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'Open-world survival RPG Ark: Survival Ascended surprise launches on PC, gameplay trailer finally revealed'

"Ark: Survival Ascended surprises fans with a surprise PC launch and first-ever gameplay trailer showcasing stunning graphics and new content."

In a surprising turn of events, Ark: Survival Ascended, the open-world survival RPG remake, has released its first-ever gameplay trailer alongside its launch on PC. After a controversial reveal and months of silence, fans were beginning to worry about the game's progress. However, Studio Wildcard has finally unveiled the gameplay footage, showcasing the remastered forests and dinosaurs powered by Unreal Engine 5.

The launch trailer not only highlights the stunning visuals but also emphasizes the improvements and enhancements made to the gameplay. Utilizing the cutting-edge power of Unreal Engine 5, the game's codebase has been completely rewritten, and its artwork recreated to fully take advantage of the engine's capabilities. With features like fully dynamic Global Illumination ('Lumen'), the game achieves a level of realism and detail never seen before.

The graphics alone are enough to impress even the most seasoned gamers. Ark: Survival Ascended truly showcases the potential of the Unreal Engine 5. However, players are also eager to experience the gameplay-facing upgrades that come with the remaster. The game includes the original game's major updates, such as Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, Ark Genesis Part 1, and Ark Genesis Part 2. Additionally, the developers have promised to regularly add new expansion worlds and introduce their own content roadmap, including gameplay and quality-of-life changes, new DLC, and seasonal events.

While Ark 2 takes a different direction as a Souls-like adventure, Studio Wildcard recognizes the importance of the original Ark experience for their community. Ark: Survival Ascended allows players to enjoy the beloved gameplay in next-gen quality with ongoing developer support. The game also encourages the growth of user-generated content, providing an exciting opportunity for creators.

It's worth noting the journey that led to the release of Ark: Survival Ascended. Initially described as a free update, it evolved into a $50 remaster, which sparked some backlash from players. Eventually, it became a $60 remaster bundled with DLC. The developers acknowledged the need for a gameplay trailer to convince players of the game's worth, and they finally delivered on the day of the game's launch.

Now, Ark enthusiasts can make their own judgment on whether the move to Ark: Survival Ascended was worthwhile. The game offers a fresh and enhanced experience, combining stunning visuals with engaging gameplay updates. With its release on PC, players can dive into the remastered world of Ark and embark on new adventures.

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