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Blade & Soul nearing commercial release, adding Summoner class

AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member

There was a new article released from Massively yesterday:

 

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/03/23/blade-and-soul-nearing-commercial-release-adding-summoner-class/

 

Blade & Soul nearing commercial release, adding Summoner class





"NCsoft is loath to talk about its Blade & Soul martial arts MMORPG here in the West, so we have to rely on third-party fansites and Chinese/Korean translations for most of our info. The latest such comes courtesy of MMO Culture, and it features an interview from a recent Tencent Games media event with a couple of newsworthy notables.



First up is the fact that upcoming Korean and Chinese Blade & Soul beta phases will feature the new Summoner class. Not much is known in terms of class specifics yet, but the site says that it boasts an "easier" and "more relaxed" playstyle than other classes.



The interview also touches on Blade & Soul's business model and its impending release. Despite the fact that NCsoft titles like Aion and Lineage II have recently committed to free-to-play in North America, the firm isn't talking about any particular Blade & Soul payment model just yet. Finally, MMO Culture reports that Blade & Soul "is currently near the end of the development phase for commercial release," and given the lack of info on a Western client, we expect said release to be exclusive to the Chinese and Korean markets for now."





In my opinion, NCSoft is going to fully focus on Guild Wars 2 for 2012 [for the West] (being the year of the Dragon) and I think they have some ways to go before releasing additional info for us here in the West. So far all we have is a "placeholder" website. If release comes out soon for the Asian markets and the results are positive, then chances are we might see an early 2013 release. However, if there are hiccups along the way it may delay till 3rd or 4th quarter 2013, we shall see!

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Comments

  • pb1285npb1285n Brentwood, NYPosts: 505Member
    The sad thing is this game has some of the best twitch gameplay on the market but a western release is not looking very likely anytime soon.
  • XasapisXasapis VolosPosts: 5,561Member Uncommon

    Very interesting game, but like Archeage, very far from a western release.

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member

    Good news folks, seems they made the announcement about an hour and a half ago letting folks know that the winners of CBT3 have been given out. You should be able to log in now and download the client.



    Time to play Soul & Blade & Summoner & Long Cat.


     


    CBT3 won't start till May 9th (although those that got accepted to prior betas got an early access).


     


    Chances are I will be playing Summoner and maybe one other class, depends on how things go!


     

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  • lzanonlzanon Winter Haven, FLPosts: 316Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by AmbrosiaAmor


    Good news folks, seems they made the announcement about an hour and a half ago letting folks know that the winners of CBT3 have been given out. You should be able to log in now and download the client.



    Time to play Soul & Blade & Summoner & Long Cat.


     


    CBT3 won't start till May 9th (although those that got accepted to prior betas got an early access).


     


    Chances are I will be playing Summoner and maybe one other class, depends on how things go!


     

    How does one join the beta.?

  • SirBalinSirBalin Joppa, MDPosts: 1,150Member Uncommon

    Played Kbeta and was shocked at how much fun this game was...I'm a pvper, so when I saw beta had no pvp I turned it off.  However, if they announce either faction based or owpvp i'd be in for this one.  For those unsure about the combat...it was quite unique.  Not a tab target or an aim to shoot...picture playing street fighter 2, or Double Dragon, or something like that...feels like an arcade game and it was really fun. 

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  • asf131asf131 SeoulPosts: 7Member

    this game will release on June 21

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member
    Open Beta starts on June 21st. I am not sure if there will be a wipe between that and release. I am not sure how long the open beta event will run. On a good note it seems they are no longer going to use the fatigue system. :)

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  • tuzalovtuzalov waterloo, ONPosts: 183Member

    ya they dropped the fatigue thank god,been playing this since cbt1 and alot has changed.I expect a na release in september.

  • AmbrosiaAmorAmbrosiaAmor Miami, FLPosts: 915Member
    Just a quick update. You can now download the Blade & Soul OBT client (I think it went up yesterday). You can reserve the server, race, and class you want as well as creating your character and name. This event will go from June 16 starting at 2 p.m. up to June 17 at 11 p.m. K.S.T.
     
    OBT will start on June 21st.

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  • AsheramAsheram San Diego, CAPosts: 1,989Member Uncommon
  • HellSingsHellSings Toronto, ONPosts: 185Member
    Originally posted by AmbrosiaAmor

    There was a new article released from Massively yesterday:

     

    http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/03/23/blade-and-soul-nearing-commercial-release-adding-summoner-class/

     

    Blade & Soul nearing commercial release, adding Summoner class


    "NCsoft is loath to talk about its Blade & Soul martial arts MMORPG here in the West, so we have to rely on third-party fansites and Chinese/Korean translations for most of our info. The latest such comes courtesy of MMO Culture, and it features an interview from a recent Tencent Games media event with a couple of newsworthy notables.

    First up is the fact that upcoming Korean and Chinese Blade & Soul beta phases will feature the new Summoner class. Not much is known in terms of class specifics yet, but the site says that it boasts an "easier" and "more relaxed" playstyle than other classes.

    The interview also touches on Blade & Soul's business model and its impending release. Despite the fact that NCsoft titles like Aion and Lineage II have recently committed to free-to-play in North America, the firm isn't talking about any particular Blade & Soul payment model just yet. Finally, MMO Culture reports that Blade & Soul "is currently near the end of the development phase for commercial release," and given the lack of info on a Western client, we expect said release to be exclusive to the Chinese and Korean markets for now."


    In my opinion, NCSoft is going to fully focus on Guild Wars 2 for 2012 [for the West] (being the year of the Dragon) and I think they have some ways to go before releasing additional info for us here in the West. So far all we have is a "placeholder" website. If release comes out soon for the Asian markets and the results are positive, then chances are we might see an early 2013 release. However, if there are hiccups along the way it may delay till 3rd or 4th quarter 2013, we shall see!

    I have been waiting forever to get my hands on this game. But sadly the NA version seems 2-3 years away.

  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member

    looks so great.. action combat with some actual speed to it and grappling! i don't see it coming here till winter 2013 at the earliest though:(

    i also like its got a interesting looking story to it as well

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