Lost Ark open beta kicks off in Russia and there’s already ways for English-speaking players to hop in

    
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We wholly expect Lost Ark to make its way to our shores soon enough, but that certainly hasn’t stopped many from getting ahead of the official arrival thanks to the game’s open beta launch in Russia and some community help to get connected to the Russian OBT and even patch the game to English.

Yes, Lost Ark has started its open beta testing in Russia following Korean beta testing and expansion into China and Japan, and already many in the Lost Ark community are helping people sign up for the Russian test. There’s even one player who is helping folks with an unofficial English patch. With this all said, however, using a VPN to get to the open beta and using the English patch are reportedly bannable offenses, so follow these community instructions at your own risk.

If you’d rather not get yourself in trouble, don’t feel like jumping through VPN and install hoops, or just want to get some early information about Lost Ark, a YouTuber by the name of Swiper No Swiping has posted an informational video with details on the most recent beta build’s rewards, the game’s cash shop, and more. You can find that embedded below.

source: Reddit (1, 2), YouTube, thanks to Oleg for the tip!

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Sasha Alex

Love the game so much. Really hope it comes to EU and US.
Took a lot of screenshots. These are some with my Reshade preset.
Game was heavily nerfed quite a bit in the russian version. They removed a lot of rewards from the dailies and roadmaps system. Currently reached level 42, hopefully that won’t be a problem from what i’ve seen in the comparison videos.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Great shots. Where I can dl this reshade?

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Sasha Alex

It’s on SweetFX Settings DB.
You’ll see it if you press Latest Presets on the left.
And as for the Reshade software just type that name in google.

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rafael12104

I’m ready, man. I’ll play the Russian version if I have to, but it needs to be announced in NA.EU!

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Raiju 1983

they announced the Japanese version in early July 2019 so don’t expect NA/EU announcements for now. and if they release it in Taiwan after Japan we’re not getting it in 2020.

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Raiju 1983

it will come to EU/NA eventually but it will take a while. in early July 2019 they announced that the game will be released in Japan(no specific date yet) so don’t expect NA/EU version in 2020. maybe late-end 2020 if we’re lucky. and if they release it in Taiwan after Japan then late-end 2020 – early 2021.

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3dom

I play it – beyond my expectations so far (mage and boxer both at level 10). Except for the story part, the story is exactly that I’ve expected from a Korean team – usual bland fairy tale, nothing like Inquisitor: Martyr, let alone great Path of Exile level drama. With one nice detail: this time many NPCs refer to the player as “yet another adventurer” (referring to multiplayer environment), unlike typical “the one and only world savior” in most other games (with like 20 other “chosen ones” selling trash for pennies to the same vendor at the same time).

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rafael12104

Hmm. I’m ready to start playing it. No major issues running it for Russia?

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orionite

How were you able to sign up? I could never get past CAPTCHA or the phone number verification.

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rafael12104

I haven’t started the install and setup. Just about to jump in so we will see how it works.

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3dom

No issues. Just occasional game freeze for few milliseconds – this is the first modern game to do so on my nvidia 1070 laptop.

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Reht

No problems for me, i am using ExitLag (VPN+connection optimizer) and getting pings around 150ms. Very playable for me. Only issue i am having is i can’t get the english patch to install.

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Matt Genaro

Global release dream continues.

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Reht

Preach!

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Raiju 1983

the game is released in 1 region at a time and not simultaneous globally. in July 2019 they announced that the game will be released in Japan after Russia. after Japan(late/end 2020-early 2021), it’s either EU/NA or Taiwan.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I played several hours of Lost Ark. It is the most polished MMORPG Ive seen in years. Graphics and visual effects are stunning, combat system is great, even story was decent with lots of cutscenes and dialogues.

I waited for LA’s release for so long and so far it didnt disappoint