Wasn’t planning on talking about this, but things changed wildly over the weekend.
I have been playing since launch, lost a few good friends back at argos, valtan and vykas, made new ones, some stayed, and to this day its 4-5 of us for the “static”. You know, hang out together on discord every day, clear content, shittalk. You get the idea.
But besides these good friends, we have a very active small group of 8-10 people who talk pretty much every day on discord, the server which used to be the “main” one for brazilian lost ark players (funny how it went from hundreds of active players on chat and voice calls at launch to this handful). I know these people since launch aswell, hundreds of thousands of messages about the game and off topic, and its still going strong.
Well, the two most dedicated players just quit overnight. they don’t play together, those were separate instances which led to the same outcome. All gems sold or given away to friends, same goes for gold. when someone does this, it is permanent, there is no way of returning. Let alone the folks that didn’t talk as much, but slowly stopped chiming into chat from time to time. its not hard to notice. The main argument was the massive time it takes to play the game and how awful it is to prog new content. People are bad, lazy, entitled. Outside Static parties, it really seem like the skill requirement from content is way above what the average player can perform, and its been disheartening.
By no means i’m free from this, given that i’ve been getting skill issued aswell xD. And at least in my case, Lost ark has become a waiting room for other games.
Maybe this was always been the case and i’m only feeling it now from these anecdotes, maybe it indeed became the breaking point for many people. But one thing i can assure: The current way the game operates isn’t sustainable. There will always be diehard fans playing their average 50-70 hours weekly but at any moment they might simply have enough and never come back.
Are we getting enough new players to compensate this? Is the current progression avaible to them, good enough to replace said vets? I’m don’t think so.
Did anyone notice something similar recently?