Studio Wildcard, the creators of the survival game ArK: Survival Evolved, have said that they won’t be wiping the Ark: Survival Evolved PVP servers just a day after they announced that they would. The PVP servers would have been wiped before the game finally left early access before its August release.
Ark: Survival Evolved has been in early access for the past two years, ever since it arrived to the service in 2015. Since then the game has gone through a lot of updates, and has even released a standalone variant of its PVP mode, Ark: Survival of the Fittest. Now, with its planned release date of August 8 finally arriving, it seems like that’s finally coming to an end.
If Studio Wildcard had gone through with their plan and wiped the servers the day before the game launches, it would have forced other players who had been playing the game’s PVP ever since it became available to completely start over, making new characters and having to progress up through the tech tree again.
The motivation behind the Ark: Survival Evolved PVP servers being wiped was due to it apparently becoming a broken mess; players were taking advantage of an item duplication glitch that made continuing to operate those servers untenable, at least with how they were. Players have also been able to cause competitors in PVP servers to crash, or flood server memory in order to take it down.
However, it seems that Wildcard has had second thoughts, and instead won’t be wiping those servers after all. Instead, they’ll be running two varieties of Ark: Survival Evolved PVP servers. One category will be the old, early-access servers where legacy players that want to keep their advantages, while the other category will be a new and more advanced infrastructure where players can start over, hopefully without cheaters being able to abuse the system as much.