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Indie dino sim ARK: Survival Evolved is doubling in price as it gets ready for official release

by Eric Frederiksen | July 7, 2017July 7, 2017 6:00 pm PST

Dinosaur survival game ARK: Survival Evolved has been thriving on Steam Early Access for well over a year now, as well as on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is riding quickly toward its official release date, though, when it’ll see boxed copies appear on shelves for the first time. On shelves, though, it’ll go for a full $60, and now the price of the game is jumping up across all platforms to reflect that.

The game’s Steam page does say that the price will jump when the game leaves early access, but that release date is still a full month out. For gamers who were hoping for one more sale before the game releases, this is likely an unpleasant surprise. Even stranger is the comparison between ARK and other survival-style games like Rust and Conan Exiles. While Wildcard Studios is asking for $60 for their game, other survival titles go for half that, or less.

As one of Steam’s most-played games (at the time of writing), people are sure to take notice of the jump, and it may prove a hard pill to swallow.

Retail requirements

The studio is saying that this is to “ensure retail parity for the upcoming launch.” Chances are, to get that game on shelves, there has to be a promise in place that they won’t go and undercut the price with a lower digital price – at least for a certain period of time.

If you’re looking to dive into ARK‘s world of dinosaurs, you may want to wait a bit.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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