This past week has seen a lot of news from NCSoft, both official and unofficial if you count the anonymous Carbine employee posting on Reddit about WildStar’s future. Interestingly, one of the employee’s claims at the onset of these discussions was that Blade & Soul had an English version of the game already in internal Friends and Family beta. While this “employee” presented nothing other than their own word at the time, today we received confirmation that this is in fact true.

On top of that, today NCSoft made it official. Blade & Soul will be launching its western version into closed beta this fall and full launch this winter. At launch, the game will be available in the US and EU in English, German, and French with full voice overs in each language.

Blade & Soul is an action-based martial arts MMORPG set in a fantastical Ancient Eastern world, with a story of revenge and vengeance that follows traditional wuxia literature. You’ll be battling enemies with a strategic- and combo-based combat style and channeling your inner chi to perform supernatural Windwalking abilities such as gliding through the air, running across water, and sprinting up walls.

Tomorrow (May 21st) at 10 AM Pacific, the dev team will be streaming the game and answering questions from viewers on their official Twitch channel. Be sure to tune in and check it out if you’ve been waiting for this free to play MMORPG for years now.

Check out the official announcement for all the details!

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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.

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  1. Tamara on June 27, 2015

    This game will destroy all other MMOs honestly. The gameplay is extremely fast-paced and fun.

    I’ve played Black Desert and guarantee it will flop harder than Elder Scrolls Online.

  2. AsD on June 17, 2015

    After all this time, they still think people here will play it ? Personally I doubt it but will atleast try it out again. Can’t be worse then the pserver experience ( it wasnt even too bad )… but damn it’s sooo late…

  3. Nathan on May 25, 2015


    Wait I’m Australian, I’ll get even worse ping to America than I do to Japan

    F*ck me.

  4. Gena on May 21, 2015

    It would be a lie if i say i’m not waiting for this game. can’t wait any longer…

  5. Jaske on May 21, 2015

    Wow, if this article didn’t pop up I wouldn’t have even remembered that they were making an English version. I think a lot of people already lost interest and lost hope in an official English server.

  6. Ace on May 21, 2015

    Waited years- then tried out russian server – enjoyed game for few months-got sick of tea in chat-no progres-few dungs- same shit over and over again to get enough golds (2 weeks of daily for 1 gem is….)-went pvp-lost vs summoner/assasin over and over again (funny that sinn in pvp wont even lose a single hp if stealth/stun build) = so no ncsoft, I thank you but tooooooo late

    • Wolfkill on May 27, 2015

      Playbns was and still is really outdated compared to what it is now and as im reading its way better.

  7. fallen on May 21, 2015

    Oh yeah! Been waiting for so long.

  8. 70calories on May 21, 2015

    Meh lost interested a long time ago. Good for them though.

  9. Pointless on May 20, 2015

    Really? Way too late. Don’t people realize Black Desert beta is around the same time this will be in beta? Why play half ass game when your can play something 100x in ALL aspects. Theres nothing in Blade n Soul have that Black Desert doesn’t have and BD does it 100x better. AND BD will be F2P also so what does Blade and Soul have to offer? NOTHING! Pointless release. It was awesome 4 years ago but they missed out on the cash grab and they are way too late now. I’m currently playing the Korean verison of Black Desert with no lag, no vpn, flawless gameplay while waiting for NA release. I just can’t imagine myself downgrading playing B&S and I played the Russian server so i have a pretty good idea what B&S does and does not.

    • Ace on May 21, 2015

      SO people still mix the totally different games.. That is just funny. IF you think bsh and bd are same then lolz- I would never ever install BD and bsn looks 10 times better for me ( and if for me then also for more people) so stop with those half assed comments.

      • Pointless on May 22, 2015

        Really? Looks 10 times better?! Now your just being fanboy pulling crap out of his ass. You have not even seen the max graphics of both games because you never played BOTH of them and if you did i bet you played on a toaster pc or your pulling this out of ass by watching crappy quality youtube vids that don’t show how much better BD looks than B&S, graphic wise AND Combat wise. I never said they are the same game , they have similarities however. BD just has everything B&S has to offer either than pointless floating and “flying” around like a retard. I played both games extensively and can’t phantom the idea of returning to B&S.

        • Wolfkill on May 27, 2015

          graphics doesnt make a game and i play both the game on full settings, i would pic blade and soul to tell you the truth and i wanted to play BD really bad and got into it and got bored super bad. They are both different games and not saying BD is bad but Blade and soul was a lot more fun to me for some reason…. You are also telling the other guy he is fan boying over BnS and has no idea what he is talking about yet you are fan boying over BD…

  10. legit4life on May 20, 2015

    can’t wait for this to be censored

    • Kendah on May 21, 2015

      It will not be censored, confirmed on official B&S facebook.

  11. slorm on May 20, 2015

    the question is will this be free to play or pay to play? any word on that front?

    • Wiper008 on May 21, 2015

      Free to Play since pay2play in western countries is unprofitable (they learned with wildfail) you can ask them questions today (21.5.2015) on their twitch channel (bladeandsoul) at 10am PDT / 5pm UTC.

  12. Mr Heartless on May 20, 2015

    Will be too little, too late.

  13. well..... on May 20, 2015

    i waited for a western release for bns for years………..!!!!!! (who didnt right?)
    but now i stick to black desert kr.
    bns? no thank you. its already too late

  14. Rem on May 20, 2015

    Why are you guys are excited about a 4 year delayed launch for the western market? We deserve more than sloppy seconds. This announcement just shows how NCSoft sees us as their market: we are their bottom of the barrel for milking their Asian IPs – a last resort. Many other companies do the same and it’s disgusting.

    What is going to happen is they use a closed “beta test” to make people purchase founders packs; not to test the game (remember this is a 4 year old game), but rather gauge player interest and maximize the money they make.

    What is going to happen is the majority of players with interest in the game have already played in Asian clients. And since they have already invested time and even money into those games, they will not bother starting over. And why should they when oftentimes the content is severely delayed compared to those clients?

    • ryxes on May 21, 2015

      Amen brother. 4 years is just too long. I rather give my money to the Black Desert Online devs at least they care enough about us western players to release the game not long after KR.

      • Ace on May 21, 2015

        If you didnt play bns then I must tell you It is a totally different game then BD, and if you did play both and you think it is same then you can go play some 2D games xD

        • Ryxes on May 21, 2015

          Why are you talking to me you rando? I never said they are the same you’re just too bloody daft to read.

    • Kinglee510 on May 21, 2015

      %100 Agree with you, good or not how do you feed us leftovers when half the world had it hot off the stove?? Meh…let it burn.

  15. Cloak on May 20, 2015

    Use to play a private server. I only quit because of bad lag on that private server. Looking forward to play it again. Although this was not a unpredictable move form NCsoft. This game will rack in the cash like wild fire from which we’ve never seen before. R.I.P Your wallet and wallets of whales. And R.I.P to any mmo you’re currently playing as well. As old as Blade & Soul is, its still a better game then any out now! And you’re delusional to think other wise.

    • Pointless on May 20, 2015

      Obviously you have not tried Black Desert. There is no point into B&S, even with its recent updates.

  16. Ninetenduh on May 20, 2015

    The Real suprise is there are still people hyping it, it indeed is a good game but after Playing on China and Korea i saw enough of the game. If they release it with the latest content than why not, if it comes out with the same content 4 years ago than Get this piece of old crap to retirement. 4 Years is no where near Justified, Tera took around a year to be Censore, Lokalised and Changedd for western market.

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  18. Shanex on May 20, 2015

    Best thing ever; finally a good game coming out over here; played a bit on russian server and it was fun, just stopped cause i didn’t want to spoil it and it wasn’t updated.

    People talk about the hype being lost, the hype was lost cause nobody knew when it was coming out; but im pretty sure people are gonna want to play this and jump back on board the hype train now knowing it is coming out. It’s still a good game, idk why people say its late when the games that came out recently still are not that great.

  19. Dreadlox on May 20, 2015

    IDK why make an alpha for a game, that already released in other countries? you only need to change the netcode and the typos. Beta is okay, you can test this things out, but an alpha??? Its only used when a game is not complete. This is complete, only minor things missing.

  20. Todoran on May 20, 2015

    R.I.P Tera…..

    • Kendah on May 21, 2015

      I disagree, I know people already not interested in B&S. They took their sweet time to bring it, their loss. Also there is an international server already, Russian official, I know its 97% translated and most probably google translated but it passes with a bit lag for NA players.

      • Wiper008 on May 21, 2015

        Russian (PlayBNS) is not official server. They are already hiding their tail behind legs (closed and deleted all english threads) and are probably soon gonna run away (they don’t even have que server for dungeons)

  21. WhyBother on May 20, 2015

    They hype for this game is dead, and newer more innovative games have already come out and replaced this….It was cool 4 years ago, but now it’s pointless. I’ll be surprised to see the servers even remotely packed.

    • elli on May 20, 2015

      It will be if it’s free to play.

    • ANDREAR on May 20, 2015

      Well, people that likes to jump over the shiny new things each year, today were already gone, if it got released 4 years ago, so no need to care so much about them. Even if four years have passed, as terms of quality this game is still light years ahead of a whole bunch of “new” f2p still to be released. It just needs to see if game will be f2p, fmp, or something else.

      • Vanilla Thunder on May 20, 2015

        lol, well that’s just not true, I bet you people who says “I’m not gonna play it, waited too long” are still going to download it and try it out.

  22. Skyshatter on May 20, 2015

    well it was about time after 3 years 4 if we count it will be released in the end of the year

  23. TheEnygma on May 20, 2015

    “Hell, it’s about damn time”. Playing russian client, super fun ^_^

    • Ace on May 21, 2015

      it is but question is how long, same daily over and over (faction,tower,lab,poh,bsh) 2 daily map, 1 solo dung, 3 party dungs is just not enough.

  24. Angel on May 20, 2015

    Nice ^^