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.

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  1. WHERE DID MY FORK GO? on July 27, 2014

    please please please be f2p i cant stand games that are b2p p2p p2w 🙁

  2. yuyu hamaeki on July 7, 2014

    too bad… keep waiting

  3. Slodin on December 10, 2013

    Combat felt weird..didn’t like it..
    another mmo with 1,2,3,4 clicks…

  4. legit4life on November 26, 2013

    do we still have to wait until the 28 to get in the game cause i cant get in to atleast make a character

  5. Robz on November 24, 2013

    if u want to download the game and create a account easy go to youtube and search: Roblezvids then u go to my channel and look on how to download and create a account in blade and soul! just a tip ;)!

    • legit4life on November 24, 2013

      hey i got the game to the main page where i think you can lauch the game but how i cant read chinese

    • Anon on November 26, 2013

      Steparu already provides a better guide.
      Better luck next time kiddo.

  6. uteliukas on November 24, 2013

    Meh, NCsoft bought it how long ago, again? Theres already an old server with like 1k ppl playing there and NCsoft cant even manage to fully release the game, even in chinese… Trust me, i played till 56 lvl and theres nothing special about this one, it may look fancy, it indeed does, but it’ll get boring fast. 🙂

  7. Vec1ple on November 24, 2013

    Som1 teach me chinese please!

  8. RenTheRose on November 23, 2013

    this is rilly hard for me to get in but I finally did it I have to say they better make a English one soon because I can easily see their severs being crashed with English player luckly I have a QQ number and I can log on but I am currently in the us so my ping is like 202 witch is bad

    • Wharlgarbl on November 23, 2013


    • QQ more on November 23, 2013

      QQ 200 ping is bad. QQ

      • RenTheRose on November 24, 2013

        the QQ you see in the post mean QQ number if you don’t know what that mean then you should not be posting and 200 ping is bad with my set up

        • Robz on November 24, 2013

          if u want to download the game and create a account easy go to youtube and search: Roblezvids then u go to my channel and look on how to download and create a account in blade and soul! just a tip 😉

        • MechroJay on November 24, 2013

          Yo, if you check on mmosite that guy with the Zoro Avi, gives you a tutorial on how to reduce ping

        • Bitch don't know shit on November 24, 2013

          lol I know what the QQ means. You clearly don’t know what QQ is though, because I was referring to the crying. You wont be getting less than 100 or even probably 150 ping when playing on a non-us/eu client.

  9. MechroJay on November 23, 2013

    *Cough* FOREIGN FRIDAYS *Cough*
    whooo i think i may be coming down with the “Hints”

  10. Robz on November 23, 2013

    If u want to download and make a account easy look at my youtube video search roblezvids! 😀

  11. Anon on November 23, 2013

    There’s a private server or two for B&S. At least there was…roughly translated to English too.
    Pretty fun game, but not anywhere near as good as I imagined.

    • Ultimate on November 23, 2013

      I know for sure there was 1 private server and that was atomix which was only CBT3 i believe. meaning NOT THE FINAL PRODUCT.

  12. ULTRAxXx on November 23, 2013

    the only way i would buy this game if it was a cd copy or steam buy ( hope it goes on steam )

  13. Josh on November 23, 2013

    I hope its good. Better than that shitty private server at least. See ya all in game. 🙂

  14. hovsep on November 23, 2013

    alot of english players are paying at the korean version and they are alrdy max leveled and knows what the end content will be so i highly doubt NA version will be p2p cause those english players will not come back espeacily when ncsoft said they would change the game for western audience

  15. Ferir on November 23, 2013

    Ok so I’m obviously gonna try it even though it’s in Chinese 😀 I can’t wait though when NCSOFT is going to release it, just please don’t be sub-fee.

  16. Ghestly on November 23, 2013

    Last news topic in us blade and soul homepage was in december 5 2012 😀

  17. Rawasa on November 23, 2013

    oh and Treemanic try it first and then judge…..

  18. Rawasa on November 23, 2013

    you guys can check mmosite.com…for everything you need for this game (this includes creating a Tencent account to play this game).

  19. Ultimate on November 23, 2013

    With the fact that NcsoftWest had layoffs, threw this aside just to work on Wildstar AND hasn’t given any update on BnS whatsoever ever since DECEMBER 5 LAST YEAR(thats almost a year from now) I highly doubt they’ll make it P2p let alone B2p now that CN has it up in f2p.
    Quite a number of people were expecting at least the CBT of BnS to be THIS YEAR but apparently NcsoftWest who cant manage their sh!t properly leaving no update on the status of the game had to kill it and not even respond to anything. IMHO they should just drop it and let some other company publish it instead putting it aside of leaving us in the dark.

    ~ just some one passing by leaving a rant though i bet someone will just mark this as spam

    • Lycal on November 23, 2013

      Umm you’re an idiot? NCSOFT does not have ONE TEAM to work on a game? Carbine Studios is working on a Wildstar and Team BLOODLUST is working on Blade&Souls.

      • Ultimate on November 23, 2013

        Wow the first sentence was unnecessary. Obviously i know Ncsoft doesn’t only have 1 team.
        The problem was what might of happened with that team(hence i mentioned the layoffs) and why we were left in the dark while they have another team active. Im not the kind of person who’d hate on wildstar because i haven’t tried it. I just don’t like the fact that “NCsoft” hasn’t given any status update since almost a year ago and has another team actively working on another game like nothing ever happened.

        That mostly sounds like BS to you but yea.

        • Lycal on November 24, 2013

          I know I’ve said that on forums/mmorpg that I hate the fact that they haven’t given us ANY update since last year. NOTHING. This is so annoying it’s like blue balling a guy , get him excited and then just leave him.

  20. Treemanic on November 23, 2013

    I don’t trusts any Chinese server. Not to mention, it will always be full of gold sellers and bots.

    • lilly on December 4, 2013

      can’t read chinese so what’s the problem

  21. nonooooooono on November 22, 2013

    garbage chinese game anyways. keep it in china.

    • Mystika on November 22, 2013

      This is a Korean game…

    • yourmommamyD on November 23, 2013

      your mom is garbage retarded piece of shit go play a justin bieber game

  22. Merkadis on November 22, 2013

    NCsoft is likely to adopt f2p as well, especially now that we have Chinese version f2p, if NCsoft goes for p2p no1 will play there anyway since they can just go play Chinese then.
    EU publisher, however… depending on who it is (god’s i hope not gameforge) may go p2p or even more likely p2w. In which case i’ll stick with NCsoft.. well boys and gals.. we shall see how the story unfolds.

    • chefmadness on November 22, 2013

      I hope they go buy to play & make all content available to everyone all the time without paying another dime!

    • Jhon on November 26, 2013

      It is Gameforge.

  23. Phiroom on November 22, 2013

    hooo so cool! 😀

  24. Nathan on November 22, 2013

    I’d be excited, if they didn’t absolutely butcher converting the game from P2P to F2P.

  25. Tauroman/Xerxes666 on November 22, 2013

    Mounted First hahahahahah….