Studio Wildcard's ARK: Survival Evolved
, which has undergone several years of pre-release testing, has gone gold. However, the developer has announced this process took longer than anticipated. As a result, its official release date is being pushed back from August 8th to later in the month.
This means a few things for the game. The first and most obvious is that the release date — which will affect retail editions, including the recently-announced Collectors Edition
— is no longer August 8th. The new release date is Tuesday, August 29th. Of course, the pre-release version is still available digitally in the meantime, as it has always been.
This also means the free "Ragnarok" update, which was originally supposed to hit consoles on the old release date, is now also delayed to the 29th. The update looks to increase the size of the ARK universe substantially, add a new boss and more:
The overground of the world will increase by approximately one quarter, which is near-enough a 'TheIsland-sized' expansion; the update will feature new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, an epic boss encounter, new engrams, and something secret the Ragnarok team are cooking up! We will also be adding their custom creatures to our main game, which will allow players to transfer them via the CrossARK system, so you'll be able to bring over your Ice Wyverns to The Island, The Center, and Scorched Earth!
Studio Wildcard will be refocusing their efforts on the PC version and multiplayer in the weeks leading up to release. Don't worry console players, the developer has confirmed these updates and improvements will be trickling down to the console versions as well.ARK
now launches on August 29th.