Lost Ark, a Korean MMORPG, will not be released in the United States later this year, as was announced at E3 2021. Smilegate and Amazon Games have pushed the release date back to early 2022 in order to address gameplay and performance issues raised during the technical alpha in June. This gives the teams breathing room to get the game to where it needs to be without putting the designers under too much pressure.
While the full launch has been postponed, a closed beta will take place November 4 through 9, giving players another chance to dive into the world of Arkesia, according to a lengthy statement posted on the game’s official Twitter account. The beta will be available to those who purchased the game’s founder’s pack. Everyone else must register on the game’s website. To see the game in action, watch the initial announcement trailer. Just ignore the sections where it says “this fall.”
Smilegate also promises monthly updates and will launch a discord channel and forums in October to better keep players informed. When the closed beta comes around, the idea is to have an active community of testers and influencers with whom the developers can interact and absorb feedback.
Lost Ark was released in Korea in 2018 and is now available in the United States thanks to Amazon Games. The free-to-play multiplayer RPG will feature players battling a demonic dragon named Kazeros, who has returned after being defeated by a relic known as the Ark. The game includes both PvE and PvP elements and spans seven large continents. Warrior, Martial Artist, Gunner, Mage, and Assassin are the five-player classes, each with four sub-classes, and the action appears to be more action-packed than the average MMO. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs in the west, especially in comparison to popular rivals like Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft.