This week, in a continuous effort to have an increasingly transparent communication with the public, Amazon Games published a long article talking about the current situation of Lost Arkits problems and the game’s prospects for the future.
The text is signed by both the publisher and Smilegate, the South Korean developer of the MMOARPG, and covers topics such as bots, content progression, equipment refinement and more.
The Lost Ark moment
One of the main points of text it’s how casual and hardcore gamers see the cadence of content being added to the game. Amazon and its partner had the initial perception that Western gamers wanted access to the game’s features in South Korea as quickly as possible.
Therefore, not only did the title arrive in the West with Tier 3 maps and dungeons, but it also gained an update that added Abyss Raid Argos to the game. While many hardcore users were delighted with the new features, the fast-paced endgame gave the wrong impression to those who wanted to have fun at their own pace.
After all, getting the materials and equipment needed to get into this more advanced Lost Ark content required players to either dedicate themselves more to the game or pay to skip steps – leading to the dreaded “pay-to-win” monetization model. to win”). Amazon Games and Smilegate explain that this is not the case.
“We made a mistake releasing the March game update too quickly after launch. The data we analyzed together with Smilegate projected that a larger share of players would have reached the required level to challenge Argos. However, we ignored certain variables such as players spending more time on horizontal content and the price of material enhancements increasing due to bots and real money transactions.
Bots, by the way, are a big concern for the duo, as they are affecting the prices of weapons and armor upgrade materials. In addition to scheduling more banning waves for these accounts, Amazon promises to add these important features to more accessible content and public in-game events.
If there was an understanding that not everything needs to be so rushed and that a significant portion of the public is enjoying the horizontal progression of gameplay, what about future updates of Lost Ark? The answer is: it depends.
In the case of core endgame content, such as high-end dungeons and raids, Amazon Games and Smilegate want to be more restrained, preferring an approach that will see players progress naturally through the stages rather than piling on increasingly complex but restricted challenges. to a decreasing percentage of users.
The conversation changes shape, however, when we talk about the arrival of more character skins and new classes. The cosmetics in Lost Ark are already being released at a faster rate than in the original game, but Amazon explains that it is something that is constantly being re-evaluated, based on community feedback.
Meanwhile, the coming of new classes to the West should soon gain news. The publisher has not given an exact date for this to happen, but the idea is that the public will have access to new gaming options in the near future.
One more round of rewards
In addition to all this transparency with the community, the duo also decided to reward – once again – the people who remain firm and strong in the game despite all these challenges and questions about the future.
That way, whoever logs into Lost Ark on week of March 21st you will get a real package of “treats” in the mail. The kit includes:
- New Animal Skin Selection chest
- Mokokon Pet Selection Chest
- Moko-board Mount Selection chest
- Lost Ark United Structure
- Appearance Change Ticket
- pheons x132
- Menelik’s Tome x5
- Legendary Card Pack Selection chest x2
- Jukebox songs that will be added in future updates