It’s been available to play on the Xbox One since December 2015 through the Game Preview program, but Ark: Survival Evolved is now getting on official release date of August 29th 2017.
Studio Wildcard announced today that it has passed full certification for its dinosaur survival-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved and will be shipping its full release to physical retail and digital stores later this month.
Ark: Survival Evolved is an action-adventure survival video game where players must survive being stranded on an island filled with roaming dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players.
“The evolution of ARK has taken a 2-year journey through early access, and the full version will demonstrate that the extra time in development was put to good use,” said Doug Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder Studio Wildcard. “We spent the extra time squashing bugs, improving performance, enhancing the single player experience and delivering the end-game content that will reveal the full story of ARK. We’re excited to finally get it into the hands of survivors everywhere!”
The game will be released physically as 3 versions:
ARK: Survival Evolved – This base game includes everything a burgeoning Jurassic adventurer needs to get started in the world of ARK. It’s the core game, and all free content released up to this point, offering up hundreds of hours of gameplay to players.
ARK: Survival Evolved – Explorer’s Edition – The Explorer’s Edition takes the base game, and adds even MORE – introducing a Season Pass that will grant access to all expansion packs, starting with Scorched Earth (available now) and including more packs launching later this year and into 2018.
ARK: Survival Evolved – Limited Collector’s Edition (pictured above) – The ultimate ARK fan’s dream, the limited Collector’s Edition is a collectible faux-wooden chest box that contains the ARK Explorer’s Edition (base game + Season Pass) along with a handcrafted leather-bound Explorer’s Notebook, featuring the Dossiers of every in-game creature, an official ARK necklace, cloth map of the ARK island, a poster of the Studio Wildcard development team and The official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack, recorded live by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
For all you keen Ark players a new update is out and its brought a whole host of goodies with it.
The latest patch brings us to version 731 and with it the long-awaited Split Screen ability, so there is no reason you have to die alone now. We’re also introduced to three new dinosaurs, the Dung Beetle, Dimetrodon and Gallimimus.
Along with a whole host of other features the main updates include;
SWAT-style Assault Armor for all your raiding needs!
Greenhouse structure pieces to aid survivors in growing crops
The shockingly powerful Electric Prod easily capable of knocking you out.
Deep-Sea Loot Crates: swim into the deep and discover the highly valuable loot that exists below
Craftable Beer Kegs for making tasty brews, with various status enhancing effects, however the subsequent ‘hangover’ effects are not so pleasant!
The next update for Ark Survival Evolved on Xbox One is nearly upon us and the team at Studio Wildcard has some treats in store. Apart from the normal adjustments to how the game plays and the frame rate issues, a recent twitter from the official Ark account revealed the added option of split screen multiplayer for both local and online play.
Now it was only December last year that Studio Wildcard was talking about split screen but said it would be for local play only, so it will be interesting to see if there has been a change of heart and both local and online play will have the option. What’s more the split screen play is exclusive to Xbox One.
The latest patch update is scheduled for February 10, but as we know this could change. Until then though here is a little taster of whats to come:
Join Greg Giddens and Neale Jarrett for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 20 Sober Neale High Greg – where the duo talk about how their Christmas and New Year break went, as well as their obsession with Rainbow Six Siege and Fallout 4. The pair also talk about Life is Strange, Ark: Survival Evolved and The Banner Saga.
There’s also a competition to win backward compatibility codes for the Gears of War series, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and Just Cause 2. All you have to do to enter is create an image of what you think Greg looks like. We encourage you to use the back catalogue of podcasts to help paint the picture, such as Greg’s MGS V robot arm, and many more titbits shared over the last 20 episodes. Send your image to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight 22nd January and Neale will choose a winner on the next podcast.
Ark: Survival Evolved challenges you to survive in a harsh world of hungry dinosaurs and intractable human survivors, as you scrounge for food and resources to keep yourself fed, warm and safe from the many dangers lurking outside. It’s a wonderfully compelling experience, where survival is multifaceted, difficult and interesting, all thanks to a complex but intuitive environment and a community that’s engaged with the survival aspect of the title. It’s not without its issues but with a further five months until its official launch there’s plenty of time for the wrinkles to be ironed out.
Once you’ve built your character, morphing them into whatever humanoid shape you desire on the character creation screen, and woken dazed and confused in the world, it’s time to gather food, find or build somewhere warm, and survive the harsh wilderness and it’s fauna. You start off alone in this prehistoric environment – unless you’ve created your own multiplayer game – running alive with dinosaurs. Over 60 species of ancient beasts are wondering around, some of which are happy to ignore you unless you attack first, but many would like nothing more than to feast on your highly customisable form.
Figuring out how to survive and what to do next is fairly intuitive, largely because it’s logical. Flint, stone, wood and fibre allows you to start building the most basic survival tools, including a fire to keep yourself warm and illuminate the world at night, and can be gathered by picking up objects on the ground, harvesting from nearby flora, or punching a tree Minecraft style. Beyond the basic, however, you’ll need to unlock engrams which act as blueprints for new craftable objects, including structures and weapons. These engrams can be unlocked when you level up, with experience earnt through practically any action you take. It doesn’t take long before you’re building multi-floored structures as well as deadly weapons and defences, and are pushing out further and further from the safety of your camp to discover what else this prehistoric land has to offer.
The most obvious thing to discover are the many dinosaurs. Hunting them is a difficult and adrenaline fuelled test of might that’s naturally highly compelling, but knocking them out, nursing them back to health and taming them so they can be ridden or form a defensive pack to defend your camp is the true challenge. This is the crux of the Ark experience and it’s absolutely incredible to ride around on a large beast, or better yet fly. However, surviving long enough to craft the equipment needed to claim dominion over these prehistoric beasts is very difficult, fortunately it’s made easier playing with others.
Either by joining one of the servers filled with players, or by joining or hosting your own private game, you’ll be joined by other players looking to survive. Remarkably we found the community to be largely welcoming and engaged with the idea of surviving together and working towards the goal of building large, well-protected settlements, making the PvP (player verses player) aspect a nice addition to let off steam rather than the sole focus. This also made surviving against the powerful dinosaurs and the unforgiving environment more entertaining and less frustrating, accelerating the time it takes to build complex structures, which on your own are extremely slow and arduous and providing that all important backup when trying to capture the larger creatures roaming nearby.
However, that’s not to say Ark isn’t fun when you’re surviving alone, it may be harder but it’s hugely satisfying to make it alone in this hostile world. However, the multiplayer aspect is a very important part of the experience. The intractability of humans makes approaching another player an intense and scary experience, as you decide who you can trust, and if when two groups of players decide to wage war against each other, raiding settlements and causing havoc, the experience can shift to either fast paced team warfare or tactical hit and run. Indeed other players make the experience wonderfully varied and unpredictable, not to mention fun and engaging.
However, we did encounter some limitations and bugs that caused some frustrations. Objects in the environment such as trees and rocks would occasionally spawn in the middle of structures and cause problems building things, whilst other times trees and rocks would regenerate but not be harvestable. Meanwhile, bodies of those you’ve slain or logged out team mates would also get in the way of building structures. Additionally combat is loose and inaccurate, Ark is very much focused on the survival aspect of the experience and not the combat and this focus will need to be balanced some more before the two meld properly. Furthermore, with a hosted session you’re restricted to moving within a certain radius of the host and this causes a significant restriction with what you can do within the game-world. Servers are also quite limited right now, making it difficult if not impossible to join and game with friends. Finally the UI retains its PC style and is unwieldy to use with a controller.
Ark: Survival Evolved is a compelling survival game that’s ideal for multiplayer hijinks, challenging but highly satisfying for solo survival, and interesting and fun regardless. Survival is the primary experience on offer, with the added fun of dinosaurs, but there’s a sci-fi story to discover as well, one that helps drive the experience forward when building and taming dinosaurs becomes a chore. However, in our experience the survival aspect never approached boring and easily entertained us with building, gathering and hunting. Roll on summer when this sees a full release and achievements are finally added.
What is it about dinosaurs that we all love? My son is infatuated with them, and while we had Turok back in the day, dinosaurs and games never really gelled – until now.
Ark:Survival Evolved might just be the dino game that every boy has dreamt of playing – you must hunt to survive and build shelters, farm crops and craft items – dinosaurs can even be tamed – check it out below, and if you’re still not convinced then you can see for yourself how the game holds up when it comes to Game Preview later this year – an early access program that includes a sizeable timed demo and an option to buy the game as it currently stands at a reduced price.
Independent developer, Studio Wildcard’s open-world dinosaur adventure, ARK: Survival Evolved, will be coming to Xbox One in 2016.
The game takes on the survival genre with a blend of multiplayer co-op and competition. You awake, starving and naked on the beach of a mysterious island among a throng of other confused humans. On ARK, you must hunt, harvest, craft, research and build in order to protect yourself against the scorching hot days, freezing cold nights, ferocious weather and deadly wildlife.
Tame the dinosaurs and other Jurassic creatures, craft weapons to defend yourself and gain much-needed experience to better your character’s attributes.
Studio Wildcard’s co-founder, Jesse Rapczak explains,
ARK taps into the scale, size and wildly unpredictable nature of the dinosaur eras like no other game before it, then pairs it with the wonders of exploration and technological discovery. We’re particularly excited to bring ARK to consoles, as open-world survival gameplay is typically found solely in PC games.
The game will include 60 dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, some gargantuan in nature and you can tame some of these beasts to aid you in your survival, but it’s not just the animal life you have to worry about. Other players will be organising rebel tribes with the aim to destroy anything they see as a threat. Hope and pray this isn’t you as the tech tree spans the primitive stone-age all the way to the modern electric-powered era and beyond.
ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Xbox One in 2016 and, as usual, I’ve found you all a lovely trailer to whet your appetite.