The dev team behind ARK: Survival Evolved, an open-world multiplayer survival adventure featuring tameable dinosaurs, base building, and consumable poop has just released the game’s 2nd DLC expansion only a week after the game has been out of beta. Take a look at the trailer:
Reading the description, we see that Studio Wildcard has this to say:
Waking up on ‘Aberration’, a derelict, malfunctioning ARK with an elaborate underground biome system, survivors face exotic new challenges unlike anything before: extreme radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, cave dwellings, charge-batteries, and far more, along with a stable of extraordinary new creatures await within the mysterious depths. But beware the ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids which have evolved into vicious light-hating monstrosities! On Aberration, survivors will uncover the ultimate secrets of the ARKs, and discover what the future holds in store for those strong and clever enough to survive!
Sounds pretty good, yeah? Looks pretty good as well. But as is common with games which release paid DLC, some players are not happy, including many with anywhere from several hundred hours to several thousand hours of playtime:
The concept is great, and I had a lot of fun with it early on, but when you invest in an Early Access title, you expect that money to be spent on developing and fixing the core game, NOT on early access DLCs for your early access game. Now that they’re apparently done, they double the price and do the same shady season pass moneygrabbing BS everyone else do…So yeah, game’s fun, but the pricetag and business practices leaves a bad taste, at least to me.
-YotsuMD, 409 hours in-game
In fact, the price of ARK did increase 100% to $60 after the devs released the 1.0 update, but many players complain that there are still numerous bugs, cheaters, and unpatched exploits that they feel the dev team is ignoring in favor of releasing more paid content.
Don’t trust Wildcard.
They lie. The only thing relased officialy is the price.
Game is still an early access level. Bugs, Duping, cheaters, etc.
DO NOT PAY 60€ for this.
-Bob, 2,309 hours in-game
But not all players are upset; some are excited to purchase and play the new paid expansions:
Ark – does it have bugs still? Yes.
Game breaking? Yes.. but rare.
Can placing structures still be frustrating? Yes…. but workable
I wont say Ark is worth $60usd… that is subjective
I will say Ark is/has been a ton of fun, both game wise and social wise (met a heap of great pple from all over the globe)
So it IS worth playing… it IS worth your time… it IS addictive as chocolate.
-Vesuvious, 2,519 hours in-game
But enough of reviews, let’s take a look at the juicy stuff: what the new expansion will offer. The storyline of the new map seems to be that players will wake up on a new ARK on which the maintenance systems have malfunctioned or gone completely offline, resulting in new creatures, radioactive sunlight, and a need for most gameplay to be underground.
This will result in players having to navigate massive cave systems using tools such as climbing pick or ziplines. Should they venture above ground, it seems that the new expansion will even introduce wingsuits to the mix. The megaboss of this ARK seems to be the “Nameless Queen”, a depth-dwelling creature which, if tamed, will be able to kill foes using a chest-burster baby, a la Alien. Let’s take a look at some media released with the announcement:
Despite the mixed fanbase opinions in response to the paid DLC expansion, it seems ARK: Aberration is packed full of new content, with an entirely new map to explore, new weapons to unlock, and new creatures to discover. Will it be worth the $20 price tag? Keep an eye open until next month to find out, as Aberration is slated for release in October 2017.