Korean developer SmileGate has yet to completely outline the payment model for their upcoming game Lost Ark despite the game being in development for a while now. However, recently — at the Lost Ark media conference — the game’s Head Developer did an interview with Korean game press outlet Inven in which he addressed the issue, stating:

Since the 2014 G-STAR, the subscription model was what we heard the most from the users, but we are afraid to say that it will be difficult for us. We are planning to choose a micro-transaction model. Many users wanted the subscription model, but we saw the reason for that was that they were sick of the P2W model of some games. There are many employees in our team, who love the RPG game genre, so we are very aware of this problem. We are not going to choose this kind of micro-transactions. We will make a proper BM, so the players will be able to enjoy our game. We don’t want to disappoint them either. I just want the users to know that we are trying very hard. (Translated by 2P)

This means that the game will be a free-to-play variety of some sort, but we’ll have to wait a while longer to find out exactly what it’s going to be.

In addition to this bit of information, SmileGate also dropped an 8 minute gameplay trailer, seen above.

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  1. 70calories on August 22, 2016

    oh yeah I totally forgot about this game I figured it got canned

  2. HiMaster on August 22, 2016

    I know for a fact it IS going to be a pay to win game. How do I know that? Because only thing developers/publishers do is to lie and scam gamers.

    Also you have tool in every pay to win game defending it and saying that is not true. ” OMG the game is not pay to win, you just have to play 24 hours every day and you will be able be competitive…”

  3. Koutsu on August 22, 2016

    While I’m very glad to hear this, can’t really put all my faith behind it until it’s finally out. Do hope SmileGate keeps to their word and provides a great F2P experience with a game that many are looking forward to.

  4. ASD on August 20, 2016

    I’m personally sick of the P2W model myself but I’d like to see a b2w model or a f2p model. I hate the micro transactions model but it’s better then VIP I guess. But it’s hell of alot better then subscription in my opinion I don’t wanna pay irl money just to log in and play my favorite game.

  5. Jesus Galindo on August 20, 2016

    I’m still skeptical about the BM they will select

    Should they go for B2P or F2P? in either way, both can enter into the P2W phase.

  6. ThatOneNig on August 20, 2016


    • randomdude on August 20, 2016

      did you even see the trailer? it looks amazing

      • Derpyderp on August 21, 2016

        So did the last 50 Korean MMORPGs.. also everytime someone says their game wont be P2W it usually ends up being P2W

        • ASD on August 21, 2016

          Agreed DerpyDerp. I’m sick and tired of Developers saying their MMORPGS won’t be P2W but then they end up being P2W anyway it’s lying to the fanbase and to the public. Take trion worlds they build are a korean publisher and publish games like archeage,rift,trove,devilian and so on and they are P2W even though it’s claimed it’s not. Devilian in my opinion looks like a failed copy of tera online but built as a MOBA or 3rd person view game in my opinion.

      • Jäeger on August 21, 2016

        All trailers look amazing. The games are usually merely a shadow of what’s shown.

      • cacalips on August 22, 2016

        Brain dead person. Black Desert Online looked awesome and better than this…looks have nothing to do with success XD DERPPPP (hence the fall of BDO recently)

        • randomdude on August 22, 2016

          i haven’t liked BDO before it even got released in korea so i know wich ones look good and wich ones doesn’t

          there is something called research

        • ASD on August 22, 2016

          Black desert online is free 2 play in every country except North america and europe. For somereason it’s buy 2 play here but I like it.

  7. hovsep on August 19, 2016

    there is no point for b2p anymore anyway there will still be hackers,gold spammers, microtransactions,botters

    • hovsep on August 19, 2016

      if you are still not convinced see the f2p model as a garantee
      you get to see how to game is and if u dun like it u can leave without losing anything but if u buy a b2p mmo that garantee is gone if its p2w they alrdy got ur money and don’t care if you leave

  8. fqnwiun on August 19, 2016

    cool story brah, we all heard that line before ~,|~

    • Merkadis on August 20, 2016

      Yeah, no kidding.
      But people will probably buy into the lies anyway since unless you have a lot of gaming experience hype is akin to heroin.

      • Merkadis on August 20, 2016

        But hey sometimes they do tell the truth as well… very, very rarely though.

        • zabi on August 21, 2016

          lets hope this is one of those times.