Studio Wildcard has responded to fan complaints about how the Ark: Survival Evolved remaster is being done by… making it cost more.
Studio Wildcard made a few big announcements about the Ark series last week. The first one, that Ark 2 has been pushed back to 2024, doesn’t surprise us at all, since we haven’t seen anything of the game yet.
The second one was a bit more surprising. The studio said that Ark: Survival Evolved is getting a big remaster called Ark: Survival Ascended, and that Survival Evolved’s servers are being shut down, so players will have to buy the remaster.
Do you know that gameplay footage from a rumored remake of Persona 3 has been found online? Persona 3 is a popular JRPG that came out for the PlayStation 2 first. Since then, Atlus, the company that made the game, has released it many times on different platforms:
Fans didn’t like this much, so it makes sense that Studio Wildcard raised the price. To explain more, Wildcard said in the announcement that if you want to play the game on Xbox or PC, you have to pay $49.99 for a bundle that includes both Survival Ascended and the upcoming second game.
On PS5, you can buy just Survival Ascended for $39.99. Players would also have to buy future expansion packs. Now, according to a new post from Wildcard, none of these things are true.
Survival Ascended will now cost $59.99, will not include Ark 2 and will come with all of the upcoming expansions. Wildcard said in a post (as reported by STEAM) –
“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.”
This is an odd thing to say, since this new version also requires you to pay even more than you did before for content you don’t know if it’s good or not yet.
The biggest problem for fans is that they have to buy a whole new version of the game because the servers for the old one have been shut down. If they want to keep playing, they have to use private servers, which isn’t the best option for everyone.
Wildcard said in the post that it “would not be viable” to make all of these changes to the graphics of the original game, but they didn’t say why players have to buy the game again to keep playing.
The servers for Survival Evolved will shut down on August 31. In the same month, Survival Ascended will come out. Overall, it’s kind of gross, so we’ll just have to see if players are willing to move.