Popular Korean MMO, Blade & Soul, Is Headed To The West

By Ishaan . September 14, 2012 . 9:30am

Popular Korean MMORPG, Blade & Soul, is headed to the west. Developed by NCsoft in Seoul, the game launched in Korea a little under three months ago, and is currently in the process of being localized. Here’s the game’s most recent trailer, in case you’ve never seen it before:



Based on the idea of historical martial arts, NCsoft say Blade & Soul takes inspiration from stylish martial arts films like House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The game’s world is designed by Hyung-Tae Kim, the lead artist on the project, who also worked on Magna Carta.


NCsoft haven’t announced just when Blade & Soul will be released in the west yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for further details. In the meantime, you can access the game’s official website here.

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  • Aunna Terrell

    Can’t wait~ I’ve been reading up on this MMO every now and then since they announced it.

    But… are they still going through with their partnership with Sony? I remember it was going to be on the PC and the PS3. Maybe it’s too early to worry about that. XD

    • I don’t believe there has been any mention of that since it was first brought up. Personally, I wouldn’t be interested in playing an MMORPG on a console anyway.

      • Aunna Terrell

        I don’t have a computer to run any of the newer MMOs, so I’m stuck with trying to play them on consoles, if there’s a console version. Upgrading/building a computer won’t happen in a long time for my boyfriend and me. It’s a little outta the question at the moment.

        •  That’s understandable, if it’s your only available option for playing it. Unfortunately there hasn’t been any news on their console plans for a good while – at least not that I’m aware of and I’ve been following BnS pretty closely.

  • Just Tim

    This is a pay-for-play MMO, correct?

    • XypherCode

      At least in Korea it is. Most likely in the US too.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Its P2P don’t know about NA but I pay like 23 bucks a month to play the Korean version.

    • Arrei

      They may be looking at alternative options. It’s possible they’ll go B2P, but in Korea it was P2P with no initial purchase price, I believe. Just a sub fee.

  • Syde Tokai

    I remember getting  into the korean beta. America is in for a good time when this is released

    • Testsubject909

      I’m jelly….

  • DanteJones

    I remember seeing the video for this a couple years ago, and I’ll still say the same thing: awesome artist and martial arts. Sign me up!

  • Genjo

    this make my DAY this going one awesome GAME <3

  • zferolie

    It still looks as pretty as when I first saw it last year or so. However, Is it enough to beat my fav GW2 right now? I will have to try it to see.

  • Genjo

    forgot to add this game might be heading on playstation3 in future if you don’t believe me go here!


    During E3 2007, Sony revealed that they had entered into an exclusive deal with NCsoft to produce new titles exclusively for the PlayStation 3. This contract included titles from both existing intellectual properties owned by NCsoft

    as you can see Blade and soul might be one hell of interesting game going on playstation3!

    • It would be pretty exciting. I’ve always loved controllers over keyboards.

      •  Controllers work with PCs too, you know.

        But a controller would definitely not be ideal for the community aspects of this game, or any MMO for that matter. The main perk of console support is so that people without access to a gaming capable PC can enjoy the game as well.

        • Yeah, but I have no controllers that work with my PC. :3

          • Aunna Terrell

            Same here and I love playing FFXI with a controller and keyboard. D:

    • Testsubject909

      Oh. Oh how I pray this be true and comes to fruition…

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Rev up those censors!

    But seriously, this is totally unexpected and awesome

    • Testsubject909

      It’s not unexpected to me. They were announcing the English western version… Since… 2…thousand…six…

      FINALLY is more my word.

  • badmoogle

    The art direction is incredible.

  • doubletaco

    This game has lost a lot of it’s luster since Guild Wars 2 has come out with better action-style combat.

    At least moving around is still sort of fun, but that might be dampened as well if it doesn’t stand up to GW2’s exploration (Vistas, jumping puzzles, etc).

    Well, it’s still got good art.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Ok this made me laugh.

    •  You make it sound like there is only one way to do action combat.

      • doubletaco

        Of course not. However, not all conceived game mechanics work equally well.

        I’ve played both, and I prefer one over the other.

    • Arrei

      I’m not sure GW2’s combat can be called “better” when real action combat’s been done by games that came before it (Tera, Vindictus, Dragon Nest) and combat in GW2 involves using the same attack over and over…

      My thief’s strongest rotation with a sword/pistol combo is pretty much hitting the 3 key over and over.

      • doubletaco

        Just because something came first doesn’t necessarily make it better. I didn’t imply at all that GW2 was the first to do action combat in an online multiplayer RPG. PSO was doing that (albiet clunkily) years and years ago.

        • Arrei

          I wasn’t suggesting other games did action combat better simply because they came first.

          I was suggesting other games did action combat better because they both came first AND had real action combat involving aiming and dodging as opposed to standing in one spot hitting a single high-damage skill over and over that also happens to grant you auto-evasion for the duration.

          I like GW2 for the exploration, jumping puzzles are possibly my favorite part of the game, but the combat leaves much to be desired. Having such a tiny rotation, along with some long-cooldown utility moves does not make the combat system particularly enthralling.

          • doubletaco

            Maybe B&S gets better later — Comparing Warrior to Swordmaster, with my warrior I don’t find myself using one skill way more than the others (aside from auto-attack, but that’s neither here nor there). I also find myself having to evade very common powerful attacks that would otherwise spell trouble, even extremely early on in the game.

            With Swordmaster I was mashing left click until an enemy telegraphed an attack, at which point I would press 1 to parry it and resume mashing left click.

            Am I writing the game off as worthless? Not at all. I’m sure I’ll give it a shot in english if it’s F2P. Combat aside the game is too “Korean MMORPG” at its core for me to pay monthly for it.

    • Testsubject909

      I do want guild wars quite a lot, but from what I’ve seen, it seems to me that Blade and Soul’s combat would be a bit more fluid, dynamic and entertaining, at least to me. Of course, Guild War 2’s fighting looks very fun to look at and I’m certain is quite engaging…

      Though either way, once I get a good PC to run em, I’ll be getting both Guild Wars 2 and Blade and Soul anyways… And I’ll be giving Secret World a try, friend of mine has been wanting that. And some of those free to play MMOs like Vindictus.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    I always loved the style, the characters are gorgeus. Always wandered why this type of art wasn’t used in other titles aside of Magna Carta series.  Looking forward to this! ^^

    • Testsubject909

      Because… it’s Korean art, not Japanese.

      That’s sort of why you don’t see it often.

      That and this particular style is set to Hyung Tae Kim.

      • Crimson_Cloud

         I never said it’s a Japanese…
        And it’s not like there is only two-three Korean made games out there as well.

        • Testsubject909

          Yes, yes I know that. But I meant to say, the art style permeating the industry tends to either be more western in design or something closer to Japanese style art, plus again, Hyung Tae Kim is a bit of a unique one, similar to how there are some unique styles in Japan that other artists don’t emulate or can’t emulate well.

          We don’t get a lot of this sort of art style because, well, limited to Hyung Tae Kim, but also because proportionally, games readily available to us are majoritarily… well, non-Korean, so that also influences that…

  • Luna Kazemaru

    kung fu master = godlike class

    • Aunna Terrell

      I’m torn between making a Jin kung fu master or a Kun blademaster. XD

      • Luna Kazemaru

        Bot classes are fun I play as both aswell as the destoryer class

  • fiks

    “Is Blade & Soul going to be a grinding game like some other MMOs?
    Executive Producer James Bae said it best: “I assure you, Blade & Soul will never run out of content to keep players engaged in the game. This game will not be a repetitive grindfest.””i hope they’re not bullshitting about this

    •  It depends on how you define it. If your idea of a “non-grindfest” mmorpg is being able to hit the level cap in 2 days by crafting with materials (i.e. GW2), then no, this isn’t the game for you.

      It will take a bit of time to reach the level cap (and they will continue to raise it with more content updates) but still not as bad as some other MMOs which can take months if not over a year to reach cap. But the point is the journey not the destination. And I don’t know how much the game has changed since CB2 but leveling was done through a sequence of main story quests and various side quests. The main story quests had a lot of cut scenes and instanced off areas and dungeons with some boss fights and other stuff. The side quests were mostly traditional mob killing type quests. A lot of people hate these, but I don’t as long as they aren’t too overkill. They were mostly small quests and you weren’t limited to only those types of quests. And I’m confident that they have added more types leveling content since then.

      • i dunno about fiks, but all i really care about is that i get to the level where i have enough abilities to where combat is actually fun within a reasonable amount of time, like on DFO.

        •  The main skill tree unlocks at level 15, which doesn’t take too long. There are about 8 skills for each class prior to that.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         WoW has ruined the term grind to many gamers.

        • Testsubject909

          Hrmm… I’m having flashbacks of Ragnarok Online.

  • WingsOfEternity

    look up the character creation on YT, the girls looked like oiled up pornstars

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Ain’t it great?

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Bout time there was some localization news. Now to finally up my computer specs. Been putting this little project on the backburner for a while now.

  • GibbRS

    I normally dislike MMOs, but Hyung Tae-Kim can get me to take a second look at most anything, haha.  Hopefully it has a free weekend or I can get into a beta, as I don’t like to pay full price + monthly fees for MMOs.

  • As long as they don’t censor the lolis.

    • Arrei

      There’s nothing to censor on the Lyn, they’re already wearing giant pear suits.

      But they’re actually censoring the other girls! The gunner in the story wears a bikini with hide shawl, and they stuck ugly tights UNDER the bikini! That just looks… bleh.

      • Barrit

        Ugh, really? Do you happen to have a source? That was the first thought that crossed my mind yesterday when I heard they were localizing the game for the west. “So what are they going to censor?” lol

        • OMan

          I already posted this on one other site. Screens are from when I was playing korean closed beta 3.

          1:12 in the trailer… the jumping sniper girl has a black piece of clothing covering her breasts.
          And well, she doesn’t in Korea. That’s one thing I noticed easily from the trailer.
          Plus for like a second you can see a character wearing this outfit
          jumping at 1:26, but not from the front, so hard to say if it’s
          censored. But it seems like a suitable candidate, if they’re going
          through with it.

          • Barrit

            Thanks for the pics, now I remember. It has been a while since I’ve seen screenshots of the game. It sucks if they decide to censor the game, but I doubt it’ll be anything modders can’t figure out how to bypass like they did with Tera.

        • Arrei

          Look in the trailer above, when the gunner does a backflip in weird tights worn underneath her bikini top. That kind of fashion sense look a little off to you? That’s because the tights were never there before.

          They even used original footage earlier in the video, when she gets knocked back and does a roll without those ugly tights on.

          • Barrit

            Yea, I see what you mean.. it looks horrible lol. I tried to look it up myself and they have some pics side by side of that flip for comparison: http://www.bladeandsouldojo.com/topic/5537-western-bnslet-the-censoring-begin/page__st__20

            The first page of that site also mentions the inconsistency of the censored/uncensored footage being used that you mentioned.

          • Arrei

            Now, the only thing I’m wondering about is the inconsistency. How much are they actually considering to censor, or was the trailer just a sort of one-off thing?

            Because the bladeandsoul.com website features artwork of one of the bikini outfits first thing you see, and the Kung Fu Master class is sporting a bikini top on large pants outfit with no censoring. Is it that they just haven’t gotten around to those, or are they not planning on censoring those since they’re on the website already?

  • Barrit

    I have had this game on my radar for years, much like I did with Aion. Hopefully this game turns out better than Aion did though. The art design is awesome too!

  • Testsubject909

    I already displayed my excitement over at the Open Thread yesterday when someone brought it up (Luna Kazemaru).

    So I’m just going to repeat myself here… BEEN WAITING SINCE 2006! FINALLY! WOooo…oh… Oh damn I need a PC that actually works right…

    So that’s around 400$ for a decent PC with a good graphic card.

    But either way. Blade and Soul coming to the west! Finally!

  • Learii

    i buying a new gamng pc soon i glad is coming to the west

  • Doctor Nebula

    The thighs are coming~!

    • Testsubject909

      I know something else that’s coming…

      Pain! Excruciating Pain To My Wallet!

      Hmm? What? Were you expecting me to say something else? Oh you people and your dirty minds…

  • Unlimax

    From my Personal Experience as a Console Gamer … THIS GAME IS MIND BLOWING !

  • eilegz

    good quality mmo its coming from FF, phantasy star online 2 and now this…

    lets see how it goes i hope they expand to consoles too

    •  ArcheAge also looks very promising. Should check it out.

  • I’m so glad that they announced this for the Western market! I’ve been waiting years and now my prayers have been answered. I hope they bring it to the PS3 as well as they say they planned too =^_^=

  • Empty-hand melee Class = DEFINITELY GONNA PLAY DIS GAEM

  • Haizzz… It’s just a Korean MMO and that’s means huge grind, boring quest system, Graphic over gameplay, some point and click, monthly subscription fee, long time for updates, less action orientated, what else can i expect .-. Iwould rather play guilds war 2.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       LOL then go enjoy door wars 2 your comment is generic and pointless because you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. Funny how you can say boring quest system and you are playing gw2

    • Arrei

      Alright, I love Guild Wars 2 for what it does differently, mainly its exploration and player storyline, but…

      “Boring quest system” and “huge grind” practically defines Guild Wars 2. You don’t even interact with anyone for all the hearts. You just show up, complete your objectives, and move on, with no lore or story or nothing. And you’re using the exact same skillset from level 2 all the way to level 80, only changing what cooldowns you have at your disposal. Doing the same thing for eighty levels… sounds like a grind to me.

  • I hope the console version will be coming too. Love Hyung-Tae Kim’s art.

  • CirnoLakes

    Good stuff, I was definitely looking forward to this game as competition to the better MMORPGs out of Korea.

    I hope that this game can offer something that Tera does not.

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

     No clue how good this game might be, but I don’t think I ever want to get invested in an NCSoft MMO again due to their record of shutting down even profitable games.

    •  Aion isn’t a good game btw.

      • It’s an okay game but not a great game. I still enjoy/like bits and pieces… Like it’s beautiful armor sets. XD

    • Arrei

      Sadly NCSoft is the one hangup I have with this game.

      I’m still excited for it, but I’m preparing myself for any sort of possible disappointment because of them.

  • Played this game on Korean server.
    1. It does have a solid story. Don’t be afraid that you’ll get boring plots/grinding fest.
    2. Each quests actually have interesting chain stories. You won’t miss out.
    3. All characters have voices (like actual NPC interactions) like similar to Mass Effect/SWTOR – but with better combat interface.
    4. Character creations are much more detailed than Tera, but equal quality to PSO2. The Lyn race CAN increase height, as other races can also decrease and increase height so that you don’t look ridiculously similar to everyone else.
    5. Sad part = You can’t have all classes for all races like you do in Tera. There is racial class restriction. But I don’t care about that.
    6.  This game takes you nowhere if you grind. Yeah I am not kidding. Everything is leveled through stories and quests. (Ain’t that fun)
    7. PVP/PVE is just insane for both. It is all about timing combos and skills. No skills = you’ll lose all the time.
    8. Almost all classes are 5 Star difficulty based classes except summoner. Summoner class can summon creatures like cute kittens that fight for you.
    9. Designs will always change regarding weapons and clothes. Which is very nice.
    10. Boobs always shake when you talk to female NPCs like starting part of the their conversations. Even old ladies.

    • CirnoLakes

      Tell me about the stories and how story ties into quests and the like. I’m interested in hearing more about that, as it sounds like a major selling point for the game.

      •  You as a character are a student and also part of “family” in a temple to become a martial artist. Because you were the youngest, you were to take the trials last than anyone else. However, as soon as you were about to finish your trials, these strange wanderers attacked your friends and your master to gain his weapon that could unbalance the power of the world. However, the master and yourself realize that one of the students betrayed everyone and led dark wanderers to arrive. Eventually, as you were about to be killed – you end up falling down waking up in a hut. That’s where story continues.

      • Barrit

         If you’d like to see a video of the beginning story, here’s a YouTube video of the first hour. The villains look cool as hell.


    • The No10 you just list sort of creep me out O_o, OLD LADY WTF?!

  • Luna Kazemaru

    I’m loving all the try hards

  • Kitestwinblades

    ( ̄ー ̄) I’ve been waiting a LONG time for this …
    Its my Most wanted MMO out there atm(YES, until .hack finally announces an MMO! XD), just because of Hyung-Tae Kim’s art and all the free roaming.
    Classes are super sexy, weapons are well detailed, You can glide and wall run…
    Even if it where to bomb I would probably be happy with JUST free roam.

    NCsoft… Name your Price

    •  The game could be online download, but with monthly price like Korea

      >I’d be ok with this.

  • deathman00789

    About damn time. Found out about this and Rusty Hearts at the same time.

  • Go2hell66

    characters remind me a bit of magna carta

    •  because it’s the same guy lol… Hyung-tae Kim, one of the best Korean artist.

  • looks cute, always loved design in eastern games.
    i’m playing guild wars 2 right now and during first 5 hours it already grew very boring for me, don’t know if you i’m gonna play further this so called “best mmo” but i’m interested in blad n soul right now.

  • Art is created by Hyung-tae Kim who also created art for the Magna Carta series.

  • Is this still coming out on PS3??

    • Don’t think it is, but would be nice.

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