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      Hello Blade & Soul fans, Welcome to the official Blade & Soul Dojo FAQ! This thread contains commonly asked questions about Blade & Soul's Western versions. Have a question? Check to see if it's posted here or use our forums search feature before creating a new thread. This thread will be updated at all times by any of the Dojo staff members. For additional information on Blade & Soul visit our wiki, or check out the official Blade & Soul West website. Table of Contents <a href="#1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> <a href="#3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> <a href="#4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> <a href="#5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> <a href="#6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> <a href="#7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> <a href="#8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> <a href="#9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> <a href="#10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> <a href="#11">What are the playable races?</a> <a href="#12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> <a href="#13">What are the playable classes?</a> <a href="#14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> <a href="#15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> <a href="#16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> <a href="#17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> <a href="#18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> <a href="#20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> <a href="#21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> <a href="#22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> <a name="1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Korean game development studio, Team Bloodlust and is published by NCSOFT. <a name="2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> You can find the official Blade & Soul West site here. <a name="3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> The North American and European versions are currently set to be released on January 19th, 2016. Head Start for founder's pack owners will begin at 10:00am PST on January 15th, 2016, and name reservations for Disciple and Master pack owners will begin on January 11th, 2016. The game has already been officially released in the following regions: Korea: June 30, 2012
      China: November 28, 2013
      Japan: May 20, 2014
      Taiwan: November 20, 2014
      <a name="4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> Yes. CBT 1: Oct 29, 10am PDT - Nov 2, 10pm PDT [NA server only]* CBT 2: Nov 13, 10am PDT - Nov 16, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 3: Nov 24, 10am PDT - Nov 30, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 4: Dec 11, 10am PDT - Dec 14, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** CBT 5: Dec 18, 10am PDT - Dec 21, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** *NA servers will only support English. **EU servers will support English, French, and German; except on CBTs 1, 2, & 3. <a name="5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> Blade & Soul has been announced as a F2P (free-to-play) title for the West and will have no content limitations. They have also stated that the game will not be "pay-to-win". <a name="6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> No. <a name="7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> Blade & Soul's Western servers will be housed in the following location: North America: Dallas, Texas US
      Europe: Frankfurt, Germany.
      <a name="8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> There are currently no plans to support Oceanic/SEA servers. However, NCSOFT has stated that if the community shows enough interest they will reconsider. A petition has been created for NCSOFT to reconsider. <a name="9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> No. Transferring accounts is not possible, but transferring the physical appearance of your character from other versions is possible through the profile screenshot function in Character Creation. <a name="10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> There are currently no plans for region blocking. <a name="11">What are the playable races?</a> Jin, Gon, Yun, Lyn. Click here for more information. <a name="12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> In North America, the word "Kun" closely resembles a derogatory racial slur. <a name="13">What are the playable classes?</a> There are currently six confirmed playable classes for the Western versions. The "Warlock" class can be found in the KR, CN, JP and TW clients but have yet to be confirmed for the North American and European release.
      Assassin
      Blade Dancer
      Blade Master
      Destroyer
      Force Master
      Kung-Fu Master
      Summoner
      <a name="14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> Yes. The playable races in Blade & Soul are indeed restricted to a select few classes. Below you'll find what you can play each race as. Jin: Assassin, Blade Master and Kung Fu Master
      Gon: Destroyer, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      Lyn: Blade Dancer, Force Master and Summoner
      Yun: Blade Master, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      <a name="15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> The initial level cap on release will be 45. <a name="16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> No. <a name="17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> Blade & Soul will be released for Windows PC. <a name="18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> Below are the PC specs taken from Blade & Soul's Korean client. [Minimum Spec] CPU : Intel Dual core/AMD Athlon 64X2 or better RAM : 2G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8600GT/AMD Radeon HD4600 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (32bit / 64bit) DirectX : 9.0c [Recommended] CPU : Intel Quad core/AMD Phenom II X4 or better RAM : 4G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8800GTX / AMD Radeon HD4850 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (64bit) DirectX : 9.0c <a name="19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> You can view all past broadcasts here. <a name="20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> Yes, you can view their packages here. <a name="21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> This has not yet been confirmed. <a name="22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> Yes. Updated: December 25th, 2015
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Sony exec teases PS4 announcement for May or June

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You need to update yourself Ghastly, that's all the content w/substance I can put together for you. Specially about the part with PC's staying PC's and console's staying consoles.

Hint: XBOX/PS future hints heavily at streaming formats (Gaikai was bought off by Sony to give you an example) and potentially may allow for more than just hard drive upgrades. On the PC side of things, many third parties are developing their own "consoles" that run or "stream" the Steambox concept; which also happen to be fully customizable and upgradable.

Like I said before... it can go either way at this point.

Don't be so afraid of change; it can only be good in this situation, specially.

Back on topic...

I am actually curious about the looks/design approach of the PS4.

Do we go from Grill Station to Toaster Station or will they come out with something as awesome as the PS2 Slim or the orinigal PSX?

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I see, you're a Nintendo fan who doesn't believe in releasing new consoles and think it won't change much.

I said we won't get anywhere if the new consoles don't bring in some new competition/changes. I fail to see how you concluded my sentence meant I'm a "Nintendo fan".

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Seriously Shinaji? Are all your replies shocked expressions without any kind of substance? I invite you to dispute my claims. But I know you won't.

Consoles will stay consoles, PCs will stay PCs. No change needed since last I looked console yield higher profit than PC gaming

It's hard to imagine any sane person saying anything as stupid. I could give you a never ending list of exceptional PC games but then I think about it and well, you aren't worth the effort, I'm sorry.

Discussion closed, no need to respond to me anymore this exchange is over.

Lol Nah Tashy you know we got to have the Big ones first then later release the slim and make some more cash. They won't break the tradition now. Personally most times I'd wait for the slim version to come out, especially since Launch titles aren't always as great. IT's pretty much a tradition now anyway. Lol.

I hope they at the very least keep their PSN store running how it is now, and improve on it. Far better than Xbox's.

Here is another thing to consider, recently F2P games have been creeping onto consoles. Happy Wars, Battle for Middle Earth(?) and Dust514. With those there you'd think they would definitely work out better methods to accommodate such experiences. Still though I guess it will relate to the success of these games and as far as I know Happy Wars is doing fine, Dust514 isn't out yet but it'd be cool, the whole cross platform gaming thing.

Still though hoping they surprise me in May, but until then I'm not too excited just you know lay back sip mah drink and wait and see. Be nice to have more than "Hey! Graphics boost! Even though that's nothing new to you!" Higher FPS would be nice though. Haha.

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I really hope consoles don't get to the point where we can exchange parts like a PC can because then the games on consoles would become unoptimized due to the developers having to for multiple parts. Which is why I think the consoles can go for so long without having to be re-made for another gen because they can always optimize their code more due to the console always being the same.

I'm looking forward to the PS4 being announced in at E3 though. I'll be putting mine on pre-order when it happends

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That used to be a problem, still can be with some PC's but it's slowly fading into the past, with how more and more engines automatically optimize for developers.

Still, if you build a game from ground (I mean, literally build the entire thing from nothing; including engine) then yes, this can be a problem.

It's good that the more recent and near future engine releases, will be and are more flexible than ever. To the point it almost doesn't pay to make your own engine for your one and only game in specific.

What worries me more, is DX11 and whatever comes in the future of Direct X.

If they release a console soon-ish, then it'll likely be loaded with DX11; but this is a feature that's soon to be updated for PC. And this is usually a hardware-specific feature.

Quite honestly though, after seeing DX11 in full action, I'd rather they stick to it instead of moving to a DX11+ version and just optimize it's performance.

DX11 is brilliant and absolutely gorgeous as it is.

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something that really bugs me is that apparently Direct X 11.1 will only be available to you if you're on windows 8. I really don't feel like updating to windows 8

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From what I understood (Correct me if I'm wrong) DX11.1 is just compatibility/performance adjustments for W8 in specific (I think more so for RT?).

Not sure, haven't kept up to date on that.

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If it was anything similar to how Direct X 10.1 was then I guess. I too am not exactly sure if it's just for performance or an actual update of some kind. Guess i'll go do a bit of digging.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh404562%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Straight from microsofts site

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Seems to be more for compatibility than anything but it does have some improvements.

Overall, seems kinda trivial outside of the W8/RT environment, unless I'm missing something.

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my worry is when Direct X 12 comes out will it be compatible with W7 or will i be required to update my OS which i really don't feel like doing after the things ive heard about W8

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It's hard to imagine any sane person saying anything as stupid. I could give you a never ending list of exceptional PC games but then I think about it and well, you aren't worth the effort, I'm sorry.

Discussion closed, no need to respond to me anymore this exchange is over.

Keep up the attitude, it's entertaining :laugh:

0 examples of high quality PC games that aren't already available on consoles with negligible differences.

PS Might want to tone done the name calling. Not fit for a mod

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Keep up the attitude, it's entertaining :laugh:

0 examples of high quality PC games that aren't already available on consoles with negligible differences.

Dishonored

Borderlands 2

Walking Dead

Mass Effect 3

Farcry 3

Max Payne

Battlefield 3

Rayman Origins

XCOM

Skyrim (Albeit us PS3 users are still crying)

Dues Ex 3

Hitman: Absolution

The Darkness 2

Alan Wake

Sleeping Dogs

Fall of Cybertron

Those are the ones on the edge of my mind right now. Not to mention the indie games which I didn't list as well.

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Aren't all of those console games? :laugh: Anyway I'd love to see a list of PC games. You know how for consoles there's stuff like Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword, The Last of Us.

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Aren't all of those console games? :laugh: Anyway I'd love to see a list of PC games. You know how for consoles there's stuff like Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword, The Last of Us.

That's the point. The divide is disappearing. Saying stuff like " It's like console gamers wanting PC games to have more storylines, higher quality production, etc. " is just ignorance at this point. There's no PCs staying PCs and Consoles staying Consoles.

I'm sure there are a lot of high-quality PC games (perhaps like the Witcher 2 when it was PC only at a point), but most of them have now been ported in one way or another.

And those games you listed are known as "exclusives". It's why people buy an xbox over ps3 or a wii over an xbox and hence forth. There's no reason to bring them in.

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That is a PC list whether it's fit of your "approval" or not.

Most of those, specially Far Cry 3, Max Payne and Hitman, XCOM, Dishonored, are all optimized better on PC.

There is a reason I didn't post a list and its because no matter what it is, you'll invent some new excuse to disjustify it or mock it in some way, despite most games these past few years being third parties.

The only PC exclusive games are those that can't be easily transition to gamepad, such as RTS and MMO.

But that doesn't mean they're PC exclusive. Just the same that Uncharted and other similar games would benefit more graphically on a PC.

You seriously need to stop thinking so emotionally about first party games.

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New? Go back and read my posts, I'm asking for PC exclusives. Negligible differences in multi-platform games isn't going to make most people choose PC when I'll be missing on tons of console-only games.

We can keep going in circles if you want but when the next-gen consoles break record sales and continue to thrive (bigger market than PC) then I don't know where the argument of PC gamers trying to be vocal over negligible differences comes in. PC had betters graphics in 1995, didn't matter, 2001, didn't matter, 2006, didn't matter. The trend will continue whether you zoom in to the smallest pixel differences or not.

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Negliable only if you choose to ignore it.

But hey, if half the FPS, lower FOV, lower resolution, poor level of textures, less DOF, less shaders, no AO and many other particle effects, etc. is OK with you, and it's fine if it is, then that's fine. A lot of gamers on budgets go console for this reason. Despite the games in the long run costing more than the PC versions (There is reason for this, too. Not just Steam/GOG/Gamefly, etc sales. Partly due to there being fewer to no licensing fees for developers -- unlike in the closed environments Sony and MS have created).

Graphics is just part of the reason console gamers migrate to PC.

There is other reasons and many of those being some of why I've personally migrated over time. One being the open environment, community support for both games/consumers and developers and overall more freedom.

You tend to associate all of the above with malicious things like piracy, etc. and that in itself it's also very ignorant. But I won't go there.

Back on topic, I think it would be cool if they used Gaikai to stream games purchased for the PS3/PS4, to the VITA or a future handheld.

That in itself would be very attractive and a good selling point.

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I think GaiKai is sonys solution to the backwards compatibility

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Im hoping id be able to fo it on a slow 1.5 mb connection. i seem to play other games alright like path of exile and hawken. i lag on my ps3 when doing online with doa5 :( so i dont play online anymore on that game but borderlands seemed fine

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Despite everything that was published in the PS4 FAQ (Which was a massive letter), I still can't recommend anyone the XBONE.

If you've seen the BF4 videos, the only thing the XBONE has going for itself, graphically, is better "constrast"... which is not only subjective but you can just adjust on your TV/monitor settings by pressing a button.

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IMO if you're a gamer on a budget, go PS4.

You'll get the better build and your chances of being treated fairly are definitely higher with Sony than with M$.

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