Can Blade & Soul Defeat Diablo III? NCsoft Thinks So
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Diablo III is the fastest-selling PC game ever made. It has smashed records and generated massive amounts of revenue for creator Blizzard Entertainment since its launch on May 15. To date, the game has moved roughly four million copies. But what works in the West doesn't always work in other countries, and Diablo III's grasp on the market, especially in Korea, is tenuous at best.
NCsoft, one of Blizzard's largest competitors, is well aware of this potential weak spot in Blizzard's armor. And, of course, it has a plan for demolishing Blizzard in Korea, and claiming the majority market share for itself. That plan? Blade & Soul.
Blade & Soul's Open Beta Trailer
If you're unfamiliar with Blade & Soul, here's a rough breakdown: Blade & Soul is an action-based, fantasy MMORPG set in a world where everyone knows martial arts (and fights, a lot). It boasts a powerful character creator and offers six different classes to play, in addition to sharp graphics and deep skill tree customization. Oh, and costumes for pets.
The game is being developed by Team Bloodlust, one of NCsoft's subsidies. They have the talent and the funding to make the game a hit. More important, however, is the general consensus that Blade & Soul might actually possess the necessary hype and industry clout to topple Diablo III from the top slot.