After a series of closed beta test weekends which are currently underway until December, NCSoft have confirmed they will be launching the North American / PAL region version of Blade & Soul on the PC starting January 19 2016 at 12AM EST / 9PM PST. The online game will be available with English, French and German localisations.
Those who have purchased one of the three Founders Packs will be able to access the game on three day earlier on January 15, while those who have obtained an opportunity to reserve a character name will be able to do so beginning January 11.
When Blade & Soul first launches, there will be a level cap of 45. Players will also have access to the 1v1 Arena and two dungeons not seen in recent Closed Beta testing periods: Blackram Supply Chain, and E. Fleet Supply Chain. Post-launch content updates and patches are both in-progress and planned, with more news on these to be made available soon after launch.
Not much time remains until players get to explore this free-to-play online world outside of testing. Time will tell if this online game, initially released in Korea back in 2012, manages to thrive in the North American / European markets.