What a year it’s been! Since NCsoft’s launched Blade & Soul in North America and Europe, over 4 million players have joined the Hongmoon Clan to pursue revenge through 13 major game updates. The new expansion-Secrets of the Stratus will be online on April 12, and NCsoft ensures that its next major update is more impaceful, therefore here are just some of the new features included:
Act 7: Find out if you have the courage and strength to stand up to the dastardly Zulia, who kidnapped Jinsoyun for her own nefarious purposes!
Gunwon City: Explore an expansive new land, including the grand Gunwon City itself.
Skill Point Revamp: A complete resvamp of the skill point allocation system will streamline how you specialize your character’s skills, while keeping the same level of customization depth.
Three New PvE Areas:
Naryu Sanctum - Our hardest 6-member Heroic Dungeon released to date. Great rewards such as the new Legendary Bracelet await, but only the adventurous will claim them!
Celestial Basin - A new open-world area well-suited for solo and casual players. Among other rewards, the new Mystic Badges can be acquired in this area.
Mushin’s Tower F16-20 - Challenge yourself against Yunsang, and compete for the fastest kill on the new Mushin’s Tower leaderboards.
The Hongmoon Training Room: A new solo instance that will allow you to practice skill combos and boss attack patterns. This is a must for new and returning players, but existing players will also find it useful to practice their skill rotation.
New Hongmoon Levels: Continue progressing your character up to Hongmoon Level 20.
Insta-Level 50 Voucher: A new account service that allows you to create a new character at max level and jump right in the fray!
Skill balance changes, Legendary items, new pets, cosmetics, quality of life improvements and much, much more!
The official also says that this is only the beginning. Looking past April, they have a lot more content in store for you in 2017; Act 8 of the story, a new class, level cap increase, new ultimate skills, new dungeons and raids, and new Legendary items are just some of the things slated for this year. Of course they will also continue to have a steady flow of in-game events and community activities.
Here is a hot discussion about Secrets of the Stratus: