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Closed beta for 'kung fu MMO' Blade & Soul begins Oct. 30

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The first of several closed betas for the upcoming martial arts MMO Blade & Soul will begin at the end of October, publisher NCSoft announced today.

The beta will start Oct. 30 and will be the first of at least five beta weekends comprising at least 20 days. Blade & Soul, which has been available in Korea since 2012, is coming to the west in the early winter of 2016.

Beta access is open to players who have already pre-purchased one of the "Founder's Packs" for the game, which grant beta and early access along with some in-game items. Others may get in by signing up on the Blade & Soul official website.

For more on what's in store for the beta, NCSoft is holding a livestream at 1 p.m. ET. Or see Polygon's preview from May.