Less than 24 hours removed from its official release in North America, Latin America and Europe, Lost Ark has broken the second all-time highest concurrent player count record on Steam.
After originally releasing on Korean servers in 2018, having its release in the west delayed from Fall 2021 to early 2022 and having a server meltdown upon its launch Friday, Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games' MMOARPG now stands among some of the most popular PC titles of all time.
Lost Ark Charts Second All-Time Highest Steam Concurrent Player Count
According to SteamDB on Saturday at approximately 3 p.m. ET, Lost Ark has clocked an all-time peak of 1,310,054 concurrent players on Steam. That makes it the new runner-up to PUBG: Battlegrounds' monstrous 3,257,248 record set on Jan. 11, 2018.
Lost Ark now ranks above Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and even Amazon's own New World, which peaked at 913,634 concurrent players just four months ago.
A very popular MMOARPG among Korean players over the years, Lost Ark is often lauded for its extensive action-heavy in-game content, its writing, its beginner-friendly UI and its free-to-play model.
Early on in the game, players can choose from five different base hero classes that go on to specialize into advanced classes that each come with their own set of weapons, abilities and more. The game is centered around the search for the Lost Ark throughout the land of Arkesia.