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When do you think B&S will be released?

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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.

More like a small alpha event rather than a Closed Beta.

I see them opening the game to a very small amount of people to test the game later this year.

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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.

I agree it you Shaigh.

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It's not about how fast a couple of people could translate the game, it's all about bureaucracy and paper work. And guys who working on this project get they salary per month, so they not motivated to finish the project early. Just thoughts...

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It's not about how fast a couple of people could translate the game, it's all about bureaucracy and paper work. And guys who working on this project get they salary per month, so they not motivated to finish the project early. Just thoughts...

This doesn't really apply since MMOs are a constant thing, and they'll still need the localization team for newer content.

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I'm sharing same thoughts with Ghastly. I just recall how long I've waited for Aion the same way.

I thought it's getting better and better, but it was a huge disappointment when it came out, even though I still played it first couple months.

It was something like "Wow, it has awsome graphics and gameplay, never seen such before", and then after waiting for some time, other games start popping up, with even better graphics and gameplay. So, in the end you log in the game, that you've been waiting for so long,

but you start feeling like it's "nothing special", since your eyes got used to better stuff by now.

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You can't let games sit for too long. The risk of other big name games and competition coming in to steal your thunder, ideas and beauty is too high. B&S is still the best current mmorpg but how long until something else pops up with a heavy focus on gameplay and art? A matter time.

It's a hard balancing act but my hope is that we don't have wait until late 2013.

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You can't let games sit for too long. The risk of other big name games and competition coming in to steal your thunder, ideas and beauty is too high. B&S is still the best current mmorpg but how long until something else pops up with a heavy focus on gameplay and art? A matter time.

It's a hard balancing act but my hope is that we don't have wait until late 2013.

See you in September 2013 :smooth:

While you are correct that there is always the threat of a new competitor, it is taken as a natural reoccuring theme of said market. Having experience with the MMO market, I just can't see this being ready by Spring or Summer of next year. There is just so much more to it than translation and localization. Heck, just use the experience from EVERY other MMO that has ever hit North America. Even when all is said and done and everything is ready to go; on launch day EVERY single MMO still has problems they don't expect.

I see a lot of people on these forums saying the NA launch doesn't need a Pre-CBT stress test and CBT and just jump straight into OBT, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Therefore, as most of us dedicated fans here have said before, a little more patience is not going to hurt anyone.

Would I like to see B&S be released ASAP? You bet. But is it currently realistic? I personally don't think so.

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See you in September 2013 :smooth:

While you are correct that there is always the threat of a new competitor, it is taken as a natural reoccuring theme of said market. Having experience with the MMO market, I just can't see this being ready by Spring or Summer of next year. There is just so much more to it than translation and localization. Heck, just use the experience from EVERY other MMO that has ever hit North America. Even when all is said and done and everything is ready to go; on launch day EVERY single MMO still has problems they don't expect.

I see a lot of people on these forums saying the NA launch doesn't need a Pre-CBT stress test and CBT and just jump straight into OBT, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Therefore, as most of us dedicated fans here have said before, a little more patience is not going to hurt anyone.

Would I like to see B&S be released ASAP? You bet. But is it currently realistic? I personally don't think so.

BnS IS most likely going to need at least one closed beta, especially if people want it to be polished and, y'know, not buggy as hell upon release. It might not need as much prior testing as Korea had to, since we wouldn't be testing a brand new game like they were, but it's still going to need it. You know if they do skip CBT you'd have the same people wanting to skip it whining about bugs and server problems.

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It's all speculation right now. We just have to wait for official info, so your guess is as good as ours.

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Hope beta starts in early 2013. Hope that it's released mid 2013.. expect it to be a 2014 release.

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That is a very darned long time. I hope it doesn't take that long. Surely NCSoft won't take until 2014 to release it.

I may just have to keep playing Tera and Final Fantasy XIV in the meantime. Hopefully A Realm Reborn will be pretty good.

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As sad as that may be, its a realistic possibility considering their FAQ answers very vaguely, "We will launch it when we are confident it is ready."

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It's heavily dependent on if they want triple A voice acting or not with their cut-scenes too.

They could just do translation, get cheap voice actors and done... but I don't think they want to do that considering it's NCsoft.

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BnS IS most likely going to need at least one closed beta, especially if people want it to be polished and, y'know, not buggy as hell upon release. It might not need as much prior testing as Korea had to, since we wouldn't be testing a brand new game like they were, but it's still going to need it. You know if they do skip CBT you'd have the same people wanting to skip it whining about bugs and server problems.

Indeed. The first will need to be a 5-7 day closed stress test for the NA audience. This is to ensure that no scripting errors cause the game to crash or malfunction due to wonky localization work. Other key factors of this test are making sure all text is fixed, skill descriptions are correct, mob AI corresponds to translated/localized commands properly, etc.

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I really do understand people wanting to get their hands on BnS, but at the same time you only need to look at games that were released/rushed to the market and failed miserably. Ncsoft is currently doing a good job keeping Korean players engaged in the game by releasing bug fixes/balancing and most importantly 'content' for players to STAY with the game. However how that will translate for the western audience remains to be seen given how poorly Korean MMO's do here in the States and in Europe.

People need to remember that Ncsoft already has a bad track record with Lineage 2 and Aion. Some of the biggest complaints is how they handled RMT botter's and the player's that purchase said in game currency. This new team I would hope is up to the challenge and in bringing about actual change to the perception that Ncsoft as a company has received with their past titles. Make no mistake that while BnS appears to look good and at this present time seems to be doing well, all of this can change in a very short time for the worst. The new team handling BnS for us western players have their work cut out for them, Its going to be a long road for Ncwest to regain the trust players have lost with them.

TERA Online can now be chalked up as another failed Korean MMO, and thus hurts BnS presence here in the west. My hope is they are scrapping the old ways in how they handle and present these MMO's to us, that communication between NCWest and NcKorea are more open and present then ever before.

So with that said, I want the NcWest team to take their time and get everything right the first time and have systems in place beforehand to help battle RMT and players that purchase in game currency right from launch. En Masse Entertainment, the only good thing I can say about them is that they did do a very good job in handling RMT and spamming of it in game.

There is just too many negatives pointing at the NcWest team right now, I'd think everyone here should be exercising patience and uplifting NcWest team in anyway possible form to get them on the right track from past failures.

I want to see this, because I want Blade and Soul to succeed. As should you all...

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That just completely changed my perspective Overeem. Welcome to the Dojo (and Sting is GREAT!)

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Alpha/beta etc i could see start Early 2013 ( what i think we all hope for ) and maybe game release at mid 2013 or close to mid.

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I don't foresee them releasing the game in the west before the 7 waves update is done in Korea. It seems illogical to me, and I would hope they are seeking to release the game with all of this content included. I admit I'm half expecting some kind of testing to start early next year.. and could easily see it being Fall 2013 if they follow the same format they used for Aion. Beta testing started what, May? And ran through the summer.

I would be very surprised if it ended up being 2014. I can only see 2014 if the current content isn't considered satisfactory but I doubt it.

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As I remember all NCsoft releases was on ~September/October. If they do not want push it, I guess fall of 2013 is a correct date.

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Aion was released in november 25, 2008 in SK // september 22, 2009 in NA

Lineage II was released october 1, 2003 in SK // april 24, 2004 in NA

Those has been the two big MMOs from NCSoft korea so far...so you can have an ETA too now

Blade & soul was released June 30, 2012 in SK // ETA in NA

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Blade & Soul is already operational in one region, and simply needs localization and translation work to be ready for other regions. Carbine Studios is way too far off from being done with WildStar as well. There's no way NCsoft will go without releasing at least one title in 2013, and I would bet money Blade & Soul will be it. I'm guessing the first half of 2013, probably between April and July, since that would be at least two financial quarters after their last major release (Guild Wars 2).

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