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The Wait Is Over! A Look Back at Blade & Soul's 8-Year Road to the West

Natalie Kuhn

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On the subject of the most anticipated MMORPG in 2012, Blade & Soul will be in everyone's mind. Blade & Soul attracted wide attention and received good comments from players due to its gorgeous art, exciting windwalking system, beautiful characters, fast combat and facsinating story.

NCsoft, the Korea-based MMO veteran behind Lineage 2, announced the Unreal Engine 3 title Blade & Soul for the first time in 2007, and it's been 8 years since it then. During the 8 years, western players leant about this game via news from Korea and China. 

On May 21, 2015, NCsoft finally confirmed Blade & Soul will come out in North America and Europe this winter and enter first closed beta test on October 30th. The wait is almost over, so let's take a look back at the 8 years' time of Blade & Soul's birth, growth, and how it get to where it is today.

On November 21st, 2007 NCsoft officially announed a mysterious new title with codename Project M
Developed by NCsoft's Team Bloodlust, Blade & Soul is NCsoft's first oriental fantasy MMOPRG. It is also seen as the company's new flagship MMO after AION.

Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul

On July 31st, 2008 Project M had a formal name Blade & Soul

At NCsoft's newgame press conference in 2008, Project M officially named Blade & Soul and it unveiled the first trailer and first batch of screenshots. Take a look at the video below and see how the game looked like 7 years ago.

Blade & Soul

Blade & Soul

>> Blade & Soul NA Live Q&A: Instance Roles, Instace Size, and More
>> Preview of Four Main Regions in Blade & Soul EU and US
>> Blade & Soul NA and EU Closed Beta Starts on October 30

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