Today, developer Studio Wildcard announced that its hit Early Access hit, Ark: Survival Evolved, will no longer be seeing a full launch on August 8th on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux. Rather, it has been delayed to August 29th.
As you may know, the popular open-world action-adventure survival title has been in Early Access since June 2, 2015, aka for over two years now. This lengthy Early Access stay coupled with this latest delay is sure to anger or annoy a few fans eagerly awaiting the game’s full launch, however, at least the delay is a relatively minor one.
According to Studio Wildcard, the delay is the result of the process of going gold and going through certification taking “a little longer than expected.” While this is a common reason delay for smaller independent games, it’s not often a more high-profile release like ARK: Survival Evolved stumbles through such procedures.
However, to be fair, this is Studio Wildcard’s — an American-based studio founded in 2014 — first game and while they have found success with ARK, it still isn’t a behemoth studio by any means. That being said it’s not quite as hard to see how something as tedious and complicated and messy as certification could cause an issue.
In an official statement, Wildcard had the following to say about the delay:
“We’re deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay; it sucks, it wasn’t what we had wanted, nor planned but where we currently stand. We wanted to address this sooner but did not want to make any statements until we were completely sure of what was going to happen.”
Meanwhile, accompanying the game’s new official, full launch will be its new Ragnarok map DLC and the upcoming PC update. According to Wildcard, this extended development time will permit it to further develop the map, and now the previously big update, will be even bigger.
On the date of the release, the overground of the world will increase by one quarter, feature new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, a new boss encounter, new engrams, and “something secret the Ragnarok team are cooking up.” Further, custom creatures will be added to the main game, which will permit players to transfer them via the CrossARK system.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks, Studio Wildcard has said it will be predominately be focusing on PC and multiplayer updates.
Ark: Survival Evolved is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and Linux in an Early Access form. It will fully launch — at the above-mentioned date — on the same consoles, both at retail and digitally. It will cost $59.99 USD, a price-point of some controversy.
In other recent and related news, Studio Wildcard has re-confirmed that it will not be wiping the game’s servers when it fully launches.