NCSoft has finally announced that the free to play MMORPG Blade & Soul will kick off its closed beta next month on October 30th. If you’re looking for the French or German client versions you’ll have to wait until November 24th.

NCSoft is aiming to host at least 5 closed beta tests with at least 20 total days of testing to make sure Blade & Soul is ready for its launch early next year. You can still sign up on the Blade & Soul website for a chance to get invited to beta, but currently the only way to get guaranteed beta access is still through the purchase of a Founder’s Pack.

“We are looking forward to putting Blade & Soul into players’ hands with our upcoming betas,” said Nicolas Coutant, producer at NCSOFT West. “Players are going to have a ton of fun with the game and given that our aim is to create the best gaming experience possible, we can’t wait to get more player feedback and implement it in the final stages of development ahead of launch.”

If you want to take a peek at how the localization is developing, tune into the Developer’s Livestream on Twitch today at 1 PM Eastern US time.

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  1. T&A on September 28, 2015

    Blade & Soul? More like tits & a$$, amirite?

  2. LAMBDA471 on September 12, 2015

    I remember about 6 years ago looking at trailers of this game, thinking how I wouldn’t be able to run it, now I can run it maxed out and I don’t give a damn about it anymore, funny how things change.

  3. Todoran on September 11, 2015

    why eastern style?….. i like the combat but i hate east style anime games

    • Boboi on September 19, 2015

      because its korean game…
      want western style go play neverwinter or rift
      for me western style=ugly character design

  4. ThatGuy69 on September 10, 2015

    its like a upsidedown bra still hot doe lol

  5. MarcioHattori on September 10, 2015

    All complain, all curse, but are the first to buy founders packages. On all stop buying and publishers put in place, this pathetic exploration founders pack over. And NCSoft … You’re pathetic!

  6. TheBelmont on September 10, 2015

    ncsoft west is already having great financial losses. So let them have more by ignoring their games cuz they humiliated us long enough. Those greedy bastards.

  7. Shitposter on September 9, 2015

    Too little too late NCSoft

  8. adasdas on September 9, 2015

    stop making us wait so long stupid bastards ncsoft…

  9. ZED_pt on September 9, 2015

    Already played it for an entire year got bored and quit.And they are releasing founder packs and having close betas.
    Humanity is getting dumber by the minute…

    • ShinigamIan on September 9, 2015

      Exactly. Still can not understand the need for a beta test on a game launched 2 years ago… other than milk “dumb humanity’s” money on founder packs…
      Also can’t see how any one can “found” a game released 2 years ago.

    • ZED_pt on September 10, 2015

      Worst thing is Korean/Japanese/Russian developers do this all the time.
      And i dont have a problem that they block the release of the games in Western market and only discuss the possibility of selling rights to Western publishers after the game has a established playerbase(After the hype is gone and playerbase decreases a lot).
      My problem is why Western consumers keep falling for it.
      It´s like buying second hand clothes as if they were brand new.

  10. PSHHH on September 9, 2015

    Haha 20 days testing? lmaooo… Just launch it already!!.. 1 week of beta test is good enough….

    • Jokul on September 9, 2015

      No, do you know how hard and long localization is?

      • Lol on September 10, 2015

        No, do you know how hard and long my Ḋick is?

      • Lels on September 10, 2015

        No, do you know how hard and long my Ćock is?

  11. Urs-00 on September 9, 2015

    “at least 5 closed beta tests with at least 20 total days of testing”

    OMG NCSOFT!!!11eleven!!!! just launch this damn thing already xD

  12. Derpina on September 9, 2015

    Wait is it coming to EU but English only? That is fine with me, or is EU stalled until November translations?