Lost Ark is a fantasy massively multiplayer online action role-playing game (MMOARPG). It is co-developed by Tripod Studio and Smilegate's game development subsidiary Smilegate RPG. It was fully released in South Korea on December 4, 2019. The game was also released in North America, South America, and Europe on February 11, 2022, where it is published by Amazon Games. Within twenty-four hours of release, it became the second most played game on Steam.
Lost Ark is focused on PvE (Player versus Environment) and exploration. The gameplay consists of questing, hunting, crafting, etc, but features PvP (Player versus Player) elements as well. The players start by customizing their character which they can then level up by completing the storyline. Reaching level 50 unlocks access to tiered endgame dungeons and raids, at which point all further progress is tied to the character's gear score.