Ark: Survival Evolved launches in June of 2016, and Studio Wildcard’s co-creative director Jesse Rapczak reveals their plans with the game and how they will use Early Access even with DLC content.
Rapczak stated they will start working on the game’s first expansion soon, and they are planning to release it just a few months after the game fully launches. He also mentioned that updates will slow down as we approach the full release date.
“There’s definitely a finish point, our pace of updates will slow down a lot as we get towards release, as we don’t want to be iterating on new stuff as we try to polish the game. And we are also starting soon on our expansion content, which is lots of extra gameplay hours and story extensions on top of the main game. We’re going to be developing that, starting soon, so that a few months after release we have a first expansion of Ark to go out and people have a big chunk of new content.”
It looks like the Early Access period has really helped Studio Wildcard’s development of the game, so they plan on giving players an Early Access for DLC too, in order to get community feedback and tweak the additional content before they release it.
“We may iterate with that content in an early access-type way, with the community before we launch it, that’s something that we talk about; having an early access for DLC rather than just the game, because we get so much out of that with the back and forth with the community.”
Ark: Survival Evolved launches fully in June 2016 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.