Lost Ark, an immensely popular MMOARPG that’s currently only available in Japan, South Korea, and Russia, is coming to Europe and North America later this year. That’s because of a collaboration between its developer Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games, which will be publishing it for western audiences. You’re also getting the chance to try it soon, as there’ll be a beta this summer to give you your first taste of the game.
For those who haven’t yet heard about it, Lost Ark is a free-to-play MMO action-RPG created by South Korea-based studio Smilegate. It’s been out in the wild there since 2018, and it’s racked up millions of active players. It’s an isometric fantasy game that takes players to a mysterious land, Arkesia, to chase down a fabled treasure called – yep, you guessed it – the Lost Ark, and prevent a demonic threat engulfing the region. At face value, it’s a little reminiscent of action-RPGs like Diablo, and monster-filled MMOs like World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2, but under the bonnet it’s a pretty different beast.
Lost Ark has a distinct take on combat, with five base classes and 14 advanced classes to branch into through specialist skills. The five core classes are Warrior, Martial Artist, Gunner, Mage, and Assassin, which Amazon Games producers Matthew Huston and Jake Smith walk us through in a presentation.