Blade & Soul reveals plans for upcoming December content update

    
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Although Blade & Soul is still in the midst of its Blade & Ghoul Halloween event, the latest producer’s letter from Producer Jonathan Lien is looking forward to the game’s future — its upcoming December content update, to be exact. Players are likely aware by now of the class specialization update that recently hit the Korean version of the game.

“Initially,” the post says, “this update was scheduled to be released in North America and Europe this December.” However, in the wake of player feedback and reactions to the update, the devs have come to the conclusion that “the best decision for [the] players [is] to wait and delay the release of the class specialization update, which will allow [them] to include additional balance changes and adjustments made over the coming months when [they] release that content.”

Of course, that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty in store for players in the near future. The post says that the team will be releasing details about the upcoming Golden Harvest Festival event “in just a few days,” and Lien assures players, “We are still planning to have plenty of content for our December update, which introduces two exciting dungeons, powerful legendary equipment, new systems, and additional quality of life improvements.” Hopefully we’ll be hearing more details about what exactly players can expect in the December update soon.

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rafael12104

Gutted. They gutted the end of the year content drop. Awakenings and the Lyn Warden were the big end of the year payoffs.

The Harvest Festival? Heh. Had it last year. Oh, its cool and very alt friendly but, it is hardly a big content drop.

Two more dungeons? Kk. But really, the only ones who will partake in those dungeons right now are endgame geared players. So… meh.

And the thing is, I don’t believe for one second that NCWest made this decision. Nope. Korea makes the decisions. Let’s not kid ourselves about that. It is why we are on the struggle bus when NCWest could easily customize the game to fit NA/EU needs and desires.

So, meh. My guess is that they are having issues with Awakenings in China and Korea. To the extent that they are holding it back so we don’t feel the pain, I thank NCsoft. But the excuse as written is not believable. Sorry. It just doesn’t fly with anyone who has spent much time in BnS.

Unless they release the Lyn Warden, it is going to be a very slow Christmas for B&S NA/EU. And given that our content drops are dictated by NCsoft central, we won’t see a significant drop until the spring. The SPRING!

BnS has done so well in creating a game a loyal fan base can follow in the west, but if they don’t shore it up and deliver something significant this winter, the game will bleed players and they won’t return until late spring or early summer if at all.

Those are the facts, bruh.

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Pepperzine

Just wanted to drop in and say that I always appreciate how honest your posts/comments are about a game that you are very passionate about. Thanks for the continual insight as it helps me keep an eye on the game’s progress to determine when/if I may jump back in.

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rafael12104

Thanks!

Yup. I’m not, or at least I try not to be, a white knight, so I will give you my opinions on the good and the bad.

I do enjoy the story and the combat and that’s why I’m still there. :)

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Utakata

/MonkaS :(

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rafael12104

Exactly, Uta. Exactly!

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Bruno Brito

Question: What is exactly, BnS? A themepark? Sandbox? I keep trying to play this game and i really can’t figure it out.

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rafael12104

A Themepark of the highest order. Heh. But it is fun because of the amount and quality of the content they drop.

Blade and Soul’s strengths are PvE, ironic given that the game is billed as a PvP game, Arena PvP and the art style and theme.

The game is Wushu inspired but developed around Hyung-Tae Kim’s illustrations. His Korean style is very unique and is a cross between anime and western lines. You may have noticed it, Bruno. You look at a screen cap and at first glance, it looks like anime, but after a while, you aren’t so sure. Lol.

So yeah, I think you are onto something. From the outside, it isn’t always clear what the game is supposed to be. On the one hand the Arena PvP is a big E-sport in Korea with world championships etc. On the other, it is a huge PvE game with plenty of dungeons, raids, WBs, etc.

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Utakata

Wait, no Lyn Wardens? :(

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rafael12104

No word. But given the pushback of the Awakenings schedule, you’d think they would be splashing that everywhere to lessen the blow.

And… it’s crickets over that NCWest at the moment.

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Utakata

It’s what they’re not saying seems to be more problematic than what they are. /bleh