The Blade & Soul Revival Unreal Engine 4 overhaul page has received an update, this time talking about equipment, the breaker system, combat UI and more.
Blade & Soul's equipment system is getting some changes it seems, as the team talks about its existing way to raise equipment levels. NCSoft states that while this system "worked well," there are definitely flaws in the system. As such, Blade & Soul players will no longer need to target Mythical rank dungeons in order to raise item levels to Mythical rank.
"Mythical rank items will retain the same requirements to grow XP, but earning up small rewards to breakthrough certain stages will no longer be needed. Upon drop, the item will be an already completed form item like the current Mythical rank item. These items will have random stat bonuses though, so it will take some time to acquire the best version."
The Blade & Soul team addresses concerns that this new system might make Mythical rank items less valuable, though the team seems to be staggering how the new method is applied, with weapon items, heart, pet, soul and talismans not affected at first.
In additon to the upgrade changes, a new Insignia System is being implemented, giving players a way to better "define their style and role more concretely." This will be coming in the second Mythical Dungeon, though NCSoft does state this is subject to change.
Our Unreal Engine 4 Revival site has been updated! We've added information about Equipment, Events, Combat UI, and the all-new Breaker system. All this and more arriving Q3 for the West! https://t.co/elpf6uy75P#bladeandsoul #bns #ue4 pic.twitter.com/BCGVChxDgT— Blade & Soul (@bladeandsoul) May 26, 2021
Blade & Soul is also getting addressing the fact that players can buy growth materials, stating that it "does not encourage players to engage with content."
"In light of this, we plan to introduce a new Pass with future updates. This will act as a ‘Subscription type’ model that allows players to gain benefits as they play. Players will still be able to purchase direct items if they wish, but this should offer a more immersive option."
Also introduced with the page update is a new Breaker System. This system sees bosses build up a gauge during combat, which when full renders them defenseless. The Blade & Soul team states that the new system will function like the Joint Attack system, with the Breaker System providing a "more powerful effect." You can see the Breaker System in action in the video embeded below.
Blade & Sould's Revival UE4 upgrade is coming Quarter 3 2021. In addition to the above, the new version will see a streamlined battle UI, improved visuals and more. This hasn't slowed development on the current release, as Winds of Rage launched on May 12th, bringing with it a new heroic dungeon.