Blade & Soul is live; here’s the launch roundup, gallery, and trailer

NCsoft’s Blade & Soul formally launches in the west today, having spent the last few days in headstart. To celebrate how far it’s come in the last year since announcing its intent to launch on our shores, we’ve rounded up all of our best coverage of the game and plopped the launch gallery and trailer below too. Enjoy!

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Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Sorry, I can’t be arsed to even try the game. All of the videos and screenshots show is they slapped a “new” combat mechanic and some post-processing into the same generic Korean slop that’s been dribbled out for the last decade+.

Matso
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Matso

Veldan Matso Ty Veldan.  I asume all the servers with no DE or FR are the english EU ones.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Tizmah1 Sorenthaz AnthonyPassmore Supposedly endgame is solid to make up for it.  PvP being almost like a fighting game with the combos/blocks/etc, and PvE being skill-intensive as you pretty much need to master your skills/combos/etc. in order to take down bosses and the like.

Veldan
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Veldan

Necro Mage

Veldan
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Veldan

Necro Mage Yeah, the queues are getting insane, I’m pretty sure my Windrest queue right now is bigger than even my ArcheAge Kyprosa queue ever was during launch week o.O

GoJammit
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GoJammit

karmamule GoJammit Motodew Mitzruti I thought there should be something like that, but I didn’t see it. that would have been great.

karmamule
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karmamule

GoJammit Motodew Mitzruti For future reference: there is an option to save your character design so you can have it available for future use or as a starting point for a similar look.

Veldan
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Veldan

Matso

Tizmah1
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Tizmah1

Sorenthaz AnthonyPassmore Yup the game so far has been, go to new area, kill every type of mob and go in the caves in the area.  Done.  Move on to the new environment.  Combat is great.  World and Quest design blows.

Necro Mage
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Necro Mage

All of the servers seem to have Queues.
Gonna pass on this for a few days until that gets cleared up.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Motodew Mitzruti Well that was a mistake. I rolled ther and it says full. Why wouldn’t they warn me or something. And I spent so much time making my character I don’t want to redo her.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Someone tell me a good server to join that won’t have me waiting foreever to play.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

So much for using my early access and getting a head start… Don’t think I’ll be able to play until this weekend now. Real life sucks sometimes…
Where are all the Massively peeps rolling by the way? My reserved characters are on Mushin but given the server woes I might consider re rolling. (Whyyyyy didn’t they just go with a single global server!!!!!)

Matso
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Matso

Are their EU servers aswell already or are they planned at least?

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Bluetouchpaper GW2 has a separate account system from the rest of NCsoft’s games, IIRC, so you’d need a separate NCsoft account for the rest of their games (Aion, L2, B&S, Wildstar)

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Stolen from Steparu:comment imagev

Veldan
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Veldan

JonBuck Blade Master gets a block skill as one of the first, you have it pretty much from the start

johnmynard
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johnmynard

Rhime The game has a vaguely wuxia(it’s pronounced woo – SHa) style to it.  So I would expect it to have badass robes, dresses and battle kimonos.

imayb1
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imayb1

Mansemat Rhime Actually, B&S has no armor. It only has outfits. Your ‘stats’ are in the soul shield pieces. :)

Motodew
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Motodew

Mitzruti I went to Jiwan because it is the unofficial RP server. I figure there is at least a chance of a slightly more mature community.  So far not sure if that has any bearing.  But come to Jiwan if you like!

JonBuck
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JonBuck

I ended up buying a couple of character slots because as an altiholic only having two is simply not done. I’ve tried Force Master, Blade Master, Kung Fu Master, and Assassin. I have yet to try Destroyer, and I doubt I’ll try Summoner due to the Lyn + anime cat combination. Don’t get me wrong, I like cute. But I can only take so much before I need a shot of insulin. :)
So far my first impression is positive. The tutorial is short and sweet, the voice acting is good enough. I’m disappointed there’s apparently no blocking/avoiding mechanic (at least thus far, only to level 4). But I’ll give it some more time and see if it grows on me.

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

Man I had totally forgotten about servers and the like. What a blast from the past.

And… it’s just like I remember, bland ass quests in a bland ass world, but it’s ok because you can reach “endgame” in a couple of days and then grind gold. Or just PvP, voiding eveything else that you did until this point.

It’s not good to be negative after so little time but… man, its disposable themepark nature really shows how “old” it is in MMO years.
A supermaket frozen burger, that’s what it feels like.

Mansemat
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Mansemat

Rhime Armor in B&S != Clothing. They are two completely separate things.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

anatheod ManastuUtakata zyrusticae 
Oh! o.O

Vexia
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Vexia

I’ve been busy lately, but I didn’t forget about this! Should I try to squeeze in some play time right now (which, let’s be honest, will probably all be in the character creation) or wait until this evening when the servers will probably be slammed even more? Decisions… :

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Was mildly interested in giving this game a try today but I am having so many issue logging into my plaync account to on the Blade and Soul launcher I am about to give up on it . 

GW2 is working perfectly ok with the same details .

anatheod
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anatheod

ManastuUtakata zyrusticae yes

Veldan
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Veldan

Rhime Well what do you expect? Martial artists don’t typically wear armor… it would only restrict you in your moves. If you’re gonna complain about something, make it the high heels.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

zyrusticae 
Silly question time: Is 45 level cap?

ShagrathVtc
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ShagrathVtc

Veldan ShagrathVtc Good to hear that! On Force Master screen shakes on every spell.

Veldan
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Veldan

ShagrathVtc It may be worth trying a different class. Screen shake always bothers me too, but so far I haven’t noticed any (I play blade master). I can’t log in and check it though, because there’s a 3 hour queue now.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Liandreth ManastuUtakata Rhime 
<3

Mitzruti
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Mitzruti

Any recommendations for server choice? (other than not-mushin xD)

…I’m gonna be fiddling in char create for a while, i think.

ShagrathVtc
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ShagrathVtc

Started to play it but there is no option to disable screen shake effects and screen shakes EVERY time I cast ANY spell from Force Master. So goodbye Blade & Soul. I will be back if option to disable screen shake effect will be available. I don’t mind screen shake effects every now and then (like on big monsters and powerful bosses) but this is too much for me. My eyes are hurting.

zyrusticae
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zyrusticae

As expected, I already hit level 45 during the head start period. I’ve already got my full Poharan purple soul shield set and most of my stuff upgraded up to the Moonwater Transformation Stone wall (which everyone will hit until they start hitting the market).
PvP’d a bit. Quite surprised how much lower the caliber of player is during head start vs. how strong they were during the CBT period. CBT players were clearly all experienced and played the game on other servers before coming here. Probably not that far removed from the Korean player base. Head start players, on the other hand… well, could just be because a whole lot of people are NOT waiting until level 45 to PvP. That’s a huge disadvantage, folks. Only do your PvP dailies until level 45. Don’t bother Pvping otherwise.
No more reshade makes me sad. I kind of compensate with Radeonpro’s SweetFX injector (which somehow avoids Gameguard’s searching eye) and some driver HBAO+. Not fully happy with this setup as the HBAO+ is quite buggy at times, but better than the game’s default AO which looks quite poor by modern standards.
Also… reports of weak BD PvE DPS are overblown. I steal aggro all the time and my gear is exactly the same as everybody else’s at this point. Of course, some of that could be chalked up to my 30ms latency thanks to living in Houston which is almost directly next to the server (20ms of that is just my crappy ISP’s overhead), but still. I’m pretty happy with my damage output right now. It is a HUUUUGE improvement over what I had to deal with during my time in the CN and JP versions. Looking forward to Mushin Tower’s release so I can speedrun the crap out of it.
All in all, head start and launch have been exactly as I expected. Still having lots of fun. Now just give me some better costumes to buy in the shop, please!

Liandreth
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Liandreth

Waiting for my server to unlock so hubs can play. If you’re on Poharan ever, give a shout out to Pixiette. That’s who I’m on most of the time :)

Liandreth
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Liandreth

ManastuUtakata Rhime I don’t know about you Uta, but I’m there for the man-dresses.

cures
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cures

SoMuchMass lol, that guy again ^^

GoJammit
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GoJammit

I haven’t gotten past level three but the clothing is the least of my worries. Especially since I rolled a male character for once.

Digest
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Digest

Rumm Same here, I’m in Pohoran as it is like the unofficial server for SEA/Oceanic region. Latency so far is good.

Digest
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Digest

So far, so good.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

I’ve got a real bad feeling that my weekend glory of getting into the game right away without twiddling my thumbs while staring at a queue tracker is about to come to a dark end. At least for a while. :(

dojikko
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dojikko

Kirin That Lyn you made was so cute~

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Rhime 
I think most of us go there for the action, not the man-dresses. /shrug

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

aboomwithaview I poked my nose in this morning too and while I haven’t uninstalled it I am sure I will be playing it much.  It has a style I am not convinced I can get on with.
Well as it is I am going to let the launch dust settle a little bit and take another look in a few weeks.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

This is not saying much but this might be NCSoft best game released in the West since GW1, hope they don’t fail like they have recently since Aion.

Kirin
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Kirin

IF YOU HAVE EXTREME SKILL LAG/PING, I posted a guide to correcting it on some gaming motherboards:

PSA: If you have extreme ping/skill lag in Blade and Soul, you might have an ASUS motherboard. Here’s the fix! from bladeandsoul

Rhime
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Rhime

Evening gowns, bikini’s and man-dresses for armor? Pass…but have fun!

Zipzopzippitybop
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Zipzopzippitybop

anatheod Zipzopzippitybop Great. Thanks!

anatheod
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anatheod

goddamn the combat is amazing. Action-y as fuck, very fluid and smooth. Landing combos is sooo satisfying, its vastly better than other games who boast the same action combat. I didnt think it was possible to give such depth to your combat system with only 6 buttons! 6!

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