Indie sandbox hit ARK: Survival Evolved has pushed back its full release to August 29th, 3 weeks later from the original release date of August 8th. The game was previously only available through early access on Steam for the past 2 years. It has since fostered a huge community and is now bringing the full experience to Xbox One and PS4. The developer, Studio Wildcard announced the delay on the community forums along with some other news regarding the delay.
Studio Wildcard's official statement:"As of today, ARK has completed it's Gold Master and certification for retail release. This process took a little longer than expected and as a result, our release date has been pushed back to August the 29th. We're deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay; it sucks, it wasn't what we had wanted, nor planned but where we currently stand. We wanted to address this sooner but did not want to make any statements until we were completely sure of what was going to happen."
In addition to the delay, the studio announced a free expansion in the form of a DLC called Ragnarok. This DLC adds a lot of content to the base game and is available on all platforms on the 29th of August. It adds a new area to explore, a coastal canyon with Wyverns flying around, a brand new boss battle, and they even mentioned a secret that the developers hid in the new expansion.
ARK: Survival Evolved is a massive game with a dedicated fanbase, and one can only hope that this delay allows for the full experience to be complete and exactly what fans expect from this game finally leveling up from an early access to a full release game.