Ark: Survival Evolved is getting a remaster in Unreal Engine 5, but the pricing policy originally planned for it upsets many fans.
Now Studio Wildcard is rowing back, but not far: The
Survival Ascended-Bundle now comes with DLCs but waives access to Ark 2 and becomes more expensive.
Why Ark is on fire right now
What happened? In early April, Ark: Survival Ascended, the Unreal Engine 5 remaster of Ark: Survival Evolved, was officially unveiled. The announcement caused loud criticism among fans.
Not only should players now pay 50 euros for the update originally promised as free, at the same time the DLCs would not even be included – they would have cost an extra 40 euros.
To make matters worse, the official servers of the original Ark will be shut down with the release of the UE5 remaster. So if you don’t want to play on private servers or in single player, you’ll have to move.
Accordingly, a lot of criticism came from the community in forums and also on Steam, wildcard was among other things as
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Change of plan for Ark: Survival Ascended
Here’s how Wildcard is now changing course: in one new blog post the developers now state that they are softening their plans for Ark: Survival Ascended: The UE5 remaster should now contain all DLCs. The Island, Survival of the Fittest and Scorched Earth will be released in August 2023, but the rest will only be released in mid-2024.
But there are two catches: Ark: Survival Ascended now costs 60 euros instead of 50. Also, access to Ark 2 is no longer included in the bundle. So if you want to play the direct successor, which will be released at the end of 2024 at the earliest, you have to buy it separately.
Here’s what Wildcard says about the decision: The developers justify their decision to launch Ark: Survival Ascended because their plans for the UE5 remaster had reached unforeseen proportions. Instead of a few graphical upgrades, you now want to get more out of the engine, which affects the gameplay and new features, among other things.
We didn’t want to mislead you with our original statements. Our plans and reasons for doing so have largely changed. So you might be wondering why are we carrying these changes over to the original Ark: Survival Evolved? To put it bluntly and honestly, it wouldn’t be worth it. Many of the changes planned for Ark: Survival Ascended will impact even more aspects of the game. Save data would break, mods would no longer work, certain aspects would noticeably change. We didn’t want to change the gaming experience for those who don’t want to or aren’t able to upgrade.
For the same reason on August 31, 2023 the official servers of Ark: Survival Evolved shut down. From this date, the original Ark will only be playable in single player or on private servers.
You can read more about the topic and the release postponement of Ark 2 under the following links:
What do you think of Studio Wildcard’s new plans for Ark: Survival Ascended? Did the developers make the situation better or worse in your opinion?
Are you interested in the remaster in Unreal Engine 5 or can you do without it with a clear conscience? Let us know in the comments!