Ark: Survival Evolved was set to finally leave Early Access in just over a week, but as a result of the certification process, the date was pushed back until late August. Instead of fully releasing on August 8, players will need to wait until August 29 now to jump into the final game.
Revealed on Ark’s community forums over the weekend, the statement said, “As of today [July 29], 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.”
Because of this, the free Ragnarok expansion map will also release on consoles and PC on August 29 to allow for additional development and a bigger update than expected. Studio Wildcard said that on release day, the overground of the world will increase by about one quarter. The update will include new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, an epic boss encounter, new engrams, and “something secret.”
Ark: Survival Evolved will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Studio Wildcard recently raised the price to $59.99 (the price of a full AAA game) in preparation for the game’s release, much to the anger of some fans.