If you are looking for an MMO that blends the action-genre with traditional MMO open-world gameplay, then NCSOFT’s upcoming NA release of “Blade & Soul” might be the perfect experiment to try when the game is released in our region later this year. The publisher has announced that Blade & Soul will launch in North America and Europe this winter, the game has been a popular request from the MMO community here in the States after doing very well in Asian markets for the past few years.

NCSOFT calls the game “unlike any other,” set in an Asian, mythological world where fast-paced combat collides with “the visual beauty” of a Far-East martial arts massively-multiplayer online universe. Since its initial launch in Asia in mid-2012, Blade & Soul has attracted “tens of millions of players” across South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Japan according to the publisher, where the game has earned the title as one of the top MMORPGs in the world.

“Blade & Soul is one of the most anticipated online games by Western consumers,” commented John Burns, senior vice president of publishing at NCSOFT West. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring one of the most successful and fun online games in Asia to our Western audience this winter and we can’t wait to deliver this extraordinary and distinct gaming experience to millions of new players across North America and Europe.”

In the game, players must fight to avenge the death of their fallen master in a classic Wuxia storyline. Wuxia, which literally means “martial hero”, is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists in ancient China. As players explore the world in Blade & Soul, they will see a fusion of Asian cultures that delivers stunning landscapes and vistas.

Blade & Soul defies typical MMO conventions, delivering action-based combat with ability combos and a flexible party role system that does not require dedicated healers. It gives players unprecedented movement abilities around the world as their characters leap over mountains and fly through the air.

The first major Blade & Soul livestream will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 10AM PDT / 17:00 UTC at twitch.tv/bladeandsoul.