Blade & Soul Details Art And Content Changes Coming In UE4 "Revival"
NCSoft is serious about its upcoming Unreal Engine 4 revamp of Blade & Soul -- so serious, in fact, that the project now has its own name, Revival, and its own page on the B&S website. The page re-iterates the Q3 2021 timeline for the new version of the game, while providing links to show off and describe upcoming changes to art and content.
The art link has two subpages, "Defining Your Character" and "Defining Our Art." The images for each seem to be reversed, however, but you can still read the text to get an idea of what the changes will be. For characters, NCSoft wants to "maintain our unique character visuals and expressions" while striving to "improve our shaders and processes in full scale" and preserving "hairstyles, costumes, character designs, colors, and textures." The art style page gets less of a description but does include the environment comparison video that was shown off last week.
On the content side, NCSoft is "re-imagining dungeons" which includes "re-focusing on player-centered combat and dungeons." The goal is for "individual players to be able to celebrate amazing victories or huge plays that change the outcome of a battle." Dungeon difficulty is also going under the knife. Dungeons that were added over the years were "ultimately exciting but became tedious," and NCSoft wants to present goals that "will provide players with steady challenges and a true sense of accomplishment."
There's also one central link on the Revival main page, for "UE4," which simply describes the general capabilities and how it will improve Blade & Soul. Long loading screens are singled out as an issue in the current version, so the Revival will offer asynchronous loading, allowing it to pre-load locations that it thinks characters will be traveling to.
There's also going to be a "new focus on optimization," which should lead to "more detailed and stable performance with less lagging," as demonstrated in the boss battle video below.
NCSoft has a lot more info it plans to dish out regarding Blade & Soul's UE4 Revival, with six more "Coming Soon" links on the main page, that will likely be populated over the coming months. It's a lot of work to put into a nearly decade-old MMO, but NCSoft clearly thinks the effort will be worth it.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
You May Enjoy
Pantheon: Rise Of The Fallen "Year In Review" Stream Discusses 2022 Development Progress And What's Next
The stream is a great recap for anyone who missed previous updates.By Anthony Jones - 2 weeks ago
PC Gaming Show 2023 Preview: Homeworld 3, The Finals, And Other Multiplayer Games Appear At Showcase
Here are some of the multiplayer highlights.By Anthony Jones - 1 week ago
Blizzard Will Release Dracthyr Evoker Race/Class For Second Phase Of WoW: Dragonflight Pre-Expansion Today
Alongside The Forbidden Reach zone, Uldaman dungeon, and more.By Anthony Jones - 1 week ago
The Viking Open-World Survival Builder, Aska, Launches Its Alpha Today
If you're not too busy feasting, why not give this game a try?By Aspen Pash - 2 days ago
Turbo Golf Racing’s Season 2 Aztec Run Launches Tomorrow, November 17
Enjoy new levels and a variety of new customizations like new cars, decals, and more.By Aspen Pash - 1 week ago
Kingshunt Stream Today Will Reveal New Game Mode, Detail XP Events, And Host Giveaways
You can tune in at 12 PST today to get caught up on the latest additions coming.By Michael Byrne - 5 days ago