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[Part 1]NCsoft: 60%-finished Blade & Soul to Launch OBT in Taiwan Next Summer

  • Date: 02-26-2011 Views:

    KeyWords: NCsoft,Blade & Soul,open beta,closed beta,Taiwan

  • Summary: With the release date of Blade & Soul coming closer, Korea-based NCsoft reached Taiwan again to keep abreast of local customs. The company also took a Taiwanese medium's interview, and disclosed to the eagerly-waiting players Blade & Soul's current development status as well as its Taiwanese version's release schedule.

With the release date of Blade & Soul coming closer, Korea-based NCsoft reached Taiwan again to keep abreast of local customs. The company also took a Taiwanese medium's interview, and disclosed to the eagerly-waiting players Blade & Soul's current development status as well as its Taiwanese version's release schedule. As Blade & Soul's release dates in the areas excluding South Korea are still unannounced, the development director Pae Chae-Hyön this time declared that the game was to kick off OBT in summer next year (2012), which is undoubtedly good news for players. That is to say, Taiwanese players will be able to enjoy NCsoft's fourth blockbuster through its CBT early next year.

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In addition to the exciting news, Pae Chae-Hyon and Kim Hyung Tae also disclosed many details related to Blade & Soul's development, including the development status, creative gameplay content, racial settings, and skill rendering modes. Just read on if you are a fan of Blade & Soul!

Only 60% Finished?

If careful enough, you can find that NCsoft usually makes great improvements in its games' content from the game announcement to official release. For example, it can be seen that Aion's officially-released version made a breakthrough progress in its graphics compared to its originally-announced version. Blade & Soul is no exception. Pae Chae-Hyön always answered "around 50% finished" when being asked about the game's development status no matter two or three years ago, and even this year, his answer was just "nearly 60% finished". However, based on Blade & Soul's trial version released at last year's G-Star, both the media and players fancy that the game has been developed fully enough to enter the market.

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Next Time's Game Info Release Will Relate to CBT

As Blade & Soul is reported without stop by the media, when will the official company formally release relevant game info again? Mr. Pae expressed that the next game info release would be about the game's CBT in South Korea. As NCsoft's 2010 financial statement shows, Blade & Soul is set to start its CBT in the first half of 2011.

Blade & Soul Will Challenge the Game Market and Even Push the Limits of RPGs

As for the comprehensive creativity that WoW brought to the market at the very beginning, Mr. Pae confessed that WoW did catch players' eyes upon its debut thanks to its groundbreaking design like the relatively simple quests and newly-added instance mode, which later became necessary gameplay content in MMORPGs. Things are the same in Blade & Soul. Players may think the game was very fresh and novel in the early days after its release, but may later insist that RPGs should be made in this way, forming a fixed notion.

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