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      [Read Before Posting] Blade & Soul General FAQ

      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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With next gen consoles almost here, Blade and Soul needs to make an appearance soon

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Getting upgrades every year for your computer will be worse.

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DFO's cash shop is really P2W :/'' I mean yeah other than that it's good, but the cash shop is really gross. Mabinogi was also by devCAT. and Mabinogi II: Arena is currently in development. Mabinogi and Vindictus have great, balanced cash shops except for the pricing on some items in Vindictus.

But yeah back to the regular topic, carry on.

I don't think that's Neople fault that is mostly do to Nexon. I can go deeper into detail but then it will become another payment discussion again.

On topic Blade and Soul graphics look way better than current gen and the power required to run such large stages will probably make even the other 2 next gen consoles cry. Not sure how powerfull the steam box would be but the cheap consumer like me would rather make their own computer for significantly less. Basically unless next gen comes out with triple A games on the first day we have nothing to worry about except other MMOs.

well..apparently this has several povs...i stopped buying console stuff when i meet computers, so in my pov all console games should be ported to computers, especially the legend of zelda series.

summary in my pov, consoles are obsolote and computers are the future.

Consoles are a cheaper alternative to gaming pc. The closest thing I can see happening to what you posted is if a company like Nintendo starts making programs or drivers for pc so that you can play their game. But like I said consoles are cheaper alternatives to pc also these companies make a lot of money doing it this way.

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Getting upgrades every year for your computer will be worse.

Unless you're drowning in money it's pointless and silly to upgrade every single year.

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If Project NT ends up releasing before BnS I'm gonna laugh because Project NT went into development way after BnS did.

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you must be new to Ncsoft release method.

Chinese always get to release 1st bro

W/E, i got my close beta 3 qualifications, and im gonna play for while~

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I don't think I even have the budget for future consoles :[ I'm having trouble as is getting a new computer..

Yeah same here. Until something really COOL is released maybe 3-5 years down the road I wont be buying another console. My ps3 is literally collecting dust under my tv. And I JUST bought a new gaming pc.

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No, BnS has console graphics and if any consoles companies were smart enough they would create games like BnS and incorporate the mmo theme. Almost everyone would go to console games if this game was on it just because consoles are that much better IMO.

Haha sorry but No .. PC beats Console's any day.
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No, BnS has console graphics and if any consoles companies were smart enough they would create games like BnS and incorporate the mmo theme. Almost everyone would go to console games if this game was on it just because consoles are that much better IMO.

That's the hilarious part isn't it~? That consoles have been trying to do exactly that~

Look at the upturn in games that are made for console but predominantly meant to be played online. It's spiked this generation, and with the thought of the next-gen consoles possibly not even having hard copies (all games being like DLC downloads) It's almost like a strange merger between PC-Console

sad thing is, console never really gets it right ^^;

Also...BnS was slated to be on the ps3...that fell apart, so...*shrugs*

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Getting upgrades every year for your computer will be worse.

Oh wow, haha.

B&S won't be on consoles anytime soon. You might as well give up on that. Current consoles can't handle B&S. Next-gen consoles are already behind the curve specs-wise compared to current gaming rigs.

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Oh wow, haha.

B&S won't be on consoles anytime soon. You might as well give up on that. Current consoles can't handle B&S. Next-gen consoles are already behind the curve specs-wise compared to current gaming rigs.

Care to share next-gen specs? I'd love to know :yes: Secret information is hard to pass up :laugh:

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Care to share next-gen specs? I'd love to know :yes: Secret information is hard to pass up :laugh:

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It's not so secret if you follow up on things like Wired and Engaget.

They keep track of MS/SONY closely; not just for console specifications.

Off the top of my head, the next XBOX will sport something like 8 GB of RAM, a medium level GPU (Current medium) and an 8x core CPU that just barely goes over 1.4 GHZ (Not sure why they went that route; bad idea IMO).

For SONY it's similar; except they chose a better form factor for CPU.

Anyway, search for it on Wired or Engaget if you want it bad enough.

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Sony and MS went with AMD.

Next-gen console developers are going to have to think outside of the box and actually put some effort into the multi-threaded optimization of their games on these Bulldozer chips that have a lot of cores but a very poor IPC.

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Any higher technology than that won't be developed for or used by devs. You could have all the fancy parts but if the devs don't develop the games up to that technology what's the use? Those specs look amazing; mind you they're not even final specs :laugh:

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Only thing new there, is multi threading honestly -- which isn't exactly "new" per say, since it's been around in PC systems for years now.

If anything, this will make it more difficult to port games like B&S to it.

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Consoles have always followed closely with PC hardware. Even the original Atari/Nintendo/etc systems.

Games like Metal Gear and a few others were originally PC games, ported to the Nintendo later on, to give you an example of how far back this goes. Only in the late 90's and early 2000's did consoles dominate the "1st party" licensing areas. However, this is slowly returning back to it's original roots.

No matter how much anyone could struggle and argue, there is a tremendous amount of synergy between consoles and PC. This will only become more and more apparent from here on, now that consumers and developers are becoming more and more self aware.

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All I know is the new consoles and tablets will make huge changes in gaming development across the board.

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getting back to the Blade and Soul releasing topic... I agree with Tashigi about TES being a VERY big problem to BNS cuz ive been following this game since 2009, but in that time Skyrim and now Elder Scrolls Online have shown up and i gotta say they look very very appealing... and BNS isnt doing anything to change my mind... Im pretty sure that Elder Scrolls is gonna come out before BNS and (this coming from a realy BNS fan) if Elder Scrolls is good enough... i just might not bother playing Blade and soul when it comes out...

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Yeah, if next gen consoles come out before this I think I'd rather pay $200-300 for that than Pay $400 for computer upgrades

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Consoles aren't really the competition, but more the larger publicised MMO's that are due to release this year. PC technology can and forever adapt to the evolving market compared to the somewhat stagnant console. As many have mentioned, there are some serious contenders coming this year and B&S will have some very stiff opponents.
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I think the main thing thats being forgotten here is that Consoles are pretty much just specialized computers.

The main reasons PCs should still survive just fine in the gaming world is thus:

As long as console graphical abilities and what not are being created so shall PC graphical abilities and designs.

Due to that alone powerful computers are necessary---and lets note the existence of emulators are proof enough that consoles don't replace PCs. It merely means that PCs merely need the right software and hit the hardware just right...and they can play any game you know of. It also means some people out there would rather play with a machine that can perform just fine playing all different kinds of software rather than being limited to a single type and yanked around by marketing.

Besides as far as cost goes---People are STILL going to be buying PCs. They are not going to be phased out anytime soon, especially as long as the idea of being able to build your own exists. (Which I have a feeling the companies are struggling to do what-with the all in one and cloud computing talk.) Its just you can hang up the idea of merely buying the computer just for games. True enough as far as games go its smart to buy a console at first....however---your console can't do everything a PC can just yet. Course on top of that a well built PC can easily out last the use of a console in even gaming---especially since you can replace the parts of it, and upgrade it anyway you like and normally you don't have to worry TOO MUCH about a PC being backwards compatible and having no chance for a fix for it. (Though this is not always true.)

That said PCs themselves---and by connection games made for them and MMOs that run on them aren't really in any danger at all from that market so long as they are needed for common things ( and maybe not so common like graphic design.). Trust me---that's not going to change at all. Lol

Plus what with the demands for a better PC growing, and the need to cheaply create something innovative that one can profit from...It will probably eventually become a little easier to keep up in the race without paying an arm and a leg. This is if the laptop and desktop market is to survive the onslaught of mobile devices and the like. (Though to be honest I don't honestly thing mobile devices are there yet. They have potential but there's so much they still can't do.)

Now on the subject of BnS---if anything is going to kill it. Its going the be the PR and delay on its own. Personally I'll still give BnS a go even after I've played the 'bigger contenders' merely just to see if its worth notice compared to everything else---because I believe even if there are bigger contenders, those bigger contenders can and will have their own problems that BnS might likely avoid. Every game does this. Course this is all assuming they don't wind up canceling the whole thing because people forgot it was there to the point where even people investing in it are like 'lol wut? You guys are still here?'

So the summery here is :

- Consoles aren't going to phase out or even really stutter PC gaming ever. (Because someone out there is GOING to only have a PC or simply prefer PC gaming.)

- BnS PR and Delay will probably cause the whole project to suicide on its own.

- I enjoy walks on the beach and electronic music.

I could be wrong---but that's pretty much my view on it.

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Hmmm...I can't see Elder Scrolls Online taking my attention away from BnS. It's another D&D style fantasy game really. Also, I never cared for the Elder Scroll games before the MMO. The art style was never to my liking either.

Neverwinter Nights looked promising, I'm not so sure now. Yeah, another D&D style fantasy game, but I liked the graphics I saw at PAX and character customization (last I knew) was way up there, but now it's looking like F2P WoW.

They do need to hype up BnS more though and give us some info. I'm not saying every little things, but let us know they're out there!

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Elder Scrolls is too different from B&S to make a huge difference but the Duke Nukem forever effect is the real killer here. They need not to keep their fans wondering.

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