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Blade & Soul General FAQ

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    January 10, 2016 5:58 PM PST

    What is Blade & Soul?
    Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Korean game development studio, Team Bloodlust and is published by NCSOFT.

    Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?
    You can find the official Blade & Soul West site here.

    What is Blade & Soul's release date?
    The North American and European versions are currently set to be released on January 19th, 2016. Head Start for founder's pack owners will begin at 10:00am PST on January 15th, 2016, and name reservations for Disciple and Master pack owners will begin on January 11th, 2016.

    The game has already been officially released in the following regions:

    Korea: June 30, 2012
    China: November 28, 2013
    Japan: May 20, 2014
    Taiwan: November 20, 2014

    Has Beta Testing started?

    CBT 1: Oct 29, 10am PDT - Nov 2, 10pm PDT [NA server only]*
    CBT 2: Nov 13, 10am PDT - Nov 16, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]**
    CBT 3: Nov 24, 10am PDT - Nov 30, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]**
    CBT 4: Dec 11, 10am PDT - Dec 14, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]**
    CBT 5: Dec 18, 10am PDT - Dec 21, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]**

    *NA servers will only support English.
    **EU servers will support English, French, and German; except on CBTs 1, 2, & 3.

    What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?
    Blade & Soul has been announced as a F2P (free-to-play) title for the West and will have no content limitations with Blade & Soul . They have also stated that the game will not be "pay-to-win".

    Will the Western clients be censored?

    Where will the Western servers be located?
    Blade & Soul's Western servers will be housed in the following location:

    North America: Dallas, Texas US
    Europe: Frankfurt, Germany.

    Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?
    There are currently no plans to support Oceanic/SEA servers. However, NCSOFT has stated that if the community shows enough interest they will reconsider.

    A petition has been created for NCSOFT to reconsider.

    Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?
    No. Transferring accounts is not possible, but transferring the physical appearance of your character from other versions is possible through the profile screenshot function in Character Creation.

    Will the Western version be region blocked?
    There are currently no plans for region blocking.

    What are the playable races?
    Jin, Gon, Yun, Lyn. Click here for more information.

    Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?
    In North America, the word "Kun" closely resembles a derogatory racial slur.

    What are the playable classes?
    There are currently six confirmed playable classes for the Western versions. The "Warlock" class can be found in the KR, CN, JP and TW clients but have yet to be confirmed for the North American and European release.

    Blade Dancer
    Blade Master
    Force Master
    Kung-Fu Master

    Are there race and class restrictions?
    Yes. The playable races in Blade & Soul are indeed restricted to a select few classes. Below you'll find what you can play each race as.

    Jin: Assassin, Blade Master and Kung Fu Master
    Gon: Destroyer, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
    Lyn: Blade Dancer, Force Master and Summoner
    Yun: Blade Master, Force Master and Kung Fu Master

    What will be the Western versions initial level cap?
    The initial level cap on release will be 45.

    Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?

    What systems will this game be released on?
    Blade & Soul will be released for Windows PC.

    What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?
    Below are the PC specs taken from Blade & Soul's Korean client.

    [Minimum Spec]
    CPU: Intel Dual core/AMD Athlon 64X2 or better
    RAM: 2G or better
    VGA: nVidia Geforce 8600GT/AMD Radeon HD4600 or better
    HDD: 15GB
    OS: Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (32bit / 64bit)
    DirectX: 9.0c

    CPU: Intel Quad core/AMD Phenom II X4 or better
    RAM: 4G or better
    VGA: nVidia Geforce 8800GTX / AMD Radeon HD4850 or better
    HDD: 15GB
    OS: Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (64bit)
    DirectX: 9.0c

    I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?
    You can view all past broadcasts here.

    Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?
    Yes, you can view their packages here.

    Will Blade & Soul Gold be on Steam?
    This has not yet been confirmed.

    Will Windows 10 be supported?