Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Lost Ark Passes 20 Million Players

Lost Ark has now amassed more than 20 million players, with half coming from its western release last month.

Western publisher Amazon Games and developer Smilegate RPG announced that more than 4.7 million new players joined within three days of Lost Ark's release in North and South America, Europe, and Australia, and that number has now grown to more than 10 million. The game launched in South Korea back in 2019, where it amassed a huge following well before its western release.

But Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann said the action-RPG-MMO is just getting started: "The excitement surrounding Lost Ark from around the world is quickly gaining steam, as evidenced by the growing number of global players.

"Together with Smilegate, we are committed to supporting the growing community with a robust roadmap of updates in the years to come."

Lost Ark got off to a flying start in the west with its early access release and became one of Steam's biggest-ever games, even before it's official free-to-play launch. When the official release date rolled around on February 11, it rocketed even further to second place in Steam's most-played games of all time by concurrents.

The development teams told IGN last week that they're "absolutely shock and thrilled by the reception" and said they're committed to maintaining momentum.

Lost Ark is set to receive regular updates to achieve this, beginning with its March 2022 update that will bring new quests, islands, and cinematics to the game.

In our 8/10 review, IGN said "Lost Ark is an extremely generous free-to-play ARPGMMO that draws a lot from Diablo – including its well-worn story about humans and Heaven teaming up against demons."

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.

source https://www.ign.com/articles/lost-ark-passes-20-million-players

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