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Blade & Soul

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Publisher: NCSoft
Release Date: Jan. 19, 2016

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'Blade & Soul' Unreal Engine 4 Upgrade, Dual Blade Class And More Coming In September - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 12, 2021 @ 3:25 p.m. PDT

Blade & Soul is an Asian Martial Arts MMORPG that breaks the traditional confined and monotonous game plays, providing the gamers a completely new experience.

Blade & Soul delivers an engaging story and vibrant world for players to explore. In the game, players must fight to avenge the death of their fallen master in a classic Wuxia storyline. Wuxia, which literally means "martial hero", is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. As players explore the world in Blade & Soul, they will see a fusion of Asian cultures that delivers stunning landscapes and vistas.

Blade & Soul defies typical MMO conventions, delivering action-based combat with ability combos and a flexible party role system that does not require dedicated healers. It gives players unprecedented movement abilities around the world as their characters leap over mountains and fly through the air.

The free Blade & Soul: Revival update is coming in Sept. 8, 2021 and will upgrade the in-game engine to Unreal Engine 4, but goes beyond just graphical and performance upgrades, it will add new improvements – from Dungeon changes to combat system upgrades to being able to change class.

The New Player class arriving on Sept. 8 is the fearsome Dual Blade. With two sharp blades that move at lightning speed, players will be able to slice and dice their way through any combat situation. Embodying the definition of “the best defense is a good offense,” the Dual Blade uses agile movement and relentless attacks to incapacitate enemies. Mastery of the Dual Blade class is poetry in motion, as smooth, fluid combos will bring them to the crossroads of life and death.

Some of the key features revealed so far for Blade & Soul: Revival include: 

  • Class Changing – With new character class releases, shifting player metas, and other considerations in mind, Blade & Soul: Revival is implementing a new system, which will allow players the freedom to change classes and class-exclusive items. This system will be available to new and veteran players. The goal is to increase play options for everyone, while keeping balance in check. 
  • Responsive Dungeon Combat System – In the quest to make Blade & Soul a more immersive MMO experience, the Responsive Dungeon Combat system will give players instant feedback for battle heroics. Pulling off a skill combo is crucial in Blade & Soul, and this system will emphasize that to players in real time by way of on-screen animations. This goes beyond DPS as well - joint attacks, party protection, and other synergies will also receive the same positive feedback when well executed. 
  • Dungeon Difficulty System – Adding elite end-game dungeons turned into a short-term solution for players craving the most difficult Blade & Soul content. After completing it once, grinding it for gear became chore-like and didn’t recapture that same elated feeling of victory on subsequent clears. Blade & Soul will add a new dungeon difficulty system, expanding on the previous three levels that are currently in the game. The goal is to create more dynamic experiences to challenge players on subsequent playthroughs. 
  • New Location: Great Darkness is oozing out of the Dawnspring Forest and only you can stop it from spreading before it reaches the Savan Village and turns all living creatures against each other. Brave enough to head into the Forest of Echoes and purge Dark Energy? Keep the company tight! With this new four-player dungeon system now you only need four brave souls, not six, to seal up the bad juju and save the villagers.

Blade & Soul: Revival will also have a host of other improvements. From the graphical/lighting advances provided by Unreal Engine 4, to improved loading and network optimization, to UI improvements, every aspect of Blade & Soul is being considered for improvement.

The Blade & Soul Unreal Engine 4 update is launching on Sept. 8, and players can now show their dedication as a student of the Hongmoon School with Revival packs, which are now available. There are three levels of packs – Apprentice, Master, and Grandmaster – which include an exclusive in-game player title, 7-, 30-, and 90-day Premium Membership respectively, and Bonus Items. The Master and Grandmaster Pack contains a character alteration voucher, which allows players to change their character’s existing physical appearance, and the Grandmaster Pack contains the Galaxy Wings cosmetic item.

The update will apply to the live service in the Americas and Europe, and no existing player progression will be affected.

Full details of the update can be found here.


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