MMOsite is reporting that Blade & Soul will be entering Closed Beta even earlier than Guild Wars 2. Indeed, according to the MMOsite report, Closed Beta for Blade & Soul will begin sometime within the first half of 2010!
Also mentioned in the MMOsite article is a quote from NCsoft CEO Kim Tae Jin, stating that console versions for both Blade & Soul and Guild Wars 2 are being developed in parallel to the PC version:
"Blade and Soul and Guild Wars 2 in the console version are under development. The console market is deemed suitable for release and will allow parallel development."