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Naraka: Bladepoint Launches on PS5, Becomes Free to Play Soon

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Naraka: Bladepoint

Naraka: Bladepoint will launch on PlayStation 5 next week, developer 24 Entertainment announced today. On the same day (Thursday, July 13th), the popular game will change its business model and become free to play on all platforms.

Naraka: Bladepoint was originally launched on PC nearly two years ago, encountering immediate success (it was among the top-earning games on Steam in 2021 and 2022). It's a rather unique take on the Battle Royale genre focused on fast-paced melee combat, and it has attracted over 20 million players to date, according to 24 Entertainment.

In the official FAQ, the developers said they wanted to open the game to an even bigger audience. They also provided a table to compare the free-to-play version with the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate editions.

Free Players Standard/Deluxe/Ultimate
Available in-game weapons All All
Available Maps All All
Available Modes All All
Cosmetics Open Open
Customization Open Open
Events Open Open
Join/Create a Justice Chamber Open Open
Rank LV50 LV20
Lobby Chat LV20 LV5
Customized Lobby Can join lobbies, but not create them Open
Initially Playable Heroes Viper, Tianhai, Zipin Yin & Matari Viper,Tianhai,Zipin Yin, & Matari plus 300 Hero Coins
Hero Coins Obtain Limit* 35 Hero Coins can be earned in a week.

100 Hero Coins will unlock 1 hero

No limit
Price 0 Starts from 980 gold

It was also clarified that free players can use in-game gold to upgrade to Standard/Deluxe/Ultimate. To get new heroes, the currency used is Hero Coins. These can be earned in a variety of ways by playing Naraka: Bladepoint. Free players will have a weekly cap of 35, but that can be removed by upgrading to one of the premium editions mentioned above. On the other hand, existing players who purchased the game are going to get in-game gold equivalent to the edition owned.

During the live stream event, 24 Entertainment also introduced a host of new upcoming content, such as:

  • Capture the Spirit Well: A 12v12 gang wars battle that allows players to capture locations to earn points
  • New Dual Halberds Weapon: Combines a spear and a dagger into one. It can stab straight and also strike horizontally with the ability to lock other weapons 
  • Justice Chamber updates to Guild Mode: Position and more features will be added to the current guild system
  • ·New Hero - Tessa: Tessa is a 1000-year-old fox demon, who can charm her enemies and capture their souls
  • Anniversary in-game events and rewards
  • Collaboration with Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (based on a famous Chinese painting)
  • 3D Lobby: Players can grapple around and explore while queuing 
  • New season skin theme: Classic of Mountains and Seas and the god of four seasons
  • XGP Benefits: Players with a NARAKA account via Xbox Game Pass will be automatically upgraded from the Standard Edition to the new Deluxe Edition containing in-game rewards
Written by Alessio Palumbo

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