Blade & Soul confirmed in the west, free-to-play still possible

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We’ve heard about Blade & Soul for quite some time now, but news on a release in North America and Europe we’re inexistent. Now, NCsoft and developer Team Bloodlust finally decided to confirm that a release in the west (North America and Europe) is a reality. Blade & Soul launched in South Korea almost three months ago and it’s a massive hit, ranking as one of the top games in PC cafés.

The martial arts fantasy of Blade & Soul isn’t particularly fresh, but the execution seems polished enough to attract huge numbers of players, mixing the style of such films as House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The release date in the west is still unknown, as much as the business model. Although Blade & Soul is based on a subscription model in South Korea, NCsoft may be enticed to go for free-to-play, especially seeing that Aion is now way more successful as F2P than it was ever before. The official site is here: http://us.bladeandsoul.com/en/.

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  • Jose Quintero

    I have been hopping that this game would come regardless if its free i would still pay for this game

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    • FreeMMOStation

      You win either way, but I hope it’s free-to-play (and properly balanced) :)

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  • g4oage

    I hopw it’s F2P,It’s true Aion has a massive community now that it’s F2P…But,they can still do it B2P like Guild Wars 2 which is now pretty much one of the most awesome games of the year and it has a Huge community in both USA and Europe

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    • FreeMMOStation

      It’s a gamble in the end. B&S has to be really special if it hopes to succeed as B2P, competing against GW2. Even Tera, which is a fine game, is likely to become free to play in a not so distant future, so it’s more and more the go-to business model, not a shameful label as it was years ago.

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  • g4oage

    Still,there is also a high chance for it to,yes, be P2P in the beggining and go F2P after a while just like many other games did like Aion,Lineage 2 and Tera.But still,that depends on it’s succes so we have a 50% chance for it to go F2P.
    I’ll keep my hopes up and see what the future brings. :)

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    • freemmostation

      I’m not a big fan of P2P first and F2P later, since it smells of a last resort in most cases, so I hope Blade and Soul (and Black Desert) are F2P from the beginning 😀

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  • g4oage

    I’m with you man! :)
    F2P FTW!

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    • freemmostation

      Amen to that! (As long as its well balanced) :)

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  • g4oage

    So,I also watched the trailer of this “Black Desert” MMO you mentioned and I have only one word to say: EPIC

    So many good MMO’s coming this year,it’s so hard to choose from!

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    • freemmostation

      Amazing, right? I’m more psyched for Black Desert than B&S, game just looks stunning!

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