Ark: Survival Evolved delayed to the end of August

The dinosaur island sandbox Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] was due to leave early access and launch in full next week, but it won’t. Developers Studio Wildcard announced over the weekend that they’ve delayed the launch from August 8th to the 29th, because things took longer than expected. That’s game-making all right. Over the next few weeks, in the run-up to the actual proper launch for real, Wildcard and chums will be working on performance improvements, fixes for bugs and exploits, and more.

Wildcard apologised in Saturday’s announcement for the delay and for how long it’s taken to confirm this:

“As of today, ARK has completed its Gold Master and certification for retail release. This process took a little longer than expected and as a result, our release date has been pushed back to August the 29th. 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.”

What will they do with this extra time? Finish it, yeah?

One of Ark’s biggest problems is still poor performance, and improving that is on the agenda. “We will be porting over a lot of the improvements we made on console,” Wildcard say, “as well as working with our industry partners to bring up that PC performance to get you the best possible experience.”

They’re also making multiplayer bosses less ridicul-o-megahard, fixing the bug with gets creatures stuck in the juvenile stage and starving, stopping people getting under the world in the map The Center, deflecting DDoS attacks, fixing the duping update, and more. Ragnarok, one of Ark’s official sponsored mods, will use this extra time to add features including a new area, a new boss, and support for bringing its creatures to other Ark lands. Check the announcement for full details on all this.

The pre-launch of Ark has been bumpy. Earlier in July, Studio Wildcard doubled the Steam price to bring it to the full launch price of £54.99/59,99€/$59.99. Only, it was still in early access and as wonky as an early access game. Wildcard said this was “to ensure retail parity for the upcoming launch” but, er, UK games shop Game were selling that for only £40. Wildcard had also considered wiping all servers, contrary to earlier statements that they wouldn’t, but hastily changed their minds after talking to press and thinking about it a bit harder. You big sillies.

Anyway! Better late than unfinished? And Ark has seemed unfinished. But dinosaurs, yeah?

11 Comments

  1. Syt says:

    Oh my, I can’t remember when I last heard of a PC game “going gold” for physical release. The nostalgic feels. :D

  2. Vilos Cohaagen says:

    Ha. Ha. Ha. No.

  3. wombat191 says:

    queue snark in 3.. 2.. 1.. oh thats good. it gives them more time to come up with ways to rip people off

  4. Flopper says:

    Why don’t they just port over the code from Dark and Light their Ark clone under an umbrella developer. Everything is identical except art assets swapped. Just use that, it runs way better.

    They like double dipping it seems. DLC before the game was out of EA. Raise the price by double on launch. Now mysteriously Dark and Light is 100% the same game with art assets flipped. Weirddddd. I’ll never buy another game from anyone related to their companies or their pasted up new ownership sign.

    • fish99 says:

      It probably runs better through having less foliage. If you turn the grass density and distance sliders down by a third, you can get close to 60 fps average in ARK with all the other eye candy turned on (on my GTX1070). There’s still dips of course and areas that run worse.

      Of course I played the game solo, it runs worse online due to player structures.

  5. slartibartfast says:

    Thank f**k i only paid about £10 for this game. Even that I consider too much considering it’s a mess and even what there is to play is just a major grind. Either log in to play many, many hours every day or lose all your shit.

    Avoid.

  6. DarkFenix says:

    Wow, that release price. It’s a good game and all, and I don’t subscribe to the silliness over the paid DLC they made, but that price is ridiculous, glad I picked it up cheap during early access.

  7. Blackrook says:

    Looking at some of the comments I wonder if I’ve been playing the same game. I admit optimization was bad to start with.
    But I now run this fine on a 4 year old middle of the road PC
    we ( 4 or 5 friends) have had our full value from the game and looking forward to giving the Ragnarok map a go soon.
    Saying that we play co-op on a private server and don’t touch what could be toxic public servers.

    I do agree the new ‘full’ price is a joke and hopefully they will realise this when sales drop through the floor, and put it back to a reasonable figure.

    • fish99 says:

      Maybe you’re running with -dx10 launch option, or you don’t have the resolution slider on full?