After the standard on-line recreation launch points, on this case Misplaced Ark happening for upkeep earlier than its f2p launch after which delaying server deployment for almost six hours, Smilegate’s hit Korean MMO lastly had its full western launch.
Within the days prior, so many gamers had been preloading that Steam strained under the weight. As soon as the floodgates opened, Misplaced Ark hit a peak of 984,111 concurrent players, a complete it is gone on to beat the day after launch, when it peaked at 1,325,305 gamers. That made it primary on Steam’s high 100 for the day, beating Counter-Strike: International Offensive (959,550 gamers) and Dota 2 (722,671 gamers). It additionally beat each video games’ data for highest participant peak: 1,308,963 for CS:GO and 1,295,114 for Dota 2.
Let’s speak extra numbers: Whereas this whole would not put Misplaced Ark in the identical league as PUBG, or because it’s now officially and ridiculously known, PUBG: Battlegrounds), which set the file for many simultaneous gamers on Steam with a complete of three,257,248 again in 2018, it does put Misplaced Ark forward of Cyberpunk 2077, which boasted 1,003,264 concurrents at its peak. In fact, a few of Misplaced Ark’s gamers could properly have been in queues relatively than really working round Arkesia urgent G to skip by means of questgiver dialogue, although that appears to be way more of a difficulty on EU servers relatively than NA ones. (Personally, taking part in on west coast US servers from Australia, I’ve by no means been put in a queue.)
As for why Misplaced Ark has attracted so many gamers, the exodus from World of Warcraft to other MMOs definitely performs a component. Closing Fantasy 14 acquired a lot of these disaffected members of the Horde and Alliance, as did New World—although it looks as if New World’s endgame did not show as common. Past that although, Misplaced Ark is that uncommon factor: an MMO the place the fight is not shit. With its top-down perspective and massed, clustering enemies, battles in Misplaced Ark play like an action-RPG. The flashiest assaults—just like the thunderstorms and meteors the sorceress throws round, or the fixed explosions surrounding each superior class with weapons—make fights a real spectacle. Misplaced Ark will get higher because it goes on too, with additions like strongholds, PVP, and endgame actions together with guardian raids and chaos dungeons providing you with one thing to work towards. There’s good motive Misplaced Ark is so common in Korea.
Anyway, thanks to those spectacular numbers, we will all stay up for seeing YouTubers confidently declare Misplaced Ark lifeless when the playercount begins to stabilise in a number of week’s time.