Holy dino, a big blow in the head to Ark’s developers did occur this last week.
The developers of Ark got that “great” idea to release a cool DLC that people had to pay for.
Now Ark is in Early Access which means that its not a final game and people are actually paying for helping with the test of the game.
When that is said the game has been playable ever since it landed on Steam, with a few bugs here and there, but nothing that prevented people from playing for 1000 of hours.
Anyway people got really pissed off by this new DLC, not so much because of the cost of 20 euro, but because they feel that the game is still and alpha or maybe beta game and to have to pay for an unfinished game (more than paid initially) is apparently too much for a huge amount of players.
The game-forums around is filled with people complaining and worse is that on Steam the rewievs is now mostly negative, where it until the new DLC was mostly positive. More than 10000 people has given it a bad review all because of a paid DLC. Its a bit of a shame if that scares someone away from buying it, because its a really great game.
Many youtubers did what they could to hype the DLC by streaming from it already the first days, but that is apparently not enough. The bashing goes on and on now, still on the 8.th day since release.
All this made the developers of Ark (Wildcard) to send out a statement:
We’d like to provide our official take on the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack, and the future of ARK. Put simply: we are absolutely committed to driving aggressive development towards a solid, feature-robust game launch for ARK: Survival Evolved. Everyone at Wildcard wakes up every day thinking about how we can make ARK into a better game today than it was the day before. It’s not always easy, but our intent is ever-forward progress towards a retail release that will be far more ambitious in scope and features than our original vision when we launched ARK into Steam Early Access in June 2015. Your feedback enables us to continually expand the game to become better than ever!
Scorched Earth: Our original vision for ARK always included the creation of Expansion ARKs, along with the infrastructure and technical systems to transfer data dynamically between live ARKs. We determined that it is more sound to iterate on these systems during Early Access than after retail launch, given the significant risks involved if we didn’t “get it right”. While that meant unveiling the first Expansion early, it also means an easier time integrating further post-launch Expansions into the ARK network. We understand that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and we appreciate the enjoyment people seem to be getting out of this initial view of how Expansion ARKs can work. Now that we have the systems in place to support them, we can ensure minimal integration issues with subsequent releases after ARK: Survival Evolved itself has launched.