Studio Wildcard is finally releasing the full version of ARK: Survival Evolved on Aug. 8. The game had been in a long-term beta sort of state for a while now, but its August release will be its final build.
"During the past two years, millions of ARK players have built gigantic bases, captured and trained armies of dinosaurs, crafted armories full of weapons and eaten billions of pounds of Jurassic creature-kabobs. With their help, we’re about to reach the completion of core content for ARK: Survival Evolved and release the full game to the world! This is just the beginning of the next phase of our journey,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of Studio Wildcard. “For those players who were excited with every update during Early Access, ARK’s going to become even more fun with surprise new content at launch & beyond, as we will continue to have a staggering amount of additional gameplay, creatures, and story elements in the works.”
ARK: Survival Evolved is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and features a blend of multiplayer cooperation and competition gameplay. Players awake stranded and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a group of other confused humans. To survive, players must hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies. They can also tame, train, ride, and breed one of 100 dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts.
This final version of ARK: Survival Evolved will be available in a few different forms. In addition to the standard game-only release, Studio Wildcat is also releasing an Explorer's Edition and Limited Collectors' Edition of the game. The former includes a Season Pass that will grant access to all expansion packs, starting with Scorched Earth and including more packs launching later this year and into 2018. The latter is available only at GameStop and EB Games Canada and includes a collectible faux-wooden chest box that contains the ARK Explorer’s Edition (base game + Season Pass) along with a necklace, handcrafted leather-bound Explorer's Notebook that features dossiers of every in-game creature, a cloth map, poster, and the game's soundtrack. The base game will retail for $60 and the two special editions will sell for $100 and $160, respectively.
ARK: Survival Evolved is rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB.