Published on April 29th, 2013 | by cinderboy


Blade & Soul – China server announces Free-to-Play model

Yes, it has been confirmed. The China server for Blade & Soul, under publisher Tencent Games, will be utilizing a Free-to-Play business model, together with a cash shop of course.


There will also be a VIP subscription call “Blade & Soul member” available, which will give players various benefits such as special titles, avatars, more stored stamina, faster mediation, increased MP recovery (+5%), base defense (+3%) and base HP (+3%). All benefits are account-wide.

VIP subscription will come in different duration, such as 7 days, 30 days, and 90 days (more to be added apparently). Costumes will be given for subscribing, although the duration is not stated.

Blade & Soul China - VIP service

The subscription fee for 30 days is reported by several media outlets to be around 10.00 CNY (not officially confirmed, I am guessing this is an error and the price for 7 days instead), which is just 1.62 USD.

Blade & Soul China - VIP service rumored pricing

Tencent Games will be opening up topup services to test out the cash shop for the upcoming Closed Beta 3 phase next month, with all amounts to be reverted back to accounts once non-wipe Open Beta begins. All cash shop costumes will not have any stats on them.

Blade & Soul China - Costumes

According to unofficial reports, upgrade enhancement items will be sold in the cash shop, similar to most Asian MMORPGs. There is currently no official launch date (Open Beta) for Blade & Soul China.


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Alex Cesar

Any chance the yet to be Europe server will be f2p model as well? post if u get any info. ^^)


Oh god please no, no F2P for EU, comeon.

Aleksander Danilov

EU will be handled by NCSoft, so the chances are pretty high that it’ll be the same as US. So keep your eyes open for that~


F2P /w monthly VIP.
Challenge accepted.


I think thats the way to go for BaS in the west.
A truly free model like the one used by Aion is an instant win!!!

Nick (Ryochan)

Already stat boosts for payers smh. I truely hope it’s P2P or B2P in NA.


From what I was told, the stats boost are minimal, and the Korean players who are playing from designated internet cafes get much, much more benefits than this.

Nick (Ryochan)

Ah really? jeez. Though the fatique system sucks.

Kirill Korotaev

10cny = 7 day

Age of wulin vip cost 30 cny per month so i think same here.


No! No! No! I used to love playing Aion before it went free to play but when it went free to play the community went to hell! The constant spam in chat is crazy annoying and the fact that NCsoft had to make it so people couldn’t even talk until lvl 20 after the game changed to F2P shows that there’s a glaring problem with the community.

I really really hope it doesn’t become F2P because NCsoft already forever ruined one game for me by changing it to F2P.

WHY NOT , Why Not Making the game FREE TO PLAY from the Beginning .. The Korean version still has a CASH SHOP in this “P2P” game so what’s the point of saying ” NO ” , What if the Payment system becomes ” Optional ” Unlike the Chinese version , One for people who prefer paying monthly users ( Like you ) and the other one for Free to play users , A TWO Completely different servers to make you feel better when the “business model” has nothing to do with the game experience or even the In-game Content .. ITS THE SAME EXPERIENCE ,my P2P fellows .. You just don’t want the community to grow up and you just want the game to die slowly because honestly and with all respect most people like you are simply Selfish and doesn’t what the best for the game itself .
Waaaaaaait. So supporting a game with monthly subs is being deemed selfish? Wtf. I hope this game stays P2P in the west, too. The reason is I don’t believe F2P games will be able to survive long enough. I mean sure, if it’s not working transition to F2P, but it’s always worth trying P2P first, especially considering Blade & Soul was a hit in Korea. I’ve been playing F2P forever. And recently I have come to the conclusion, that F2P will die. Gaming gets more expensive with every year, with development costs becoming crazier and crazier. And we see it every year. More and more F2P games close down because of lack in revenue. Now people will point at me and say: “But hey, didn’t almost every new P2P game go F2P eventually lately?” My answer is yes, but how long do you think those will survive? Without constant income… Read more »

They should make a slight change to the game make it only p2p to north america, china, eroupe.

And make there home town a f2p bases. If they did this they would get tons of cash… And keep the original sky high making of the game sky high.

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