Blade & Soul – NCsoft previews upgrade to Unreal Engine 4 for Asian fantasy MMORPG

NCsoft recently release a “Vision Preview” trailer, highlighting what the development team is preparing for the hit Asian fantasy MMORPG, Blade & Soul. There is currently no actual timeline set, and we suppose it is still in the early days, but Blade & Soul will indeed be getting an upgrade from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. Depending on the manpower, this could take up to years to implement. Of course, with the engine upgrade, players can expect hugely improved game graphics with the usage of physically based rendering (PBR).

Other than just the change from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4, NCsoft is preparing new life content to Blade & Soul. These functions include gathering functions and fishing, with a view on a more social and community-based experience as well. Changes are also being planned for Mushin, such as physical animations, a new role in the main storyline, and new sound effects. Artwork based on the mysterious Divine Realm was also teased.

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