‘Ark 2’ delayed to 2024, with ‘Survival Evolved’ remaster met with backlash

The Vin Diesel-starring sequel will now launch toward the end of 2024

Studio Wildcard has announced that its upcoming dinosaur survival game Ark 2 has been delayed to 2024, while its 2017 predecessor Ark: Survival Evolved is being partly shuttered in favour of a paid remaster.

In a forum post published on Friday (March 31), Studio Wildcard said that Ark 2 – which was revealed in 2020 and features Vin Diesel as executive producer – has been delayed until “the end of 2024”.

The studio explained that Ark 2 needs more time in development because its creators are still getting to grips with Unreal Engine 5. Wildcard added that it does not plan to show any trailers, in-game footage or screenshots from Ark 2 in 2023, though will host a gameplay reveal in 2024.

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In addition to the delay, Studio Wildcard revealed an Unreal Engine 5 remake of Ark: Survival Evolved, which will be titled Ark: Survival Ascended. The remake is set to launch “by the end of August 2023” for PC, Xbox Series X|S and PC, and will be priced at $40 (£32) — though regional pricing is yet to be announced.

Ark: Survival Evolved
Ark: Survival Evolved. Credit: Studio Wildcard.

A $50.00 bundle will offer both the remake and Ark 2, along with access to a month-long beta for Ark 2 in 2024. Two expansion packs – priced at $20 each – have also been announced.

However, Studio Wildcard has announced that when Survival Ascended launches, it will shut down official servers for Survival Evolved, and support will be halted for anything besides critical bug fixes.

Friday’s announcement has been received poorly by fans, partly because lead designer Jeremy Stieglitz said in January that the Unreal Engine 5 remake would be “completely free”.

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Within Ark‘s Reddit community, some players feel that Wildcard is forcing players to purchase Survival Ascended in order to keep playing a supported version of the game with official servers.

Players have criticised the announcement as “corporate greed,” while others have questioned why Survival Evolved’s expansion packs will need to be bought again for Survival Ascended.

Others have labelled Survival Ascended‘s pricing as “scummy” and pointed out that Wildcard is ending support for Survival Evolved without fixing several long-term issues.

NME has reached out to Studio Wildcard for comment.

In other gaming news, Vampire Survivors has revealed its next fantasy-themed expansion.

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