Ark: Survival Evolved is coming to iOS and Android this spring, that will deliver a full online version of the game found on PC and consoles, to mobile devices. The closed beta begins today.
Studio Wildcard's popular dinosaur-survival game will make the leap to mobile thanks to War Drum Studios, who is designing and developing the mobile version. Previously, War Drum Studios worked on games like Bully, Grand Theft Auto, and Auralux.
The mobile version of Ark: Survival Evolved includes 80-plus dinosaurs that players can either tame, train, ride, breed, or hunt. The mobile version will also have a large-scale multiplayer component where players can partner with up to 50 other players to help explore the environment.
Everything else in the mobile version of Ark: Survival Evolved is how you'd expect it to be from playing the PC or console versions. Players will find themselves on a dangerous island teeming with dinosaurs and diverse biomes and must scavenge, hunt, and craft what food and tools are required to survive.
Ark first launched on PC back in 2015 as part of Steam's Early Access program before expanding to the Xbox One and PS4. It became one of the most popular Steam Early Access titles, selling a million copies on PS4. before leaving Early Access in 2017. Ark followed up the launch with a new expansion titled "Aberration" which introduced a darker element to the island with hidden caverns filled with terrifying monsters.
Players interested in participating in the mobile beta can check out www.playark.com/mobile to sign up for news and get updates on how to participate in betas and early access testing.