Ark: Survival Evolved is Finally Out After Years in Early Access

Ark: Survival Evolved is Finally Out After Years in Early Access

Ark: Survival Evolved's road to retail release hasn't been easy.

Ark: Survival Evolved, one of the best selling Steam Early Access games came out today as a full release title on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 today.

Welcome... to ARK Survival Evolved

About the game

Ark: Survival Evolved is as the name implies a survival game where players begin stranded on the mysterious island of ARK. Using their survival skills to tame or hunt the primeval creatures on the island, players must hunt and scavenge for resources, build shelters, craft items, and develop other methods to survive on the island, all while sharing the world with other players who are after the same goal.

First released on Steam Early Access back in 2015, Ark: Survival Evolved had a long development cycle which included a couple dramatic moments including a lawsuit where Studio Wildcard was successfully taken to court for $40 million. Ark made some other controversial moves like releasing paid DLC in Early Access and withholding content from players in order to win an award. However, Ark's Studio Wildcard also said the game sold over 7 million copies of the base game while in Early Access, which is no small feat.

Despite these controversies, Ark is one of the many survival games to successfully come out of Early Access, though now with a higher price tag of $60 as part of its full release (the game sold for half that during Early Access). Still, the community for the game is fairly devoted, and the feature-suite for a survivor game of Ark's caliber is that of a full retail game. There's even a $45 season pass that includes the Scorched Earth DLC and two upcoming expansions for 2017 and 2018.

Trailers and videos

You can check out the launch trailer below, or check the Twitch stream page for the game if you want a glimpse at the top-selling game.

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Where to purchase

Ark: Survival Evolved is currently available digitally for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is priced at $59.99 for the base game.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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