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(Video) Blade & Soul to Go Monthly Subscription with Item Sales in Japan


The launch date for the Japanese service for <Blade & Soul> has been set to be May 20th.  The payment plan is to be on a monthly subscription along with additional item sales system.

NCSoft Corporation’s Japanese branch NC Japan held the “Blade & Soul Premier Show” on the 8th, inviting various reporters and around 350 users.  <Blade & Soul>’s plans for the Japanese service and the business model were introduced at this event.

NC Japan plans to begin with the initial character creation service in mid-April, and to follow up with a ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.  Then from May 16th to 19th it is holding an ‘open trial’ service open to everyone, paving the way to the official launch on May 20th.

The payment system is to be based on a monthly subscription fee with the addition of item sales, and the specific prices have yet to be released.  Additional items are to be categorized into consumables, convenience items, and vanity items.

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Blade & Soul Premier Show

Two different packages will go on sale starting from May 9th, the Premium and the Standard.  While both packages will include 1 complimentary month, the limited edition package will allow the player to participate in the ‘limited trial’ service from May 13th to 15th.

A PC renting service is also in plan for those players without the appropriate computers to run the game optimally.  NC Japan begins its ‘NC Gamers Service’ starting in April, a PC renting service for the players.  The service requires the renter to pay for the rental computer for a span of 2 years (3,100 yen per month).  And when the renter fully pays over the span of 2 years, the computer is theirs to own.

Various marketing is also in preparation for the launch.  First, the <Blade & Soul> animation airs starting April 3rd on the Japanese channel TBS.  The animation is then to be aired across the country over 7 different channels.  The original sound track (OST) is to be released at the end of April, and a <Blade & Soul> novel is to be released in the ‘Monthly Shonen Magazine.’

NCSoft’s Bae Jae-Hyun CPO (Executive Producer) has commented at the Premier Show: “With today’s announcement <Blade & Soul> is officially starting its launching phase in Japan.  We are nervous yet excited to introduce <Blade & Soul> to our Japanese fans.”



JaeHyun Bae, CPO of NCsoft & director of Blade & Soul


Blade & Soul Animation poster

Blade & Soul Season 2 the Pit of Hell Unveiled

NC Soft’s hit MMORPG <Blade & Soul> released a teaser of its upcoming season 2 titled the Pit of Hell. Let’s take a look first!

The movie introduces a new story with new monsters. “There is going to be a change in relationship between characters you met in the past which also leads to another story for the upcoming season. A veiled body called the Black Dragon and full-out GvG are ready to go besides the story-telling,” said NC Soft.

The season 2 is coming off in Korea at the 22nd of January.


[Korea] Upcoming MMORPGs in 2010

If year 2009 was all about action MMORPGs, year 2010 appears to be about blockbuster MMORPGs.

Age of Conan vs. Warhammer Online

Age of Conan and Warhammer Online are in the process of localization and expected to launch in the first quarter. Neowiz Games plans an OBT for Age of Conan in the first quarter while NHN plans the first CBT on January. Two games focused on localization: Warhammer has been working on applying Korean cultural codes to character appearance, weapon effect, and sound effect while Conan even translates some of its adult contents (including cursing and swearing) into Korean in order to maintain the original look-and-feel.

Another non-Korean MMORPG that will enter the Korean market is Allods Online from Russia. Astrum Nival, the Russian publisher/developer, is seeking for a local publishing partner and plans to launch the game within this year.

<Characters from Allods Online, Age of Conan and Warhammer Online from the left>

Made-in-Korea MMORPGs

To name a few, Tera will be published by NHN Games in the first half and XL GamesArcheAge will be available for a test on June and then commercial service within this year.

<NHN’s Tera- OBT and commercial service are planned in 1H 2010>

CJ Internet is launching DragonBall Online on January while Mgame plans to launch?Argo and Yulgang 2 (열혈강호 온라인 2: Kor). Neowiz Games plans to test Project H (developed by MAIET Entertainment) within this year as well.

And the list goes on. There are YD Online’s Pae Online, WeMade’s Changchun2 (창천 2: Kor) and NED, Sonov’s Berkanix, Hanbit Soft’s 삼국지천 (Three Kingdom’s Heaven? or 三國之天: Chi), and?EASTsoft’s Cabal Online all waiting to be released this year.

To stay ahead of the competition, each game tries to differentiate from others. Dragonball Online is based on the already-too-famous comics. Pae Online and Berkanix are developed by a famous author and a famous comic book artist. Tera and Project H emphasize on non-targeting combat system. ArcheAge is selling its mysterious storytelling and changeable game world.

<XL Games’ ArcheAge plans the first est in June and commercial service in 2010>

The Variables

Blade and Soul, NCsoft’s fourth blockbuster MMORPG, might be delayed its test to next year but there is a chance to happen later this year. Also, the rumor has it that Hak Kyu Kim’s IMC Games- Kim was responsible for Granado Espada’s sucess- might be able to show a new martial arts MMORPG.

ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 is one of the games that Korean players look forward to even though it doesn’t announce any specific launch schedule in Korea.

<Guild Wars 2 and Blade and Soul>