Ark: Survival Evolved Full Launch Delayed, New Release Date Revealed

You'll have to wait until August 29 to play Ark: Survival Evolved.

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Ark: Survival Evolved's full release has been delayed, developer Wildcard has announced. The final game will now launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 29.

The open-world title was previously scheduled to launch on August 8 after being available in early access for more than two years. Wildcard said the three-week delay is because the process of going gold and going through certification "took a little longer than expected."

"We're deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay," the company stated. "It sucks, it wasn't what we had wanted nor planned but [it's] 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."

The game's new Ragnarok map will also launch on console on August 29, the same day as a big PC patch will arrive for the arena. Wildcard says the additional time allows "further development of the map," teasing that fans can "expect a gigantic update, even bigger than we initially thought."

Release day will see Ragnarok grow in size by one quarter, says Wildcard. The update will introduce "new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, an epic boss encounter, new engrams, and something secret the Ragnarok team are cooking up."

Elsewhere in the announcement, Wildcard says it will mostly be focusing on PC and multiplayer updates in the coming weeks, though it says console users will receive the updates too, eventually. Check out the studio's plans in detail here.

Wildcard faced controversy recently after doubling Ark's price and saying it would wipe the game's PvP servers in time for its full launch. Although the new price tag remains, the company has since reversed its decision on the server reset.

For more on the wildly popular survival game, check out last week's episode of Reboot, in which we discuss games that let you find your own story.

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Sir_Twist

Roflmao, a push back on a release date, and all they can say is sorry? Are they sorry when they nerfed the flying dinosaurs, and only one, and I reiterate one fix, and they have done absolutely nothing to fix the movement speed, or anything else that makes fliers necessary to their game? Or the fact that their rendering is the worst I have seen in a game, ever? Rendering dinosaurs before they bring in walls, or other structures is beyond stupid. It's backwards. Then there are two wild dinos in the game that can one shot, at even level 1 and 10, respectively, most tamed dinos, unless near level 300, in the game. They are the Titanasaur, which if tamed, will die in 72 hours, and the giga, which can kill most anything in one bite, or if you are lucky enough, maybe 5, if you don't have something robust enough to get away from it quickly. Then there are other problems in this game that, frankly, should not be in the game. Such as mega tribes, and listening to people who want nothing better to do than kill each other faster.

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Ha_Ha_Ha

Meanwhile it's 2017 and anything below 60fps at 1080p is absolutely unacceptable, let alone the 20fps this game frequently drops to even when using a GTX 1080.

There is also no pathing or collision to be found at all. Picture the humble Stegosaurus walking through several solid trees and then down a sheer cliff where it begins to bob in the open ocean in a most unnatural way. Or perhaps you thought you could escape a T. rex by jumping off a cliff into water? Nope, it will just follow you down there and 'run' through the deep water to continue biting you with it's single attack animation...

The fact that this game is financially successful tells anyone all they need to know about the gaming industry/culture today.

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Johnnyboy787

Why the delay? the game its going to release on early access state but call it full game.

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jasonb520

So was this price that i paid for early access only and i will have to pay again for the final release?

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deathwish026

@jasonb520: no you wont have to pay for it again. that would literaly be criminal.

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hughesyboozy

I would say I'm surprised, but everything they do gets delayed, still waiting for DX12 update that was meant to be released last year.

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yukushi

They can even raise the price to $150 if they want, doesnt matter to me because I will catch it sometime down the road when it goes on sale for $20.

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R4gn4r0k

Price will go up to 140 euro on launch, confirmed !

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LTJohnnyRico

They really should have just wiped everything server wise - why keep them ? just full of hackers anyway ! They need to put everybody back on a level playing field !

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hughesyboozy

@ltjohnnyrico: Because people cried about them wiping them. They are going to be legacy servers though, so new official ones will come out. Thankfully I play on my own private server, so I don't care what they do with public servers.

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LTJohnnyRico

@hughesyboozy: I play on my own private server too .. only way to avoid hackers !

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suicidesn0wman

@ltjohnnyrico: Both of my friends who had private servers are being ddos'd by people who got kicked off for bad behavior. Turned the whole game into one giant waste of money for all of us.

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LTJohnnyRico

@suicidesn0wman: Not Good ! Why some people have to ruin things for others is beyond me !

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newbpwnr

The shitty games industry