Last July we reported on the somewhat surprising development of Blade & Soul: Hongmoon Rising, a prequel to the popular fantasy MMORPG from NCSoft, in cooperation with Chinese developer Tencent Games. Now we know a bit more about it, with 2P bringing some more info.
First of all, we knew that Hongmoon Rising was intended for PC and mobile, but the initial info lacked the browser-based part. Just as with other browser MMOs, you can download a mini-client, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a browser game at heart. It will include three classes initially (Blademaster, Destroyer, and Kung-Fu Master) and a real-time combat system, with the story taking place 40 years before the events of Blade & Soul.
The Chinese beta has just launched in China on December 22 and there are no plans so far for an English release. Considering that Tencent isn’t too keen on releasing China-developed games on western territories (despite, for example, owning League of Legends’ publisher Riot Games), we think there’s not a great chance for Hongmoon Rising to ever release in English.