ARK Survival Evolved’s Genesis chapter has launched, with the second part coming next winter

ARK Survival Evolved’s Genesis chapter has launched, with the second part coming next winter

After quite a bit of delay, ARK Survival Evolved has finally pushed out the first chunk of its Genesis content. Genesis was originally announced last August, the first part meant to release in December. At the very end of January, Studio Wildcard finally admitted it was delaying it until February 25th for polishing and balancing. And that means it’s live now.

“Expanding the ARK storyline with all-new mission-based gameplay, ARK: Genesis leads Survivors through beautiful yet lethal new worlds filled with exotic creatures, craftable items, and weapons unlike anything seen before on the ARK! In the massive ARK: Genesis – Part 1 expansion, Survivors wake up within a virtual simulation accompanied by the strangely familiar ‘HLN-A’ companion. Together they must overcome the simulation’s rigorous tests and only by fighting, building, taming, and exploring this new world will Survivors uncover the secrets behind this forbidding place.”

The studio further talks up the new biomes (“fetid alien bogs, deep undersea trenches, frigid mountain peaks, even the unstable low-gravity surface of an alien moon”), new critters, and new tools and structures to build. It’s live now on PC and console for $34.99 – that’s for the whole season pass, which also includes part 2, though it’s not slated to launch until “winter 2020.”

Source: Press release

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WC can’t be trusted, that’s just fact. They screw up every launch and have very shady business practices that has been about stealing from Peter to pay Paul ever since Scorched Earth. They create some fun and interesting elements in the survival genre, but buying this at full price and playing it the month it comes out is the worst thing you could do. Give it a few months, wait until if goes on sale or better yet, wait until a modder takes the assets they’ve created and does them 10 times better on a new map and then play. If you continue to get burned by them your voice counts for nothing.


Haven’t I paid for this game multiple times already? :p I mean, enough is enough. Now they’re charging us twice for a single expansion? I think I’ll keep it uninstalled.

Used to love it back in the day though.


I will not reinstall ARK…I will not reinstall ARK…


Quick warning if you haven’t played since the update:

Wildcard has been “kind” enough to reset all game settings to default. Everything. Graphics, sound, game, mod settings. Absolutely everything. With no warning.

Check your settings prior to launch — if you had a (single player) game going with mods (or reliant on custom settings) and you don’t reactivate/fix them prior to starting, you’re VERY likely to lose stuff.
(Been there a few times before and it really sucks)

Also reading reviews on Steam I am feeling so happy I didn’t buy the Genesis season pass prior to release of the first map (remembering the debacle surrounding Aberration/Extinction) … and I certainly am not planning to go do so either!