Ark: Survival Evolved Stormed With Negative Reviews After Devs Announce Paid Remaster

The players are not happy with the team backtracking on its words.

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  • Ark: Survival Evolved fans have criticized the developers for the recent announcement, bombarding the game with negative reviews.
  • Studio Wildcard recently announced the Unreal Engine 5 remaster Ark: Survival Ascended, which costs 40 USD as opposed to being a free update like initially suspected.
  • The official servers for the game will go offline in August, leaving players no choice but to upgrade to the upcoming remaster.
  • Thus, many Reddit and Steam users have alleged not to purchase the remaster when it releases in the future.

Ark: Survival Evolved has started receiving a slew of backlash from the fans on its Steam page. The main reason behind a sudden shift by the community has to do with the devs revealing a massive change for the game in the future. The official servers for the beloved game will soon go offline in August, and players will be forced to upgrade to the upcoming Ark: Survival Ascended remaster, which reimagines the Ark universe in Unreal Engine 5.

Studio Wildcard has announced that the Ark: Survival Evolved servers will shut down in the near future.

The pricing set by Studio Wildcard has also been a point of criticism by loyal players. As stated, Studio Wildcard will sell the new Ark Respawned bundle, which contains Ark 2 and Ark: Survival Ascended, for $49.99 USD on Xbox Series X and Series S and PC. PlayStation 5 users can only grab Ark: Survival Ascended for $39.99 USD. The DLC packs will also be sold separately for $20 USD each, adding further fuel to the criticism by the community.

Ark: Survival Ascended will cost a significant price, and it comes in a bundle with Ark 2.
Ark: Survival Ascended will cost a significant price, and it comes in a bundle with Ark 2.

Many users have voiced concern and disdain about Studio Wildcard’s decision to charge a price of $40 instead of a free upgrade for the remaster. Thus, it has started a resurgence of negative reviews targeting the game and warning potential buyers to stray away from the title that is on its last legs. The recently posted section on the Steam page is full of users that have banded together to raise their voices and alert others of the recent changes.

Don’t bother buying this game, since there won’t be support for it after 4 months. Don’t waste your money buying this game, as you will have to buy it again along with all the docs if when ASA come out. Just wait for ASA and decide if the game is good enough to buy. No point playing this game anymore,” said one user in the comments.

The users are quite unhappy with the recent developments, and many have alleged not to pay for the same game twice. The users can keep using the unofficial and personal servers as they will be playable by the fans still wanting to linger in Ark: Survival Evolved. The users interested in keeping up with the official servers will have to pay $40 USD to get a slice of the Ark: Survival Ascended remaster to continue playing.

Recent reviews criticizing the Ark: Survival Evolved developers for killing the game soon in the future.
Recent reviews criticize the Ark: Survival Evolved developers for killing the game soon in the future.

As per a recent Reddit post, many have already alleged not to purchase the game in the future. Over 2.2k votes are against purchasing Ark: Survival Ascended and only a few are looking forward to owning the Unreal Engine 5 rendition of the prominent entry. Moreover, the subreddit is filled with many such posts showing dislike for the recent news. The remaster was initially hinted to be a free update, which is why many are upset with the devs.

Ark: Survival Ascended will come out on Xbox Series S and Series X, PC (Windows/Steam), and PlayStation 5 by the end of August 2023. Though no release date has been announced yet. The base game will also feature DLCs, including, The Island, SOTF, and all the Non-Canon DLC maps, which will be added over time.

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