Hey, no one said you were going to be able to play Blade and Soul for free in the West and have it localized in English simultaneously. In fact, while we do know Blade and Soul is destined for English speaking markets, NCSoft has yet to say what payment model the MMO will adopt.
Until earlier this year, it was expected that NCSoft would most likely pursue a B2P or even P2P model for Blade and Soul. Talks of F2P were on everyone’s minds, but other options were being considered just as heavily if not more. So it was a bit surprising when Chinese publisher Tencent announced the localized Chinese version of Blade and Soul would be Free-to-Play, complete with an in-game cash shop.
Now as confirmed by Steparu, Tencent is poised to kick off the Chinese Open Beta for Blade and Soul without an IP block. Starting tomorrow November 23rd, players can download the Chinese Blade and Soul client in order to participate in the MMO’s early character creation event. Then on the 28th, players may login and enjoy Blade and Soul completely free, just in Chinese
If you aren’t fluent in Mandarin, Steparu has you covered with links to guides on how to create an account, improve latency, and navigate your way through this incredibly fluid Martial Arts MMO.