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- After debuting during the Xbox Partner Preview showcase, Ark: Survival Ascended launched only on Steam due to last-minute Xbox certification issues.
- Studio Wildcard, the developers behind ASA, released an 11-hour image last week when the game was delayed for Xbox and Windows PC after failing certification a second time.
- Ark: Survival Ascended will be released for Xbox and Windows PC on Tuesday November 21 has 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET.
- Studio WildCard also revealed that the PlayStation launch window has been delayed until early December.
The console launch woes for Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Ascended development team may finally be coming to an end. After several last-minute delays caused by “critical issues” in multiplayer and failed Xbox certification attempts, Ark: Survival Ascended will launch on Xbox and Windows PC today, Tuesday November 21 has 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET.
Ark: Survival Ascended was first revealed in April this year as a recreation of the popular dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved. The remake would be built in Unreal Engine 5 and launch with cross-platform support for multiplayer gameplay and mods. News regarding the game’s launch was sporadic until Studio Wildcard shared plans to shut down the official Ark: Survival Evolved servers in preparation for the eventual ASA launch.
On October 16, Studio Wildcard announced that ASA had been submitted for console certification on Xbox and PlayStation. During an Xbox Partner Preview presentation in October, Ark fans finally got their first look at a trailer for the upcoming game, but there was still no mention of a release date appropriate. To everyone’s surprise, Ark: Survival Ascended was launched in the middle of the night, seemingly randomly, on October 26 on Steam.
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Studio Wildcard’s main strength for Ark: Survival Ascended is the game’s cross-platform support, which has made ongoing delays exceptionally problematic. The studio originally planned to disable crossplay with Steam when ASA came to consoles, but later changed that strategy. Instead, Studio Wildcard will offer official console servers offering temporarily enhanced progression so console players can catch up before moving their characters to cross-platform servers.
Players can expect another delay with the console launch, as the official Ark: Survival Ascended servers on the console won’t go live until a few hours after launch. However, players can play solo and on private save files.
Studio Wildcard has a positive and ongoing relationship with Xbox, with Ark: Survival Evolved and all in-game DLC content continuing to be part of Xbox Game Pass. The upcoming Ark sequel, starring Vin Diesel, was announced during an Xbox showcase and is expected to be a day one addition to Xbox Game Pass. However, neither Xbox nor Studio Wildcard have made a statement as to whether Ark: Survival Ascended will be part of the subscription service.