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NCsoft Reveals Plans To Bring Blade & Soul To Western Gamers

Martial Arts MMORPG Blade And Soul Coming To Western Gamers
NCsoft Bringing Blade and Soul To The West

NCsoft, one of the world’s largest publishers of online games, announced plans to bring the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Blade Soul, to Western gamers. The incredibly popular MMORPG has been available in South Korea for 12 weeks and it has already attracted millions of players, who flock to internet cafes across the Asian nation to play Blade Soul. The game has an extremely high rate of player loyalty, averaging 230,000 concurrent players since its release.

Stephen Levy, an NCsoft executive, gave an inspired description of the game, saying, “When you try to imagine what combat in Blade Soul looks and feels like, think of typical Asian martial arts classics like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of the Flying Daggers and think of the player as Jet Li.”

The game was developed by NCSoft’s Team Bloodlust, the company’s in-house Seoul division, and Korean artist Hyung-Tae Kim, character artist for the strategy role-playing War of Genesis games and the South Korean Magna Carta series.

Blade Soul promises to introduce Western gamers to Asian martial arts combat role playing at its finest. While the game is based on an existing South Korean version, NCsoft promises Blade Soul will not be another entry on the long list of Korean MMOS that subject players to the nightmare of endless grinding. Executive Producer James Bae said, “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.”

Although the storyline of Blood Soul is one of revenge, each player’s journey will continue long after you have defeated your enemies. “We don’t intend to stop there or end the story when you finally have your revenge,” Levy says. “We plan on continuing personal storylines through episodic content, further expanding the game’s solo content. It’s important to us that players will experience an epic yet personal story.”

Martial Arts MMORPG Blade And Soul Coming To Western Gamers

Today’s announcement did not include a release date or pricing information for Blade Soul. Instead, NCsoft emphasized that the game would be true to its roots, saying, “Exact release timing for Blade Soul has not been confirmed, but NCsoft is already aggressively tailoring the title for Western players, working closely with Team Bloodlust to ensure the rich Asian martial arts theme stays intact.”

Stephen Levy continued, “We want to keep the game exactly as it is. What they play now will be what you will play. There is one exception: Mechanics like levelling curve, drop rates, and instance resets will be tweaked for Western audiences, as NCsoft believes there lies the gap between the two worlds of gamers. Apart from that, Blade Soul is a Korean game, and it seems we will be playing a translated Korean game when it comes out.”

The dedicated gamers here at The Inquisitr look forward to bringing you more information about Blade Soul as it becomes available. Be sure to check back often for all the latest news about the games you love to play.

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10 Responses to “NCsoft Reveals Plans To Bring Blade & Soul To Western Gamers”

  1. James Dornan

    NCSoft doesn't seem to understand western markets. They do great in Asian markets, but not too well in the west. They had the best Hero game in the market, making money without ads of any kind, online or paper. Zero marketing. I expect their business plan is something like: Get people to buy point in the game market, than then once they have milked them enough they shut it down. They then use the same game engine and create a new game and milk people with that in-game market. etc. I just don't trust them now. Feel free to call me an angry City of Heroes player, if you like. You might be right, but I don't feel angry. I had 6 years with the best MMO ever produced, and most people don't get to have that much fun in their lives.

  2. Annette Mei

    really hope they stick to their promises, I wouldn't want to see this masterpiece of a game go through a crappy westernization.

  3. Ryan Jay

    I want this game sooo bad x.x I found out about it a couple of days ago now I'm looking uo everything about it. This is one of the best mmo's ive ever seen. On top of that I'm a manga head and it reminds me of sword art online, but this game is pure art.