Lost Ark‘s long-awaited Western release has arrived. Though the game doesn’t actually go free-to-play until later today, those who spent some (or a lot of) money to get in early have helped it shoot up Steam’s most-played list.
As is often the case with popular MMOs, long server queues are already a problem. Depending on where you are in the world, and the server you chose to join, you may be waiting several hours just so you can play. Considering the traditional MMO structure of the game, most players join servers where their friends are, because that’s the only way to play with them (short of the group-finder activities which go cross-server).
Making matters worse, Lost Ark does not currently allow for any kind of server transfers. And, since everyone playing right now paid to get into this early access period, many of them don’t want to even consider starting a new character on a less-populated server as they don’t want to lose their founder’s pack items.