NCSoft has just revealed Blade and Soul‘s Business Model to reassure the game’s huge fanbase that the game will be completely free-to-play. NCSoft stated that their cash shop catalog will only contain cosmetics, convenience, and consumables and will not include any “pay-to-win” items such as power, gear, stat boosting enhancers.
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“We believe in letting everyone play the game as it’s intended to be played – skill-based progression throughout all the available content. No paywalls will hold you back, and no amount of money will give you an unfair competitive advantage over other players. We don’t like pay-to-win, so what we are offering are cosmetics, convenience, and consumables – not power, not gear, not permanent stat increases. We’re also going to make sure that we have a regular schedule of content updates that everyone will be able to enjoy.”
Blade and Soul Cash Shop Currency
Blade and Soul will be using “NCoins” as the game’s cash shop currency to purchase food, potions, and repair tools; quality of life improvements such as character slots, inventory expansions, and Premium memberships; and cosmetic items like costumes and accessories. In addition, NCSoft introduced an in-game currency players can earn through gameplay which can be used to purchase many of the same items in the cash shop, including event-related items.
Blade and Soul Premium Membership
Players will have the option to gain “Premium Membership” status which will last 30 days. Players with an active membership can enjoy some privileges such as discounts in the Auction House and a special windwalk animation. The premium membership is tiered, members will start at Tier 1 and immediately unlock all sorts of neat benefits that get better as you rise in tiers. Membership tier levels increase with the amount of NCoin and in-game currency that is spent including on Premium Membership itself! Once you’ve unlocked a tier, you will never drop below it but you will need an active membership in order to experience all the benefits; as soon as your membership is inactive, you lose access to the benefits.
Blade and Soul Founders Packs
NCSoft will be introducing 3 different “Founders Packs”, and all three come with a Closed Beta key that’s good for the entire CBT period. More details about the Pack contents will be coming soon…