Update: This article was originally published on Jun 10, 2021. The release dates for Lost Ark and New World were changed on September 1, 2021 to reflect the current date.
Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG today announced the award-winning MMOARPG Lost Ark will be available in North America and Europe on PC in 2022. Players can sign up now at playlostark.com to learn more about the game and the upcoming beta, coming later this summer.
Lost Ark is a AAA free-to-play, massively multiplayer online action role-playing game that is only currently available in Korea, Japan, and Russia, where it boasts millions of active players. Smilegate RPG is among the world’s most successful developers, and whose parent company developed the first-person shooter CROSSFIRE, one of the most popular and longest-running games in the world, boasting more than 8 million concurrent players globally nearly 15 years after its launch. In Lost Ark players explore the vast and diverse world of Arkesia on their quest to find the fabled Lost Ark and save the realm from a demonic threat. The game features 15 distinct hero classes that offer deep combat with unique combinations of adaptable skill sets utilizing the Tripod skill system. Players forge their own legend, whether alone or with allies, as they battle through dangerous dungeons, sail by ship, and even create their own island home.
“With Lost Ark, Smilegate RPG has created an incredibly deep online experience that players will return to for years to come; it is our privilege to bring this action RPG to new audiences in North America and Europe for the first time,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games.
“Amazon Games is committed to releasing the highest quality games for our players, whether we’re developing projects with our internal teams or publishing games from the best developers in the world, like Smilegate RPG. Lost Ark is the first of many exciting titles that Amazon Games will be publishing.”
Amazon Games collaborated with Smilegate RPG to provide players in North America and Europe with the best experience possible by localizing and translating the colossal world of Lost Ark into written and spoken dialogue in English, French, German, and Spanish. Amazon is also adapting the free-to-play business model, ensuring all items for sale in-game can also be acquired through playing, to better meet the expectations of Western players.
“We’ve been working closely with Amazon Games on Lost Ark, and continuing to grow our player base in the West,” said Chi Won Gil, CEO, Smilegate RPG. “Amazon Games is perfectly positioned to introduce Lost Ark to a new pool of players and grow that relationship with them through Amazon channels like Twitch and Prime Gaming.”
Amazon Games is also currently developing New World, the upcoming MMO set on a supernatural continent in the Age of Exploration, releasing on September 28, 2021. Also in development are original game projects from the Amazon Games team in San Diego, led by industry veteran John Smedley, and the newly formed Amazon Games development studio in Montreal, founded by the core team behind the popular tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege.