Publisher NCSoft West has announced the release date of its anticipated MMO, . The game will be launching in North America and Europe on January 19, 2016 at 12AM EST. Players who purchase a Founder’s Pack will get a head start on January 15.
Blade & Soul was hugely successful in Asia when it first launched in 2013, reportedly hitting 1.8 million concurrent users within the year in China alone (via ). By comparison, Blizzard’s hit .
The game will feature seven classes at launch, 30 dungeons, a level cap of 45, and a 1v1 Arena. Players interested in signing up can do so at the . Alernatively, NCSoft West is also offering various for players who wish to gain access to the upcoming Closed Beta tests.
Blade & Soul is a free-to-play MMO which draws inspiration from classic Asian martial arts adventure films. It is developed by Korean studio NCSoft (Team Bloodlust), who has worked on games such as , , and more recently, . NCSoft also published Carbine Studios’ .