The game uses a real-time battle system in the third-person camera view and requires players to "combo" a series of attacks, much like that of fighting games. Players begin with "player-versus environment" combat but may participate in "player-versus-player" combat later in the game. Blade & Soul provides a highly customizable system and NPCs in the game are made with the character customization system. Customizations a player has access to include hairstyles, facial structures, facial markings and makeup, eye color, height, and body sliders. Characters may be one of four playable races based on the Four Chinese Symbols: The Gon , the Jin , the Yun , or the Lyn . Weeks before NCmedia day, NCSOFT announced a new Unreal Engine 3-based MMORPG only known by its codename Project . The closed beta officially began on October 29. NA and EU beta testing occurred over the course of five weekends beginning on October 30 and concluding on December 21. The official launches of NA and EU servers occurred on January 19, 2016. NCSoft developed "Blade & Soul Vision Update", the renovation project that aimed to upgrade the engine to Unreal Engine 4, and launched as the Blade & Soul Revival expansion in June 2021 for South Korea servers, and in Q3 2021 for NA and EU servers. An anime adaptation of the game was produced and aired from April to June 2014, in which Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takeuchi Hiroshi directed the anime at the studio Gonzo from scripts by Atsuhiro Tomioka. The opening theme of the anime is "Sayonara Usotsuki" by MimimemeMIMI, and the ending theme is "RAINBOW" by LEGO BIG MORL. The series was streamed by Crunchyroll in the West. In NC Media Day 2018, NCSoft has announced three Blade & Soul IP games: Due to the lack of a development team and Team Bloodlust focusing on the Unreal Engine 4 upgrade of the PC version and the console port version, the development process of Blade & Soul M has been halted and delayed. In 2020, NCSoft has announced that Team Bloodlust has canceled the mobile port version and merged the Blade & Soul M team into Team B2.
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