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Blade & Soul (Hangul블레이드 앤 소울; RRBeulleideu aen soul) is a Korean fantasy martial-arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by NCSOFT (Team Bloodlust). On September 13, 2012, NCSOFT announced that Blade & Soul would release in Western territories, which eventually happened on January 19, 2016.[1] A Japanese animated television adaptation aired on April 3, 2014 on TBS and other stations[2] then finished on June 26, 2014.

Blade & Soul
BladeAndSoul.png
Blade & Soul logo
Genre Fantasy
Game
Developer Team Bloodlust (NCsoft Developer Division) (PC)
Netmarble Neo (Mobile)
NC Interactive (console)
Publisher NCSOFT
Genre Action MMORPG TPS
Engine Unreal Engine 3 (PC)
Unreal Engine 4 (Mobile, Console)
Platform Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android
Released
  • KOR: June 30, 2012
  • JP: May 20, 2014
  • NA: January 19, 2016
  • EU: January 19, 2016
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Takeuchi
Hiroshi Hamasaki
Produced by Eri Nagata
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music by Taro Iwashiro
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Hanabee
Animatsu Entertainment
Original network TBS, HBC, RKB, MBS, CBC, TBS Channel 1, BS-TBS
Original run April 3, 2014June 26, 2014
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Contents

GameplayEdit

Blade & Soul features a combination of martial arts inspired combat and qinggong in an open-world environment. Players create playable characters that explore around the world by completing quests assigned by various NPCs. The game uses a real-time battle system in the third person camera view and requires players to "combo" a series of attacks, much like that of fighting games. According to NCSOFT, the game also features an innovative “Downed” mechanic, allowing players to recover from the brink of death. Players begin with “player-versus environment” (PvE) but may participate in “player-versus-player” (PvP) combat later in the game.[3]

Character CustomizationEdit

According to the developers, Blade & Soul will provide a highly customizable system and it has been stated that NPCs in the game were made with the character customization system.[4] Customizations a player has access to include hair styles, facial structures, facial markings and makeup, eye color, height, and body sliders.

RacesEdit

Characters may be one of four playable races based on the Four benevolent animals: The Gon, the Jin, the Kun (Yun), or the Lyn.

DevelopmentEdit

Weeks before the NCmedia day, NCSOFT announced a new Unreal Engine 3 based MMORPG only known by its codename Project [M]. For the next two weeks, a teaser website was updated revealing more information about the project.

During E3 2007, Sony revealed that they had entered into an exclusive deal with NCsoft to produce new titles exclusively for the PlayStation 3. This contract included titles from both existing intellectual properties owned by NCsoft.

In February 2010, it was announced that Blade & Soul, alongside Guild Wars 2, is being developed for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, since then, there have been no updates on the development of the titles for the consoles.

The first closed beta test was scheduled for April 27, 2011, while the open beta test and commercial release were to be determined within the year.

In July 2011, Tencent gained publishing rights of Blade & Soul in China, and made its first appearance at ChinaJoy 2011.[5] Blade & Soul launched in China on November 23, 2013 with an open beta which seamlessly moved into official launch.

The second closed beta test took place from August 29 to September 10, 2011. During this event, the Assassin class was playable for the first time.

After an open beta test on June 21, 2012, with a record number of 150,000 players, NCSOFT confirmed that the official Korean Blade & Soul launch would commence on June 30, 2012.[6]

In 2013, HTK has stated that an English version of the game would indeed be released sometime in 2014 after the China commercial launch of the new Blade & Soul anime in Japan alongside Taiwan and Russia.[7]

On May 20, 2015, Blade & Soul was announced for the NA and EU region and released in January 2016. The closed beta officially began on October 29, 2015.

NA and EU beta testing occurred over the course of five weekends beginning on October 30, 2015, and concluding on December 21, 2015.

The official launches of NA and EU servers occurred on January 19, 2016.[8]

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

An anime adaptation of the game was produced and aired from April to June 2014, in which Hiroshi Hamasaki and Hiroshi Takeuchi directed the anime at the studio Gonzo from scripts by Atsuhiro Tomioka. Eri Nagata adapts Hyung-Tae Kim's game character designs for animation and serves as chief animation director.[9] The original storyline revolves around a female swordsman named Alka who travels to seek revenge for her murdered teacher.[10] The opening theme of the anime is "Sayonara Usotsuki" (サヨナラ嘘ツキ) by MimimemeMIMI, and the ending theme is "RAINBOW" by LEGO BIG MORL. The series was streamed by Crunchyroll in the West.[10]

Episode listEdit

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Path"
"Michi" (道) 
April 3, 2014
Alka is hired by a group of villagers as a mercenary against the forces of the Param Empire. However, upon discovery of her true identity based on a butterfly marking under her arm, the Param Empire initiates a massacre of the village. 
2 "Desires"
"Yoku" (欲) 
April 10, 2014
Alka travels to a corrupt oasis city in search of information, where she is targeted by multiple mercenaries due a bounty placed on her head by the Param Empire. 
3 "Revenge"
"Kataki" (仇) 
April 17, 2014
4 "Sword"
"Ken" (剣) 
April 24, 2014
5 "Flower"
"Hana" (花) 
May 1, 2014
6 "Dream"
"Yume" (夢) 
May 8, 2014
7 "Time"
"Jikan" (時) 
May 15, 2014
8 "Sky"
"Sora" (空) 
May 22, 2014
9 "Moon"
"Tsuki" (月) 
May 29, 2014
10 "Sin"
"Tsumi" (罪) 
June 5, 2014
11 "Punishment"
"Batsu" (罰) 
June 12, 2014
12 "Soul"
"Tamashī" (魂) 
June 19, 2014
13 "God"
"Kami" (神) 
June 26, 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Announcing Blade & Soul". NCsoft. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blade & Soul Fantasy TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. February 14, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "FAQ". NCsoft. Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Massively". massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "MMOsite". MMOsite.com. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blade & Soul Dojo". bladeandsouldojo.com. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "김형태 Hyung-Tae Kim Interview at NCSOFT "Blade & Soul" studio". Cuteinkorea.com. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blade & Soul". NCSoft. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Blade & Soul Fantasy MMORPG Gets Anime by GONZO". Anime News Network. February 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Crunchyroll Adds Blade and Soul Anime for Spring 2014". Anime News Network. April 3, 2014. 

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