You know that we’ve been anticipating, slavering, and hoping for Lost Ark for so long that when the Korean beta kicks off, it’s a cause for major celebration. This fantastic-looking MMOARPG with 12 playable classes has been one of our most-wanted titles for years, and now we’re finally seeing progress toward a western release.
The Korean beta test began yesterday and reportedly saw login queues as high as 17,000. There was no wipe from closed beta testing and players were free from an NDA. Testers reported mixed findings, with some praising the game’s look and fun factor while others saying that it was nothing more or less than you’d find in Diablo III.
With disgruntled Diablo fans looking for their next ARPG hit, Lost Ark may benefit from the BlizzCon fallout. English localization is supposed to come with the next patch, which will make it much easier for westerners to get into the beta.
In a statement, Smilegate CEO Won Gil Ji was unapologetic about the game’s focus: “Just as the slogan of Lost Ark goes — ‘MMORPG again’ — we hope all gamers will experience the fun of a true online MMORPG with Lost Ark. We send our sincere gratitude to the players who have been with us for this meaningful journey, and we’ll continue to provide the utmost service through constant communication.”