Anyone who has never bought anything on Steam is restricted in his options for action in Lost Ark.
Today the next update for Lost Ark appears. On the one hand, this provides the already announced relaxed guardian RAID event, where you can play a monthly challenge for a month-long challenge to get upgrade materials. It also makes the starting point for the first season of the competitive exam arena and has gifts for all players in the luggage. To the latter belong about Pheons, legendary card chests, a companion and a skin.
However, the actual most important content of the update is the new system to combat scams and bots in Lost Ark. From now on: Only those who have met an “active Steam account and the minimum purchase requisition” can fully use all social and economic systems in the game. That means: If you have never bought anything on Steam and nothing changes, you would have to live with limits. The existing that you do not trade with other players, but only respond to inquiries, do not send gifts or emails with attachment and can not exchange crystals against gold.
In the “Lost Ark” subreddit, this change is good. A user designates them as a “big step” on the way to stop the bot-plague in Arkesia. Another writes that this is “very clever”. Amazon Games and SmileGates can not completely remove bots because players always find a way to insert them into the game, but they bolt them out of the economic system, assume the opportunity to exercise an influence.
Not everyone welcomes the decision of those responsible. In the Official Forum of Lost Ark, a player has spoken to speak, which, according to its own statement from “a third-world country in Africa” and does not have the financial resources, to spend only small sums for online games. Accordingly, he had never bought anything on Steam. He never liked it that he can not use the social features of the platform (that’s just when your account is classified as “trustworthy” by buying something) and there are some free-to-play games Based on its own gaming experience. Now he was sad that Lost ARK complements this list.
Above all, he was disappointed because one of the “sales arguments” for Lost Ark had been yes that one could do everything as non-paying players. “And now it will be required of me to pay or I will have a limited experience? How hard can it be to implement something like a two-factor authentication? “He notices critically.
For us in Central Europe, the change may not be a problem. Most of us are likely to have bought something on Steam. If not, it’s enough to simply charge your credit for a few euros. For people in poorer countries, however, the new system can quite a problem. The said example is certainly not an individual case. Sure, Lost ARK will not be unplayable with the restrictions mentioned. However, if you want to send in the endgame pieces of jewelery and capability stones from one character to another because that can use the appropriate engravings well, that’s just by mail, because they can not be kept in the cadre camp.
Now to the Lost Ark website!