Studio Wildcard posted the previously announced “State Of The Game” Post on their official forums today. Part of the Announcement did confirm that Ragnarok has been delayed until the retail launch of the game on August 8th.
This is a huge hit to the console players who have been struggling with the buggy game and the constantly delayed patches and content. Fear not my fellow survivors, some big stuff is coming up and its pretty damn exciting. You’ll be seeing more about that later down this article.
Let’s start from the top:
Will The Servers Be Wiped?
No. Depending on how you look at it, this is a good thing. Wildcard seems to have found a good middle ground for legacy players and new players alike. All current official servers will become Legacy servers on August 8th. Players will be able to stay and play on the server they have been building on and still transfer between the other legacy servers in the cluster. New PVP and PVE clusters will be added at launch that will not allow transferring of any legacy characters, items or dinos, giving new players a good place to start. We have previously written that we think Ark’s official servers should be wiped at launch, The actions Wildcard is taking seems to be the best middle ground for all players.
Low Population Servers Will Be Wiped Over Time.
Better start being nice to the noobs, Low population servers will be getting “re-purposed” from time to time.
Our current set of Official Servers will be re-branded as “Legacy” and indicated as such on all platforms. We will also be taking steps to remove some of our ‘ghost town’ servers, where the player population has remained near-zero for an extended duration of time. We’ll take a look at the statistics and will be re-purposing 10% of the lowest count servers across all platforms. Once we know which servers these are; we’ll preserve the save files and upload them, so if you so wish to use them, you can. Players will also have time to move through Cross-ARK to a different secure Legacy server. Every three months we will be taking a review of the Legacy Officials to see what the numbers are like and may consider re-purposing more ‘ghost towns’, however, the goal will be to preserve any place with human activity. — Jat, Lead Community Manager and Associate Producer at Studio Wildcard
Looks like we all need to start being nicer to the new survivors on official servers if we want our servers to not be wiped. Legacy servers will still receive full DLC and support, Just like they do now.
To be clear, if you’re playing on a Legacy Server you will not be able to transfer to the new Official servers and Legacy servers will still receive total and complete support (just like the New Officials) in regards to Game Updates and future ARK Expansions, so you can expect to see future DLC servers added to the Legacy Cluster.- Jat, Lead Community Manager and Associate Producer at Studio Wildcard
Ragnarok For Console Delayed Again
Earlier this week we wrote about the upcoming free new ark Ragnarok being delayed for consoles for the 3rd time. Today a new date was given. PS4 and Xbox One players will get Ragnarok for free on August 8th, the same day Ark has its retail launch. This pisses me off too because we have been waiting and waiting and constantly dealing with delays. The Upside to this is that August 8th is a release date, not an ETA. No More of that ETA bullshit.
The new official release date for the Ragnarok Free DLC on consoles will be on the 8th of August when ARK launches for retail release. The team spent time discussing when would be the best time to release the map, for both technical reasons, as well as the experience itself, and this was the chosen date.- Jat, Lead Community Manager and Associate Producer at Studio Wildcard
What About The PS4 Patch?
Jat also addressed that today saying,
It’s happening! Yes, we’re serious. We’re currently working on the latest PS4 patch with Abstraction at the moment, and while it’ll be tough, we should be set to release it this Friday (probably going to be a late evening patch). We’ll keep you posted how that goes! Thank you guys for being so patient with us over the past few weeks, we understand how frustrating it is not to receive updates, but now we are wrapped up with certification and this tight deadline, we’ll be able to go back to our standard development pipeline and therefore include you with our updates
I hope they keep their word on this, I honestly believe it is their last chance to make this right before they lose even more of their PS4 playerbase, which as of now has almost double the console sales of Xbox One.
Wait.…. There’s More
Today is a day that we at Fix The Meta have been waiting for.….
As of the 8th of August, we will finally have support for PC hosted dedicated servers on console. We won’t be renting or hosting them ourselves, it isn’t a commercial venture for us, but we will be doing the technical work needed to get this underway. Initially, they will be available via Nitrado! (It’ll come to other third party hosts once we go through this initial technical-iteration phase, as we want to ensure its stability).- Jat, Lead Community Manager and Associate Producer at Studio Wildcard
This is big, No longer will a second console be required to run, Dedicated private server and clusters. We will be able to host full out Cross Ark clusters with Cross Ark transfers while using our own custom rate and xp settings.
These servers will be available on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and if you haven’t realized, here’s why this is so awesome:
- No need for a second console to host private servers!
- Complete access to all of ARKs custom server config settings, which will let players change the rules on their custom ARKs
- The option to create cross ARK Clusters for the ultimate ARK Experience — allowing travel across four Maps
- Create a backup of server save files, allowing players to try something new without the fear of losing data
- The servers will result in higher performance due to better optimization
- Player servers will now be able to support a larger pool of players, up to 100 concurrent users!
- At a later date, these will also be Play Anywhere compatible!
We will be hosting a cluster with All 4 maps with Ark Travel, More info about that is on our Ark PS4 Server page.
There is a lot of good stuff happening here and Ragnarok being delayed until the 8th of August is very, very frustrating. The new ability to host custom clusters is a big deal. Expect great things coming to private Ark servers.
If you want to read this “State Of The Game” post in its entirety, head over to the Official Ark Forums and check it out.
Are you excited about any of this state of the game post? Let us know below!!