Why is Lost Ark taking so long to launch? (answered)

maplestory4mesos Date: Jun/06/22 14:08:24 Views: 1530

Here are all the feasible motives why Lost Ark takes an extended time to load and what you can do to repair it.

Why is Lost Ark taking so long to launch? (answered)

Other games on Steam launch after a few seconds for many players, but not Lost Ark, which takes at least a minute or more. So, why does Lost Ark take so long (seems like an eternity) to start/run? Here are the possible reasons.




  • Why is the Lost Ark forever up or running?
  • Check if the game is installed on SSD or HDD
  • Disable or exclude Lost Ark from Windows Defender
  • Check if your PC meets the recommended requirements
  • Issues with Unreal Engine 3
  • Simple anti-cheat



Why does Lost Ark require Forever to start or run?

Examine the points mentioned under if any of them are triggering Lost Ark to take also long to load for you.

Check if the game is installed on SSD or HDD.

Players who install the game on an SSD will experience much faster loading times than those who have it installed on a hard drive. If possible, move the game to the SDD and see if that changes the load time. But before you make that decision, take a look at all the reasons mentioned below,



Disable Windows Defender or Exclude Lost Ark from it

Windows Defender will slow down the game launch process if it looks at the game files and checks them on every boot. Players can disable it before launch to see if it makes a difference.



How to disable Defender antivirus protection in Windows?

  • Click the Start button and kind Windows Safety."
  • Now open the app and click on Virus & Threat Protection.
  • In settings, click Manage settings.
  • Turn Real-time Protection  Off.

This means that scheduled scans will still run, but you have downloaded and installed files since you disabled them will not be scanned. That is until the scheduled scan occurs.

You can also exclude an individual file or folder from antivirus scanning instead of disabling it entirely.



How to Add an Exception to Windows Security


  • Click Start and open Settings.
  • Click Privacy & Security > Windows Security.
  • Select Virus and amp; threat protection.
  • Under Virus & threat protection settings, click Manage settings
  • Next, in the Exclusions section, select Add or remove exclusions.
  • Select Add exclusion and select the file, folder, file type, or process you want to exclude.

Note that the folder exclusion will also apply to all subfolders within the folder.



Check if your PC meets the recommended requirements

While the minimum settings will allow the game to work, the specifications below will allow you to play Lost Ark in the best possible way. You may need longer boot times if you have lower specs or a slightly older PC/laptop.


Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

  • OS: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/AMD Ryzen 5
  • Memory: 16GB RAM



1080P FHD

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
  • AMD® Radeon RX560 2G


1440P QHD

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070
  • AMD® Radeon RX5700XT


Ultra Specs (4K, UHD)

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080
  • AMD® Radeon RX 6800
  • DirectX: 9.0c or higher (June 2010)
  • Network: broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB + free space
  • Additional Notes: Internet connection required to play, in-app purchases offered



Issues with Unreal Engine 3

If the problem isn't with your hardware or network, it may all come down to this. Many people say that the reason for the slow loading of Lost Ark is the Unreal Engine 3, which had problems related to this. UE3 takes time to load textures and does not have dynamic texture streaming. With texture streaming, you can reduce loading times.

Now, due to the incompatibility between UE3 and UE4, updating engines is not easy at all. This will require a lot of tweaks that might not be possible for this game at the moment.



Easy Anti Cheat

Last but not least, Lost Ark takes so long to load could be due to Easy Anti Cheat. It checks the game files on startup to ensure there are no modifications that could slow down the startup process.

While some causes can be fixed, some are beyond your control, so you may need to take a coffee break while the game is loading in the background.

During this break, you can check out some of our Lost Ark guides for some valuable information about the game.