Six months after Studio Wildcard confirmed that the highly anticipated upgrade to the popular game Ark: Survival Evolved would cost a whopping $60, a glimpse into the game's progress lands onto the gaming scene. However, it was not through any video or trailer but rather, it was an eye-catching yet enigmatic high-resolution screenshot. This unanticipated reveal has started a whirlwind of amusement and speculation among the niche of Ark game series enthusiasts.
The studio shared the game screenshot with a lighthearted message that read, "Smile! ASA certification builds have been submitted. Hang in there! We can't wait for you guys to get your hands on Ark: Survival Ascended!". The image caught the attention of the game's community because of its professional resolution and the promise it held about the pending release of the game Ark: Survival Ascended.
Ark: Survival Ascended is the Unreal Engine 5 upgrade of the beloved game Ark: Survival Evolved, which has already garnered a great deal of anticipation from passionate gamers around the world. It is slated to release this month but the developers had remained fairly mum about it, until the release of the screenshot that seems to have fired up the excitement in the gaming community all over again.
The community's response to the screenshot has ranged from amusing to anxious. Some players, tickled by the thought of the game's enhanced graphics, are already predicting comic situations such as encountering a dinosaur in superior 4k HD ultra max resolution. Another set of players appear to be leaning on the apprehensive side, speculating that the game, with its high graphics, will consume a large storage space.
However, not all interactions about the upcoming game have been light-hearted or enthusiastic. The community's disappointment was palpable when they discovered that Ark: Survival Ascended would not be a free upgrade as initially thought, but would cost $50 as part of an Ark 2 pre-order bundle. This was compounded when official servers of Ark: Survival Evolved were slated for termination, nudging the players towards the pricier upgrade. To a certain extent, the studio alleviated the disappointment by making Survival Ascended a standalone purchase on PC and Xbox, in addition to Playstation.
Yet, despite all the anxiety over the cost and the changes, one thing is clear - the gaming community is intrigued by the possibilities that Ark: Survival Ascended could bring to their gaming experiences. Funny or apprehensive, their speculations and reactions to this solitary screenshot demonstrate that they are waiting with bated breath for the game's release.
Meanwhile, in the midst of all this anticipation for Ark: Survival Ascended, the sequel game Ark 2 is experiencing a delay in its release. Originally reported to be released in Spring 2025, the Ark 2 studio clarified that it was merely a typographical mistake. Hence, while the gaming community is curious about the remastered Ark game, they also have the sequel game to add to their anticipation.
All these developments suggest a combination of tension and teasing between the developer, Studio Wildcard, and its die-hard fans. Despite the high costs and server concerns, the Ark gaming community continues to eagerly anticipate the release of Ark: Survival Ascended. Whether the game will live up to its hype and price point remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though - that enigmatic screenshot is certainly a conversation starter, framing the upcoming game in a shroud of mystery and anticipation.
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