Amazon Games today announced it has reached an exclusive publishing agreement for North America and Europe with Korean developer Smilegate RPG. They will collaborate to publish a game releasing next year, with specific details to come at a later date.
Now while the press release does not mention the game that Amazon will publish, we can safely assume that it’s Lost Ark. Lost Ark is an action RPG using Unreal Engine 3 that came out exclusively in Korea. This is a Diablo-like game that a lot of players have been waiting for. In 2015, Smilegate claimed that it was planning to bring this game to the West. Fast forward five whole years and this may become a reality in 2021.
Christoph Hartmann, VP, Amazon Games, said:
“Amazon Games aims to bring our customers the most engaging game experiences, both through our own internal development teams and from the very best external development studios around the world. Smilegate has a strong track record of creating big games that players love, built to offer years of enjoyment. That’s exactly the type of best-in-class, living, growing online games we want to bring our customers.”
Chi Won Gil, CEO, Smilegate RPG, added:
“Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games will combine our respective expertise to introduce one of our AAA games to Western players. Amazon Games is uniquely positioned as a publisher to reach entirely new audiences through its deep commitment to customers and substantial games publishing resources and channels. These channels include Twitch, Prime Gaming, AWS, and more.”
Stay tuned for more!