Smilegate reports that they are currently busy translating texts, fixing bugs and spending a lot of time in the recording studio to finish the game as much as possible. The infrastructure is also being overhauled, so that the servers can handle sufficient traffic upon release. However, it seems to have thought more work.
After the technical alpha, they have discovered that there is still more work to be done. People have been waiting for a long time, they want to ensure that the quality is as high as possible, according to the blog on the website. However, players won’t have to wait until early next year to get the chance to play again. There will be several beta moments this year. For example, there is a closed beta from November 4 to 9. This one is mainly for preorders, but you can also register here for a chance to win a spot.
Lost Ark can be compared well with the gameplay of Diablo. You look down on your character and hack your way through hordes of enemies. The game was already released in Korea, Japan and Russia in 2018, but there was no western release planned at the time. Amazon Games eventually took over the direction of this. In addition to wanting more time for the game, there is speculation on Twitter that it has to do with the release of Amazon’s New World MMO, which launches at the end of September. This does have a high ‘grain of salt’ content of course, one can simply be frustrated with the postponement of Lost Ark.
If you are not yet familiar with it, watch an extensive gameplay video of Lost Ark below.