Lost Ark is launching the Assassin class for Korean players on July 31

    
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Still watching Lost Ark develop across the pond with hunger in your heart, hoping it’ll come this way? Yeah, we are too, especially as Japanese, Russian, and Chinese players have gotten their mitts on the game. Back in May, Korean players were treated to a massive roadmap with a new continent, underground cities, and ocean travel. This week, they got a preview for the new class, the Assassin, which officially launches on July 31st.

Google Translate is making a muck of the official site, but it appears that the new class will choose between the Blade and Demonics sub-class. Smilegate’s dropped a ton of new images and details on how both play, and in the meantime, lucky Korean players can take part in the pre-event.

A helpful Redditor posted videos of both sides of the class as well.

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Mikka Hansen

People are still waiting for this?

Isnt it already known to be amazingly pay to win even by asian standards?

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silverlock

Just wanted to point out that this is an UE3 title and historically UE3 has been a bad engine for mmo’s. Great screenshots but laggy game play.

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rafael12104

So, what’s it going to take to bring it to the West? Is this a hold my beer situation because I have beer.

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3dom

I wonder – what are they trying to achieve with the delay for Western market? I’m ready to purchase and play somewhat debugged alpha/beta versions with fun gameplay like Inquisitor: Martyr and Killsquad – and LA already looks far and beyond any ARPG beta I’ve played (and paid for).

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Antiseptic

Look at the global publisher situation in NA and EU; there’s a ton of suckage there. Gameforge aka Failforge, En Masse Entertainment aka mEME, Gamigo aka Scamigo (and if they didn’t vacuum up Trion World after their deserved failure, they would be in the mix), and My.com (the global publishing brand for Mail.ru). Out of those, mEME would not have the initial upfront money to even secure the rights (plus they can barely handle what they have now) which leaves those others.

Securing publishing rights can easily run into the millions and go up from there when vying for the rights that cover a lot more regions like NA (which may also cover SEA and ANZ) and EU.

The other viable option is self-publishing BUT Smilegate West is not equipped to handle it. West does have a small portal (z8games) that handles the western version of CrossFire but it doesn’t have the player population it has in China. So it isn’t a big operation. Smilegate also shutdown their European subsidiary a few years ago (it only handled CrossFire in Europe). Smilegate would need to upgrade Smilegate West and also open up a European branch again (it will be easier to hire native French, German, and Italian speakers for customer support). There’s also all the other expensive bizops stuff they would need to deal with (data center provisioning, SLA’s, payment processing, leasing office space, etc).

So they are focusing on Eurasia first since they already had China negotiated with Tencent and Russia/CIS only has a handful of publishers that are are licensed and have all the business operations and payment processing in place to handle that very specific region. Mail.ru being one of the larger publishers that has operations in Russia was able to come up with an amount (reasonable for the RU/CIS region) that made Smilegate listen and eventually come to an agreement. Japan, they signed a deal with GameOn (their parent company is Neowiz; the same parent company that handles Bless) which handles a bunch of other Korean MMO’s. It wouldn’t surprise me if they sign a specific publishing deal for SEA before an NA/EU decision is made.

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Greaterdivinity

Probably…nothing. This probably isn’t an intentional strategy and is more likely just a Korean company not viewing NA as a key market. Which is pretty dang common, even for Japanese developers. They kinda just do their own thing and don’t really think about western territories as important markets.

This is based off of experience working for some of these devs/publishers over the years. It’s not an “intentional” thing, it’s just how they operate.

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Jake Boller

Gender-locked classes in 2019 huh?

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cambruin

It’s Asian, what did you expect? Half the animations team is working on the best possible breast physics for female chars. Ain’t nobody got time to work on male assassins and their animations.

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Dug From The Earth

Seems that “gaming” is added to the list of things that these countries are behind the times in.

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Indigo Salma

And here i am angrily still waiting for an english release.
Those screenshots look god dam amazing.