Here’s news that I honestly wasn’t too surprised by, Lost Ark Online, a 3D massively-multiplayer online role-playing game developed by SmileGate, unfortunately, does not seem to have any plans to bring the game to the West.
According to Smilegate themselves, they’ve stated that they don’t have any plans to bring their games over to the west due to localization to English and other western languages being too much for them to handle. It’s weird that they’ve said this, seeing as they have no problem bringing the Lost Ark Online to Russia and soon, Japan.
If you ask me, it could be due to the declining player base the game’s currently going through in South Korea. From what I was able to gather, the cause for this is due to the pay to win nature the game is currently adapting. Even western gamers who’ve snuck their way into the Russian servers have begun to notice this. That, and adding the lack of end game material into the mix, and it’s no wonder.
It’s a shame too as I was very much looking forward to this game. I guess now we can stop anticipating the game.