January 19 marked an exciting day for NCSoft when their long-awaited MMORPG, Blade & Soul, released officially for western audiences. And now, they’ve officially reached one million active users in under a week.
Blade & Soul has faced quite a struggle in its journey from the East to the West. Originally, the game had been announced by NCSoft back in 2012 and that it was finally being brought over to the West from South Korea. Fans were ecstatic that they’d finally get to experience Blade & Soul in English. But ultimately, the game fell onto hard times and appeared to be delayed indefinitely. That was until NCSoftNCSoft announced the project, from developers Team Bloodlust, again last Spring.
Fans were skeptical at first considering how they had been let down before, but quickly geared up when NCSoft announced an official release date. But’s it’s only been about six days since Blade & Soul has released and they’ve already hit one million users—that’s impressive. When the game first launched, Blade & Soul faced several server issues with seemingly endless queue lines, so in order to help fix the problem, they’ve opened up a few more servers.
In Blade & Soul, it’s up to you to stop the evil Jinsoyun from reopening an evil realm with a mysterious and powerful weapon called Twilight’s Edge and unleashing Dark Chi onto the world. It’s an open-world MMORPG with beautiful environments and a number of interesting and charismatic NPC’s to meet. Plus, it’s easy to play with your friends. Blade & Soul is set in a martial arts universe where mystical creatures and magic all exist, so your option of classes range from the magic-heavy Force Master to classes like the hands-on combat of a Kung Fu Master. There are seven classes to choose from altogether.
While Blade & Soul appears to be taking off in the West, you still have to wonder how long will the hype last before another major MMORPG makes its debut? The long-awaited Star Citizen still doesn’t have an official release date, but they have made progress in developing the campaign and have stated a 2016 release window, so fans can only hope that the entire release isn’t far behind. And then there’s Civilization Online, which is actually in beta in Korea, so you have to wonder what kind of impact it will have when it releases in the West.
I guess all there is to do now is enjoy Blade & Soul now that it’s finally here. For more information on the game or to download the free-to-play MMORPG, you can visit the official website.