Over 1,000,000 players in just a few days!
Lost Ark has been a massive hit for Smilegate and Amazon Games Studios. The game has been around for a while now. It was first released in Asia a few years ago, but it has finally come to North America and Europe. Needless to say, the reception has been mostly positive.
Considering it is breaking Steam records, the gaming scene has been touting is as a big hit MMO-wise. How long can Lost Ark sustain this player base? Only time will tell. However, if you are one of the few people who haven’t tried Lost Ark, here’s is a quick rundown on it.
What Is Lost Ark?
Lost Ark is a free-to-play MMO Action RPG for PC on Steam that has taken the world by storm. With its beautiful graphics and engaging gameplay. Lost Ark features many different classes and archetypes that create fun and diverse gameplay.
Players can jump into the world with their newly created characters. Whether you want to be a 2-handed sword-wielding warrior, an elemental mage, or a quick and nimble assassin, we’re sure you’ll find a class for you. You can change how your character looks using Royal Crystals. This is a type of Lost ARK currency. Changing your skills (not classes) doesn’t require the use of Lost ARK gold, which makes tailoring your class that much easier.
The base classes in Lost Ark are the Warrior, Martial Artist, Gunner, Mage, and Assassin. These can then be specialized further with available advanced classes, like a Striker or Berserker.
Lost Ark also features an isometric camera angle, making it stand out more compared to other MMOs. The combat can be considered somewhat similar to Diablo or Path of Exile. With them sharing the same camera angle, it is easy to see the comparisons.
The game was released in Europe and North America on February 11, 2022. Within twenty-four hours of the game’s release, it became the second most played game on Steam.
Breaking Player Records
While, the official release date was February 11, 2022, anyone who bought the Founder’s Pack was able to play the game 3 days earlier. Even before the game’s official release date, Lost Ark became one of the most played games on Steam. During Early Access, it had a total of 500,000 concurrent players. However, when it launched on Feb. 11, Lost Ark peaked 1,325,305 players, more than doubling the early access numbers. It makes sense considering the game is free and a lot of players will just wait for the official launch.
This is the highest an MMO has ever reached, with the previous record-holder being another game published by Amazon Game Studios, New World. The concurrent player record for New World was approximately 900,000 concurrent players, quite impressive feat consdering that New World’s not free-to-play.
Just a quick note, the current number 1 game for most concurrent players on Steam is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. With an outstanding 3.25 million concurrent players.
Lost Ark has been extremely popular on Twitch as well. With tons of players active, many are bound to check out their favorite streamers for tips and builds. During the game’s official free-to-play launch, Lost Ark reached 1.2 million concurrent viewers.
There have been some slight hiccups during launch day though due to the many players trying to log in at once. This caused server issues and boy, did Lost Ark experience plenty of those. As a result, Smilegate delayed the game a few hours for free-to-play players. Meanwhile, some were getting booted from the game, causing long queue times as droves of players waited for their turn to get into the servers. The developers recently added another EU server to help remedy this. Lost Ark was also updated with a patch to fix server instability.
Following after a rather chaotic start, everything seems to be ironed out and running smoothly now. Since many people are playing Lost Ark, the community focused on whether or not this game is “pay-to-win”. This is currently a hot debate within the the game’s official forums. With Lost Ark being free-to-play, the developers have to make their money somehow. However, this topic isn’t about if it is or isn’t, but it’s more of just something to think about if you start playing.
In short, Lost Ark is nothing short of a massive hit for Smilegate and Amazon Games Studios. With so many players during and after Early Access, it’s safe to say that they’re going to make bank. If the game remains popular like it is now, we could see big substantial updates. Other classes from the Korean and Russian regions haven’t been added yet, which are sure to bring in even more players. Based on multiple sites like SteamDB and MMO Population, Lost Ark is currently hitting 1 million daily users.
Let us know in the comments what you think of these amazing feats Lost Ark has achieved since its launch.