Back in June, Studio Wildcard announced that Ark: Survival Evolved would be leaving Steam Early Access on August 8th. However, and while the game has already gone Gold, it has been delayed to August 29th.
According to the team, this delay was caused by the certification for the game’s retail release.
“As of today, ARK has completed its Gold Master and certification for retail release. This process took a little longer than expected and as a result, our release date has been pushed back to August the 29th. We’re deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay; it sucks, it wasn’t what we had wanted, nor planned but where we currently stand. We wanted to address this sooner but did not want to make any statements until we were completely sure of what was going to happen.”
In order to make up for this delay, Studio Wildcard claimed that this extended time will allow further development of its Ragnarok free DLC, meaning that players can expect a gigantic update, even bigger than the team initially thought. As such, the game’s world will increase by approximately one quarter.
Furthermore, after the game’s release the team will focus on improving the game’s performance on the PC. The team stated that it will port over a lot of the improvements it made on console (here is hoping that the game won’t be downgraded) and that it will work with its industry partners to bring up that PC performance to get players the best possible experience.