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Ark: Survival Evolved is out of early access and officially available in version 1.0 form today on PC and consoles, with physical editions also available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Sure, you could have been playing it all this time, but if you were waiting until they were officially finished making it...


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I’ve been googling, and I’ve yet to find a clear answer. When a game leaves early access, do players who participated and paid for the 1.0 release of the game free, or do they need to buy the 1.0 version separately?

I’ve just started pc gaming after building my first pc, and so far it’s been great.