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      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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Early 2013 - Q2 latest. That's me hoping.

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

I'd be a little bit shocked. Though nicely shocked.

I think it's unlikely that we'd see it anywhere near this Winter. More like Summer of next year.

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

wait...are you serious? is this official?

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wait...are you serious? is this official?

Would be nice but I doubt it. It's more of a placeholder date rather then official. The only place we'll officially hear it from is NCSoft themselves.

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That Gamespot post is surely just a placeholder. They have no idea when the release date will be. They do the same thing with every game.

The excited part of me hopes that it will be released in Q1 2013, but the realistic part of me isn't expecting a release until Q2 or possibly any time during the summer even into early Q3.

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cbt in 2013 , obt in q3 2014 , release game in q4 2014 :) , this it's me... they take their time even update the official website , so with a cbt in 2013 im still happy..

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cbt in 2013 , obt in q3 2014 , release game in q4 2014 :) , this it's me... they take their time even update the official website , so with a cbt in 2013 im still happy..

Release by the end of 2014? I don't think they'll take THAT long.. They're not developing a new game, mainly just translating.

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Would be nice but I doubt it. It's more of a placeholder date rather then official. The only place we'll officially hear it from is NCSoft themselves.

yep it would be awesome if it was soon :big_smile: Let's not forget that China had it a month later. However, unfortunately, i doubt it because blade and soul isn't very known in the west so they will probably take their time to advertise it too, not to mention the translations and VA's :embarrassed:
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I hope I'm wrong but I think you guys are being a tad too hopeful. I expect this to be released at the end of 2013 or beginning 2014. The only reason being is because it's just not translating they need to do, they had to make arrangements and whatnot. Like I said, I would LOVE to see this early 2013 but I don't think that'll happen. :(

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Release by the end of 2014? I don't think they'll take THAT long.. They're not developing a new game, mainly just translating.

you will see xD , as soon they can make , maybe in the last 2 months of 2013 they release a cbt , even with luck make a obt in early of 2014 , this game in korea take to release 2 or 3 years after cbt1 , so it's possible ncsoft west take that long time to release the game.

and i dont know why (if they just translating), i have a korean friend in 1 day she translate all quest 1-5 main , sub quest , mobs names , first outside boss , assassin/kfm skill tree , and its only 1 people , hope ncsoft have working more then 20 peoples in this Ver. , seriously in 2 or 3 months they can translate all the game , and 7 or 8 months more to make the game completely english , 1 or 2 months more to fix any problem then a cbt (1)... and there you are a whole year xD..

but still happy , hope when the game it's release maybe they release with Lyn bLade MasTer , and lv cap 45.

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Don't they need to translate all of the script? :cold:

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China got the game in about 2 months... Don't see why there would be an overly massive difference for us.... Unless of course they were planning to release it in other countries first, and then there's all the distribution issues....

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_%26_Soul

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Not sure why people think it will take such long time to release the game in the west. Aion took 9 months and the ncsoft west hq in seattle had just been formed so it should be a lot quicker this time.

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That's what I'm saying. There's no need to push B&S so far into next year. If anything that will be bad for them since it's already out in Korea. If they let it stand in Korea for a year like that without a release here the potential for a backlash (could be anything, from people not liking dubs, to people who don't like sexy females, to haters in general).

That Duke Nukem Forever feel where people expect the game to be greater and greater (because of how long it's been in development/being udpated in Korea) can be very damaging eventually.

I might be completely wrong, but please excuse me :laugh:

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It honestly depends on how good the localization teams are, and just how much content must be localized. Here's an article that gives you a fairly general idea of the process. If they've begun the process last month or even this month, I think we'd probably see it sometime late Q2 or Q3.

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Simply based on how unknown the game is in the West, I would expect it to be a while.

They have to get the hype train rolling over here and that can be a lengthy process. A few beta tests every couple of months, english gameplay videos, trailers, ect. Games just don't get popular over night, and you can guarantee they won't release until they think the game has gotten enough hype to sell.

In 6 months people will be crawling away from GW2 and Mists of Pandaria probably begging for something new. Queue B&S hype.

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I find this info...( i dont believe it but guys what you think ?)

The OpenBeta of Blade & Soul in Europe and America begins late December (2012) early January (2013)

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I find this info...( i dont believe it but guys what you think ?)

The OpenBeta of Blade & Soul in Europe and America begins late December (2012) early January (2013)

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if BnS US/EU dont say that i will NOT belive xDD!!!

and wth ? =

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I find this info...( i dont believe it but guys what you think ?)

The OpenBeta of Blade & Soul in Europe and America begins late December (2012) early January (2013)

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Open beta? would think they'd do a closed beta first but hell if it's open i'm all for it

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No source, no confirmation, no reason to believe. Ill see you all in Fall of 2013

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and wth ? =

Lol? I really hope the devs allow us for a Korean voice pack, I'm not saying that the dubs sucks...it's just that the don't fit in it.

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It wouldn't be a surprise to see closed beta testing starting within a couple of months from now, the official release is another story. Time to play the waiting game.

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Lol? I really hope the devs allow us for a Korean voice pack, I'm not saying that the dubs sucks...it's just that the don't fit in it.

Gotta agree. I know some people would be put off by having to read subtitles for a game, but honestly I'm more turned off by terrible voice acting. XD

One can only hope we can change the language. :P

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The localization team doesn't even have any dates for anything yet, CBT and OBT, there's still the voice cast if they are even doing it, I can see them taking their time and like its already been said, since the game is not that well know here in the west they have to build up the hype for it, so I can see them using 2013 E3 for it, so we will probably see it around the fall or later, still I hope I'm wrong.

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