Blade & Soul Beta Starts This Fall; Launch In Q1 2016

Some MMORPG fans had almost lost hope to see NCSoft's martial arts themed title in the West.

The game originally released in Korea over three years ago, on June 30 2012, but it seems like the time has come for North America & Europe as well: NCSoft announced that the Blade & Soul beta will start this Fall, with the full launch scheduled for Q1 2016.

Gamers interested in the beta can purchase three different tiers of Founder's Packs.

Initiate Pack – 22.49 / £18.99

  • Closed Beta and Head Start access
  • Receive two exclusive titles – Founder and Pursuer of the Wind
  • 20,800 Premium Points (used to increase your Premium Membership Tier)

Disciple Pack – €69.99 / £54.99

  • Closed Beta and Head Start access
  • Receive three exclusive titles – Founder, Pursuer of the Wind and Defender of the Ancestors
  • 34,400 Premium Points (used to increase your Premium Membership Tier)
  • Create one character and secure character name before Head Start
  • Gain two extra character slots at launch for a total of four character slots
  • Starter item pack including food, repair tools and more
  • 30-day premium membership

Master Pack – €114.99 / £94.99

  • Closed Beta and Head Start access
  • Receive four exclusive titles – Founder, Pursuer of the Wind, Defender of the Ancestors and Master of the Golden Path
  • 48,800 Premium Points (used to increase your Premium Membership Tier)
  • Create two characters and secure character names before Head Start
  • Gain five extra character slots at launch for a total of seven character slots
  • wo exclusive costumes, one exclusive head accessory and one exclusive weapon skin
  • Master item pack including Dragon Trade pouches, potions and more
  • 90-day premium membership

Nicolas Coutant, Producer at NCSoft West, said:

We have been hard at work to bring Blade & Soul to North American and European players, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to our Closed Beta Test this autumn. Our Founder’s Packs offer players meaningful bonuses and extras that will enhance their experience with the game before launch and well beyond.

Despite the 2012 release, Blade & Soul (made with Unreal Engine 3) still looks good as testified by these screenshots released during Gamescom 2015.

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Check out the Warring Factions trailer and stay tuned for more information as the launch of Blade & Soul draws near.

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