ARK: Survival Evolved is Coming to the Nintendo Switch With Same Content as PC and Console Releases

ARK: Survival Evolved is Coming to the Nintendo Switch With Same Content as PC and Console Releases

With ARK on the Nintendo Switch, you can literally open the door, get on the floor, and walk the dinosaur.

ARK: Survival Evolved, a game about living, hunting, and surviving amongst dinosaurs in a wild open world, is coming to the Nintendo Switch. ARK is already a huge hit on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, so the arrival of a Nintendo Switch edition isn't a big surprise. It's still kind of cool, though.

ARK for Switch is receiving both a physical and digital release, and we should see it by Fall. A press release distributed earlier today by Epic Games confirms the Switch adaptation of ARK "includes the complete contents and features of the original game; from the massive and mysterious ARK island, to the more than 100 prehistoric- and fantasy-inspired creatures such as the T-Rex, Giganotosaurus, Rock Drake and Reaper."

It's like a grittier, more realistic take on The Flintstones. Oh wait, that already exists.

It's no secret by now that many big triple-A games require a bit of downscaling to run well on the Switch, especially in handheld mode. Some, like DOOM for the Switch, turn out quite well. A lack of care, however, nets you a horrid piece of work like WWE 2K18 for the Switch. Dark Souls for the Switch is looking quite good; let's hope ARK follows down the same sunny path.

ARK: Survival Evolved already has a mobile adaptation, and an adorable Minecraft-inspired spin-off game is getting a Switch release, too. Regardless of how you like your dinosaur sci-fi prepared and served, Epic is willing to accommodate you.

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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,, 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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