Lost Ark Western Release Date | When is the Lost Ark NA and EU Launch?

Lost Ark Western Release Date

After a couple of years of unremitting suspense and a few rumors that didn't turn out to be true, we finally have a timeframe for the Lost Ark western release date. Congratulations are in order to Amazon Games, the more than likely western publisher of Smilegate's highly anticipated MMORPG. Despite having its hands full with the 2021 release of the promising MMORPG New World, the studio managed to snag the publishing rights, putting an end to speculation that pointed to My.com being the Lost Ark publisher in North America and Europe. So, what is the Lost Ark western release date?

Lost Ark Western Release Date | North America and Europe Launch

Lost Ark Western Release Date

According to the press release announcing the deal between Amazon Games and Smilegate RPG for the launch of “one of our AAA games to Western players” (said Smilegate CEO Chi Won Gil), the Lost Ark western release date is 2021. That much can be gathered by the following statement:

“They will collaborate to publish a game releasing next year, with specific details to be revealed at a later date.”

Since Lost Ark is the only game developed and published by Smilegate RPG, there's little doubt that this is the title that Amazon Games is bringing to North American and European markets.

At this point, there's no saying if the Lost Ark English official launch is scheduled for the first or second half of 2021; our experience says that the first part of the year could be the time for a closed and/or open beta, while the final release is bound to happen by late next year. However, we'll have to wait for official confirmation from Smilegate and Amazon Games concerning a definitive date.

It's great to finally get some closure to the endless Lost Ark soap opera. While it took more time than expected to welcome the news of an official English release date, the whole thing didn't go to the extent of Phantasy Star Online 2, which took nearly a decade to see a western release. There's still a lot of sitting and waiting to do, but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.


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