Hello Lost Ark fans, we meet again! About a month ago, we had confirmation that Smilegate was hiring for specific positions for their Lost Ark development team, which included Associate UI Artist, UI/UX Lighting Artist, and Software Engineer, each with their own respective requirements. In one of their job listings, we get to see a small glimpse of what the main story behind Lost Ark might be, as taken directly from the post:
“The whole world is in chaos from the attack of Kazeros’ demon army, as Kazeros opens the Chaos Gate with his six legions to invade the human world. Like a legend that exists in myths, the world has become a place where there are no heroes and everyone has forgotten about the Ark that defeated the demons in the past. Now, the player must venture the vast world of the Lost Ark to gather the pieces and go against the demon army. The one force that can stand up against the demons—The Lost Ark.”
So it seems evidently clear that the players of Lost Ark will most definitely have a vast demon army invading from a Chaos gate to face in the long run. The six various legions of demons are led by what seems is going to be the main antagonist of the game, Kazeros. To be honest, this sounds reminiscent of the Burning Legion from the Warcraft series or even the demons of hell from the Diablo series. And that’s not a bad thing whatsoever! At its core, any demon legion feels almost necessary to include as a worthy foe in a fantasy-style RPG as epic as Lost Ark is pushing to be. However, the question arises, what is the intent behind Kazeros’ demon army? To simply conquer or is their more behind this crucial antagonist? This is wishful thinking, but it will be refreshing to see some sort of unique character development that hasn’t been done before with a demon lord type character.
As for the Lost Ark itself, what exactly is it? It is clearly stated that it is the one force that can stand up to the demon army, as it already had in past events within the story. However it is still unclear what it actually is or does. Is it an artifact that simply has the power to expel demons or maybe even a special device that has the ability to close the Chaos Gate?
Knowing that there will be 18 different classes to choose from, each with their own unique back stories and origins, it is clear that at its core, the game will push the player to find the missing pieces of whatever the Lost Ark may be. At the same time, will the choice of a particular character have an impact in the story? As seen in other RPGs such as Guild Wars 2 and Black Desert Online, the characters you begin with have different paths and can influence the story in various ways. This would absolutely add an incredible level of diversity to the story overall. In the end, regardless of which class the player decides to select, it’s clear that it will be a time for heroes to rise again and face the invasion of Kazeros and his immeasurable demon army with the power of the Lost Ark.