Took an Early Access game, full of bugs out of Early Access to justify paid DLC and an absurd price hike.
I purchased ARK about a year ago, on sale for about 13 bucks. This was before Wildcard studios released Scorched Earth, a paid DLC while the game was still in Early Access. Lucky for them, because I wouldn't have given wildcard studios a dime after that. For the money I spent, I had a pretty good time playing on a dedicated private server with friends. The game had a lot of bugs (still does) but I felt the developer was doing a decent job pushing updates. I liked the game enough that I was willing to give the developers more money once the game come out to expand the experience. Then Scorched Earth happened. Instead of fixing bugs, improving stability, or pushing quality updates, etc; Wildcard was building maps to sell to people instead of finishing the game. I guess it could be worse, at least they aren't using loot boxes to push micro-transactions.... yet. Now the game is "finished" and costs 60 bucks (it was $30-35 when in early access) and it's still a buggy mess. Even worse is they announced a season pass with the first DLC coming out in just a month after Ark's retail release which again shows they spent more time on DLC then finishing the actual game. Wildcard Studios got greedy and lost my business and the business of all my friends. If they would have gone about DLC in a way that wasn't so insulting, I would of happily shown my support through buying their DLCs.
If you must experience this game for yourself, wait for a price cut. I wouldn't pay more than $20. Though I would suggest that you give your hard earned cash to a more deserving developer.