Update 2/11/2021:

The official news sources are now updated, confirming the contents of the community stream. The news article holds all the detail, but in brief:

  • New Countries Added
    Estonia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Still excluded: Belgium and Netherlands
    Due to local laws and regulations regarding random in-game items.

As I expected (read: hoped), Closed Beta will be open to all newly added regions in addition to the previous inclusions.

There will not be local servers for either South America or Oceania for this beta, but South America will have local servers by launch. Right now, the stated position is for Oceania to not have their own local server set — but that is still in discussion so may change by or shortly after launch.

Let’s hope the Oceania situation gets updated not too long after launch.

Pretty excited!

Original Article Below:

Hot off the presses! Amazon and SmileGate are expanding Lost Ark’s western release to include Oceania (New Zealand, Australia, etc) as part of an additional 34 countries in total, no longer being left in the cold. Latin America, Estonia and Oceania seem to be the three main regions added. As I write this, there is still no official update on either the Lost Ark news page or the Lost Ark twitter (although there may well be by the time you see this) — but refer to this clip from the official community Lost Ark stream.

Also?

*claps excitedly*

Without the use of any kind of VPN shenanigans, the Lost Ark page on Steam is now available to me, showing the founders packs in NZD.

It’s unclear whether we will be permitted to participate in the Closed Beta or not. By the official announcement still ‘No’, but that announcement is several days older than this news which just came through yesterday.

With Steam unlocked in our regions now, I’d be willing to bet there is a passing fair chance the beta will let us in too.

The test will run on Steam, starting November 4 at 9AM PT (4PM UTC), and closing November 11 at 11:59AM PT (6:59PM UTC) with servers in North America and Europe.

Play Lost Ark – Closed Beta Details

Even if I’m wrong though, and the beta still bars entry to the new countries permitted to join in on the fun for launch, I’m still very happy. I honestly didn’t expect this turn around to occur before the game even launched and had mentally filed Lost Ark away into the pile of games to be written off.

With a release date end of March 2022, I’m wondering whether I can be done with Elden Ring in time or not which releases end of February 2022. It’ll be close, I think, but probably manageable… Probably. :)

Categories: Lost Ark

Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

7 Comments

Jeromai · November 2, 2021 at 8:30 pm

And the entirety of Asia conspicuously missing from the region list.

But y’know, in this day and age, I’ve stopped getting my gander up about region-locked games. There are literally thousands of games available on tap, freely accessible – given away free, even – that it’s no loss to not be able to play a couple.

They are either shooting themselves in the foot by restricting the amount of audience able to buy-in and sing their praises…or they know very well that performance is not good at higher latencies and would rather forgo the former than wind up with bad PR from unhappy players. Either way, wish them well.

    Naithin · November 2, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    In this particular case, SmileGate will be divying up licenses in as small a chunk as they can get away with. Lost Ark launched first in Korea after quite an extensive beta, in 2018, and was followed up by a Russian release in 2019, a Japanese release in 2020 and then there has been a bit of a gap for this NA/EU release with a 2022 date (although it was initially going to be 2021).

    Who knows where SmileGate will find a publisher next, or whether Amazon might choose to buy more regional rights.

    As for general availability of games — as a rule; I agree. This one though has been on my radar for quite a long while, so to have it teased for a Western release and then (initially) be excluded was quite the blow.

    So this news is beyond welcome!

lostarkneedsoceserver · November 4, 2021 at 3:22 am

You can still write it off. Game isn’t fun without being able to PvP after you get to max level, which you need a ping under 50 for.

    Naithin · November 4, 2021 at 10:46 am

    I definitely hope we get an OCE server set, but I’ve seen some people do consistently very well with horrendous pings to the KR/RU releases even in the PvP space.

    For me, I won’t lie, I’m more interested in PvE anyway — but it will be interesting to see the required response times vs. ping for the raids etc.

    I’m not terribly worried though, fairly used to playing on NA servers in MMOs for both PvE and PvP, and if you trace that back far enough, that even includes playing on full PvP worlds on dial-up. xD

      roger ramjet · January 26, 2022 at 4:04 pm

      Just because top tier players can perform well with a high ping does not mean we should have to put up with it. Kiwi here and will not be buying a founders pack I own plenty of games and know what it feels like with 200-350 ms to US west what I’ve seen Some games like WoW before they had servers down here were not too bad – lock on target spam buttons.
      Dodging 1 shot mechanics will not be fun at all and yes sure we are semi adapted to playing at higher pings than other people – this is by no means a reason why we should have to put up with it, especially with a publisher that basically has a high percentage of all the wealth of the world.
      Best way forward is to boycott any game that does not have oce servers and maybe then they will decide it is worth having them.

        Naithin · January 26, 2022 at 7:01 pm

        Fair enough perspective to hold. I expect there will be OCE servers, eventually. I just hope we don’t end up waiting for them as long as we did for FFXIV. ;)

        In the meantime, I’m still super pumped that they added OCE to the launch roster at all! But can certainly understand your view of just holding off until such time they put a server that allows OCE folk to play at the more competitive end of things without such a disadvantage.

vanarazor2016VANA · November 6, 2021 at 7:49 pm

+1 Oce server for pvp please my god

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