought “why would I play this instead of wow? or even ToR or Wildstar” (a game that i have 11 years into, and two games that I’ve at least become somewhat established in)? Not one reason jumped out at me. IMHO Wildstar combat is more fun, ToR has a better questing system, and WoW has people that I have played games with for years. 

::shrugs::

Again, 4-5 years ago or whenever it came out overseas this might have been cool…. but now? Meh.

Radfist
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Radfist

TacoBellMan jsmooth1 xPhenomen Wratts  Skyforge feels clunky and disjointed compared to the sheer amazement that is B&S.

Radfist
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Radfist

TacoBellMan @collagen123 Except most of those story quests can be broken down into fetch, follow, kill x etc. Just with a bit of voice over to justify it.
Honestly with a game like B&S, quests are just an excuse to kill things, because that is the games strength.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Awesome, even sooner than I expected! It’d be kind of nice to try beta on this, but I don’t foresee any founder’s purchases right now. We’ll see how bored I get over the holidays.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

ManastuUtakata Quivering with excitement to join said Lyn army. Because Lyn.

Jandor
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Jandor

Loopstah I think it’s more of a tank/control/support dynamic. 
Honestly didn’t get that far in the last CBT. It’s definitely not a traditional trinity-style setup, I know that much.

Jandor
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Jandor

The Happy Troll zyrusticae I’m just a regular guy, a super cool and handsome regular guy.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

samedbudak Combat Seizure Online

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Vanblod Loopstah I see. Does the gameplay allow for a more organized trinity-style dungeon crawling, or is it more akin to GW2 zerg?

samedbudak
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samedbudak

Like Black Desert Online?

WilliamWyrick
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WilliamWyrick

No i got a beta invite and didn’t give them any money

Veldan
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Veldan

I can’t like games like this anymore, seeing those characters just makes me laugh. I hope one day a realistic MMO will come out of Asia, it would be glorious.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

blaaznar Evelynddra TacoBellMan  Incorrect. Lost Moogles = Fetch your own soul, Kill the Hell out of it, Follow it to the River Styx and cry yourself a River…Styx.

Fuck the moogles.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Madda TacoBellMan Quincha  They would still be in Canadia.

The Happy Troll
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The Happy Troll

zyrusticae Everybody seems to be a prophet, millionaire, and gigolo on the Internet now-a-days.

Geneaux
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Geneaux

I hope them name reservations are available to everyone.

imperialpanda
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imperialpanda

Vanblod Felt the same thing. But once I learned the game’s style of party combat and became more familiar with my skills and enemy skills it got a bit more interesting.
Essentially everyone is a DPS, which is extremely satisfying because newbs can’t cry about how they’re not being carried by heals.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

I know what I’m doing on January 19th!….
Playing GW2 and possibly beta testing CU!
Oh what, you expected a Blade and Soul comment?  Alright, fine:  Blade and Soul looks nice.

xPhenomen
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xPhenomen

TacoBellMan xPhenomen Wratts why would I watch some newbie video when I actually completed every raid and got 1950 elo in 1v1 arena. Hongmun weapon is not the best and too expensive to evolve so you’re wrong about it. There is nothing p2w on cash shop. Race locked classes is not unique to asian MMOs (WoW, Wildstar, AoC)

xPhenomen
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xPhenomen

Dystopiq Koshelkin Lost Ark.. I hope

xPhenomen
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xPhenomen

Calraven there are tons of key giveaways from partners (massively, mmorpgcom, razer, ign, mmohut etc)

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Koshelkin TacoBellMan Lhumierre Why not? lol

MetaDune
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MetaDune

TacoBellMan @collagen123 Even the main story line quests have fetch quests, don’t be delusional that they don’t have it.

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Madda TacoBellMan You need the /s or /j after your comments

MetaDune
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MetaDune

Calraven That’s one way of getting in, the other way is to be picked at random

TacoBellMan
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TacoBellMan

Calraven That’s the norm these nowadays

Calraven
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Calraven

So they only way to play the beta is to pay for the access?

TacoBellMan
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TacoBellMan

Lhumierre Whatever, who the hell cares.

TacoBellMan
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TacoBellMan

blaaznar Jeeze, read dude, I said as of patch 3.1, moogles and their quests are pre patch 3.1.

You are the second person to mis quote me. Lhumierre did the same thing lol.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

The combat was great and it even mapped to a controller pretty well. i used a Kung Fu master and it was very fighting game like

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

TacoBellMan If you have to use a VPN to play any game then it isn’t meant for you and you can’t give really constructive feedback because you will never be the audience it caters too and your latency will be through the roof when ti comes to combat.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

blaaznar It’s like Gang Colors lol

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Funny thing, this is pretty much exactly when I expected the game to launch, based on the date of the last CBT and the launch being teased as “Q1 2016”. It’s nice to feel prophetic every once in awhile. :)
I recorded a video of the solo dungeon “Dreadtide Arena” during last CBT weekened. Figured I’d post it here in case anyone is curious what high-level play looks like in this game (yes, I modded the game during the CBT): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfCxUv-Ycfk
I freakin’ LOVE draw stance. One of the most satisfying movesets in all of MMO-dom, I feel, especially with my near-perfect latency. The sheer speed of the rapid slashing makes me feel like a mega-badass. Not gonna lie – that alone is good enough reason for me to invest in the game. Nothing else comes close to the sheer satisfaction I feel from just dealing damage.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Koshelkin LE doesn’t really have competition. How many MMOARPGs can you think of here in the west? ELOA? Devilian?PoE?

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

Vanblod Loopstah It’s going to feel like that at first. This changes as you level up, and especially so at the level cap, where everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing and dealing with the mechanics appropriately. (Plus Blade Dancers and Destroyers start using their grab & force choke like they’re supposed to.) 
Also of note, this is one of the only games with a big emphasis on a difficult solo dungeon. Tons of fun. We won’t get it at launch, but it probably won’t take long for it to release.

blaaznar
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blaaznar

Evelynddra TacoBellMan not true! Find lost moogles is neither fetch, nor kill nor follow ;)

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

TacoBellMan Lhumierre My, my, why so aggressive?

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

I hope Lineage Eternal won’t take as long as this.

Madda
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Madda

TacoBellMan Quincha Don’t forget Canadia!

God knows where they’d be if they were separated from the US.

Madda
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Madda

TacoBellMan Madda Because the subject matter was meant to be taken seriously, right?

jefreahard
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jefreahard

Greaterdivinity They did goof, it was embargoed, which is probably why they pulled it and left a 404 under the reddit link, haha. Though that’s better than some outlets that just would have left it up and said oh well, cough cough.

jefreahard
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jefreahard

blaaznar That is cool. Reminds me of SWG’s TEF from way back, though you could accidentally flag yourself if you failed to learn how the system work and attacked an opposite-faction NPC. Not sure if there’s anything similar in B&S.

Qarran
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Qarran

Alright.  “Our first catch of the day”  err I guess year.  I hope for good things from B&S even if I don’t play it much or any at all.  It is always good to have options. :)

Evelynddra
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Evelynddra

TacoBellMan Evelynddra  I’ve also played FF14 a lot, likely too much! Lol. I’ve been absorbed with other games lately though, so I’m definitely behind on the recent patches. They’ve only streamlined the new MSQ yeah?. As this patch is very recent a large majority of the game quests remains fetch, kill, follow.
I’ve only played some of SWTOR, and I’ve definitely noticed it’s heavily story driven. Never touched ESO though, the whole franchise never interested me terribly.
And I agree with that point. I tend to enjoy them more with enjoyable combat vs heavy story. This is where it just comes to personal taste.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Do we know *when* on January 11th the name reservations will open up? They have to do it in the evening when *everybody* is home because if they do it during the day when most of us are at work that would be so unfair. Need details on this!

blaaznar
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blaaznar

I love how they handled world PvP – if you want to partake in it, put your faction’s tutu on and slap around people wearing the wrong color. If you want some piece, just put a non-pvp uniform on.

ProfessionalNoob
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ProfessionalNoob

ManastuUtakata If I was going to play it. I’d play a Lyn and wreck havok on the worthy and unworthy alike.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Heh, thought Gamespot had goofed and accidentally posted the news early last night when I saw.
Oh well, cool. Maybe I’ll snag another beta key and play around some more, but 2 months isn’t long to wait.

blaaznar
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blaaznar

TacoBellMan ManastuUtakata so does WoW… or at least it did while I played it. Not really an argument do dismiss a whole game.

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