Lost Ark devs address growing concerns about pay-to-win gameplay – Eurogamer.net

Amazon and Smilegate have shared a message with Lost Ark players, following growing concerns within its community that the game is starting to feel like a “pay to win”.

“Launching Lost Ark in the west has been a wonderful, humbling and great learning experience for us at Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG.

“Our journey has been filled with late nights, creative problem solving, hopping on western servers to play together, and now, anticipation for things to come. As we continue to learn from our players’ feedback and dive into the data, our goal is to remain transparent (sometimes brutally) with our players,” the devs wrote.

This brought the narrative to Argos.

Argos is a Lost Ark boss that was added in the March update and players must defeat him when entering the Abyss raid. However, Amazon and Smilegate revealed that several gamers raised concerns about Argos releasing in March.

Amazon and Smilegate revealed that a large portion of players had yet to make it past Tier 3 and as such the general feedback was that Lost Ark had started to feel “Pay-to-Win”.

“We never wanted players to feel rushed in their quest to reach item level 1370,” the developers wrote.

“We considered having Argos available at launch, but viewed the Abyss Raid as an important stepping stone, helping to bridge the gap with end-game activities that have yet to be released in the western version of Lost. Ark”.

Amazon and Smilegate continue to admit they made a mistake by releasing their March update so soon after the game’s launch, citing data from previous Smilegate launches as the reason for overstating player progress. .

Amazon and Smilegate both acknowledged that they were a bit overexcited by the release of Lost Ark and apologized for the confusion it caused within its community.

“We appreciate the patience and support we’ve had from the community as we continue to learn together and work on updating our roadmap.”

Now, the Lost Ark team is going to focus on an update that will help the player progress “with the content currently in the game”, saying it’s more important to them than releasing “new content too quickly. endgame”.

However, new endgame content will always arrive in the future.

“Endgame content will be introduced, but players must continue to progress at their own pace.

“Our goal is to provide fun content for players, even if it’s at a higher level, without ever pressuring players to pay to progress.”

On top of that, the Lost Ark team assured fans that more skins and classes will be coming to the game in the future. However, Amazon is asking players to be patient, and it will share more “details in the next roadmap we’re working on with Smilegate RPG in the studio this week.”

You can read the full message from Amazon and Smilegate here.

Earlier in March, Amazon revealed that Lost Ark has now surpassed 20 million users worldwide, with over 4.7 million players joining its community just three days after launch. These impressive numbers also saw Lost Ark become the second largest concurrently played game on Steam, with only PUBG ahead of it.

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