As a man or woman stranded, naked, freezing, and starving on the unforgiving shores of a mysterious island called ARK, use your skill and cunning to kill or tame and ride the plethora of leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. Hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements and store valuables, all while teaming up with (or preying upon) hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!
Ark: Survival Evolved (stylized as ARK: Survival Evolved) is an action-adventure survival video game developed by Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Effecto Studios and Virtual Basement. It is scheduled for official release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2016. The game's early access began for Windows on June 2, 2015, for OS X and Linux on July 1, 2015, and for Xbox One on December 16, 2015. In the game, players must survive being stranded on an island filled with roaming dinosaurs, natural hazards, and potentially hostile human players.
The game is played from either a third-person or first-person view and its world is navigated on foot or by riding a dinosaur. Players use firearms and improvised weapons to defend against hostile humans and creatures, with the ability to build bases as defense. Players can also customize weapons using items scavenged from the environment. The game has both single-player and multiplayer options, with the latter allowing players to engage in simultaneous gameplay.
Development began in October 2014. The development team conducted research into the physical appearance of the dinosaurs, but took creative license for gameplay purposes. One of the game modes, Survival of the Fittest, was released as a free standalone game in March 2016.
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Xbox Patch 734 and PC Patch 241 add The Center as an Official Map and free DLC to ARK: Survival Evolved on both PC and Console. The map, which started out as a mod made by community member, is the first to be made into an Official Mod, following the announcement of the Official Mods Program.
The Center is an addon for ARK: Survival Evolved that includes a new map for survivors to explore. Venture through stunning new biomes and caves so large that they facilitate their own living eco-system. This DLC introduces new challenges, dangerous threats, breath-taking sights, and the mysterious secrets of the ancient ruins to unravel with you and your tribemates.
ARK: Survival Evolved is set to get the Official Mods program in a few weeks' time, integrating user-made content with the main game.
What this development entails is that users will have the opportunity to submit their own mods and have them included in the dino-packed title. Also, it'll bring the experience to console players who don't get to enjoy that kind of add-on often, giving the modding community more recognition and a larger audience to amaze.
Meanwhile, Studio Wildcard plans to roll out two mods. The first one is a map called The Center, and it's expected to "double the size of the current game" and feature a lot more biomes, floating islands and whatnot. The second is dubbed Primitive Plus, essentially a mode that'll limit the players to only wood and stone on all ARK maps.
The video game company hasn't detailed exactly what the modders will get out of the whole deal, but at any rate, the attention they'll get is more than welcome.
"We really appreciate and value the hard work and effort that goes into the mods from the community and will do what we can to help, this new program is another step we're going to take to ensure that modders get all the support they need and are recognized for their contribution and efforts in ARK," Studio Wildcard says.