Lost Ark announces the upcoming new continent of Rohendel in a new update

    
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We may not be playing Lost Ark in North America just yet, but the game is still humming along with updates during its open beta in its native South Korea, and that includes the brand-new continent of Rohendel. It’s big, it’s magical, and it features a new race with a name that appears to translate to “Bamboo.” Of course, it’s also a magical kingdom with various problems that player characters will be expected to solve, but what else would you expect?

You can also check out the in-universe preview of the update, which includes some rather… interesting translations in its midst. Pay special attention to the casual “well, I’m studying the magic of the devil” in there. It certainly looks interesting for fans, although we’ve still got to play the waiting game to see when we get to play the title natively. (Hopefully with no changes to that translation.)

Source: FreeMMOStation, MokokoArk; thanks to Alexkayl for the tip!
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agemyth 😩

I still don’t understand what this game’s “hook” is other than it was made with lots of money so it looks “AAA”.

Path of Exile nailed the action RPG gameplay so completely that I really can’t see where the genre goes from there. Different approaches are nice to see, but if I’m going to take any ARPG seriously enough to spend hundreds of hours in it there has to be something more that PoE doesn’t already offer without the inevitable BS that comes with the cash shops we love in imported games.

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Armsbend

While I agree – Path can’t be the end all forever – new challengers to the throne are and should be welcome. I don’t get it either but some people seem to really be digging this game so I’m curious to learn more – if it ever comes here. If it doesn’t – no biggie.

I say path can’t be around forever but I was watching Ziz’s stream today and he said his viewership more or less tripled with this new release. Apparently it’s like the game is only now blowing up. Crazy – shows you the lack of any meaningful games that were released this year. Find quality in 6 year old games. Nuts.

Just today I gave GGG another $60. I hope they go on for a very long time indeed!

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Reht

The new Betrayal expansion and league is really good, been playing the hell out of it.

@Agemyth – There are a lot of us who think that PoE is really good but it’s not the end all be all that’s nailed ARPG gameplay. The animations and graphics aren’t great (supposedly they are considering updating them now) in spite of excellent content and character development. So yes, there is room for improvement.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Ive heard many times from LA testers that LA blows PoE out of the water in every aspect. Ive never heard anyone saying that PoE is better. Combat alone is day and night difference. And combat is very important for ARPGs.

The biggest difference of LA from PoE is that LA is an MMO with tons of varied things to do. And PoE has nothing except smashing mobs

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Armsbend

The streams I’ve watched of Lost Ark make it look like it can’t keep up with Path at all.

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Weilan

I agree, I watched some Korean guy play. You have a mount on a top-down game. It’s so funny mounting up and riding really slow. It looked so cheap and lame.

I’m not saying PoE is better, but LA looks pretty lame and generic.

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Pale Unicorn

I think LA will blow PoE. This style of arpg looks like a breath of fresh air.

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rafael12104

I love PoE for lots of reasons, but yeah, they have mastered the dungeon crawl.

Now from what I’ve seen in live streams Lost Ark has that and a lot more. It expands to include all those other bits and pieces you don’t typically see in ARPGs. Crafting and gathering in an open world. Ship and maritime travel on an open sea. Professions such as an entertainer, skills such as music etc. etc.

Granted, it is all based on what we see streamed and streamers vary their coverage. But it looks very promising.

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Tithian

Lost Ark is not an ARPG, it simply has ARPG-like combat. Everything else is MMO-focused, with an open world, ship exploration, life-skills etc. This is not a “grind maps at end game, roll a new character, do it again” type of game. Don’t get me wrong, I love PoE, but you’re better off comparing this to ESO or any other MMO.

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Koshelkin

Path of Exile is not even close to perfecting the ARPG. While itemzation and content is nice the combat is rather bad, even D3 combat was better(stone me if you want to) and the skill maze is just a mess. I even think the skill tree is the way it is because GGG wanted to monetize skill reset. While Path of Exile does alot of things right, there’s alot of room for improvement.

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rafael12104

It’s just not right. Not right! The first thing they should do, post-launch, is to announce their plans for NA/EU?

Come on now! We will pay in dollars!

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Oleg Chebeneev

Amount of content in Lost Ark for open beta is already rediculous and they add a new continent? Daym

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Armsbend

why are some people so into this game? what is it exactly? Like an ARPG with quests and such or is it like Path where you just beat the living hell out of things in an endless grind?

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Oleg Chebeneev

Because its visually amazing , very polished, has superb combat system and lots of things to do. It also seems to have a decent story with plenty of cool cut scenes. If in other MMOs you have to look hard what devs did right, in LA you gotta look hard what they did wrong.

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Armsbend

welp, I guess I hope it comes here so I can try it.

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Mr.McSleaz

Some people like Asian Diablo Clones with Asian Cash Shops.

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butterpanda888

They said Lost Ark, not Diablo Immortal.

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Mr.McSleaz

Yep, Lost Ark looks like a Diablo / PoE clone & it’s Asian so you don’t have to guess what kind of Cash Shop it has, It’ll be Pure P2W.

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butterpanda888

Just because it is an isometric arpg does not make it a diablo clone. Plus this has many features you won’t find in diablo. I like diablo, but it is by no means the one true isometric arpg. Others can, and do, exist.
You must either be a diablo fanboy hopped up on diablo koolaid, or you have some prejudice against asians, either way chill out.

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Reht

Nah, i am a Diablo fanboy and wouldn’t say that, it must the latter not the former.

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Tithian

It’s a full blown MMO, but instead of a 3rd person perspective, the combat is aRPG-like (isometric, action). People seem to like it because it has a huge world that is not the generic fantasy trope, but rather goes all over the place, and is generally well crafted.