Wildcard Studios have advised us they gained’t be wiping Ark: Survival Evolved’s servers forward of launch on August eighth. Instead, the legacy servers, which have been plagued for months by gamers exploiting bugs to duplicate gadgets, will proceed as earlier than.
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This is all in keeping with a statement Wildcard co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz made on the sport’s Steam boards again in 2016. In it, Stieglitz says, “Here is the final word on the matter: we will not be wiping the official servers on Ark’s release.” However, that unique plan wasn’t at all times going to be caught to.
Just yesterday, Stieglitz known as us to say that he and the staff had, in reality, determined to wipe the servers forward of the launch.
Stieglitz advised us the plan was to take a snapshot of the servers right this moment and launch the save state on-line for followers who wished to proceed the legacy servers on their very own, whereas Wildcard wiped its official servers on August eighth.
“We had hoped to make it all the way to the full release of the game without wiping the servers, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Stieglitz advised us yesterday. “We had a good run with these servers, but there have been some serious technical issues over Ark’s lifespan that ultimately made them [not work] for the next phase of development. In particular, there’s a lot of rebalancing and bug-fixing that’s going to impact the game in positive ways, and make some of the issues go away.”
The fundamental driver behind the choice to wipe the servers was merchandise duplication. “There’s been a lot of item duplication issues in the last couple of months due to some aggressive hacking tactics that very skilled players have been using,” Stieglitz explains. “We’ve been biding our time and monitoring how they’re attaining this, closing some loopholes.
“It’s all kinds of strategies, however the backside line is that we’ve obtained options for the entire [problems]. It’s not a straightforward factor to deal with what has already transpired and make it honest for the brand new gamers which might be going to be coming in on the total launch. We can’t eliminate all of the Legacy gadgets that folks have created with these strategies.” So, fairly than have gamers enter an unbalanced server, the choice was made to begin it over once more.
Then, this morning, after our interview, Wildcard contacted us once more to say it had reversed its place and wouldn’t wipe the servers. Now we’re advised the server wipe will no longer be taking place, regardless of the various the explanation why it made sense to take action, as Stieglitz outlined to us yesterday.
More particulars of the plan for Ark’s servers might be introduced shortly.