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ARK 2 Delayed to the end of 2024, ARK: Survival Evolved Remaster Announced

ARK 2 Delayed to the end of 2024, ARK: Survival Evolved Remaster Announced - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2023 / 2,492 Views

Developer Studio Wildcard announced it has delayed ARK 2 from a 2023 release window to the end of 2024. The game will still launch for the Xbox Series X|S, PC via Steam, and Xbox Game Pass.

The game gameplay footage and screenshots for ARK 2 won't be showcased until next year. However, the developer does plan to showcase more assets in the coming months.

Along with the delay for ARK 2 is a remaster of ARK: Survival Evolved using Unreal Engine 5. It is titled ARK: Survival Ascended and will launch by the end of August 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

ARK: Survival Ascended on the Xbox Series X|S and PC will be able to get it in the ultimate-value bundle known as the ARK Respawned Bundle. It includes ARK: Survival Ascended and ARK 2 and is priced at $49.99. PlayStation 5 users will be able to purchase the remaster for $39.99.

"After careful consideration, we have decided to delay the sequel's launch to the end of 2024, when it will still launch exclusively on Xbox, Game Pass, and Windows distribution platforms (Steam/PC)," reads the announcement post from Studio Wildcard.

"We’ve put much thought into delaying ARK 2 for the betterment of the final product and the team's well-being. This news will be disappointing to many - we feel it too - but we’re confident this heavy decision is the right one.

"So why the delay? Our goal is to make ARK 2 the best game it can be and provide a truly exceptional and rewarding experience for players. Unreal Engine 5 is incredibly new technology to us (and all developers), and we aim to use this cutting-edge tech to its fullest potential while creating a game with never-before-achieved scope at Studio Wildcard. As we learn more about the engine and develop the sequel, we have adapted our workflows and adjusted our pipelines to accommodate this new next-generation paradigm, and because of everything that involves, we need more time for development."

The developer added, "ARK: Survival Ascended is a next-generation remaster of our beloved ARK: Survival Evolved, harnessing the power of Unreal Engine 5. It will be released on Xbox Series S/X, PC (Windows/Steam), and PlayStation 5 by the end of August 2023. The base game will include The Island, SOTF, and all the 'Non-Canon' DLC maps (which will be added to ASA over time)."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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SecondWar (on 31 March 2023)

A remaster of an 8th game that released as recently as 2017 seems a bit much.

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Chicho SecondWar (on 31 March 2023)

We have fully entered the age of remakes and remasters.

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VAMatt SecondWar (on 01 April 2023)

They shouldn't be calling it a remaster. They should just call it a 9th gen version of the game. That would sound a lot more reasonable

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SecondWar VAMatt (on 01 April 2023)

Yes, but ‘remaster’ is more marketable than ‘port’ even if it is just a port.

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Zippy6 SecondWar (on 01 April 2023)

It'll be just over 6 years after the release of the original. Seems pretty reasonable to me, that's almost a full console generation. I think the bigger issue is if the upgrades are significant enough to warrant it's existence when Ark is already playable on current gen consoles and has been patched for them too. If they utilise Unreal 5 well it could be a big improvement, but this studio has hardly been known for it's technical prowess.

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SecondWar Zippy6 (on 01 April 2023)

I accept people see it differently but for me a game needs to be at least 2 generations old to justify a remaster. 1 gen ago and still playable on current gen just looks like a shameless cash-grab.

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