Smilegate taps Mail.Ru to run Korean MMORPG Lost Ark in Russia as early access package sale goes live

    
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Smilegate is continuing its global rollout of Lost Ark, now with the selection of a publisher for Russia and the CIS region, according to Mail.ru’s own site.

“Mail.Ru will be the publisher of the Lost Ark role-playing action in the CIS,” says the company today. “Closed testing of the game is scheduled for next year.”

“Players are waiting for a huge world with the opportunity to explore not only the land, but also the vast expanses of the sea – the heroes will be able to move on personal ships, discover new lands and equip them at their discretion. All characters have unique skills, using which you can get superiority in battle, even in the most losing situation. In addition to the battles in Lost Ark, it will be possible to take up peaceful affairs, such as fishing, hunting, archeology, and more. For fans of PvE-content in the game, dungeons are available, where players will have to fight with evil forces alone or in a team of comrades, and also challenge the Guardians – powerful creatures, each battle with which will become a real challenge. For those who prefer to demonstrate their superiority, the game provides a PvP arena. There, players will be able to participate in battles with other users and arrange large-scale battles with the seizure of fortresses.”

MMO players will recognize Mail.Ru straightaway as one of the major Russian internet companies and the parent company of My.com, which publishes many MMORPGs in Russia, Europe, and North America too. In fact, My.com most recently signed on to publish Ashes of Creation overseas.

Signups – and early access buy-in kits – are already live on the official Russian site. The game launched beta for Korean players earlier this fall, with China on deck too. It’s only a matter of time before we’re playing ourselves.

Source: Mail.ru, Naver via Reddit

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rafael12104

With all due respect to our Russian friends who are often a stepping stone to a game being truly global, why can’t NA/EU be sorted out now as well?

Heh. Yeah, I’m impatient, but seriously. Is there a logical reason for this?

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Yangers

Oh no. This is what I was worried would happen.

Smilegate are farming it out for other companies to run – it’ll be Soulworker all over again.

And we in NZ/ AUS/SEA will be unable to play the NA version because the rights are held in South Korea or Japan or whatever and we are IP blocked.

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Duey Bear

Well, time to brush up on my Russian.

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Indigo Salma

Can finally play it without a Korean security number.

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Indigo Salma

Also all those rusian comments seem to hate Mail.Ru .
Since they had a lot of high quality games that they killed with their monetization decisions.

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Viktor Budusov

Yeah, we hate Mail… :)

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Oleg Chebeneev

Great news. I know many of my russian fellow gamers will boo mail.ru, but their localization of LoTRO was top notch. So not the worst choice of publisher.

Cant wait to play Lost Ark in my native language. Pretty sure US/EU release will follow soon after.

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Viktor Budusov

Actually most of Lotro localisation was made not by Mail but previous team.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Yep, I dug more into it and it was translation of IT-territory firm. That was merged into mailru. So maybe same people will translate Lost Ark

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Godnaz

Another step closer to coming to the West, super excited. The Q&A they had a few months back is a good read. No Pay To Win. The few people from the West I’ve watched playing this game say its very polished and well thought out. I would say Path of Exile has incoming competition but aside from being ARPG’s they seem like completely different styles of games.

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Reht

Yeah, i think PoE will take a good hit, but i don’t think it will be a permanent one since the games should end being very different as LA seems much more mmolite-ish (which i am a big fan of). Definitely looks pretty damned polished from the streams i have seen and surprisingly have heard very little negativity other than complaints on having to get Korean accounts, etc.

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Oleg Chebeneev

The biggest negatives Ive heard is pathing and lack of full scale PvP. Other than that, game doesnt have many flaws

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Reht

Yeah, that’s little in my book since i don’t care much for ARPG style pvp. Used to shit pathing in a lot of the older games i still occasionally play, so that’s not a deal breaker for me in the least bit.

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Antiseptic

They do have plans for larger PvP; the large scale sieges plus the guild versus guild content haven’t been released yet. Same with player housing. Basically still plenty of things they’ve never shown before.

While complaints from western players might be somewhat limited, make no mistake that Korean’s had a bunch of negative feedback which is why the patch last week had all of those changes. Players also had huge gripes about playing other characters (having to regrind stuff like songs and emotes all over again). Some of those are mandatory for progression through end game activities.

Made sense on paper as an expedition activity but when you actually play through it, the implementation is pretty much fetch & gather/back and forth sailing between continent & island/perform actions in a certain sequence sort of actions that doesn’t really hit the objective they were shooting for which was the adventuring part for their RPG fans.

Smilegate intends to post an announcement at the end of the month detailing how they plan to make the game more alt-character friendly. That is going to entail some pretty big changes in order to make certain things that are now soul bound, account wide (like Island Hearts, songs, emotes, NPC affinity and how these systems will play out since some of those are tied into specific quest chains which they will have to undo while not breaking game play for other characters on the account).

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Reht

I guess a lot of the Korean complaints were lost in translation…or lack thereof :-).

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Reht

Good news from the hopeful perspective that NA/EU are next.