Lost Ark’s technical alpha dissolved into a technical mess, but it’s sorted out now

    
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We are still grappling with the realization that Lost Ark is actually going to be launching here in the west this fall. However, if the current state of the alpha is any indication, the MMOARPG has a few hurdles to overcome before that big day.

The start of yesterday’s closed alpha test was delayed for several hours due to “technical issues” that popped up at the last minute. However, it seems as though this got sorted out, and the alpha is now live.

Don’t expect to hear a lot from players from this current test, as it’s under an NDA. MMO Fallout’s Connor has a warning for streamers:

Curious about Lost Ark? Here’s MOP’s guide to everything you need to know about this upcoming game.

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TheDefensior

Hoping to find a key for this at some point (seems like I was late to all the giveaways). Fingers crossed MO gets a batch sometime!

I briefly tried the Russian version earlier in the year and it’s definitely a game I can see myself enjoying. Surely Amazon can’t mess this up?

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I may be able to help on that code – shoot me an email at rokzulie@gmail.com

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TheDefensior

Thanks!

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Zulika Mi-Nam

np bud.

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Yangers

I got so bored I didn’t make it through the prologue.

Went back to playing Valheim.

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Vanquesse V

I’ll leave this info here in case it can help someone: the prologue is meant for people who have never played a game before, so it’s very slow, and very boring, but can be skipped entirely by opening the ESC main menu once the unskippable intro cutscene finishes

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_a4

I played a part of the prologue and left to play other games too. I’m still thinking if I should go back today and give it some more time, but what turns me off the most is the controls.

You have a choice to either move with LMB and attack with RMB or vice versa. No way to move and attack with the same keys. The controls IMO are both very bad and very confusing.

Another thing that bothers me is your character already looks like a clown from the start. What happened to looking like a peasant from the start and then after many hours of hard work to get the gear to look like a clown? It gives a sense of progression… But now I’m scared that later on you look like an even bigger clown.

The top-down perspective is also not my cup of tea, I could’ve lived with with it if the controls were at least more like Diablo 2 or Path of Exile, but now I’m not sure if I can continue playing.

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TheDefensior

I can understand those controls for an ARPG don’t feel good if you’re used to having both on the same button. I was in the same camp for a long while. But, eventually I tried move-only on LMB for Path of Exile because I got tired of my character attacking things instead of dodging a boss attack in frantic fights, and after getting used to it, it’s my preferred option now, even if I have fewer excuses for why I die so much :p

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_a4

I actually like the default controls of Path of Exile, which are the same like in Diablo 2 – LMB both moves and attacks – and that works just fine. It’s all a matter of habit. My first ARPG or Hack & Slash was Diablo 2 so I’m used to that control scheme, Path of Exile comes naturally and I have no problems with controls there.

But Lost Ark is something entirely different. It has controls similar to MOBA games, I haven’t played MOBA games more than a few hours in my life so I’m not sure how they were – I think RMB moves and LMB attacks, and of course the abilities are QWER so that’s also a bummer for me.

Maybe for the MOBA crowd the game controls are fine, but for me they are just confusing – yesterday when I played Lost Ark before uninstalling it for good, I had so much trouble – when I wanted to move, I was attacking, when I wanted to attack , I was moving. It’s just a mess and unless they provide more normal controls, I just won’t bother with that game.

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Tizmah

Why not..just learn to get better at a different control scheme instead of giving up? I used to use nothing but controller, but got over it and finally learned keyboard and mouse. It’s a fun challenge to overcome.

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Eliandal

Not saying anything other than, if you want to alternate between laughter, and sheer depression – take a read of that Twitter thread. Hope for humanity = dwindling!