Lost Ark has been delayed to ‘early 2022’ with closed beta in November

    
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Lost Ark has been oddly quiet over the last few weeks, in spite of posting founder packs and running a massive closed alpha back in June. MMO players will recall that the Smilegate MMOARPG was expected to launch this fall under the Amazon banner. Well, that isn’t happening, as the studios announced today that the western version of the game has been delayed to 2022.

“While delving into all of the great feedback and data generated by our Alpha and reviewing recent changes to the Korean version that we want to include in our release, we discovered a lot more work that will be needed to launch Lost Ark at the high quality bar our players deserve. As players have been waiting for so long, we want to take the time to do it right while also ensuring we look after the wellness of our hardworking Amazon Games and Smilegate teams. With that in mind, we’ve made the tough decision to push the launch of Lost Ark to early 2022.”

The closed beta test will now run in early November (4th through 9th) for those who’ve bought founder packs or get lucky with signups. Smilegate is also promising to “improve the quality and frequency of [its] communications” along the way, with forums and a Discord channel as well as a content creator program in the works.

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Yangers

Of course Amazon would put priority on their own game over some game they are just publishing.

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Vunak

So many people angry over this is ridiculous. If they are delaying to bring out more content, which they kind of said in their letter of wanting to add more I can agree its a very good idea. A lot of people aren’t getting a class they really want to play. Whether that be Destroyer, the new Sorceress, Arcana etc. If this allows them to widen our starting line up I am all for that, especially with how the founders packs are working.

Yes I am sure New World has something to do with it, but I also imagine the delay has a lot to do with what they want to accomplish for launch.

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TheDefensior

Oh yeah, really good idea to delay the launch. Diablo 2 Resurrected is going to be super strong competition in the ARPG space this autumn. /s

Yeah, this is 100% caused by the New World delay and launch window of Endwalker. Although it’s frustrating, I understand the business decision. If it’s true, I also respect them prioritising the wellbeing of their staff… but do they really expect us to believe there’s that much work left? That’s a little insulting to use as an excuse.

The alpha was in a better state than many other early access launches you’d care to name of recent times. It’s not a new game. It’s been running for years, and what bugs there were had already been tackled in other regions. Only the translation is the issue, and that already seemed in a good place two months ago.

I’ll be patient and wait for next year because I have no choice, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy with the news especially when they were still giving strong indiciations a launch this fall was still on the cards. Meh.

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Kawaii Five-O

This was pretty much to be expected. They obviously weren’t going to release it too close New World and compete with their own product. Furthermore, releasing too close to Endwalker with FFXIV’s current momentum would also have been foolish.

However, releasing in early 2022, just as a lot of people are running out of things to do in Endwalker will probably go a long way in boosting launch numbers.

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l_lenotre

Reading reactions to this on some french websites is frankly disheartening.
So much negativity, so much hate for a simple delay. People can’t be bothered to wait. And they seem to think localisation is some kind of magic thing that can be done in an instant with the wave of a wand. Voilà!
This place is mostly free from this state of mind so thank you Massively and Massively community. U’re great ♥

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P3lli

Guess inside your pink world of rainbows, lies and deception doesnt exist.
Good.

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l_lenotre

If you care for an answer and don’t post just for the pleasure of being snarky I can answer.
I don’t actually care. Maybe they do need the extra time to polish the game or maybe it’s better for them from a buisness standpoint to release later. Or both. That won’t actually change anything for me, I can cry and stomp my feet all I want, it’s 2022 now. It’s not my game, I don’t get to set the release date. And really, end of 2021 is crowded enough as it is anyway.
Besides, I want to buy (well play mostly) their game, not marry them. My wife wouldn’t let me. They’re salesmen, I expect them to try and sell me things and to sugarcoat things. If when the game releases they end up being dishonest I’ll just stop investing my time or money into their product and that will be it.
Having doubts is quite healthy. Imo the “right” reaction is to wait and see, not burst into flames.

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Wollomby Rowsdower

“while also ensuring we look after the wellness of our hardworking Amazon Games and Smilegate teams.”

Yeup. I can definitely support that. I can wait a bit longer even though this is my most anticipated game to play. Looking forward to the closed beta in Nov.

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G I G A B E A R

Hype game, sell a ton of preorders based on a launch window, move launch window once the proceeds have rolled in.

AGS at it again I see.

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angrakhan

That’s unfortunate. I’m way more interested in this game than New World.

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P3lli

Amazon Games being Amazon and thinking we’r dumb. Bugs // server issues (¿) Are you f* kidding me? A finished polished game where you only need to localize published by one of the world’s main server providers and you’r telling me that you have issues? They’r not a clown they’r the whole f* circus.

You can tell whatever you want about other publishers like Gameforge, Aeria but at least they’r honest with us and don’t treat us like idiots.

P.s: Delayed because New World

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Veldara

No problems with delays, I’ve seen enough rushed and shitty launches to last a lifetime.

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Simon Gördén

Its a finished game.. The only reason for the delay is New world.

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Carebear

I ve seen enough delayed games with shitty launches as well. I dont think that delay = quality launch..