Snail Games’ Ark: Survival Evolved spin-off, Ark Park, finally launches across all major VR headsets today, but there are some strange discrepancies with the game’s price.
Over on the UK PlayStation Store, where the game launched this morning with PlayStation VR (PSVR) support, Ark Park costs £44.99, which is easily in the upper echelon of prices for VR games. However, over on Steam where the game supports Rift, Vive and Windows VR, it only costs £31.99. We’ve reached out to developer and publisher Snail Games to ask after the reasoning behind the price difference. (Update: Though we’re still waiting for Snail Games to get back to us, we’ve spotted ‘Ark Park – Tek Edition’ on the game’s Steam page, which costs £36.99 and includes more content over the ‘Base Game’. The PS Store only lists one version of Ark Park, though, and it’s not clear which version it is, though there’s still an £8 difference if it is the Tek version.)
Developers usually cite charges for hosting content on the PlayStation Store as the reason for the increased price of a game but, even then, this is a big gap. As for the US, the game isn’t listed on the US PlayStation Store just yet, but costs $39.99 on Steam. We’ll update this story when we know the US price tag, and make sure to check back later today for our final impressions on Ark Park.