Lost Ark’s Latest Video Explores the Water-Logged World of Arkesia

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Lost Ark is coming to PC this February, inviting you to explore the world of Arkesia.

Yes, really – this free-to-play MMORPG’s “regular” world is called Arkesia and, wait for it, there’s a mineral called Arkesium. Sure, those names were right there, but it’s like setting a Call of Duty game in Dutyaria. The game has been out in Korea, Japan and Russia for two years and is estimated to have over 200,000 players a day, so developers Tripod Studio and Smilegate RPG must be doing something right.

Lost Ark is getting a western release courtesy of Amazon Games and, to give new players an idea of what to expect, they’ve put out a “Welcome to Arkesia” video. It offers a glimpse of the character customisation system, character classes, the stronghold system and more.

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The latter’s one of the most interesting features, letting you craft your own island fortress. Lost Ark’s world isn’t quite as ocean-heavy as Sea of Thieves, but it’s close. So, aside from hacking up monsters, you’ll spend a significant amount of time on the seas, plundering wrecks and so forth, before returning to your home base.

Class-wise, there’s the usual warrior and mage, but there’s also a martial artist, assassin and gunner. Aside from hacking chunks of out fleshy beasts, there are also mechanical enemies to face off against – there’s definitely a smattering of steampunk here. Oh, and there’s an awful lot of pointy armour.

What isn’t on display, however, is ship-to-ship combat. Yes, you can sail Arkesia’s seas, and take on other players in PVP arenas but, unless it’s set to arrive in a future update, you can’t plunder computer-controlled or player-controlled vessels. There are other sea-based activities but if you were planning on becoming a mighty pirate, your options are a little limited.

Still, it looks like there’s plenty here to keep players occupied and it’s free (though there are non-cosmetic microtransactions). If Lost Ark takes your fancy you’ll soon be able to dive in, via Steam, this February 11th.