According to Lee Jae Seong, MMORPGs will lead the online game market in South Korea this year, and online games like TERA, which has gone into commercial service, Arche Age which will meet players, and Blade & Soul, will draw lots of players. As he said, though the OBT date of Arche Age is still unknown, Blade & Soul will perform its open beta within 2011 for sure.
In the Q1 financial conference last year, NCsoft announced that they'd carry out Blade & Soul's open beta in 2010, which was postponed though. Later, Blade & Soul's trial version was unveiled at Gstar 2010. Last December, Blade & Soul's Lvl40-oriented content was made public through its "Soul Party Test" held at Busan, which's a proof of its smooth development. However, the game's exact CBT date is still unannounced.
As for this, many insiders fancy that Blade & Soul may enter its OBT stage this year. In this way, it can be said that the game is very likely to conduct its OBT in Q3 or Q4 2011.