Naraka: Bladepoint Dev Details Launch Plans, New Characters, and More

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Naraka: Bladepoint just wrapped up its beta weekend, with the game managing to find a ton of success on Steam. This 60-player battle royale game differs vastly from others on the market, maintaining all the strengths of the battle genre while spreading its appeal as well. In short, Naraka: Bladepoint is the perfect battle royale for non-BR fans.

During the beta, Game Rant had the chance to sit down and play a few rounds with Marketing Manager Raylan Kwan. Afterward, we had a couple of questions to ask regarding Naraka: Bladepoint but were most curious about what the game will look like when it nears launch.

First, because of how Naraka: Bladepoint in terms of handling battle royale features, we asked if fans should expect a traditional season approach. Those familiar with Fortnite and Apex Legends are obviously aware of the content drops and changes that come with every season, and to this, Kwan had a very simple statement: "if it works, don't fix it."

Continued support will also include several additions to the game in terms of quality of life. For example, one notable feature of Naraka: Bladepoint's combat is the focus on melee weapons. However, there were only three melee weapons readily available in the beta (Longsword, Katana, and Greatsword), and we wanted to know if players can expect more around launch.

Right, we only have 3 melee weapons now...We definitely have more melee weapons planned, and I can say that the next melee weapons will be really surprising.

Kwan would go on to detail the same about future and upcoming Naraka: Bladepoint characters. For context, 6 were available during last weekend's beta, but players could see 3 that were locked. Those players will become available at a later date, but they won't be all. As Kwan said,

We will have more characters, and you can see three characters right now in our hero tab. But, well, actually, we have more than three characters in development. I can guarantee you there will be more incoming, and these characters be fantastic and fascinating.

Overall, while it seems that the game is very innovative with its melee combat and grappling hook action, players who do enjoy battle royales will see a similar formula in play here. Ultimately, that's a good thing as more weapons and more characters will continuously add new reasons to play Naraka: Bladepoint well after launch, and with summer right around the corner, Naraka might just be different enough for fans or even non-fans of the genre.

Naraka: Bladepoint releases Q2 2021 for PC.

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