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What is Lost Ark and why is it blowing up on Steam?

Three years after its launch in Korea, Lost Ark has arrived in the West and is off to a blistering start. The second MMO to come out of Amazon’s publishing arm in just a few months after New World launched in October 2021, it’s already proved a smash hit on Steam – the day after its paid release, it had peaked at more than 500,000 players according to Steamcharts. That makes it the platform’s sixth most-played game ever, and with a free-to-play launch coming later this week, that number could be set to rise.

If Lost Ark stayed under your radar until its near-instant climb up the Steam charts, allow us to fill you in. Released in 2019 by the RPG wing of South Korean developer Smilegate – best known for its hit FPS Crossfire (which arrives in the West tomorrow as an Xbox Series X exclusive) – its worldwide rollout has, until now, been pretty limited. A Russian region is currently in open beta, while closed beta registration is available in Japan. If this is the first you’re hearing of Lost Ark, then you also need to know that it isn’t a ‘traditional’ MMO by any stretch of the imagination. 

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