Lost Ark Stumbles Through Several Update Delays Today And Players Are Rolling In With Demands For Compensation
Not too long ago, the maintenance was extended an additional three hours.
Today's Lost Ark server update was planned to drop earlier but faced an initial delay to approximately 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time because Smilegate and Amazon Games noticed "a critical issue with the build." Following that were multiple delay announcements, pushing its release back to around 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (as of this moment, at least). It may change again at any moment, though, and has fans making demands for compensation due to the continued setbacks.
The maintenance is determined to implement quality-of-life changes, fixes, Stronghold updates, start the groundwork for the first round of server merges, and serve as a precursor for added content later in September. But unfortunately, the postponement of the release is attracting more attention than the featured changes to improve the game. Somewhere in the middle of staging today's update, the devs had to push it back, working "to get a fix in place" for something that has caused constant delays.
Maintenance will be extended for an additional 3 hours as we work to get the game running. The new estimated end time is 5 PM PT / 2 AM CEST. We apologize for the continued delays, and player compensation will be adjusted accordingly to help make up for this extended downtime. https://t.co/SQ9k2bS4fc
— Lost Ark (@playlostark) September 7, 2022
And we're still in the middle of it, so another three hours might get tacked on to this maintenance. However, according to Community Manager Roxx on the Lost Ark forums, "the patch is planned to arrive" after the latest downtime announcement. As these official statements from the devs go out, fans are getting together on the forums and Twitter to talk shop about compensation - some ludicrous, but most are pretty sane.
"Give us 150 pheons for compensation, please," reads the headline for one forum post, which goes into a thread of responses that ups the ante on the amount. Users on Twitter are just as vocal, raining clown emojis, memes, and an old Korean compensation package that global players should get for the extended delay. Regardless of what anyone says, the devs plan to adjust player compensation accordingly to make up for lost playtime.
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