Skip to main content

Lost Ark had a historic debut weekend on Steam

Despite launching only three days ago, Lost Ark has already dominated Steam, becoming the second most played game ever on the platform.

Anyone who’s never heard of Lost Ark before today and might be wondering why the Diablo-inspired MMO is climbing Steam’s rankings so fast can’t be blamed. The game was originally released in South Korea in December 2019. Lost Ark was published in the United States and Europe on February 11 thanks to a partnership between developer Smilegate and Amazon. Within a day, the game rose through Steam’s concurrent player base, and, according to SteamDB, became the online retailer’s second most played game ever.

While that title is impressive, the numbers behind it are even more so. The current king of concurrent players of all time on Steam is PUBG: Battlegrounds, which has an all-time concurrent player peak of over 3 million. Lost Ark, comparatively, has had less than half that many players at its peak, topping off at 1,325,305 players. In reaching its current spot, the game has beaten out other massively popular games, including Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveDota 2Valheim, and even Amazon’s own MMO, New World.

Get your weekly teardown of the tech behind PC gaming
Check your inbox!

Outside of its all-time peak, Lost Ark is still drawing in thousands of concurrent players at a time. At the time of writing, the game is likewise the second-most played game on Steam with over 825,000 players. It’s beaten out only by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, although only by a mere 21,000 players.

Lost Ark‘s success could spell out bad news for New World, which has floundered since its launch. The MMO has only reached a peak of 48,228 players over the past 24 hours, a statistic that could drop even further if players are lured away by Lost Ark.

Otto Kratky
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Otto Kratky is a freelance writer with many homes. You can find his work at Digital Trends, GameSpot, and Gamepur. If he's…
Amazon’s ambitious MMO New World is finally coming to PS5 and Xbox this October
Key art for New World Aeternum.

Amazon is finally bringing its MMO New World to consoles this October, and that’s coming as part of a larger rework of the fantasy game called New World: Aeternum.

When New World hits consoles on October 15, it will also add crossplay, so you can group up with your friends on different platforms. That said, it won’t feature cross-progression, as the characters you make will be locked to whatever platform you made them on. The controls and UI have also been reworked to function better with a controller, and Amazon Games expects New World to keep update parity across all three platforms starting this October.

Read more
3 new games on Steam to check out this weekend (June 7-9)
A scary clown with some sort of puppet gun in Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

This weekend will be full of new game trailers and content shown at Summer Games Fest and other gaming showcases, but don't let the new announcements distract you from the great games that just came out. While the waiting time between new console game releases can seem to drag on forever sometimes, new games are always released on Steam.

If you need a game to jump into between showcases this weekend and want to try something new, here are three recently released games on Steam that are worth checking out based on initial reviews. The first game is a retro platformer with a challenging but fun twist. The second entry is a modern asymmetrical survival horror game based on a cult classic sci-fi film from the '80s. And lastly, we've got an online sandbox survival title that's making waves in early access.

Read more
A Redditor ‘didn’t know’ about the Steam Deck, so they built their own
The homemade Ryzen Deck sitting on a desk.

It's hard to imagine that anyone interested in portable gaming hasn't heard of the Steam Deck, but one Redditor says they "didn't know" it existed. And because of that, they decided to build their own.

The 3D-printed contraption comes from Raven0606, who shared images of the completed handheld on the r/SBCGaming subreddit, which is dedicated to handheld emulators. The build took nine months to complete, and Raven0606 dubbed it the Ryzen Deck in honor of the Steam Deck (they found out about Valve's handheld halfway through the build process).

Read more