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.

Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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


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