The ARPG Lost Ark has entered the preliminary phase and can officially be played completely free of charge from February 11th, even without a supporter package. The first ratings for the action role-playing game have long since arrived - and they are outstanding. Apparently Amazon Games and Smilegate hit the nerve of the time with the game. 

Lost Ark is a mix of MMO and Diablo-style action RPG that takes players on a journey into the fantastic world of Arkesia, where they can fight action-packed battles, experience exciting quests and discover tons of mysteries and stories. The game is already extremely successful in Asia and Russia. Amazon Games is now bringing the title to the West for the first time in 2022.

Lost Ark: Roots in Korea

Lost Ark is a free AAA massively multiplayer online action role-playing game currently only available in Korea, Japan and Russia where it has millions of active players. Smilegate RPG is one of the world's most successful developers: Almost 15 years after its launch, the first-person shooter Crossfire from the parent company Smilegate has more than eight million simultaneous players worldwide and is one of the most popular and longest-lasting titles of all. In Lost Ark, players will explore the vast and diverse world of Arkesia in their quest to find the fabled lost Ark and save the realm from a demonic menace.

The game features 15 different hero classes that enable deep combat with unique combinations of customizable skills based on the Tripod skill system. Players will forge their own legend, alone or with allies, as they battle through dangerous dungeons, sail the world, and even create their own island home.

In Lost Ark, players embark on an odyssey in search of the missing ark that gives it their name, travel through an intriguing and multi-layered world and discover new wonders around every corner, in every city, every castle and every catacomb. The game features 15 different hero classes with unique combinations of customizable skills based on the Tripod skill system. The system allows you to choose and improve characteristics of combat skills once they reach a certain level. Players descend into chaos dungeons, compete in PvP duels, show what they are capable of in epic quests, and face the demonic legions to regain the eternal power and light of the lost ark.

“We look forward to bringing Lost Ark to players in new regions. With the release date announcement, we're one step closer to the moment when they can finally experience the immersive world and breathtaking combat for themselves," said Christoph Hartmann, Vice President of Amazon Games at the time of the game's announcement: "In February, players can Immerse yourself in the fantastic world of Arkesia for the first time and create your very own adventure.” Support pack buyers can do that now, while everyone else will be able to immerse themselves in new worlds starting February 11th.

Amazon Games is now releasing Lost Ark for the first time in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand: "Lost Ark is recognized for its unique mix of MMO and ARPG, beautiful graphics, immersive hack-and-slash gameplay and its wide range of different game modes celebrated", Smilegate and Amazon Games had advertised their work for the western market. And apparently this isn't just marketing gibberish. The action role-playing game for PC currently has an average rating of 81 on Metacritic – impressive. Quite a few magazines or online portals give ratings in the 90s, some even get the maximum number of points from the piñata for the rating of Lost Ark, such as "The Gamer".

The game is also doing well on German portals, but maybe too well in some articles. There are some flaws, including the stiff-looking movements or the jumble of currencies. However, given the overall high quality of Lost Ark, the F2P model is not a deterrent. Buffed calls the game "the best freel2-play MMORG on the market", PC Magazine gives it a "good" and four out of five stars. PC Games gives Lost Ark an 8 out of 10 rating; Eurogamer certifies the game "the potential to be the best MMORPG of the year". There are currently no bad ratings, at most a few mixed ones - and they complain about the endless grind and the possibility of being able to progress faster by using real money. So there is already criticism of the game's financing model, whether it gets louder depends largely on further developments. From a purely playful point of view, Lost Ark can only be reproached a little at the moment. However, the concept of "free-2-play" is always a potential danger.

By the way, the game has already won a number of awards, including the Presidential Prize of the 2019 Korea Game Awards.


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