Studio Wildcard has delayed the release of Ark: Survival Ascended. The game was originally meant to release in August for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC but will now release only in October.
The studio has also provided an update on the expected DLC roadmap for the game saying that Scorched Earth and The Island will launch in December followed by Ragnarok and Aberration in early 2024. Other maps will follow afterwards.
According to the studio, the delay comes mainly from the challenges it has faced using Unreal Engine 5.2. In a statement, the studio says that there’s been a few speedbumps with the tech on offer in the engine and mastering the features is seemingly taking longer than expected. However, Studio Wildcard claims the challenges have provided an exciting opportunity for them to learn the engine.
“We’ve found it challenging working with Unreal Engine 5.2, but at the same time, it is incredibly exciting. We’re discovering new ways each day to push the technology to the next level; combined with the work needed to support a fully cross-platform-moddable game ecosystem on consoles and PC, it’s clear that we’ll need a bit more time.”
Scorched Earth and The Island DLC were originally meant to release alongside Ark: Survival Ascended in August. This DLC will only roll out much later than expected now too. The game is then expected to only leave early access in late 2024.
“So for now, we’re going to plan that Scorched Earth will be coming to ASA in December this year, Ragnarok and Aberration will follow in Q1 2024, and the rest of the maps beyond then.
Studio Wildcard has been under fire in recent months following the controversial launch plans for Ark: Survival Ascended. Originally, Xbox and PC players were only able to get the game through an Ark Respawned Bundle which was priced at $49,99 and included the remastered game and Ark 2. PS5 players were then able to grab the same bundle for $39,99 without Ark 2 (it is an Xbox timed exclusive).
Since the announcement, Studio Wildcard has scrapped the bundle completely and plans on reworking the launch plans for Ark: Survival Ascended. The game delay also means that the original game’s servers, which were set to go offline in August, will now go offline on 30 September.
Source: Studio Wildcard