Blade & Soul’s UE4 graphics update and Dual Blade class have officially arrived

    
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As promised, Blade and Soul’s massive UE4 graphics upgrade went live late last night – probably while the bulk of you were sleeping. “[T]he game has been upgraded to Unreal Engine 4 to improve graphics, network optimization, performance, and more. No player progression will be affected by the update,” NCsoft declared this morning.

If for some reason you don’t care about your video games being strong and pretty, then you might be more interested in the addition of the game’s 14th class, the Dual Blade.

“Dual Blades have two specializations: The Way of the Shifting Blades and the Way of the Lotus; each with different gameplay mechanics. The Way of the Shifting Blades is a high skill-cap specialization, which focuses on switching between the Skyfang, Skyblade, and Fangblade stances. Players must weave stance changes in-between attack rotations – with each stance unlocking several situational abilities. With high combo potentials and high damage output, Way of the Shifting Blades is deadly poetry in motion. The Way of the Lotus on the other hand, requires players to be precise with resource management. The specialization conjures imagery of a swordfighter under falling lotus blossoms, unleashing a deadly floral flourish. Player attacks build Petals, which unlocks the Primordia effect, which can buff and enhance other combat skills. Being able to effectively stack and trigger Primordia at the right time will be the key to unleashing the combos of this stalwart swordfighter.”

As part of the launch festivities, NCsoft has rolled out a Call to Arms event for new and returning players and a Soul Arena event. There will also be a login event kicking off September 22nd.

Source: Press release
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rafael12104

Yo! Better late than never. I finally had some time to download it and get a good look and here are a few thoughts.

Oh, yes. It is beautiful. That combined with the combat makes for a very satisfying experience. And starting from scratch and leveling up a new Dual Blade is going to be fun.

And what is significantly more important is that you can see a marked difference in performance overall. There is less lag and stalls, etc. And now NCsoft has the opportunity to add new content that includes massive areas of gameplay without invisible walls.

However, that said, the game is still basically the same. Keep in mind, this is a starting point, but things move so slowly in Korea because NCsofts focus is on mobile. It is 2021 and this updated was needed 4 years ago. Heh.

So in general terms. It is a good time to jump on if you want to try BnS out or if you want to try again. The game is what you make it for the most part.

My toons are jumping for joy!

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Malvious

Looks great to bad its p2w.

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Ardra Diva

I wish they could do this with LOTRO.

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Rndomuser

Graphical improvements look good. Too bad the game itself is extremely shallow and grindy, with a very disappointing PvP.

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I’m seeing a few people complaining in the forums that they dropped controller support in this new version with only a few days notice that this would be the case. Is that true? If so it seems like a rather significant feature drop.

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Darkedone02

It looks great…. but will this attract players to come back?

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ChoJun

they literally butchered the original artstyle, they made the game even more pain in the ass with new systems, game is still massively P2W beyond reason. They literally just upgraded the engine for visual appearance and that’s it, the fps is still shit the netcode and servers are still the same, except now you dont have the insane stuttering that you previously couldn’t properly play without editing your game. Might attract some people because there’s nothing to play now and when people realize how garbage NW is they’ll go back to older games and since UE4 graphical upgrade is a nice buzz combo they’ll try it out for a week or two to later realize without spending 100-200$ a month on cashshop events they can forget clearing newest content or just play +10h a day with 10 alts doing weeklies/dailies all the time for 2-3 years to catch up to “now” end game lmao.

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Utakata

I don’t really do any of that stuff and I have 13 alts I run there currently. This is not to suggest that everyone is doing it wrong…but I realized that treadmill is way outside of my enjoyment range and I choose not to participate in it. And found my fulfillment in doing the story as far as I can take it and rolling more alts. That’s not everyone’s bag though.

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: …and I have 12* alts I run there currently…proper.

(Thought there was so a little off with the maths there. :( )

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It is a great way to play BnS. And, you can play and enjoy what you want without the fuss since it is basically free. You can’t beat it! See my above response. I’ll play when I can but I am starting a Dual Blade this weekend.

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Utakata

I’ll come back to it, once I get all the updating bugs get worked out… >.<

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ihatevnecks

I logged in for a bit last night and I couldn’t believe the massive number of players I saw in the early leveling zones.. and most of them weren’t even playing the new class, so it wasn’t just for that.

Who knows if those numbers will sustain, though.

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ChoJun

That tends to be the same with most games that have big or overhauling changes tbh, i personally came back half a year in casual event collecting preparations for ue4 hopeful changes, but after release in KR it was obvious what ncosft stance is with their pc gaming (milk it till it dries and dies) and although i and a lot of familiar long time players came back and dropped it too yet again and probably for the last time, i still would say, just try it out and play it, if you like it stick with it, why not?