Studio Wildcard announced a three week delay for the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved. The dinosaur survival-crafting multiplayer title will now emerge from Early Access on August 29 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“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. “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!”

The delay gives extended time to pre-order ARK: Survival Evolved. ARK is available as a base game for $59.99 as well as a $99 Explorer’s Edition and a $159.99 Limited Collector’s Edition.

The base game includes all free DLC released over the last year: The Center, Primitive+, and Ragnarok.

The Explorer’s Edition includes a Season Pass that grants access to all current and future paid DLC. The only paid DLC released so far is Scorched Earth.

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The Limited Collector’s Edition is only found at GameStop. It includes the Explorer’s Edition as well as several physical goodies:

  • Leather-bound notebook, featuring all the dossiers of every in-game creature
  • Official ARK necklace
  • Cloth map of the ARK island
  • Poster of the Studio Wildcard team
  • Official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack by the Philharmonia Orchestra

ARK: Survival Evolved has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. It includes Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, and Use of Alcohol. It will move from Early Access to official launch on August 29 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


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