After years of silence, today NCSoft announced the western release of Blade & Soul, but there could be something else burning under the ashes.
Perhaps surprisingly, none of the press releases nor the official site includes any mention of the platform the game will be launched on. The game has been out for year in Korea for PC, so why omitting that information for the western release?
The Linkedin Profile of NCSoft’s Brand Manager Julianne Harty might offer a hint.
An AAA MMORPG for PC and PS4 is mentioned, so the possibility that the long delay of Blade & Soul in the west allowed for the development of a PS4 port.
Interestingly, with today’s announcement a section about Blade & Soul itself has been added to Harty’s profile, so there’s also the possibility that the Tripe-A MMO for PC and PS4 might be another game entirely.
Back at E3 2007, NCSoft and Sony announced a partnership to bring three games to PlayStation Platforms, but the plan was afterwards shelved. It’s very possible that the PC-like architecture of the PS4 might have rekindled that partnership.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure at the moment, and we’ll have to wait for an official announcement, considering this just a rumor. Tomorrow at at 10 AM PDT NCSoft will hold an announcement livestream on Twitch, and we might hear more about the platforms then.
Update: Harty herself was asked on the Blade & Souls Dojo forums about the PS4 mention, and she responded that the PS4 released is “not planned currently.” Her Linkedin profile was also quickly changed to remove the detail.
Whether a PS4 version was planned in the past and then scrapped, the mention was simply a mistake, or there is something else we haven’t been told for now, it’s hard to say, but there you have it.
[Thanks for the tip: Arai]