Ark: Survival Evolved is one of Steam Early Access’ best supported games, with frequent updates keeping the game stable and fresh. But the pace of updates won’t be kept up forever, and the closer we get to the game’s full release, the fewer updates we’ll see.
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Talking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ark’s co-creative director Jesse Rapczak said: “Our pace of updates will slow down a lot as we get towards release, as we don’t want to be iterating on new stuff as we try to polish the game,”
“We’ll see a slowdown. We have a target around the beginning of next year to start locking down and doing a formal alpha and beta period with the game, so that we can ship and really open up our options for release.”
With the full game released, Studio Wildcard will turn their attention to developing an expansion pack for the game, rather than continually patching the base game. This expansion will add “lots of extra gameplay hours and story extensions” said Rapczak.