Lost Ark Climbs Steam’s All-Time Concurrent Players List After Delayed Launch

The launch of Lost Ark didn’t quite go to plan on Friday morning: just 15 minutes before it went live for everyone, the launch was delayed due to server deployment issues, which ended by extending over a large part of the day. About six hours after that last-minute pivot, the Lost Ark servers finally came online, and there were apparently nearly a million people waiting to smash that login button.

Within hours of its debut, Lost Ark ranked among the top five Concurrent Player Halls of Fame of all time on Steam with a peak of 984,111. It narrowly beat its sibling Amazon Game Studios New World , which peaked with 913,634 players in October. New World dropped to sixth place on the list, according to stats gathered by SteamDB.

It’s a hell of a start for Lost Ark, considering the MMO was originally released in Korea over two years ago. It certainly helps that it’s free. Given the launch day server issues, that might not be all the gas it has in the tank – Lost Ark looks like it has a chance of cracking a million concurrent players over the weekend and to overtake Cyberpunk 2077 on the record list at 1,054,388.

Beyond Cyberpunk, even Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valve’s Dota 2 are within reach with all-time highs of around 1.3 million. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be much harder to beat though – it still holds the record with 3.3 million in 2018.

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