Ark: Survival Evolved Comes to Mobile Next Week as a F2P Game

Ark: Survival Evolved Comes to Mobile Next Week as a F2P Game

Is that a raptor in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?

ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to iOS and Android on June 14. This wee iteration of the hit dinosaur-taming sim is optimized for mobile. It's also free-to-play, though players who pay up have certain benefits over those who don't.

Time and fate are fickle, so we don't live in an era where we can befriend actual dinosaurs. Studio Wildcard's dino-life simulator might therefore be your best chance at building up an empire fortified by 8-tonne soldiers with teeth like steak knives. ARK for mobile is the same multiplayer game you get on PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox One; you can still tame over 80 dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures, plus you can craft, explore, and build.

According to a press release distributed by Studio Wildcard, ARK for mobile utilizes a "unique user interface and a specialized control setup." A subscription service called Primal Pass gives players an ad-free experience in addition to specialized server slots, free gifts, and other benefits. Players can also get a leg-up using Ancient Amber, a material found around the island. Amber can provide temporary buffs, build unique structures, and even be used to bring beloved dinosaurs back from the dead.

If you want to play ARK on the go but you're not a fan of any sort of mobile interface, sit tight for a while. The Switch version of the game should be along before you know it.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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