Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem has been officially released as of 12:00 PM EST on February 13th, 2020. As with most releases, there appears to be a ton of players getting authentication errors when attempting to launch the game.
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Steam Authentication Error
The official Wolcen team on Twitter is aware of several issues and are working to resolve them as soon as possible. They’ve stated there are server issues and authentication issues.
We’re closely monitoring the release and we’re aware that there are issues with the servers and authentification. We will keep you informed regarding the status of the situation.#WolcenRelease— WolcenGame (@WolcenGame) February 13, 2020
Several different error messages appear to be caused by the server issues, such as "failed to retrieve character data" or an invitation to update the game. They will be resolved once we fix the server issues. Thank you for your patience.— WolcenGame (@WolcenGame) February 13, 2020
Note: An official announcement on the Wolcen forums recommends completely uninstalling the previous version of the game before installing the full release version.
Update: Wolcen authentication issues are slowly being resolved but issues with creating games still persist. Check out the Wolcen: Lord of Mayhem Game Creation Failed post for updates.
Authentification issues are progressively being resolved. But there are still issues to create games and we're looking into it.— WolcenGame (@WolcenGame) February 13, 2020
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is shaping up to be one of the biggest isometric ARPG releases since Diablo III. The game is built on top of the CryEngine, a german game engine used for such games as Far Cry.
Popular Path of Exile and Diablo players are anxious to jump into this game and see what’s changed since the early days of beta. Many ARPG gamers were not initially impressed by what Wolcen was doing, but the recent changes and release trailer seem very promising.