Blade & Soul is well on its way to a major overhaul in South Korea. The game’s graphics are being upgraded from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4, as shown in the first half of 2018. In a recent interview with the game’s development team, new information about the game’s next class were revealed. NCSoft has not revealed the name, looks or any video footage of the new class yet – only a short description.
Thee mobile rendition of the PvP-heavy action-combat MMORPG Blade & Soul named Blade & Soul: Revolution has finally launched in South Korea. It ranked as the top grossing free-to-play game on iOS within 24 hours of its launch on December 6th. It’s currently still sitting as the top grossing app in South Korea ahead of Lineage 2: Revolution and Black Desert Mobile.
Blade & Soul: Revolution aims to give a mobile experience that is as close to the PC version as possible. This means that the combat is action-mode and players fight for glory in PvP tournaments and massive 500 vs 500 battles.
Action combat is a type of combat mode that allows players to manually utilize complex movements like dodging, evading and pointing to hit to their advantage in combat scenarios. As opposed to tab-target combat, action combat generally requires a players to trigger their skills within an opponent’s hit-box in order for attacks, buffs or heals to successfully land. It is also common for enemies to have advanced movements like flying, dashing, grabbing and jumping. Here is a list of the top MMORPGs with impressive action combat.
We are listing these games based on release dates in descending order. This is an on-going list that will be updated when a new impressive action combat MMORPG reveals itself.
The next major content update for Blade & Soul called Warden’s Fury will arrive on September 12th. Warden’s Fury will include the new playable class called Warden, the continuation of the epic story arc (Act 9: Cruel Reunion) and the ancient slimy pirate dungeon called The Shadowmoor.
Players with registered accounts before today will each be given a Wandering Swordsman Pack when the class arrives next month. The pack include items to help in the leveling process such as XP Charm, Weapon Chest and cosmetics. For more information, visit the official Blade & Soul site.
Martial Arts MMOs are largely influenced by codified systems and traditions of well-known combat practices.
- Wushu is Chinese martial arts that consists of several hundred fighting styles that developed over many centuries in Ancient China.
- Wuxia is a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial art heroes and well known martial art figures in ancient China.
- Xianxia is a Chinese martial arts novel genre from the Wuxia genre that is influenced by Taoism and Buddhism.
We are listing these games based on their titles in ascending order.
Jonathan Lien, NCSoft’s Associate Producer for Blade & Soul has posted a producer’s letter for Spring 2018 to talk about Blade & Soul’s state and give previews of the content that we should expect for the game in the coming months. On top of the exciting news that the game will switch from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4, players can now look forward to a new greatsword-wielding tank class.
The new tank class will be powered by brute strength. Unlike other classes, this class will consume HP instead of Focus to use certain skills. Players will need to choose wisely. The class will have abilities to mitigate damage and gain temporary immunity to incoming status effects. More details will be shared later this year.
Blade & Soul‘s latest update titled Eternal Night is now live as of today and it brings new raid dungeons with it!
The new 12-man raid, Nightfall Sanctuary Part 1 throws players in with the Celestial Emperor’s automaton guardians. Players must complete The Emperor’s Tomb – Chapter 5 to partake in stopping Chol Mugo from gaining more strength and power.
NCSoft Q1 2018 Earnings Report Shows Blade & Soul As Strongest Non-Mobile MMO While Aion Sales Increase
NCSoft’s quarterly earnings report for Q1 2018 have just been released and while the company’s giant spike in mobile games revenue continues to even out, several MMORPG titles appear to be making a comeback.
Guild Wars 2 sales dropped by 32% in comparison to the previous quarter. This is to be expected considering the stabilization after the success of the Path of Fire expansion in Q4 of 2017. Aion’s sales jumped by 48% which was fueled by the change in monetization scheme. Comparing the sales of NCSoft’s top PC games, Blade & Soul is leading the way as their highest source of income from PC games. As a speculation, this could be the result of the combination of a large number of updates done to Blade & Soul in the recent months and the hype from Blade & Soul Mobile at the end of last year.
Blade & Soul‘s PC version is finally upgrading its graphics and converting to Unreal Engine 4! The highly rated action combat MMORPG has been played publicly on the dated Unreal Engine 3 for over seven years while its more recent mobile and console counterparts are being developed in Unreal Engine 4 already. Here is to hoping that NCSoft will take full advantage of UE4’s graphical additions and cinematic options.