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Blade & Soul Open Beta in June, Commercial Launch in July
Report said that NCsoft's Blade & Soul will start open beta in June and commercial launch in July. The Korean developer announced at the earning call on the May 15 that the release schedule remained unchanged and they were working on launching OBT in Korea in the first half of 2012.
The latest financial report showed that NCsoft continued losing money in the first quarter of 2012, with net profit dipped by 27% compared to Q4 2011. It's also said that their new action MMO Blade & Soul had cost the company 43 million USD.
B&S is at closed beta currently and the developer will have a lot of work to do after CBT3. The vitality system has become one of the most controversial new features in CBT3. Like the fatigue system in other MMOs, Blade & Soul's vitality system is supposed to help those who don't have too much time to play but it's hard to please both casual and hardcore gamers.