[Game website] NCsoft West announced today that its highly anticipated MMO, Blade & Soul, is set to launch in Europe and North America on 19 January, 2016, at 06:00 CET (05:00 UTC). Ahead of the official launch, Name Reservation will be available for Disciple and Master Pack purchasers on 11th January, and the Head Start period for all Founder’s Pack purchasers will begin on 15 January.
Blade & Soul, which recently completed its second Closed Beta weekend, will feature launch content including seven classes for players to choose from, 30 dungeons, a character level cap of 45, and the popular skill-based 1v1 Arena. NCsoft recently hosted the 2015 World Championship for Blade & Soul in Busan, South Korea, with over 6,000 people in attendance over a period of two days.
NCsoft plans to have North American and European representatives in the 2016 World Championship, following a competitive PvP tournament qualifier in the West. Pre-season rankings in North America and Europe will begin soon after launch, with additional details to be announced at a later date. The next Closed Beta weekend for Blade & Soul begins on 24 November and runs until 30 November.