Personally, I can’t read or speak Chinese, but luckily Cinderboy at MMOCulture can. If you share in that talent, take a look at the announcement trailer above!

For those that are like me though, here’s the “meat and potatoes” version. NCSoft Taiwan has announced that the much anticipated Blade & Soul will move to Open Beta in Taiwan on November 20th. No details for the western version’s beta dates was mentioned.

In addition to that great news for Taiwanese players, Blade & Soul Taiwan will also be free-to-play. Differing from the Chinese version a bit, Blade & Soul Taiwan will also not include any VIP system. Think Trion Worlds’ “Loyalty” program (where you gain Loyalty levels and perks for subscribing and buying cash shop items on top of the perks those subscription fees already net you and you have the basic idea of the Blade & Soul VIP program worked based on our most recently translated versions.)

These are pretty substantial differences between versions and it has to make you wonder what the game may look like when it actually makes its way to a Western audience.

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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. ninetenduh on November 8, 2014

    Actually i don’t think the community for this game on the Western Market is big by now, hell i even say it disappeared completely, they announced it ages ago and until today there is no sign of an Western Release at all so i bet almost none cares about the game anymore.

    A heck load of games is released almost monthly and all kind of take BnS and flush it down the toilet, games like Skyforge for sure do.

  2. Mewtwo on October 28, 2014

    Heard about this game like a few years ago… waited a few years later… gave up.

  3. Batman on October 27, 2014

    I honestly don’t think anyone cares anymore. They took too long with the game and I doubt anyone will give two shits about this. Sure we’ll probably play the CB and OB once they come to the West, but it’ll be their fault and not ours that the game flops. They took too long, and people moved on from this. I mean, hasn’t it been like three or four years now?

  4. Richard on October 27, 2014

    nobodies care. when the hell is it coming to na? it going to be pointless to bring it over if they don’t do it soon. hell it might be too late already. and skyforge is going to kill b&s anyway i think. well maybe. it is 50/50 i think.

  5. phonz on October 27, 2014

    Seems the Russian servers are going international and including an official English launcher & translation.

    • Richard on October 27, 2014

      do you mean that private server?

      • ARTSniper on October 28, 2014

        Nope,those guys at B&S have tought that they will get more profit from Russia and Taiwan than NA,so there will be an official Russian server.

  6. John Wayne on October 27, 2014

    They took so long with this damn game that i just done care anymore.

  7. devilr on October 27, 2014

    Well …10 years after we will have it in french …yeah !

  8. Allwynd on October 27, 2014

    ive played the game on the russian servers and its nothing special

  9. freshundead on October 27, 2014

    played china’s version of blade and soul and you could download a translator for a lot of it, its a solid game and cant wait for it to hit the good old USA but been sayn that for a few years now lol hmm could be an A-bomb some where in all that lol

  10. hovsep56 on October 27, 2014

    yea i gues its confirmed they prolly have a contract to release blade and soul on west after all of asia got it

  11. Kurisama on October 27, 2014