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.