What makes MMOs live up to their acronym of Massively Multiplayer Online games is high player counts. Lost Ark's launch day has batted it out of the park with the numbers they've reached.
Lost Ark is an MMOARPG that places great emphasis on its combat, with a focus on precise timing and the ability to completely customize how players want to fight. It was first released in Korea in 2019 and has gained incredible popularity there, enough to warrant a western release.
On the game's launch day February 11, 2022, the player count peaked at just shy of one million players, at around nine hundred and eighty thousand players logging in yesterday.
Unfortunately, it seems that the release of New World and the problems this game faced on its launch day taught Amazon nothing new. Lost Ark was followed by server maintenance, due to the sheer amount of new players clogging up the servers, with even the launch itself being delayed.
Just like New World, Lost Ark has started out strong and has run into the same issues New World did. The difference is that Lost Ark already has an established player base, and the developers know in which direction to take the game, exactly.
While launch day numbers are always hyper-inflated, it is unlikely that Lost Ark will become a shadow of its potential. This means that the game is definitely worth trying out, without fear that the invested time will be squandered as everyone leaves the game in droves.