Blade & Soul is getting an English release in North America and Europe after gaining a lot of success in Korea and China over the years. NCSoft has been holding closed beta tests for the game from October that will last up until and through December. While NCSoft has been busy optimizing and localizing the game, modders have been hard at work porting over the nude mods to work with the American and European versions of the game.
The collection is absolutely massive given that Naduron has been working on the mods over the past couple of years for each region, including mods for the additional expansion packs, mods for each of the female character classes and mods for all of the different clothing and armor types. Naduron knows the struggle. Naudron knows dedicaton.
It’s such a strange antipodal situation happening within the market at the moment. We see gamers and modders diving into the deviant art form of modding while the larger publishers are exercising more censorship and restraint at the behest of individuals who want more conservative clothing and values propagated by the female characters in games and media.
Ultimately it looks as if while the mainstream effects of games on consoles will be heavily moderated and toned back in the way that characters are portrayed – such as removing a lot of the sex appeal from the characters in Mortal Kombat X and Rise of the Tomb Raider – the other side of the equation is that the modding community appears to be on a mission to add the sex appeal back to the games. This was evident with the hard working efforts applied by A High Hobbit to finally get the textures modded in Mortal Kombat X so that various female pugilists would appear nude, as well as modders working around the clock, day in and day out on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the Quiet mod.
In the case of Blade & Soul, the nude mods have been around for a couple of years for the Chinese and South Korean versions, but a special de-censor utility was required to get them to work. For the North American and European versions of the game, you only need the uMod v1 toolkit for the game. Add the Client.exe from whichever version of Blade & Soul you have, turn on the global hook and launch the game without uMod to see the additional options. From there, you can choose to use the texture and model packs for the game that the modding community have made.
Blade & Soul is currently undergoing closed beta testing at the moment and you can sign-up now to participate. The CBT version should be compatible with the latest nude mod releases. You can learn more or grab the files from the not-quite-safe-for-work Undertow.club.