Blade & Soul Is Going To Kill Me With Adorable

The Summoner class in Blade & Soul, NCsoft’s latest massively multiplayer Korean import, get to choose a feline companion to fight by their side for the rest of their days. There are other classes to play in the current closed beta, but they are not important.

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It bears noting that the cartoon of me doing cat moves with Optimus Prime hands while wearing robotic cat ears was created by our wonderful art department ages before I knew about Blade & Soul, which leads me to believe NCsoft’s Korean development team made this character class just for me.

Other proof includes the fact that in an MMO with several incredibly attractive female race varieties (I like to play female characters because they are pretty)...

Illustration for article titled Blade & Soul Is Going To Kill Me With Adorable
Illustration for article titled Blade & Soul Is Going To Kill Me With Adorable
Illustration for article titled Blade & Soul Is Going To Kill Me With Adorable

...I decided my main character for this weekend’s closed beta test would be this little guy right here:

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Illustration for article titled Blade & Soul Is Going To Kill Me With Adorable

The choice was largely due to the familiar that Summoners get to choose early on in their careers. That and the hair.

A martial arts fantasy MMORPG, Blade & Soul has been a staple of the Korean MMO scene since 2012. It’s got amazing movement, a complex combo-based fighting system and a cinematic flair that’s downright charming. Character creation is a blast, and I especially appreciate the clothing system, where what you wear is more choice than necessity.

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From my brief time in the current closed beta test this weekend I’ve also noticed that it has a lot of the downsides of Korean-developed MMOs as well—complex menus, lots of free-to-play random nonsense, and a complex upgrade system that has my characters’ bags filled with things I’ve no idea what to do with.

Perhaps all will become clear the closer the game comes to its early 2016 North American release. Until then, I’ve got a kitty.

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DISCUSSION

If BnS had came to the West 2 or 3 years ago closer to the Korean release, it would’ve made a world difference. As it stands now, it’s a gorgeous game but outdated even by its own merits and still full of the shitty, popular Korean f2p elements that many people don’t care for over here.

The same thing is going to happen with Black Desert, another gorgeous looking game that spent way too much time getting localized and trimmed up for a Western release that by that time, the magic is loss. Not to mention you’re getting a game that is and will continue to be outdated compared to its Korean counterpart.(look at K Tera for example as far as updates, though they did waaay better this last year in terms of speed, they’re still a couple major updates behind including a new class)