Developers Studio Wildcard has provided some great news to ARK Survival Evolved fans on PS4 and Xbox One waiting for the next big update.
A new announcement made this week has confirmed a release window for the Crystal Isles expansion, which will be free for all console players to download.
Developed from a fan mod, the map offers up new survival challenges to beat and exclusive dinos to battle.
And while modding is not a feature available on PS4 or Xbox One for ARK, Crystal Isles is now officially supported by developers Studio Wildcard.
This is what will make it possible to play it on consoles later this Summer, and we even have a rough idea on when that will be.
According to a new statement released by Wildcard, the exciting ARK Crystal isles update will be arriving on consoles near the end of August.
Wildcard says it will be available during the last week of August, which could mean waiting until the last day of next month.
Here’s what Wildcard shared this week about the impending launch, telling gamers: “Just over the horizon, you can look forward to.
“‘The Crystal Isles’ Free DLC on console: This includes the map in its entirety as well as three new tamable and breedable Crystal Wyverns. We are planning to release this significant update during the last week of August 2020.
“Tender Love and Care Pass 3: This patch will overhaul two classic creatures with a new makeover containing updated models, animations, visuals, and new gameplay functionality for them.
“We’ll also be doing further general quality of life, balance, and gameplay changes to the core-game in this update. Our much anticipated TLC 3 pass is planned for a simultaneous release on all platforms in October 2020! More on that a little later 😉
“On behalf of the broader Wildcard team, we want to thank you for your ongoing support.
“We are continuously humbled and appreciative of the community’s creativity, passion, dedication! We’re looking forward to sharing ARK’s next chapter with you and a very exciting 2020 & 2021.”
Wildcard has also confirmed that a new ARK Survival Evolved update is being released this week across all platforms.
This won’t add any new content to the game, but it could still prove very popular with gamers.
This will contain a ton of balance changes that aim to make the game more enjoyable to play.
No release time has been set for this new ARK update, but we would expect it to be available by around 8pm BST.
The downside to all this news is that Wildcard has also confirmed that they will be delaying the new Genesis DLC release until early in 2021.
The good news is that gamers will at least get to see more of what’s coming in 2021, with Wildcard confirming today:
“Near the beginning of this year, the studio transitioned to working remotely. While the development of Genesis Part 2 has been ongoing throughout, and significant progress has been made, going from a highly collaborative in-office workflow to remote comes with specific challenges.
Upon further evaluation, we now have a better sense of the production timeline for Genesis Part 2. The new locked-in release date is now March 2021 simultaneously on all platforms. We understand that you are eager to get into it, and this news is disappointing; however, we are passionate about delivering something genuinely special, memorable, and suitably epic. This additional time allows us to ensure a better and unique experience and is well worth the investment.
We’ll be showing an extensive first-look at Genesis Part 2 later this year, revealing more details about completing your quest for ultimate survival; the forthcoming preview will reveal some of the new creatures, items, locations, features, and more.”