Until we blizzards Diablo 4 finally got into our loot-hungry fingers, the predecessor must have celebrated its tenth anniversary, and Path of Exile 2 can also be delayed until at least 2022. So which action RPG should we literally kill time with until then?
The answer comes from the Korean developer Smilegate RPG. Their long-awaited MMO hack & Slay Lost Ark will finally find its way to the West with the support of Amazon Games this fall. We spoke to two developers from Amazon Games and tell you the new information about the European release!




With the sailing ship you sail to new continents and bag valuable flotsam on the way. & Nbsp;



With the sailing ship you sail to new continents and bag valuable flotsam on the way.

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Bosses shouldn't be missing, of course.  In the open world, you fight the Obermotze together with other players who are in the area. & Nbsp;



Of course, bosses shouldn’t be missing. In the open world, you fight the Obermotze together with other players who are in the area.

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The secret recipe of Lost Ark is easy to explain: the action-packed, crisp fights in the style of a Diablo 3, mixed with the openness, longevity and complexity of an MMORPG. From the usual isometric perspective you will explore the continents of the steampunk fantasy world of Arkesia, send rows of demonic hordes across the Jordan in effective battles and bag prey in various degrees of rarity. At the start, a total of 14 character classes in five archetypes provide the necessary damage output. You start as a warrior, magician, pugilist, hunter or villain and decide on a subclass at experience level 10 of 50. This then determines your skills, weapons and armor for the respective character.

The classic MMO trinity of DPS, tank and support does not exist directly in Lost Ark, as all classes are primarily designed to cause damage. However, subclasses such as the Holy Knight or the Bard bring useful healing skills with them, while the warlord, for example, can attract the attention of opponents with his mocking skill.





As a long-range fighter, you can also arm yourself with machine guns and double pistols if you have the appropriate specialization.



As a long-range fighter, you can also arm yourself with machine guns and double pistols if you have the appropriate specialization.

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As usual in Korean MMORPGs, the character class determines the gender of your character, which is also adopted in the EU version. However, developer Smilegate has already started delivering alternative versions of the classes for the opposite sex in the Asian Lost Ark. In addition, Amazon Games wants to add some diversity options to the character editor in this country. Your journey to the level cap will be accompanied by an extensive story with which the game has already won over fans and critics in Asia. According to the developers, the 30 to 40-hour campaign brings together a lot of steampunk and sci-fi elements in addition to classic fantasy.

In addition, it comes with mountains of dialogues that Amazon Games wants to fully localize and set to music for the release in the West – also in German! A huge effort, as the publisher emphasized several times, which should probably also explain the long waiting time for the EU version. Amazon’s in-house MMORPG New World, which will be released on August 31, should in any case not have stood in the way of the implementation of Lost Ark.

The campaign can particularly shine in impressively staged missions, in which you take part in large-scale siege missions with countless NPCs or cause destruction on board a combat robot. Apart from that, Lost Ark looks damn good, as it did when it was announced. Above all, the effects of your various attacks have a lot of steam and let enemies fly through the area whole or chopped up, that it is a real pleasure. We already itch with the left mouse button!




Everyone plays DPS: Apart from a few support skills, all classes are primarily designed to kill monsters.



Everyone plays DPS: Apart from a few support skills, all classes are primarily designed to kill monsters.

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Speaking of the mouse: For the time being, the PC remains your only gateway to the world of Lost Ark. Console or smartphone versions are not planned. Fortunately, Amazon doesn’t push you to a proprietary launcher, but publishes the game regularly on Steam. According to Amazon, Lost Ark is primarily focused on story PvE content, most of which you can play on your own if you wish. The maximum possible number of players varies depending on the activity. Open-world bosses and “raids” christened hunts for particularly tough monsters scale the degree of difficulty according to the level and the number of your comrades-in-arms.




What do MMOs need besides fighting and teamwork?  Craft!



What do MMOs need besides fighting and teamwork? Craft!

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The effects of your attacks make a lot of difference and like to break down opponents into their individual parts.



The effects of your attacks make a lot of difference and like to break down opponents into their individual parts.

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Aside from the deadly slaughter, you can also engage in peaceful handicrafts, build your own castle that serves as a home for NPCs and players, and even explore the seas with your upgradeable sailing ship. PvP initially takes place in a demarcated coliseum in the form of duels and 3 versus 3 matches, but spontaneous player fights in the open world have already been announced. In contrast to open world PvP, the equipment bonuses of the opponents are adjusted to each other in arena battles. So the focus is on playing skills and mastering your class. A clear no to pay-to-win?





You are allowed to cultivate and inhabit your own island.



You are allowed to cultivate and inhabit your own island.

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That brings us to the Lost Ark payment model, which for many players is likely to be the biggest sticking point in the hack & slay hopefuls. In the Asian versions of the game, developer Smilegate RPG relies on a free-to-play model with a real money shop, which offers not only cosmetics, but also playful advantages and progress accelerators. Lost Ark will also be playable for free in this country. Amazon did not yet want to reveal whether the purchasable content would be adapted for the western market. There will be various founder packages as well as certain services to buy, as an example the change of your name was mentioned here. We suspect: Amazon Games is either still undecided in which direction the payment model should go, or is planning to keep the buyable advantages of the Asian version. However, you can play Lost Ark without spending a cent.

The content available at the start of the game was also rather covered. Currently the Korean version gets new updates first, Russia’s Lost Ark always follows with a little delay. However, Amazon plans to tie the versions as quickly as possible and is pointing to a roadmap coming soon.

Lost Ark will be released for PC in autumn 2021 (via Steam). Before that, open and closed test phases should follow – the first of which very soon!

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