Players are used to the fact that add-ons are released a few months after the release of the game. And often, when files of these DLC are found in files on the first day of release, crowds of disgruntled players go to Reddit to open a new scandal. However, the ARK: Survival Evolved developers decided to go further: they announced the release of the first paid ARK: Scorched Earth DLC for their game BEFORE the official release of the project.
Studio employee Jat, in a regular blog post of the company, explained that the developers want to continue the “aggressive” development of the game, preparing a great, complete product for release. But Studio Wildcard planned from the very beginning to go on the path of paid add-ons, and the company believes that there is no better time than the Early Access period, there is no way out for them.
What do you think, does the developer have the right to release paid add-ons, dividing the efforts of the developers and the player base into several halves during Early Access?