On Monday July 17th, we at Kotaku UK received an email about Ark: Survival Evolved, offering an interview with its developer Studio Wildcard to discuss a major change. Wildcard would today announce, we were told, that all official game servers would be wiped at launch, despite previously pledging that this would never…
In anticipation of the game’s retail release, Ark: Survival Evolved developer Wildcard has increased the price of its popular dinosaur survival game on Steam from $29.99 to $59.99. This makes sense considering it’ll be officially available 0n August 8 as a full retail game. So far, it’s just been in Early Access.
Early-access darling Ark: Survival Evolved is nearing completion. Studio Wildcard told Kotaku that it will finally give the game a proper launch on August 8 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with an Xbox One X version coming on November 7. It’ll even have two collector’s editions.
Ark: Survival Evolved is getting some proper achievements on Steam in next week’s big update, most of them pulled directly from the console versions. That’s great, kind of. As much as I love this dinosaur-themed survival time waster, it can lack direction, and achievements can give a bit of direction to an open-ended…
Ark: Survival Evolved is a shitty game. Literally. You might think it’s about dinosaurs and blowing stuff up, but no. The real star of the show is this guy: the humble poop. Let’s explore all the wonderful ways poop brightens up the harsh world of this survival game.
Ark: Survival Evolved mutates again with its new v257 patch released on Friday. Among other things, it adds lasers to sharks. About time honestly.
Ark: Survival Evolved’s long-dormant volcano, situated near the center of the game’s Island map) is about to blow, and developer Wildcard is strongly suggesting that anyone in the immediate vicinity kindly steps out of the way. (But you’ll want to go back later.)
Good news for egg fans playing Ark: Survival Evolved on consoles: Ark’s second annual Easter event, Eggcellent Adventure Part 2, is slated to hit PS4 and Xbox One on Monday, April 24. That’s more than a week later than the PC update, and also a week following actual Easter.
In a new update Friday, Ark: Survival Evolved added horses, aka the Equus, to its vast menagerie of tameable creatures. The way you tame them is familiar, to say the least. It’s borrowed from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Or “pays homage to,” if you’re feeling more generous.
Ark: Survival Evolved just got a big update on PC. It includes underwater bases, aquatic creature breeding, teleporter pads, and a total inventory overhaul. It also adds four new creatures, one of which is an ancient horse. That is to say, an ancestor to modern horses—not a very old horse. That would just be sad.
Next week, Studio Wildcard will officially launch a new program for modders. Every month, 15 modders will receive a $4,000 stipend for their work.
Ark: Survival Evolved now has Pokémon in it thanks to a mod by Mystic Academy. But who knows how long it will last since, as per the Steam Workshop page, a DMCA notice of copyright infringement has already been filed against the item.
Dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved is getting a VR spin-off in 2017 that looks stunning. Ark Park will be available for the Oculus, HTC Vive and PSVR.
Ark: Survival Evolved launches on PlayStation 4 December 6. The PS4 version includes both the base version of Wildcard Studios dino-survival hit and the desert-themed Scorched Earth expansion for $54.99. Hit up the Ark website for more info.
Ark: Survival Evolved developer Wildcard has responded to players’ concerns about releasing a paid expansion to an Early Access game. They say they needed to test tech for moving between Arks, so they decided to release Scorched Earth before launch. You can read their full response here or in my updated report.
Dinosaur survival playground Ark: Survival Evolved is one of the most popular games on Steam, regularly ranking among the top ten most-played games on the whole service. Despite this, it’s still very much an Early Access game, something players are worried developer Wildcard is forgetting.
During E3's PC Gaming Show, Studio Wildcard outlined the year ahead for their more-popular-than-Barney (but not nearly as fierce) dinosaur survival game, Ark: Survival Evolved. The craziest addition? A mode that lets you play as dinosaurs.
ARK: Survival Evolved got another map today, a Tolkien-inspired landscape that doubles the game’s size. But the game’s developer, Studio Wildcard, didn’t make it. It was a mod from the community that became popular, prompting Studio Wildcard to offer a bunch of money for it and hiring the guy.
The mission is impossible, you say? Nothing is impossible with dinosaurs.
Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard came to a settlement agreement this week with Trendy Entertainment, putting an end to an ugly legal battle that had been raging for months.