While ARK: Survival Evolved Ragnarok has launched for PC, the new content for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners has been delayed. Studio Wildcard was set to release Ragnarok today but will now launch on the 8th August, the day the game releases fully.
The ARK: Survival Evolved Ragnarok is a free DLC which brings the game a new map.
The team spent time discussing when would be the best time to release the map, for both technical reasons, as well as the experience itself, and this was the chosen date.
We understand that some may find this news frustrating as you’ve waited a long time for the map, however after conferring for quite a while on the topic, we believe this is the best decision for the map’s arrival on console.
While the developer chose to delay the release of the content on consoles, the team chose to spend the additional time working on server stability, crash exploits, duping and DDoS preventative measures which will hopefully allow the game to have a smooth launch.
Studio Wildcard also confirmed that dedicated servers would be coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One which will be available to rent through third-party hosting companies.
We won’t be renting or hosting them ourselves, it isn’t a commercial venture for us, but we will be doing the technical work needed to get this underway. Initially, they will be available via Nitrado! (It’ll come to other third party hosts once we go through this initial technical-iteration phase, as we want to ensure its stability).
These servers will be available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and if you haven’t realised, here’s why this is so awesome:
No need for a second console to host private servers!
Complete access to all of ARKs custom server config settings, which will let players change the rules on their custom ARKs
The option to create cross ARK Clusters for the ultimate ARK Experience — allowing travel across four Maps
Create a backup of server save files, allowing players to try something new without the fear of losing data
The servers will result in higher performance due to better optimisation
Player servers will now be able to support a larger pool of players, up to 100 concurrent users!
At a later date, these will also be Play Anywhere compatible!
ARK: Survival Evolved leaves Early Access to become a full release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 8th August 2017.