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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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Radii   

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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Paarth   

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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Okami   

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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Ghastly   

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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Lyndis   

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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Skyform   

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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Skyform   

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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Lyndis   

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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Overeem   

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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Ghastly   

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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Taekyu   

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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Zenek   

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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JemL   

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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Notturno   

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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