To say that Lost Ark was highly anticipated in the West is an understatement. Officially released three days ago, Smilegate’s free-to-play hack’n slash MMO is a real phenomenon.
Despite major server problems to accommodate the massive influx of Western players, Lost Ark was indeed the talk of the town this weekend on Steam and Twitch.
Three years after its deployment in Korea and Russia, Smilegate’s title has finally arrived here, and not without some difficulty. With delayed server openings, endless queues to connect, and even crashes for some, Western players definitely had a hard time finding the Ark this weekend.
Despite these technical problems, this did not prevent Lost Ark from having a phenomenal launch. At the time of writing, more than 500,000 adventurers are roaming the world of Archesia, with an impressive peak of more than 1.3 million on Saturday, though Smilegate was expecting much more modest numbers.
Those faced with queues of well over 10,000 users have meanwhile been eating their hearts out on Twitch, where the game garnered a staggering one million viewers last Friday and Saturday.
It remains to be seen whether the Lost Ark phenomenon will last or whether the craze for the free-to-play MMO from Korea will eventually die down. Smilegate expects an average of 50,000 to 70,000 players within three months.
Source: Steam Charts