The Battle Begins When Blade & Soul Launches On January 19th

NCSoft West is ready to unleash Blade & Soul, one of the most anticipated MMORPG, for North American and European gamers on January 19th at 12:01 AM EST. If you haven’t kept up with the highly stylized martial arts-centric MMO, then now’s a good time to get a quick refresher on Blade & Soul.

Blade & Soul January 19th

Enter The Combat

With a unique combat system that puts a balanced focus on enemy control and combat, Blade & Soul takes you into a fantastical world filled with Asian mythology and impressive visuals that are inspired by the unique art of Korean manhwa artist Hyung-Tae Kim.

In terms of gameplay, Blade & Soul utilize the conventions just as well as any other modern MMORPG, but, It is in their combat where Blade & Soul truly shines above the rest. With an action combat system that’s both frantic and technical at the same time, big lists of hot-keyed abilities are not the way here. Instead, techniques are chained together by stringing one ability after another, similar to a combo build-up.

Abilities are context sensitive, which means that certain abilities require you to chain attacks in specific sequences or in specific situations. The simplified control scheme also makes combat great for using gamepads and makes the gameplay “flow” when in battle.

Choose Your Warrior’s Path

Blade and Soul Race

There are four main races to choose from and each race is tied with certain classes with some overlap amongst the seven classes available. First are the Jin which are basically the human race of the game with an average height and weight and has access to most fighting style. The Lyn are the smallest race who are child-like in size and has long ears and a tail with a focus on spell-casting. The Yun are a female-only clan and are tall, fair, lithe, and suited to light classes. Finally, there’s the Gon who are big, muscular, darker-skinned warriors who are well suited to tank-based classes.

With seven classes to choose from, there are a variety of builds that you can focus on in Blade & Soul. Currently, the following seven classes will be available when it launches:

Blade & Soul 7 Classes

Blade Masters – The Blade Master is a well-rounded class that is easy to use but difficult to master. It takes a great deal of skill and quick thinking to be effective but has no overt disadvantages that enemies can exploit.

Destroyers –  The Destroyer’s strong attack power and defensive skill make them seem like a lone wolf, but they are most effective in group combat. They complement other classes like the Assassin, Force Master, or Kung Fu Masters, allowing each to set up devastating combinations and Joint Attacks.

Summoners – The Summoner and their familiars are the strongest at transferring health from foes to themselves. While it is a great class for novices, actually mastering the Summoner is a difficult process given their wide range of tactics and abilities.

Force Masters – Other classes can’t compete with the Force Master’s ability to handle groups of enemies, but PVP arenas prove more challenging than ever. Only a truly skilled Force Master can overcome the direct attention of a fellow warrior.

Kung Fu Masters – The Kung Fu Master’s greatest strength is how well they cooperate with other warriors. By leading the charge, the Kung Fu Master can force an enemy into submission while teammates pour on the damage.

Assassins – More so than others, Assassins work best alone. However, their status-altering abilities and damage-over-time effects make them an important addition to any large-scale battle. 

The Blade Dancers – The Blade Dancer’s high attack speed and ability to chain attacks make them excel at one-on-one battles while their crowd control skills give them an undeniable edge in parties. However, the Blade Dancer must always be aware of their Focus and pace themselves lest they risk running out of steam and leave themselves open to counter-attack.

The Battle For Supremacy Awaits

For the North American and European release, NCSoft has adopted a free-to-play model, different from its Korean release where it is still using a subscription based model. However, players need not worry any pay-to-win situations or locked content. Instead, NCSoft will provide cosmetics items and quality of life items such as food, experience points potions, costumes, and accessories. All these can be purchased by using the NCoins, NCSoft’s proprietary digital currency.

Preparing for players who are returning from the Beta, Blade & Soul will be bringing new hairstyles, more hair colors, more facial customizations options, plus additional skin tones. For those that picked up the Disciple and Master Founder’s Pack, NCSoft is giving you the ability to reserve names, which you can do right now.

Despite being a game released in 2012, NCSoft has managed to upgrade and polish Blade & Soul to feel like a game worth revisiting if you have played before. For new players, there’s plenty to look forward in Blade & Soul, starting from the new story content to the overall improvements in balance and class, it’s an MMORPG that’s well worth your time.

Blade & Soul is set for launch on January 19th, 2016 at 12:01 AM EST. Pick up some NCoins at OffGamers and receive your codes instantaneously to start your adventures in Blade & Soul!

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