I played in co-op with buddies, and had fun building stuff and fighting dinos until I realized there was nothing else to do. Once you have a mansion with running water and inexhaustible food supplies, the motivation to do more drains out.Is anybody still playing this or have any thoughts on it?
Opinions on this will vary but I was already going to spend $50-$70 on Ark 2 so I personally don't give a shit and the UE5 engine upgrade might lead to significantly less jank.
Today, Studio WildCard announced that Ark 2, the sequel to 2017's Ark: Survival Evolved, is getting delayed a second time into 2024 - but in the meantime, a next-gen version of the original game is coming out in August to keep us busy.
In a community blogpost offering a development roadmap, Studio WildCard explained that the reason for Ark 2's delay to next year was due to challenges working with Unreal Engine 5:
"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."
Additionally, Studio WildCard acknowledged that these challenges also mean that Ark 2 will not be backward compatible. So that means no release of Ark 2 on Xbox One or PS4.
But there's some good news for Ark 1 fans. Because Ark 2 has "some pretty significant design changes from the original game" and may not appeal to those who prefer "Souls-like combat, primitive-only weaponry, and strict third-person mechanics – and an overall “very serious” tone," Studio WildCard is releasing a current-gen version of Ark 1 on PC, Xbox Series, and PS5 in August of 2023 "to ensure that fans can continue to enjoy the ARK they know for years to come."
When ARK: Survival Ascended is released, it’ll boast:
We can’t possibly list every improvement that’s coming in ARK: Survival Ascended because the list was so long that Studio Wildcard couldn’t even note it down. But here are some snapshot examples of some of the most impactful changes coming to Survival Ascended:
- Cross-platform Multiplayer, which includes cross-platform accounts and cross-progression, uniting the platforms and bolstering the community.
- Cross-platform modding, featuring a reported ‘industry-first cross-platform modding experience’, with PC-based mods being delivered to consoles.
- Cross-platform anti-cheat functions, to alleviate any worries that console-based players may have.
- Survival of the Fittest being integrated as a new, fully-supported game mode
- Hundreds of improvements, fixes, and upgrades (see below)
And that’s a non-exhaustive list.
- Better mini-map
- All-new structures and building mode improvements
- Queueing system for servers
- New third-person camera mode
- Pinging system for multiplayer
- Gamepad cursor for ease of accessibility
- Chibi slot and Skins tab in the menu
That's a lot of content, but the purchasing scheme is a bit confusing. Xbox Series X, S, and PC players can only get it by purchasing the Ark Respawned Bundle for $49.99, which includes both Ark: Survival Ascended and Ark 2, and will grant access to an exclusive one-month closed beta of Ark 2 in 2024. The bundle will only be available for the first year after launch of Survival Ascended, after which both games will be available separately.
Wasn't the upgrade supposed to be free?
I'd be fine with it if they'd just include the DLCs. Even if I justify it to myself as a discounted pre-order on Ark 2 with a remaster included, an additional $40 in DLC sours the deal.In a statement sent to PC Gamer, Studio Wildcard executive producer Jatheish Karunakaran confirmed that Stieglitz had spoken too soon with his January tweet.
"We have been really excited to deliver an incredible Ark UE5 experience," Karunakaran said. "Admittedly back in January we got ahead of ourselves at that time, as the scope of the project increased, we hadn't yet realized the full time, development resources, & costs needed to produce a complete next-generation remaster."
Price Point and Bundle
First things first, we are scrapping the ARK Respawned Bundle. Our intention behind this was to provide a package where you essentially got two products for the price of one. In hindsight, not the best move. Our bad; we recognize how combining ARK Survival Ascended with ARK 2 and requiring further DLC upgrades wasn’t optimal, especially since you wouldn’t be able to judge ARK 2 as no gameplay or content would be available yet. Here are our new plans:
ARK: Survival Ascended will now be a standalone package released on every platform (PC Windows/Steam, Xbox Series S/X, and PlayStation 5) at
. The package will include the following pieces of content built-in (not sold separately), with each remastered and altered for the next-generation:
- The Island
(Released at Launch)
- Survival of the Fittest: The Island & Scorched Earth map variants
(Released at Launch)
- Scorched Earth
(Released at Launch)
(Released by Q4 2023)
(Released by Q1 2024)
- Genesis Part 1
(Released by Q1 2024)
- Genesis Part 2
(Released by Q2 2024)
- All the community-created maps are also to be released over time in 2024 (Fjordur, Ragnarok, The Center, Lost Island, Valguero, Crystal Isles)
what's the point of delaying its development by focusing on remaking the old game first to look like the new one...
Has anyone here tried playing ARK without taming any dinosaurs? I thought riding on dinos was too stupid, and refused to do it. At the most I might consider taming a hyena...
Playing alone (PvE) on foot way makes the game pretty brutal. I soon realized that the only way I could get around safely was on a raft, so I used that to explore the coastline and all the streams. Meanwhile I built bases ashore where it seemed safe, thus advancing further inland painstakingly slow until an update suddenly added invisible gates in the streams, forcing me to use console commands to get past every time. :-/
I wish I could disable the Alpha creatures though (can you?), they are way too powerful for this playingstyle. Last time I played ARK an Alpha Rex forced me to evacuate three bases in a row as it roamed around way too close.
No the grinding wasn't so bad, but you have to plan your crafting so you're not wasting too much resources. The big problem is that can't see far on foot, with all the trees and cliffs blocking your view (as opposed to flying safely above, or sitting high up on a T-Rex), and dangerous critters may appear around any corner.
I liked exploring to find rare resources (like polymer or obsidian) so I could craft better gear. But once you got that there's little motivation to continue, except perhaps looking for nice scenery. A waste on those large maps, I barely explored 10% of the Island.Also there is nothing to really explore, the world is pretty empty. Not much content besides building stuff.
Sounds like ARK: Survival Descended will be a way of practicing on using the UE5 engine, and testing it on players. If they at least fix the dinosaur heads clipping through walls I might pay for it.I don't even understand the point of this remake, if they are already making Ark 2, what's the point of delaying its development by focusing on remaking the old game first to look like the new one...