Ark Survival Evolved remastered – everything you need to know

Despite fans hoping for news of an Ark 2 release, it has been announced that Ark Survival Evolved will instead be getting a current-gen remaster.

With it almost being six years since the game’s full release, Studio Wildcard has announced that the survival game will be receiving a current-gen remaster. With the snazzy new title of Ark Survival Evolved Ascended, it will be arriving on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in August.

What is included in the current-gen remaster of Ark?

Screenshot of Studio Wildcard's survival game, Ark Survival Evolved
Credit: Studio Wildcard

As with a lot of upcoming remasters, Ark Survival Evolved Ascended is set to port the entire game over to Unreal Engine 5. This would mean that players should see a stark difference in graphics such as realistic water and grass animation as well as the addition of ray tracing. 

Additionally, as well as the base game, the remaster will also include parts of the previous DLCs: The Island and Survival of the Fittest.

How to get the Remaster

Where it becomes complicated is seen with the buying options. For PlayStation 5 players, they will be able to purchase Ark Survival Evolved Ascended by itself for $39.99. 

However, PC and Xbox users will need to purchase the Ark Respawned Bundle. This bundle will cost $49.99 and will include Ark Survival Ascended and the upcoming Ark 2. It will also include the closed beta trial for Ark 2.

“This bundle will be available to purchase from the end of August for up to 1 year,” Studio Wildcard’s website reads, “after which ARK: Survival Ascended and ARK 2 will be sold separately.”

Ark 2 gets delayed

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This news comes after it was revealed Ark 2 would be delayed until the end of 2024. The studio also talked about this delay in their latest news post:

“Our goal is to make Ark 2 the best game it can be and provide a truly exceptional and rewarding experience for players. Unreal Engine 5 is incredibly new technology to us (and all developers), and we aim to use this cutting-edge tech to its fullest potential while creating a game with never-before-achieved scope at Studio Wildcard. 

As we learn more about the engine and develop the sequel, we have adapted our workflows and adjusted our pipelines to accommodate this new next-generation paradigm, and because of everything that involves, we need more time for development.”

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