There are a few reasons that can be cited for why Lost Ark, an MMORPG developed by Smilegate, takes so long to launch. First and foremost, the game was only announced back in 2015 – so fans have been waiting for years already. Additionally, the game has been delayed multiple times already, which has only served to further enrage the fanbase. thirdly, the game is an MMORPG, and these tend to take longer to develop than other genres. Finally, it's possible that Smilegate simply doesn't want to rush the game out, and is taking their time to ensure that it meets player expectations.