ARK: Survival Evolved is on the cusp of leaving its Early Access development and will hit full 1.0 release on August 8 for Xbox One and Steam! In anticipation of this milestone, developer Studio Wildcard is sharing some key news regarding servers and the upcoming Ragnarok content! First, Studio Wildcard reconfirmed its commitment to no server wipe, despite a recent rash of cheating and hacking within the game. In addition to continuing to operate the legacy servers, on launch date the studio will roll out a fresh cluster network of servers running new code and infrastructure explicitly designed to prevent such issues from occurring in the future. Let’s see how they hold up and if people can find a way around them.
Second, the third official mod for ARK, called Ragnarok, will roll out to Xbox One players on launch day. This massive map is free to download for all players, featuring a Griffon and a beautiful new environment. PC players can expect Ragnarok to receive a large update this week with new areas to explore and a whole bunch of bug fixes and QOL changes.
Lastly, on launch day Wildcard will have support for private rentable dedicated servers made available via hosting company Nitrado for Xbox One. These servers will be available at a very low price, to make them available to as many ARK denizens as possible. So, if you want a closed environment, this is your chance.