On the Steam page Ark: Survival Evolved is in the middle of a battle. Players punish the survival hit with negative reviewsto protest against the remaster plans of the developer studio Wildcard.
At the time of writing this article, recent reviews are still standing
mostly positive. But that should change soon if you look at the current trend in user ratings: Since April 1, 2023, the negative feedback on Ark: Survival Evolved has been increasing:
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Why are players protesting on Steam?
That’s behind it: In early April, the developers of Wildcard revealed Ark: Survival Ascended. This is primarily a technical upgrade from Ark: Survival Evolved, which is moving to Unreal Engine 5. Basically not a bad thing, right?
That’s the problem: Originally, Wildcard communicated that the UE5 update would be free. However, those plans have changed: the base game itself will cost €40, while two DLC packs will cost an additional €20 each. If you already own Survival Evolved, you also have to pay and don’t get a discount.
But not only that: With the release of Ark: Survival Ascended, the official Ark: Survival Evolved servers will also go offline. If you are not already on private servers, you can only play alone from this point on.
This causes criticism in the Ark community: Survival game fans refer to Wildcard as
greedyaccuse the developers of breaking promises or even using a fraudulent scam. Previously, players already had on Reddit left out about it, but they apparently also make their displeasure noticeable on Steam.
By the way, this is not the only bad news about Ark: The direct successor to the survival hit was recently pushed back from 2023 to late 2024. New information or even gameplay will also be a long time coming. You can find out more about this topic at the following links:
What do you think of the controversy surrounding Ark: Survival Evolved and Ark: Survival Ascended? Can you understand the frustration of the community or maybe you don’t see the matter that closely? Are you an Ark player yourself and looking forward to the release of Ark 2, which is still a long way off? Let us know in the comments!