Remember years ago, when a Korean company started showing off a Diablo-esque game using Unreal Engine 4?
Well, the beta is out today. Only in Korea, sadly, but hot damn has it arrived at a good time.
Developed by Smilegate, makers of Crossfire, the game launched an open beta today. We’re no closer to a Western release, but fans are working on an English translation for the open beta, and streamers have been playing the game through Twitch.
Lost Ark Online is an MMORPG rather than a straight singleplayer ARPG, which explains why characters have several abilities that can all pop off at once. One of them, the blaster, has a railgun.
And a guitar.
It’s hard not to look at this without thinking about Diablo and what a future Diablo might look like, or at least what future Diablo fans would want. It’s definitely PC focused. There’s huge effects and spells, lots of big hits, plenty of blood splatters and rib cages strewn throughout.
Hard not to get a little intrigued. There’s even a few TV commercials:
Lost Ark plans to have six base classes and 18 subclasses at launch. If you want to play now for free, you can, but you’ll need a VPN to do so. (You can’t even access the official website without a VPN.)
Here’s some advice from the official subreddit if you want to give the beta a whirl.