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. However, it turns out that this process took longer than the studio had initially expected, and so the game's release date has been delayed.
"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 now stand", Studio Wildcard wrote.
The release date for Ark: Survival Evolved has been pushed back by three weeks. It sucks, it wasn't what we had wanted nor planned but it's where we now stand.
Between now and launch, Wildcard are getting to work on a plethora of game elements including PC optimisations, bug-fixes and tighter online security, as well as addressing the difficulty balance for the game's bosses, which have been causing problem's for the early access community. The reason for the delay is because the studio is having some issues trying to get the game certified for retail.
Indeed, the DLC of Ragnarok has been postponed; the additional content will now be released on August 29 along with the full game.
What is your opinion of the delay for Ark: Survival Evolved? "This extended time will allow further development of the map and you guys can expect a enormous update, even bigger than we initially thought", it explained. Studio Wildcard noted that it would be "approximately one quarter, which is near-enough a "TheIsland-sized" expansion". What's more, the custom creatures from Ragnorak can be transferred over to The Island, The Center, and Scorched Earth via the CrossARK system.
Studio Wildcard will put a lot of focus on the PC version of the game now the console version is gold - most notably the games' performance.