On Monday, Steam was under heavy preload for Lost Ark, a free-to-play Korean action-RPG MMO now available in the Americas and Europe. Potential players complained that the download time was too long, and Lost Ark acknowledged the problem and said Valve was investigating the issue. Things started well last night, but with the Lost Ark servers opening up to players with early access, Steam’s bandwidth seems to be peaking again.
As we saw with the launch of Halo Infinite and New World, Steam reported a huge spike in download traffic as players rushed to hit that green “Preload Game” button. Halo Infinite clocked a peak bandwidth of 23.5 Tbps during its surprise free-to-play multiplayer launch. During the Lost Ark pre-release yesterday, the counter hit 30 Tbps.
“We are now seeing improvements in players’ ability to download and decrypt the game, and we have confirmed this with the Valve team,” the developer said afterwards.
Lost Ark originally launched in South Korea in 2019, and now Amazon has just released it in other regions. Jody tried it out in November, calling it “a bizarre action RPG combined with a traditional MMO”.
The pre-launch rush seems to indicate that gamers are still very, very hungry for new MMOs, especially free-to-play games. As previously announced, today is the first day of Early Access for players who have purchased Founders Packs.
The Steam Download Bandwidth Tracker shows peaks of 30,000 GB/sec and 40,000 GB/sec on February 7, 2022 and February 8, 2022, respectively.
Steam download traffic peaked again today, this time at over 40 Tbps. SteamDB says there are currently over 532,000 players running the game. The Lost Ark warned players about server queues: “Please note that if you want to get into Arkesia faster, you can join the servers of each region with no or no waiting time!”
For anyone planning to play for free, the Lost Ark servers will open on Friday, February 11 at 9:00 a.m. PT. If the pattern for the past 24 hours has continued so far, you can go ahead and start preloading now.