After years of being considered a “dead game” in Vietnam, Blade & Soul has officially retired from the game….
“Dear friends, all good times come to an end…”
Today, May 17, NPH Garena suddenly announced the termination of the release of the MMORPG Blade & Soul in Vietnam from August 15, 2023. However, as of today, May 17, Garena has stopped providing recharge services for this game.
According to specific information from NPH, the roadmap to stop releasing Blade & Soul Vietnam will take place according to the following timelines:
– May 17, 2023: Stop the loading task for Blade & Soul game at the card loading page
– May 18 – June 17, 2023 (tentative): Blade & Soul Farewell Event
– May 24, 2023: Announcement of Garena’s policy to support converting to other games
– August 15, 2023: Officially closing Blade & Soul Vietnam server
– September 15, 2023: Officially stop supporting Blade & Soul related issues on https://hotro.garena.vn/
The fact that Garena immediately stopped providing card top-up service on May 17 as well as the sudden announcement of stopping the game release made many Blade & Soul gamers surprised. Because, just a few days ago, this game was still launching events on a regular basis, and NPH also promised new Update versions in the future.
However, in reality, this scenario has probably been predicted by many fans, when during the 6 years of operating the Vietnamese server, Blade & Soul was unable to maintain its position as a game. “Asian blockbuster”. After a period of brilliant development in the period 2017-2018, this game was almost ignored by NPH, leading to a dizzying decrease in the number of players.
Launched in Vietnam market in August 2017, Blade & Soul was then expected to be the name to revive the golden age of the MMORPG series on the PC platform, in the face of the massive expansion of game genres. Mobile. Despite having an extremely grand and successful launch, unfortunately, this game could not hold the heat for too long.
The cause of Blade & Soul’s failure in Vietnam is said to be partly responsible for Garena, because at that time this publisher was focusing on the eSports genre, with golden egg-laying chickens such as Lien Quan Mobile, Free. Fire, FIFA Online 3 – 4, League of Legends… so Blade & Soul became a stepchild and was not focused on promoting and developing the community.
However, there is another reason that is the development of mobile game lines, leading to the general decline of online PC games, which Blade & Soul – which has a long and gradually shows the lag in terms of graphics or gameplay, is one of the victims of the times.