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.
<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
Well a lot more can still be done with the engine, hell RockSteady for the Batman Arkham Knight still uses the Unreal Engine 3 which is heavily modified but what Atheyana is eluding to is it has DX11 features in it now. But with that being said the PC version of the Batman game is a complete and utter mess to the extent it's been pulled off steam until they can fix it. Besides all of that NcSoft has already bought the license from Epic Games for Unreal Engine 4. I also just don't see NcSoft putting forth the effort to make the changes for BnS to use the newer shader effects let alone DX11. Could be more of a headache then a gain really...
What the......Blade and Soul uses the Unreal Engine 3, A very old engine now ( almost 10 years old? ). The engine was optimized with dual core processors, which is why people that have newer hardware are having a tough time getting the game to run good. It's especially bad for AMD people that went and got 6-8 core processors, this game engine doesn't know what to do with them, it needs more single core speed. With that said The Unreal Engine 3 made by Epic Games didn't build the game engine with MMO's in mind, Ncsoft modified the engine to get it to work but as you all can see has very much mixed results in performance. The unreal engine also suffers from memory leaks, so again you don't need the latest and greatest to run BnS, that's just crazy talk especially as other's have pointed out its only using DX9 which is another limitation of the engine. In short, the game is poorly optimized that NcKorea never bothered to go back and try to fix and make improvements to the modified engine...
Yeah, I get between 200-250 ping with booster, and even with that you have to limit what classes you can play with that kind of delay. Most people are just picking very easy spammable classes but trying to play a 'Kung Fu Master'...forget about it. In regards to PvP as well? yeah no thanks not with that delay and literally seeing the Chinese players attacking twice as fast as you are just means you're gonna get owned pretty quickly. I'd suggest just playing for the PvE aspect of the game if you are still itching to play the game, plus the PvP is limited and not really fleshed out as in other NcSoft MMO's (Aion).
Overeem replied to Dun1007's topic in General DiscussionBecause you played it right? Please.... As for 'WildStar' (WS) haven't got into the Beta yet, hoping I will at some point. Seems people here in this little community don't like the art in WS but I get the feeling the combat and content will be there to keep players engaged. Having played Blade and Soul now I see as to why NcSoft is not rushing to give us the game. In my opinion outside of the combat and anesthetics everything about BnS is so typical, quests are the same ole' same ole', heavy class imbalances for pvp, not enough content and I am playing it very casually. Seems to me it has the same problem TERA had where you are running certain dungeons over n' over again until your eyes bleed...sorry that's not entertaining that's repetitive garbage. In my opinion BnS will suffer the same fate TERA had gone through, there is just not enough 'staying power' to keep players engaged for years to come unless NcSoft can start pumping out content like there is no tomorrow. However I feel that's the downside of 'theme park' MMO's, I don't think ANY developer will be able to keep up with how fast us players will consume content and then bitch and moan there is nothing to do in game. I truly believe game developers need to incorporate both theme park and sandbox elements to help better the longevity of a MMO.
Getting the same problem has some, had to reinstall the game and when trying to install the english patch again its asking for the BnS steup.exe file, which I tried pointing to it and its not appearing on the list? Most likely doing something wrong any help would be appreciated.
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Overeem replied to Mizuki's topic in General DiscussionTERA was nice the first couple of times through, but as was said already the end game was horrific. Add on to it the fact the political system and Nexus system failed horribly as well. The political system was easily abused so the same guild would get the vanarch spot of their choosing, and then raise taxes to 15%, and then the failed nexus system which was copied from Rifts events, the nexus event was a performance nightmare, about 200 people on your screen and your FPS slowing to a crawl..read: 1-5 FPS no matter how strong your comp specs. Enchanting also mentioned in this thread was a totally nightmare basically the same as Aion's but the success rate was even lower. You would easily go broke in a matter of mins trying to enchant your gear up, the new updated added a battleground ( 1 map ) and between the balance between classes and yes even server side lag, making it a horrible experience. In just under 6 months En Masse had to consolidate the servers from 11 down to a mere 3 servers, making the nexus events performance even more horrific. Character creation was also very simplistic and no depth to really make your avatar your own. So yes TERA right now ( still play here and there, am terribly bored already having 3 level 60's ) is in deep shit right now. In my opinion the only way I see it surviving is going F2P. K- Tera also hurting since the release of BnS. With all that said about TERA, I worry for the future of Blade and Soul here in the U.S., you all should know by now that K-MMO's do very poorly since Lineage 2 doing bad ( horrible grind), Aion ( RNG on everything), and now recently TERA's failures. NCwest unfortunately does NOT have a good track record either, so while it is awesome to see that BnS is already under development for us, I also can't seem to help but worry about how Blade and Soul will perform given the past track history of K-MMO's. Its no doubt that Blade and Soul will have a small niche community, but I am hoping it will perform better then how TERA is currently doing months after launch.