In an article I wrote during July last year entitled “Two MMORPG’s that need to be released ASAP…. or at least Captured my Interest“, I detailed two online games that I would love to see released to the English market. While the second game “Tera Online” has since seen a release by En Masse Entertainment, the first “Blade & Soul” has been a bit of a mystery to the international market.
Well not any more, with NCSoft finally launching the games official English website HERE alongside the above trailer. Blade & Soul is an MMO developed by Team Bloodlust, an in-house studio based in NCsoft’s headquarters in Seoul.
Blade & Soul brings MMO and RPG gaming communities an online world rich in Asian martial arts, a theme that has traditionally been limited to fighting games. Once Blade & Soul launches in the West, players will have the ability to experience the flowing nature of action martial arts that they have come to love, but will experience it in a modern format blended together with deep story lines and an epic online world populated by millions.
Bringing to life the fantasy style and signature character movement made popular by the classic martial arts adventure films House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Blade & Soul allows players to embrace the essence of historic martial arts combat, set in a beautiful world inspired by the stunning art of renowned artist Hyung-Tae Kim, Team Bloodlust’s Blade & Soul lead artist. Kim’s strong international manga following and his unique style of blending Japanese anime and Korean art will expand Blade & Soul’s appeal to a broad audience.
Currently limited information has been released on the game, with the FAQ section of the site listing answers such as:
When does the game launch in North America and Europe?
We are eagerly working to bring this acclaimed title to Western gamers, and we will launch it when we are confident it is ready.
How much will Blade & Soul cost? Will there be a subscription fee, or will Blade & Soul utilize the microtransaction business model?
As the launch date draws nearer, we will have more information to share on price and business models. However NCsoft is actively evaluating what gaming fans in Europe and the United States want, and we are committed to creating a business model that will meet our fans’ expectations.
When does the beta start? And how do I sign up?
NCsoft has not yet finalized beta plans for Blade & Soul, but fans can begin signing up for important information and news by subscribing to the Blade & Soul newsletter.
All I know is that this is a game I would personally be interested in checking out and spending a bit of time on if video footage from other releases is anything to go by.