Back in 2015 Studio Wildcard released its MMORPG ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam, bringing early virtual reality (VR) support to the Oculus Rift DK2. In the following two years the developer has continued to improve the videogame releasing regular updates that have massively expanded the title. In June during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 Studio Wildcard announced that ARK: Survival Evolved would be fully released on 8th August. Today it’s been revealed that the title has gone gold, with the release date now pushed back to the end of August.
For those who don’t know, when a developer announces that a title has gone gold it means that it has passed full certification for its full release as a physical retail copy as well as digital. So now ARK: Survival Evolved will see a worldwide release on 29th August, extending time for pre-orders of the base game, or the content-and-bonus-packed special editions.
“The evolution of ARK has taken a 2-year journey through early access, and the full version will demonstrate that the extra time in development was put to good use,” said Doug Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder Studio Wildcard in a statement. “We spent the extra time squashing bugs, improving performance, enhancing the single player experience and delivering the end-game content that will reveal the full story of ARK. We’re excited to finally get it into the hands of survivors everywhere!”
For North American customers the core videogame retails for $59.99 USD / £49.99 GBP, with the ARK: Survival Evolved – Explorer’s Edition for $99.99 which includes a Season Pass that will grant access to all expansion packs, starting with Scorched Earth.
Then there’s the ARK: Survival Evolved – Limited Collector’s Edition for $159.99 USD featuring a collectible faux-wooden chest box that contains the base game, season pass, leather-bound Explorer’s Notebook, official ARK necklace, a cloth map of the ARK island, poster of the Studio Wildcard development team and official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of ARK: Survival Evolved, reporting back with the latest updates.