In conjunction with the announcement of the postponement of Ark 2, Studio Wildcard has confirmed the arrival of a new version of Ark: Survival Evolved called Ark: Survival Ascended. It is a next-gen upgrade of the game coming out on PS5, Xbox Series X, Series S and PC. The release of this game will unfortunately lead to the closure of the official servers of Survival Evolved, cutting out the old-gen, with the only exception reserved for Nintendo Switch.
In reality, the situation for old players will be much less tragic than it might seem. Studio Wildcard has in fact confirmed that it will still be possible to play Ark: Survival Evolved on private servers or, alternatively, in single player. Players will therefore be able to stay on old-gen and have fun with servers created by them or by other users.
Ark: Survival Ascended will be designed for those players who do not appreciate the path taken with its sequel, less caciarone and more serious in the topics covered, as well as more realistic in some design choices. “We also realize that Ark 2 has some significant game design changes that may not be palatable to everyone (soulslike combat, primitive-only paraphernalia, third-person view, and a more serious tone overall),” reads the release from the software house.
“That’s why we feel it’s essential to provide players with a fully next-gen version of the original experience to ensure that fans can continue to enjoy the Ark they know.” This updated version of the game, in addition to presenting a refined graphic sector, will include The Island and Survival of the Fittest, as well as several “non-canon” maps that will be published over time.
As with Ark 2, Ark: Survival Ascended will also be a cross-platform multiplayer video game that will support modding on all platforms. The release date for this massive upgrade is set for August this year on PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5. On Xbox and PC, the game will be available for one year exclusively in the Ark Respawned Bundle, which costs $ 49.99 and which will include both Ascended and the sequel.
On PlayStation 5, however, it will only be possible to purchase the remastered, as Ark 2 will not be released on the PlayStation platform at launch.
Source: Studio Wildcard