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Ark: Survival Evolved’s price has doubled ahead of its retail release

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Ark: Survival Evolved has been in Early Access for what seems forever now – but the tree-punching, Dinosaur-riding sandbox game is finally getting a retail release next month. In anticipation for that retail release, the Early Access price of the game has just doubled.

Yes, the same game you could have bought last week for $30 will now cost you $60 on Steam. Developer Studio Wildcard says it’s to keep pricing parity with retail.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence, you’ve been sitting for a little too long then. Of course, we were warned. The game’s Early Access Steam page said that “… the game will be lower priced through Early Access, relative to its final full-version retail price.”

That full price is upon us. Of course, Xbox One users know that pain – the game’s been R899 on that console for a while now. Steam users won’t be paying nearly that much, with the game set at R 589.00, or R686.80 including the Scorched Earth content.

If you bought the game at any point during its Early Access, you’ll have the full game once it’s all updated.

With the game coming out of Early Access though it means it’ll also finally make its way to PlayStation 4. For whatever reasons, Sony’s not been especially keen on letting developers release games in Early Access on their console. Well, except for Mass Effect Andromeda.

Last Updated: July 6, 2017


  1. Matthew Holliday

    July 6, 2017 at 11:48

    To be expected I guess.
    This is sorta new territory, how many big games have actually gone from early access through to release like this?
    Dont see any value in the scorched earth bundle, since Ragnarok has sorta made scorched irrelevant.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      July 6, 2017 at 11:53

      Not *very* many. Elite: Dangerous, Kerbal Space Program, Don’t Starve, Nuclear Throne, Broforce, Armello…


  2. Admiral Chief

    July 6, 2017 at 12:13

    All aboard the nope boat


  3. Ottokie

    July 6, 2017 at 12:31

    Bought the game on the day it went early access. Great game, loads of fun and lots of good memories. But the dev’s went ahead and sullied their name and credibility and that lost them a lot of supporters.


    • Viper_ZA

      July 6, 2017 at 12:35

      Is it any good still? Bought it a couple of months ago, but like many of my Steam games, I am yet to try it out 🙂


      • Ottokie

        July 6, 2017 at 12:38

        It’s pretty good if you have some friends to play with and a decent graphics card since the dev’s spent more time bringing out new paid for DLC than actually optimizing the game.


        • Viper_ZA

          July 6, 2017 at 12:45

          Awesome, will wait for the DLC to be dirt cheap, should I get into it. Been racking up the hours on PUBG, which seems to be developing quite nicely.


          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 12:47

            I am almost calling it quits on PUBG, burning out hectically on that game. Will get back on the horse when the new map releases.

            As for the development, the dev’s are really working hard on it and it has improved enormously since release a few months back.

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 12:53

            Totally agree, I only get to play about 1-2hrs during the week so that has helped with it not getting stale for me as yet. New maps are looking good!

          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 12:55

            Have not really gone to check what it looks like since it’s now a love/hate relationship with the game.

            I lined up NieR, Crash Bandicoot Trilogy and the new Breath of the Wild. So I have a huge backlog before I return to it 😛

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 13:04

            Tell me about it. Got a Switch last week, together with BotW…ever growing backlog xD

          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 13:08

            Good stuff. That Switch is the best console I have bought since my PS2.

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 13:15

            Eagerly awaiting more titles to come out, but yes, looking very good thus far. Not planning on using it on the TV though, more for handheld only.

          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 13:18


            My Switch code 🙂

          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 13:19

            For when you want to get owned in Mario Kart xD

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 13:23

            Gimme about a week, huuuuuge balancing act at the moment hahaha

          • Ottokie

            July 6, 2017 at 13:21

            I actually ended up using it on the TV a lot more, has a lot more quality to graphics and I get to use my Pro controller instead of the controller for ants.

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 13:24

            I might just change my mind in future but with the PS4, 360 and a planned X1X its getting quite ridiculous errr space constraints and all xD

          • Matthew Holliday

            July 6, 2017 at 12:57

            Dont bother with getting Scorched Earth, the new Ragnarok map has all the scorched earth stuff in it.

          • Viper_ZA

            July 6, 2017 at 13:03

            Thanks for the heads up!

      • Matthew Holliday

        July 6, 2017 at 13:00

        1800 hours in and Im still finding stuff to do, so yeah, its a good time sink.
        spend your time finding a good server and you’ll have a good jam.
        Unofficial servers are where its at.


  4. RinceThis

    July 6, 2017 at 12:36

    Why Geoff? What have I done to thee!?


    • Original Heretic

      July 6, 2017 at 12:48

      Think of it this way: he’s not doing it TO you, he’s doing it FOR everyone else. You just happen to be the punchline.


      • RinceThis

        July 6, 2017 at 12:53

        Sigh. Nothing has changed since I was at school.


        • Original Heretic

          July 6, 2017 at 12:56

          As long as it’s only your friends being like this to you, then you got no issues. If it’s a stranger, then you tell us right away and we get to go medieval on someone’s ass.


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          July 6, 2017 at 13:11

          That’s not true. You’re a lot older.


  5. Magoo

    July 6, 2017 at 14:00

    Ow can we get a mic drop GIF? xD


  6. Captain JJ

    July 6, 2017 at 16:55

    Oh yes. Win for the ME joke.


  7. Aries

    July 6, 2017 at 17:59



  8. Dawid Eduard Roestorf

    July 7, 2017 at 10:20

    It has actually been on the ps4 since December 2016. Not only making its way to the ps4 now.

    Great game, if they can sort out the lag.



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