Lost Ark addresses player questions on open beta connectivity issues

    
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After what seems to be forever, Lost Ark is in testing right now in South Korea. Or launch, depending on how you look at its self-professed open beta state. Regardless, players have flooded the servers… too much, in fact. The developers took the opportunity to address player concerns, answering the most pressing questions about the connectivity issues plaguing the game.

Overseas players have been shut out largely to stop Chinese players from connecting in unauthorized ways, mostly involving RMT activities; this was also meant to hopefully alleviate queue issues, but the queue for logins remains as the number of players logging in keeps increasing. A new server was added, but more people keep joining the rush. There’s currently no compensation planned for people who miss daily login rewards as a result, but it is under discussion. Developer Smilegate has also promised to release its concurrency numbers in the future, which should be interesting to anyone curious about just how many people the game has attracted.

Meanwhile, the English-language subreddit for the game is slowly filling with hype and YouTube videos – and hope that the game is due to get a launch window here too.

Source: MMO Culture
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Oleg Chebeneev

Russian streamer says that every Lost Ark server currently has 8000 queue minimum to enter. Total amount of people waiting in queue is over 85,000 atm (1 am korean time). This goes up to 150,000 in queue at prime time.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Amazing game made with passion by a very talented team. Puts every western MMO that launched in recent 5 years to shame.

It saddens me to see how asian developers clearly progressing, improving and making modern MMOs while western studios creating same old crap that looks like it was made 12 years ago. Even more sad to see how community compliments those clearly outdated western MMOs.

MoP writers, pls cover LA more often.

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Daniel Miller

((Edited by mod. Please stop spamming.))

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rafael12104

Been watching live-streams on Twitch. And the more I see, the better it gets. The character classes, combat, and gameplay look great. The story? Lol! No idea. It’s all in Korean, but there is plenty of it.

The pieces I haven’t seen are the crafting, and the ships, but I’m told they are well done as well.

So, I shouldn’t buy into the hype but… when is this game coming to the west?

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Oleg Chebeneev

chu8 on twitch plays through quests and translates them to viewers to english. One of the best western streams of LA:

https://www.twitch.tv/chu8/videos

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rafael12104

Awesome. Thanks. I’ve been just doing a general search on Twitch and viewing random people playing.

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Robert Mann

“New online game offering fails to meet launch demand and people complain. How did they miss the demand for this, and why is it there? More with Parody News at 11!”

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They have already released the concurrency numbers. 250K on launch day and 350K peak. That peak is largely because of the Chinese invasion this past weekend though.

Source -> https://news.joins.com/article/23124672

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Oleg Chebeneev

Russian invasion too. There are thousands of russians playing it right now, the game is very popular in Russia

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True. But I think the foreigners from say Russia, other parts of Europe, North/South America, South East Asia, and Oceania combined, probably account for say mid 5 digits whereas the sheer mass trying from China accounts for the higher end of 5 digits to possibly even up to 150K after the Chinese translation patch became public. Plus at least one of the larger Chinese gold farming bot operations was part of this influx since Smilegate is seeing in-game activity related to botting and macroing.

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Loving the look of the game.

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The environments are gorgeous!

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*looks at header image* More like… Lost Bra-rk…

The boss HP bar they have at the top of the screen in that video always seemed confusing to me, but I feel like I am seeing it more or there are just more Korean-style games doing the big budget heavy lifting in the genre right now. At least they have a single regular life bar over each individual enemy so you don’t even have to actually look at the top.

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That style of HP bar is actually pretty ancient when it comes to gaming. It was used more during the PSX era and I believe Dynasty Warriors also used it in some of their games. Sacred might have also done so.