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I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Lost Ark. It's a free-to-play MMO that was only available in South Korea, Russia and Japan, but today Amazon announced that it is partnering with developer Smilegate RPG to launch it in North America and Europe this fall. I'm very excited.
Lost Ark is basically "What if Devil 3 was an MMO?" Massacre hordes of demons, fairies and everything in between with eye-catching skills to gain experience and loot, and the 15 different character classes are wild and fun. (It's set in a strange universe where everything goes, so you can go from a warrior with an ass sword to a devil hunter who rolls with a chariot that doubles guns.) The combat is fast and fluid, and it involves many things. careful timing and maneuvers to dodge enemy attacks. There are many ways to combine skills and create combos.
It's a lot of fun to see the Devil 3 action included in a traditional MMO, where you do dungeons and raids with friends. There are also many fascinating features outside of combat, including a kind of relationship system with NPCs where you can lure them to special rewards, the ability to build and navigate ships across an unexplored ocean. You can even settle on your island and turn it into a little getaway.
Amazon has said that the English version of Lost Ark will be released this fall, but you can sign up here for a beta which will take place later this summer.
I learned about Lost Ark years ago, when it was still very new. Back then, the only way to play was to pay a lot of money to very incomplete websites in exchange for a Korean phone number that needs to be registered in the game (since phone numbers are related to your real life identity Korea). Despite having to browse a gaming client that was entirely in Korean, I ended up losing a few weeks of my life against Lost Ark. It’s also interesting to see how Amazon is dedicated to publishing and localization. It makes sense that you take advantage of your Internet infrastructure to run a live service game, and you may be more fortunate as a publisher who has not developed your own games so far.
Lost Ark will be available this year, and so will you You can sign up for the beta here.
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