Did Amazon just sign on to be Lost Ark’s western publisher?

    
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Did Amazon just sign on to be Lost Ark’s western publisher?

Last night, Amazon announced that it’s signed on to an exclusive publishing agreement in North America and Europe with Smilegate, specifically to publish a game from the Korean MMO developer next year. The game isn’t actually named; in fact, the only game specifically mentioned in the whole press release is Crossfire, which already has a western publisher.

Instead, it’s likely that Smilegate has tapped Amazon to run Lost Ark here instead. MMO players have been watching that game develop over the last six years and roll out to Korean players and then Russian players, the latter through My.Games. Let the speculation begin, but given all the other clues, we’d put money on this one, and it would certainly change the way MMO players perceive Amazon, which is working on MMOs of its own in addition to publishing them.

“Founded in 2002, Smilegate (parent company of Smilegate RPG) is the creator of CROSSFIRE, the world’s largest first-person online shooter game and one of the most played online games in the world, with over 670 million registered users and more than 8 million concurrent players globally. Smilegate is a leading developer of PC online and mobile games in a variety of genres, including FPS, MMORPG, action and sports games. Headquartered in Korea, Smilegate maintains regional offices in the US, China, Southeast Asia and Spain.”

Source: Amazon. Cheers, Losludvig.

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Zachary Bolt

I don’t give a shite who publishes it, I just want the game to be released hereeee!!!

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silverlock

Yes you do. Remember the publisher will be the ones running the servers.

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traja

This is good news. Not only for bringing the game finally to the west but also with Amazon there is hope that it won’t be an awful p2w mess designed purely to milk whales. Because that is what always happens when companies like Nexon or Gameforge bring games to the west.

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Kanbe

When you can’t get your game out the door, publish someone else’s.

But if they get that over here and successfully get it out the door it would help wipe some of the dirt of Amazon’s face in the gaming genre. Some, not all.

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blazbluecore

Would be great to get another ARPG in the West, the market is starved and were stuck playing PoE every couple of months, or waiting games like Last Epoch to finish development.

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tentimes

So, before we go any further, is Lost Ark a PVP gankfest similar to Archeage? If so I can stop reading about this and pretend it doesn’t exist.

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Leiloni

You could also do a quick internet search to find the answer to that instead of being snarky.

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Xuse20382660

No, it’s primarily a PvE game. There is no world PvP or the like. There is arenas, but entirely optional.

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Bruno Brito

Ever used Google, Cartman?

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Dug From The Earth

This might be their only successful game!

Or maybe not, considering Lost Ark is about 5 years too late, and an Eastern game which dont really hit it off with the majority of NA gamers.

I want to like the game, but is it really going to feel much different from all the lesser games that have come before it? MU-Origin, or the countless other mobile games, all designed to do nothing other than look pretty and take your money to reduce the grind?

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losludvig

The endgame has a huge open world to traverse and explore almost unlike any other game. It is not pay to win, and while it has an optional sub you don’t get that much progression speed from it. Gameplay is very smooth and the artwork is very pretty.
If you look at it from a distance it may look similar to discount bin titles like mu, but this is a high quality product.

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Dug From The Earth

Not worried about it being low quality. The trailers alone show off the quality work they have done with the games engine, animations, world design, and combat visuals

What Im worried about is the game feeling like a shallow, grindfest that is flooded by ridiculous microtransactions (which dont have to be pay 2 win)

What Im worried about is combat feeling really limited. For example.. take a game like Wolcen. It too looks very “pretty”. But its skill system is EXTREMELY limited and shallow. Especially compared to a game like Path of Exile, or the in development Last Epoch.

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losludvig

I completly misread you then. Sorry.
I’ll say that my sole criticism of the game is that while there’s an astonishing amount of things to do at endgame, the way you get and upgrade your core gear pieces are very formulaic and rigid.
Your ilvl progression for main gear is governed by daily caps.
I never felt like I was bombarded with BUY THESE MTX while playing. There was a shop, and there were pretties in it, but they weren’t pushing it down my throat.

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XSetiX

Me and 3 friends just started playing RU last week and the game is incredible.

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Jemmyt Reloaded

For now, the only game developped and published by Smilegate RPG is Lost Ark. We can be sure that the one Amazon Games will publish over here. :)

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Real

Interesting. Sometimes, that sweet online MOBA/ARPG money is too good to pass up. Amazon would be served well snapping up some promising Eastern MMO projects and publishing them with all the money they have.