Ark: Survival Evolved screenshot of a mighty dragon

Back in June Ark: Survival Evolved developers pinned the official launch date on August 8th, but unfortunately it would appear that their estimate was a bit too ambitious. In order to have everything up and ready for launch the developers have now pushed back the release date to August 29th, though this news isn't all negative.

Since they now have a few extra weeks on their hands, the developers have decided to put even more features and content into the already massive Ragnarok update that will coincide with the full release. As such, you can expect an absolutely gigantic update, far bigger than what the developers initially advertised. As for what exactly the update will contain, here's what the developers were willing to share:

"On the date of release, the overground of the world will increase by approximately one quarter, which is near-enough a 'TheIsland-sized' expansion; the update will feature new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, an epic boss encounter, new engrams, and something secret the Ragnarok team are cooking up! We will also be adding their custom creatures to our main game, which will allow players to transfer them via the CrossARK system, so you'll be able to bring over your Ice Wyverns to The Island, The Center, and Scorched Earth!"

There are also a variety of other changes and improvements planned for the future, so if you're interested in all of the details you'll find the full announcement post over at the official website. If you're just interested in what the developers are working on right now, however, allow me to leave you with the brief list:

First of all, there will be a lot of focus on PC Performance this month (don’t worry console-users, you’ll be receiving these updates too!). We will be porting over a lot of the improvements we made on console, as well as working with our industry partners to bring up that PC performance to get you the best possible experience.

Secondly, we will be immediately (as I type this the engineers and gameplay programmers are working on the update) showing some love to these aspects of the game:

Multiplayer Bosses; let's face it, they're ridiculous, we know why and we're going to fix it. You'll soon be able to enter the boss arenas and fight bosses at reasonable difficulty, it'll still be a challenge, just no longer a monumental/near-impossible task.

The Baby-to-Juvie-Stasis issue; that's also getting fixed. For those not familiar, this is the problem where baby-creatures are entering stasis which (sort of) prevents them from ageing, and therefore they're not eating from troughs which result in death.

The Center & Under the Mesh; we're going to be implementing a technical solution to stop jerks from going under the map and raiding people. This one will take a little bit longer, but we'll have it in as soon as possible. 

Ark: Survival Evolved screenshot of Bob Ross