Lost Ark chat breaking with '<3' text or symbol issue gets acknowledged, fix in the works

Lost Ark is a popular MMO game brought to the global market by Amazon Games. The game was originally released in South Korea in the year 2019 and is available for Windows OS devices.

However, currently Lost Ark players are facing a curious bug that affects the game’s chat system.

More specifically, Lost Ark chat window is breaking or disappearing when someone sends a message that includes the ‘<3' text or symbol (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Lost Ark chat breaking or disappearing with ‘<3' text or symbol

For some unknown reason, messages that include the ‘<3' text or symbol are causing the Lost Ark chat window to break (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).

Chat bug

There appears to be a bug that renders you unable to see the chat (while still being able to hear messages being sent/received) when you write “<3" in the chat. Any person that is in that same chat when you write it will have the same bug occur to them. The only way to fix it seems to be going into character select and back in, or restarting the game. Has anyone else come across this? Source

GAME BREAKING BUG – How to destroy chat with love

If you or anyone puts <3 in whatever chat you're participating (area, party, guild, etc.) it'll break it for you and everyone. Yup just a simple <3 and no can see any messages sent. Log out or switch channels to potentially fix. Upvote for awareness, because this is pretty big since it can be abused in area chat. Source

Lost Ark team working on a fix, potential workarounds

The Lost Ark team is already aware of the issue in question and is working on solving it. The fix will come in future updates, but there is no ETA for it yet.

We appreciate you taking the time to let us know about this issue with the area chat and some workarounds that might help temporarily, we’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Some players have been reporting this problem recently and we are aware of the situation, our developers will be working to solve it soon in upcoming patches, thank you all for sharing any troubleshooting that helped you avoid or temporarily fix this situation.

In the meantime, there are a couple of workarounds you can try if you are facing the glitch. The first workaround is to change the chat channel you are using.


Alternatively, you can also try disabling “guide” option in your Lost Ark chat settings.

I’m not sure if this is the same as my issue but I posted a potential temporary fix for the issue I was having.

Try disabling “guide” in the chat settings and see if that fixes your problem.

We will update this story once new details related to the matter emerge.

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