Ark: Survival Evolved is as the name implies; a survival game. Players begin stranded on a mysterious island, using survival skills to tame or hunt the primeval creatures on the island. Players must also hunt and scavenge for resources, build shelters, craft items, and develop other methods to survive on the island, all while sharing the world with other players who are after the same goal
Ark has been available for two years now, however it’s been in Early Access for that entire time. Today, it finally launches in full on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and Studio Wildcard is throwing in some new content to mark the occasion.
Alongside its release, Ark is getting a substantial update. This includes a full orchestral soundtrack, a new storyline, new end-game content, otters and phoenixes, among other things.
Ark’s full release has been a long time coming; it was originally listed for launch in Summer 2016. After being delayed, it was scheduled to launch on August 8, 2017, but that date was pushed back as well because the certification process took longer than expected.
Even excluding the delays, the run-up to launch hasn’t been exactly smooth for Studio Wildcard. It sparked controversy among fans when it announced that the price of the game was doubling ahead of release; the Early Access version cost a great deal less. Further, it previously announced that it would wipe competitive multiplayer servers before the full release, although the developer reversed that decision in July.
Let us know in the comments below if you played Ark in early access or are just picking up the game for the first time today.