ARK Dev: We’re Excited About PS4, But We Wish Sony Had An Early Access Program
As you know, ARK: Survival Evolved recently released on Xbox One's Game Preview program (we've even published a preview of it). The game is very popular there and the developer will soon publish a patch to resolve frame rate issues, add content and split screen.
Considering that the game has been on Steam Early Access since June 2015 (to hop on the Jurassic World hype train, of course), the only platform where you still can't play ARK is Sony's PlayStation 4. PlayStation gamers will have to wait for the full release planned for June 2016, but in the meantime Studio Wildcard's Cofounder and Creative Director Jesse Rapczak talked about this version in an interview published by Gamespot.
We're pretty excited about PS4. We wish Sony had an early access program, and a lot of people have been asking us for it. We just kind of got to say, "Well you know, it's not really up to us. It's the way Sony runs things, the game pretty much has to be finished." There are a few exceptions that we're not quite sure why they made an exception for one game or the other, but Ark is in the state where at present time unless it's finished, it's not coming out on PS4 until they have some other program that allows us to do that. That being said we are really excited about it.
It feels weird to say this, but fortunately the Sony players will benefit greatly from the Xbox early access. Even though they're different platforms, they're both consoles. Console gamers have lots of similarity; it doesn't matter what platform you're playing on. That being said, all of the feedback we're getting from Xbox is really great for whatever console we ever launch Ark on. It's unfortunate that some gamers can't experience that right now and take part in development as the Xbox players are, but you know, I do encourage anybody who's a PlayStation fan and has a PS4 to ask Sony for the program; maybe they'll decide to let a game like ours be in an early access-type program. Also if they do want to be involved there's still PC. Even if you've got an older PC you can still play the game on PC, give us feedback. A lot of the changes that we're making on Xbox will be rolled back into the PC version eventually like the way the controller works and things like that.
This is definitely an interesting topic. Sony is the only major platform which does not currently provide any sort of Early Access program - would you like this to change? You can vote in the poll below and leave a comment too, if you're so inclined. By the way, the PlayStation 4 version of ARK will feature support for PlayStation VR, so that should make up for all this wait for those interested in truly experiencing the world of ARK first hand.