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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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  1. i wanna see the background too o_O

  2. i'm watching you

  3. no seizure inducing backgrounds!

  4. RIP my background after three years. Ban Bumble for abuse #banbumble2015, dojo pls.

  5. You know you love my profile background bumble, don't hate nerd. <3

  6. sometimes i come to stalk your profile then have to be reminded of this annoying background

  7. returned from the dead notturno?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I'm not a particular fan of giving people stuff for simply knowing about the game before everyone else. There are some great people that deserve rewards before the rest of us peons anyway - people that provide English patches, the administrative team here, and so on. Regardless, I would rather see the development time go to something else What I think would be a very kind gesture by NCsoft would be to acknowledge this place a little more often. There are lot of community members here that have been waiting for years and we didn't receive so much as a hello from anyone. I think some news and interview exclusives for the website would be a great gesture, maybe a Q&A session for forum members, or just some general NCsoft presence would be great. I really just want to know more about what we're getting, that's all. The rewards just seem really petty and unnecessary to me.
  9. Was Shocked When I Saw This

    Based on all these ramped up LinkedIn profiles mentioning the game, word of a trailer already made, and all this activity lately... I think we can expect an E3 showing. Check out E3's official website, NCsoft is listed as an exhibitor. They're showing off an MMO, and you know they're not taking an existing MMO to E3. That would be way too much cost for little gain. They're launching something, and it has to be B&S at this point. g e t h y p e d b o y s
  10. Was Shocked When I Saw This

    NCsoft's new Community Director across all NCsoft titles in the west came to The Dojo and posted something, implying that NCsoft's western division acknowledges us. The former lead writer and project manager for the B&S translation team left NCsoft, She cites two years of working on the project, including coordinating the creation of marketing materials, voice acting, and so on. Her profile is here. Creating trailers and getting voice acting is expensive. NCsoft wouldn't be dumping that amount of resources into a game they didn't intend to launch. She cites working with a fluctuating team of up to 21 people. That's a lot of people for localizing an already developed game, so there's some pretty serious cash being funneled into this project. [*]There's a new brand manager at NCsoft's western division, who cites she is working on an unreleased Korean-developed MMO. Blade and Soul and Lineage Eternal are the only games fitting this criteria, and Lineage Eternal is still a year away. TL;DR omeed senpai noticed us and we stalk LinkedIn.
  11. Was Shocked When I Saw This

    There's no other logical option. She says it's a Korean-developed MMO, and the only other game in their library that qualifies as an MMO, is considered upcoming, and isn't in the west is Lineage Eternal. Lineage Eternal is still a long ways away, so it wouldn't really make much sense to hire a brand manager so soon, at least in my opinion. I think it's a very high likelihood she's there for Blade and Soul. If not, I'd be shocked.
  12. Was Shocked When I Saw This

    Most localization is translating text files and swapping them out in the client you distribute to players. I'm sure the English patch people use for this game works under the same basis. That's the way the Ragnarok Online private server community does it anyway. I'm sure this is very similar. The localization lead could easily take the source material (Korean) and translate it into English. In fact, it makes more sense to translate from Korean to English, rather than taking the already translated Chinese version and then translating that to English. You lose less of the intended meaning in translation. So it's still sensible to use the Chinese client as the base for update deployment, then just swap out the displayed text with the proper English files. There's still hope yet.
  13. P2P or B2P?

    This game is far too dated to support a pay to play model, and the pay to play model itself is not sustainable anymore. Ideally, I would rather see a buy to play model as that's my preferred business model. It's a nice barrier to entry keeping problem users out by adding accountability to everyone's account since everyone has a monetary investment into their character. Color me elitist, but the free to play communities tend to bring out worse experiences on average. Free to play won't stop me from playing though, I'll end up playing regardless of the business mode, so my opinion on this discussion is probably completely irrelevant to the people making the decisions.
  14. Feed Omeed

    The words bitter, disenchanted, and frustrated are typically the words that are going to come to mind when you talk about the "NCsoft community" around here. Over three years of silence on a western release, there should be absolutely zero expectation of anyone believing or caring about anything that comes out of NCsoft that isn't a release date. To be completely honest, I can sympathize with that attitude to some degree. Coming from Tabula Rasa, I don't really have the most positive opinion of NCsoft as it is. If your goal is getting people on your side as a community manager, then you have your work cut out for you. It's entirely an uphill battle, and honestly I do not see you making much headway unless you're able to definitively confirm a release for the west. On the plus side, at least you can't possibly make it worse than the past three years of zero communication, so take some solace in that. Welcome to the NCsoft community though, I hope they're paying you well for that position, I know it isn't an easy one. I'm glad to at least see you acknowledging us too, so I have a little hope that we may hear something on this game yet.