ARK Survival Evolved Will Not Wipe Official Servers For Launch On August 8th
Survival MMO ARK will not be wiping any of its official servers in the lead up to launch on August 8th. Instead, all official servers for both PvE and PvP will have a “Legacy” tag.
For brand new players who want a newer group experience, they can join a new PvP Server Cluster Network. This will launch and run separately from the PvP Legacy clusters. Moreover, a new server code and infrastructure will be rolling out at launch. This is to address a number of critical issues on new and legacy servers over time. Here’s a quote:
“Our current set of Official Servers will be rebranded as “Legacy” and indicated as such on all platforms. We will also be taking steps to remove some of our ‘ghost town’ servers, where the player population has remained near-zero for an extended duration of time. We’ll take a look at the statistics and will be repurposing 10% of the lowest count servers across all platforms. Once we know which servers these are; we’ll preserve the save files and upload them, so if you so wish to use them, you can. Players will also have time to move through Cross-ARK to a different secure Legacy server. Every three months we will be taking a review of the Legacy Officials to see what the numbers are like and may consider repurposing more ‘ghost towns’, however, the goal will be to preserve any place with human activity.”