NCsoft: Blade & Soul Postponed to 2012!

  • Date: 11-05-2010 Views:

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  • Summary: Korea-based NCsoft announced financial results for the third quarter on November 4th when its CFO Jaeho Lee indicated that Blade & Soul would launch its first test in 2012. The exact date will be determined based on the trial reports of G-star 2010 players. Furthermore, he said that when the developers have 100% confidence in the game, they will launch CBT or OBT immediately.

Korea-based NCsoft announced financial results for the third quarter on November 4th when its CFO Jaeho Lee indicated that Blade & Soul would launch its first test in 2012. The exact date will be determined based on the trial reports of G-star 2010 players. Furthermore, he said that when the developers have 100% confidence in the game, they will launch CBT or OBT immediately.


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Blade & Soul will be mainly modified in 2011 and Guild Wars 2 may start CBT simultaneously

The head of the game expressed, "Blade & Soul should be officially tested after the year 2011. We are dedicated to doing modification work in 2011." Namely, Blade & Soul and Guild Wars 2 won't be tested in 2011. Meanwhile, he said, "the two games are currently in the same development phase, they are more likely to perform a test at the same time."

Actually, NCsoft didn't release any new games this year and lost 28 million US dollars in the lawsuit against Richard Garriott, the developer of Ultima Online. As it is developing Guild Wars 2 and other games at present, NCsoft will lose more money.

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However, the CFO said, "Without new games, we can still run and maintain our company normally through the revenue from existing games. Blade & Soul is expected to launch the first test in 2012."

Instead of killing monsters to level up, Blade & Soul highlights its background stories. According to Jaeho Lee, Blade & Soul is not developed for players who only focus on grinding monsters to level up. On the contrary, the game is designed to attract players by its rich stories.

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