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  • Genesis Part 2: Art, Music and June 2 Delay

    We’ve had our heads down as we push to get ARK: Genesis Part 2 across the finish line, and we’d like to take pause and touch base with an update for our community. 

    Firstly, here’s the reveal of the ARK Genesis 2 Main Theme Music, and Key Art -- which contains an important message that’s further explained below:

     

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    This final chapter of the ARK: Survival Evolved story is by far the most intricate and ambitious expansion we’ve yet created! We’re so excited to share it with you and proud of the team’s immense efforts, creativity, and passion. We truly believe Genesis 2 will be something special, and a fitting story conclusion to the journey you’ve taken with us in ARK over the past 6 years, and hope our players will feel likewise!

    As many of you are aware, we transitioned to a fully-remote working environment at the beginning of last year. Shifting from a collaborative in-office workflow to remote comes with unique challenges.

    The massive scope of Genesis Part 2, and our personally set challenge of ending ARK 1 with a bang, was compounded by the team having to work from home all the way through the forthcoming release. We have made the decision to delay the launch by one week, until June the 2nd. Just in time for the 6th Anniversary of ARK! 

    This was a difficult decision for us, since we’re as eager to get Genesis 2 into your hands as you are to play it--but ultimately we feel it’s the right decision to get the new content to our players in the best way on launch day, simultaneously across Steam, Epic Games Store, Xbox, and PlayStation.


    We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play Genesis Part 2 and take the first steps to the end -- or a new beginning? -- that you will agree the wait will have been worth it! 

    As HLN-A would say, “Hang in there, Survivors!” -- we’re almost home.

    - The Studio Wildcard Team

    P.S. Astrodelphis! (AKA Space Dolphins!)

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    Curious and inquisitive, the swift Astrodelphis may look like the cetaceans that once swam in Earth's oceans but this variation had loftier dreams and made an interstellar home amongst the stars, evolving unique traits. 


    Equip a Starwing Saddle, and you have a sentient spacecraft capable of blasting targets into oblivion.


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    2 hours ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    That's exactly how the software industry works, as soon as you release v1 (or sooner if you are a big studio) you start on the next money generator. You have a small skeletal crew releasing new assets to keep the players busy and fixing super minor or game breaking bugs for v1 but it's all hands-on deck for the next project.

    When Blizard releases a new expansion, they've long already long been working on the next.

    I'm willing to bet Ark 2 is more than 80% finished already.

    "Ark 2 is more than 80% finished"

    thats the sort of shmit we like to hear 😎

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    10 hours ago, Noa said:

    True i don't know when they think to start with Ark 2.

    I guessed they will start when engine will be aviable.

    Also i guessed they will start when they finally finish genesis 2 and have all resources needed to start new project.

    Your insinuation that they have already started could mean less resources for Ark 1 and that ARK 1  suffered a lot because devs played  with new project and postponing Ark 1  work instead to fix bugs and finish actual project.

    Well @Joebl0w13 already commented on the bit about Ark 2 being in production long before Gen 2 finished, that's how business works. You have seen the Ark 2 announcement trailer right? Which clearly shows work has begun.

    As for your point about the engine that's wrong. They will currently be developing Ark 2 in Unreal Engine 4.x.x which is upgradable to 5.0. So when 5.0 is released, or before Ark 2 is released the devs will convert it to 5.0.

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    Let's be honest with ourselves did we really expect a game company known for shoddy dlc and very shoddy updates to actually release anything on time. To postpone it again simply for it to be released on or near the anniversary date of ark is bonkers in my opinion. I get why but come on you guys at wild card have made what almost a million or close too it just off this Genesis dlc. Am completing on asking for a refund and then go buy RUST.

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    Damn I tried to wait for a good time to request time off my job and now days befor release you guys delay it. I've never had time off for new maps and this WAS guna be different. So thx....

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    Where is the special offer for Gen Season Pass for the release? That would be a nice gift for the delay :D Some more players I got on hand for the game and Gen 2. 

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    1 hour ago, LyrikKardinal said:

    Where is the special offer for Gen Season Pass for the release? That would be a nice gift for the delay :D Some more players I got on hand for the game and Gen 2. 

    That would only be a gift for those that don't already have the Genesis pass, where as the majority affected by the delay will already have it.

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    So what yall getting into this week i know one thing u won't be getting into LOL

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    Whenever it is released... I think my world will be so much better.  Not because I will be playing Gen - Part 2, but because all the players that have played regular Ark forever and just sit around duplicating / replicating / mass breeding their 1000s of gigas will finally have something else to do.  Maybe, just maybe the normal game will a little less laggy.  So yeah!  The new game will be freaking awesome for the rest of us that just want to play normal Ark. 👍

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    On 5/25/2021 at 12:08 PM, GP said:

    That would only be a gift for those that don't already have the Genesis pass, where as the majority affected by the delay will already have it.

    Yeah I know :D

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    On 5/20/2021 at 3:16 PM, khanthe said:

    Super excited for the launch! Good luck polishing it up :)

    Me too

     

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    I am super excited that WILDCARD has had yet another Delay / Push Back on a date.  There pro at pushing release dates back. 💯

    ARK 2 Official - RELEASE 2025.

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    4 minutes ago, TaryTale said:

    When? Today is 2 June. Other year? 😄

    I’m waiting also

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    Can we have the map name for unofficial servers to get prepared please?

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    2 minutes ago, Gollum99 said:

    Anny announcement? Timers? Popcorn?

     

     

    No announcement or timers yet, it's still the early hours over in the States.

    Popcorn however.....

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    I Can't wait!!!! I've just been looking at steam every now and then to check if it launched 

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    I'll be more shocked that it it launches today than if they announced another delay tbh.

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    dno if it is accurate but there is a timer on twitch
     

     

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    3 minutes ago, Xystos said:

    dno if it is accurate but there is a timer on twitch
     

     

    Since it's not the official channel. You know it's not accurate.

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    7 hours ago, Larkfields said:

    Can we have the map name for unofficial servers to get prepared please?

    I've asked for this on Twitter and every other damn place I can think of. Utter silence. Every new release why's the name of the damn map treated like a state secret??? It's 1 PM Eastern and still no hint on when - or if - the launch is happening today, can we at least get this basic info to get our servers set up? Or are you telling me the map name isn't finalized yet xD

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    42 minutes ago, Xystos said:

    dno if it is accurate but there is a timer on twitch
     

     

    "Estimated" release timer, meaning, "we'll pick some random-ass time and post a countdown clock to drum up viewers." Nothing but clickbait.

    And speaking of clickbait, i think i'll be taking a pass on ARK 2 until it's out for like a year or two and on sale. They got me with the season pass this time around, but I'm supposed to be excited about a sequel when the first game still has a billion bugs, glitches, and functions that *never worked right from the day they were introduced* and *still don't work right three years later*, and have any confidence that ARK 2 won't just be more of the same? No thank you. Meanwhile small indie dev teams of like, eight people, or 3 people, or ONE DUDE, are creating innovative games with attention to detail, polish, and oh yeah, BUG FIXING. I wanna hear about WIldCode's commitment to quality and decision to stand behind their product that will make the ARK 2 experience different than the original release that was so infamous for its broken bits, it became a standard running joke to include ARK in Steam reviews of other games as the top of the "bugs" scale. Hey you're making a sequel and you have a cute cartoon out, that's great, maybe finish what you started first if you want repeat customers.

     

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