Lost Ark, the free-to-play MMORPG from Korean developer Smilegate, has passed over 20 million players worldwide followings its global release by publisher Amazon Games. According to Steam charts, it has now hit the second-highest all-time peak, beating out CS:GO.
As reported by PC Gamer, Lost Ark‘s popularity has only escalated since its global release on 11 February. Amazon Games recently announced that the game “currently more than 10 million of Lost Ark‘s [players] come from North America, Europe, South America, and Australia”, taking into account global player counts as well.
Lost Ark originally launched in South Korea in 2019 before being picked up by Amazon Games to be published on western shores this year. However, the current western version of the game doesn’t contain everything that the Korean version has, though Smilegate has promised to add the missing content in updates over the next few months, including endgame activities and more advanced classes.
“We are currently making adjustments to our upcoming content roadmap based on player progression data. We will be sharing an updated roadmap following our March update,” said Smilegate.
Lost Ark was also the recent center of controversy when Amazon Games banned over one million bot accounts earlier this month, with the problem still persisting today. Several bots can be seen in the game wearing the exact same outfits and following the same paths given between questlines, with some even teleporting between spaces and clipping through walls.
Despite the ongoing bots issues, Lost Ark is still holding a sizeable player base, peaking at 1,325,305 concurrent players on Steam. Amazon Games is also now behind two hugely successful MMO releases in the past two years, with last year’s New World also breaking a few player number records.
Lost Ark is now free-to-play on PC via Steam.
Source: PC Gamer