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.
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.”