Lost Ark’s launch has been mired in delays and issues, but it’s live now

Lo Stark

(We’re updating this post with the latest news on the delay and the launch as it happens. The original article follows!)

Yesterday, we noted that Lost Ark was unintentionally spewing founder packs repeatedly to players, resulting in multiple stacks of currency and salable cosmetics going out to some gamers. That’s fixed now, and Amazon is working on removing those ill-gotten gains from players, who will not be penalized.

But that’s not the only thing happening as Lost Ark prepares for its noon official free-to-play launch today. For starters, players had noted they were willing to switch servers to help with server overcrowding, but they couldn’t because that’d mean leaving their founder pack spoils behind. To solve this, Amazon and Smilegate are granting founder pack buyers one extra set of untradable exclusive items on their new home, though it’s not ready just yet.

Meanwhile, the devs have capped new-character-creation on servers with huge queues “for the foreseeable future,” meaning that if you’re on a big server now, it might be hard for friends to join you if they’ve waited until today to jump in.

On the other hand, these two bits of news together mean that you might consider jumping ship to one of the 15 brand-new servers opening up today in time for the launch – that appears to be in addition to the two servers added last night.

The servers are down right now for maintenance and a small patch ahead of launch.

Update, 11:48 a.m. EST
Amazon just announced a launch delay, 14 minutes before the planned release.

Update, 4:23 p.m. EST
The servers are still down; Amazon says it’ll be compensating players with free premium time.

Update, 5:40 p.m. EST
The servers did come back up, but initial reports from the wilds of Twitter say it’s still a mess, as some servers – and characters – appear to be missing. Amazon has taken Lost Ark back offline to fix it.

Update, 6:15 p.m. EST
Amazon says toons are safe; it’s still working on what sounds like a display issue.

Update, 7:20 p.m. EST
In the last few minutes, Lost Ark says it’s fixed missing characters; you’ll need to restart to update the client to make it work. A new server has been added, the Amazon is working on the auction house on the west coast too.

Update, 8:15 p.m. EST
Trailer’s up now!

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