Ark 2 Still on Track for Late 2024, CEO Says

With developer Studio Wildcard nonetheless working to show round participant sentiment on the lately launched Ark Survival Ascended, the boss of its mum or dad firm has insisted Ark 2 remains to be on observe for a late 2024 launch window.

Speaking on the (*2*) earlier in December, Snail Games CEO Jim Tsai confirmed Ark 2, which he described as the corporate’s “subsequent masterpiece”, is due out late 2024. There was additionally point out of annual DLC releases to “gasoline franchise progress” by way of to 2029.

Ark 2 is the Unreal Engine 5-powered sequel to the vastly profitable Ark Survival Evolved, a dinosaur survival sport that’s seen huge gross sales on PC and console. It was first introduced with a shock Vin Diesel cameo at The Game Awards 2020, on the time with a 2022 launch date, but it surely was later delayed into 2023. Then, earlier this 12 months, Ark 2 was delayed once more, this time to late 2024 as an Xbox Series X and S console unique, day-one on Game Pass, and on PC by way of Steam and Windows.

But we haven’t heard a lot on Ark 2 since. Meanwhile, Studio Wildcard launched Ark 1 remake Ark Survival Ascended in October. It launched huge however has drawn criticism for efficiency points. The scenario is so dangerous, that Jeremy Stieglitz, co-founder of Studio Wildcard admitted throughout a livestream that Ark’s servers “run like ass”.

Studio Wildcard, then, is busy checking out Ark Survival Ascended, which carries a ‘blended’ consumer evaluation score on Steam. In truth, on the time of publication, extra individuals have been taking part in Ark Survival Evolved on Steam than Ark Survival Ascended. The developer has a fame inside its neighborhood for delaying launch dates, so there’s already a wholesome diploma of scepticism about Ark 2’s deliberate late 2024 launch window. For writer and firm proprietor Snail Games, a minimum of, nothing has modified.

Speaking of Snail Games, in the course of the enterprise convention presentation, Tsai bigged up Ark’s potential to develop past video games into the realm of TV and films (Ark: The Animated Series is due out in some unspecified time in the future in 2024). There’s additionally phrase of free-to-play cell and esports.

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can attain Wesley at [email protected] or confidentially at [email protected].

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