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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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When do you think B&S will be released?

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the fact that there are now official NA and EU websites with teams behind them that are working on community and localization is a huge progress.

of course we do not know when they started translating and how much content in words it is, but very early 2013 is not unrealistic i'd say.

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I'd have to say anywhere from Early to Mid 2013? It depends on how NCSoft is about importing, how their policies are regarding BnS, etc. I'm not gonna get my heart set on anything until they give an official announcement, even if it's just saying something like "Q2 of 2013".

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Agreed with Mizuki, spring is the more realistic hypothesis IMO, I trust TBL enough to say they'll guarantee a fairly fast release ^^

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I'd be really surprised if it came out before summer 2013. I'd expect major beta-testing around May or June and a release around July or August.

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To be completely honest, I can understand people's 'summer 2013' or 'spring 2013'

But one fact hits me over the head when I want to give this 7-8 more months to release.

"They started working on this ALOT sooner than any of us would have excepted'

to be honest, we didn't even think we'd be at THIS point, our own official website, trailer, heck they have COMBO video up on their official, site, I think we might be just a tad generous on how far out we think this will be.

I won't pretend to know, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked to see this sooner then expected.

Also...I'm curious, the game is out in China, did they have beta's? I don't recall if they did, I didn't follow it. But that'll be a good insight (for whatever it's worth) on how fast we'll get our release.

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To be completely honest, I can understand people's 'summer 2013' or 'spring 2013'

But one fact hits me over the head when I want to give this 7-8 more months to release.

"They started working on this ALOT sooner than any of us would have excepted'

to be honest, we didn't even think we'd be at THIS point, our own official website, trailer, heck they have COMBO video up on their official, site, I think we might be just a tad generous on how far out we think this will be.

I won't pretend to know, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked to see this sooner then expected.

Also...I'm curious, the game is out in China, did they have beta's? I don't recall if they did, I didn't follow it. But that'll be a good insight (for whatever it's worth) on how fast we'll get our release.

My pants will wet if it does :dreaming:

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Yea I'm with the rest in thinking early 2013, within first quarter maybe middle of the second at the latest. They said they were taking an aggressive approach with localization, there are a few videos up with dubbed voice work and the translated user interface. We've got an English website as well. The only thing that will really play a factor in slowing things down is the physical side of things, setting up the servers and whatnot. I wouldn't be surprised to see a beta in some form by years end.

Another thing to ponder would be launch content. What stuff will they withhold for future updates and what will they include at launch. Plenty can develop in Korea between now and launch time.

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Also...I'm curious, the game is out in China, did they have beta's? I don't recall if they did, I didn't follow it. But that'll be a good insight (for whatever it's worth) on how fast we'll get our release.

if you look at the release dates of the Korean version and the Chinese version, there's about 2 months difference between them, could that provide some indication as to how long we'll have to wait? Unless It's easier to translate Korean into Chinese than Korean into English or some other reason...

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I actually thought the Global version will be released in 2015 or something LOL

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I believe the beta will be out by the end of this year and the actual game will make it before or during the summer of next year. One reason for me thinking that is that PSO2 will be out next year in January or early next year and NCsoft may want to draw in potential customers as early as possible before the official launch.

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I'd think the first US beta would start latest in December (like a closed beta whatever)

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I'd think the first US beta would start latest in December (like a closed beta whatever)

Honestly, I'm thinking we will only be getting a small aplha play test by then. Then Closed beta shortly in 2013 -- Release in summer 2013.

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i find this in GameSpot Blade & Soul Release: Dec 31, 2012 PC

Do you consider GameSpot to be the most reputable source when it comes to TBA release dates, and do you honestly think that's not a placeholder?

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Do you consider GameSpot to be the most reputable source when it comes to TBA release dates, and do you honestly think that's not a placeholder?

Just so you know most major websites list the last day of the year as a placeholder when there is no official date.

Anyone saying anything as far as an official release before late Summer or early Fall 2013 is dreaming.

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During december they will announce that closed beta starts at end of january and the game is released in early april 2013.

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During december they will announce that closed beta starts at end of january and the game is released in early april 2013.

That would be nice

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