Blade & Soul

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Blade & Soul
BladeAndSoul.png
Blade & Soul logo
Genre Fantasy
Game
Developer Team Bloodlust (NCsoft Developer Division)
Publisher NCsoft
Genre Action MMORPG
Platform Microsoft Windows
Released
  • KR June 30, 2012
  • CN November 28, 2013
  • JP May 20, 2014
  • TW TBA 2014
  • RU TBA 2014
  • NA TBA 2014
  • EU TBA 2014
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Takeuchi
Hiroshi Hamasaki
Produced by Eri Nagata
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Network TBS, HBC, RKB, MBS, CBC, TBS Channel 1, BS-TBS
Original run April 3, 2014June 26, 2014
Episodes 13
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Blade & Soul (Hangul: 블레이드 앤 소울; RR: Beulleideu aen soul) is a Korean fantasy martial-arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by NCsoft (Team Bloodlust). On September 13, 2012, NCsoft announced that Blade & Soul would release in Western territories, though a release date was not confirmed.[1] A Japanese animated television adaptation began airing on April 3, 2014 on TBS and other stations.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Blade & Soul features a combination of martial arts inspired combat and Qing Gong in an open-world environment. Players create playable characters that explore around the world by completing quest assigned by various NPCs. The game uses a real-time battle system in the third person camera view and requires players to "combo" a series of attacks, much like those of fighting games. According to NCsoft, the game also features an innovative “Downed” mechanic, allowing players to recover from the brink of death. Players begin with “player-versus environment” (PvE) but may participate in “player-versus-player” (PvP) combat later in the game.[3]

Character Customization[edit]

According to the developers, Blade & Soul will provide a highly customizable system and it has been stated that NPCs in the game were made with the character customization system.[4] Customizations a player has access to include hair styles, facial structures, eye color, height, and body type.

Races[edit]

Characters may be one of four playable races based on the Four benevolent animals: The Gon, the Jin, the Kun, or the Lyn.

Development[edit]

Weeks before NCmedia day, NCsoft announced a new Unreal Engine 3 based MMORPG only known for its codename Project [M]. For the next two weeks, a teaser website was updated revealing more information about the project.

During E3 2007, Sony revealed that they had entered into an exclusive deal with NCsoft to produce new titles exclusively for the PlayStation 3. This contract included titles from both existing intellectual properties owned by NCsoft.[5]

On February 2010 it was announced that Blade & Soul alongside Guild Wars 2 is being developed for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, since then, there have been no updates on the development of the titles for the consoles.

The first closed beta test was scheduled for 27 April 2011 while the open beta test and commercial release were to be determined within the year.

In July 2011, Tencent gained publishing rights of Blade & Soul in China, and made its first appearance at ChinaJoy 2011.[6] Blade & Soul launched in China on November 23, 2013 with an open beta which seamlessly moved into official launch.

The second closed beta test was scheduled from August 29 to September 10, 2011. During this event the Assassin class was playable for the first time.

After an open beta test on June 21, 2012 with a record number of 150,000 players, NCsoft confirmed that the official Korean Blade & Soul launch would commence on June 30, 2012.[7]

In 2013, HTK has stated that an English version of the game would indeed be released sometime in 2014 after China commercial launch, the new Blade & Soul anime in Japan alongside Taiwan and Russia.[8]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the game has been produced and began airing in April 2014, in which Hiroshi Hamasaki and Hiroshi Takeuchi directed the anime at studio Gonzo from scripts by Atsuhiro Tomioka. Eri Nagata adapts Hyung-Tae Kim's game character designs for animation and serves as chief animation director.[9] The original storyline revolves around a female swordsman named Alka who travels to seek revenge for her murdered teacher.[10] The opening theme of the anime is "Sayonara Usotsuki" (サヨナラ嘘ツキ?) by MimimemeMIMI, and the ending theme is "RAINBOW" by LEGO BIG MORL. The series was streamed by Crunchyroll in the West.[10]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "Path"
"Michi" (道) 
April 3, 2014
Alka is hired by a group of villagers as a mercenary against the forces of the Param Empire. However, upon discovery of her true identity based on a butterfly marking under her arm, the Param Empire initiates a massacre of the village. 
2 "Desires"
"Yoku" (欲) 
April 10, 2014
Alka travels to a corrupt oasis city in search of information, where she is targeted by multiple mercenaries due a bounty placed on her head by the Param Empire. 
3 "Revenge"
"Kataki" (仇) 
April 17, 2014
4 "Sword"
"Ken" (剣) 
April 24, 2014
5 "Flower"
"Hana" (花) 
May 1, 2014
6 "Dream"
"Yume" (夢) 
May 8, 2014
7 "Time"
"Jikan" (時) 
May 15, 2014
8 "Sky"
"Sora" (空) 
May 22, 2014
9 "Moon"
"Tsuki" (月) 
May 29, 2014
10 "Sin"
"Tsumi" (罪) 
June 5, 2014
11 "Punishment"
"Batsu" (罰) 
June 12, 2014
12 "Soul"
"Tamashī" (魂) 
June 19, 2014
13 "God"
"Kami" (神) 
June 26, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Announcing Blade & Soul". NCsoft. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blade & Soul Fantasy TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "FAQ". NCsoft. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Massively". massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "N4G". N4G.com. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "MMOsite". MMOsite.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Blade & Soul Dojo". bladeandsouldojo.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "김형태 Hyung-Tae Kim Interview at NCsoft “Blade & Soul” studio". Cuteinkorea.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Blade & Soul Fantasy MMORPG Gets Anime by GONZO". Anime News Network. 2014-02-07. 
  10. ^ a b 2014-04-03, Crunchyroll Adds Blade & Soul Anime for Spring 2014, Anime News Network

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