The first time we heard about Lost Ark was in 2014, when we described it as “a really good looking ARPG” that made us think it was an absurdly hyperbole (but in a good way) Diablo God of Destruction game. A few years later, in 2018, The Lost Ark came out, but only in South Korea. After that, until mid-2021, Amazon announced that it was working with developer Smilegate RPG to localize Lost Ark for North America and Europe.
We took a closer look at the game during a beta test in November 2021, and even though it’s been 7 years, we found it still “redefines top-of-the-line products.”
“Every time I fast travel I pull out my electric guitar and play sweet licks and I still don’t know why,” wrote weekend editor Jody McGregor. “When I hop on my mount, I can choose between a horse and a cloud that can set off fireworks. Path of Exile looks like a monotonous cursed witch so the prince won’t fall in love with it it, about the lost ark Everything is fancy, cartoony, glorious.”
Watching this new Lost Ark gameplay video, I had the same impression. It starts off innocuous, with a brief introduction to five classes—Mage, Martial Artist, Warrior, Gunslinger, and Assassin—and abilities, but from there quickly moves on to a crash course in character customization, backstory and story, sailing (yes, ships, and crew), strongholds, raids, PvP, and more. To put it mildly, a lot has happened, and it looks great.
The Lost Ark launches on February 11th and is free to play, but you can buy the Founder’s Pack early February 8th.There are various options ranging from $15 to $100 steam and Amazon In addition to Early Access, you’ll also receive a range of in-game items, including mounts, pets, avatars, currency, supplies, and more.You can learn more about what’s going on playlostark.com.