Amazon and Smilegate RPG have announced together that Lost Ark now has surpassed over 20 million global players. After launching in the West, the player base grew by 4.7 million new users in the first three days and currently about half of all players are from the Western release.
That Lost Ark has had a huge Western release isn’t in doubt, with the initial queues and records set during head start, to the demand so high that the companies had to work together to create an all-new European server region. With a major content update on the way as well as continued work on both known issues and concerns related to queues and stability, the servers continue to see demand as the post-launch period continues.
The growth also showed in the game notching 1.3 million concurrent players on Steam, for the second highest total on the platform ever. With more content coming, there have also been some adaptations for the newest regions, such as a different approach in the West to some dungeons and Guardian Raids, which saw some easing of difficulty due to lower completion levels and frustration. While demand and queues still exist, there are other efforts to make room by measures like banning suspected botting accounts, and increasing server stability to not have to hold as many potentially disruptive downtime periods. Though downtime will continue, since it’s still early and they’re trying to stay on top of the major issues as they arise.
In a release marking the news that the player base had grown to over 20 million, Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games, said, “Together with Smilegate, we are committed to supporting the growing community with a robust roadmap of updates in the years to come.” Smilegate’s CEO Wongil Chi, noted the growth, “Lost Ark has been well-received by experts in terms of development value and game quality, and the number of the users is steadily increasing”
The next update, Kadan, is set for release later this month.