Back when Ark: Survival Evolved was first revealed to the world in 2015, we couldn’t have predicted the grand adventure that lay in wait. Now here we are five years later, and Ark continues to grow into far more than we had ever imagined. It is thanks to the Ark community and their dino-sized appetites for mythical worlds packed with primeval creatures, that the fun never ends.
Looking back on Ark’s journey over the last 5 years, we recall our own first memories playing the early game: waking up stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, with dangers lurking out in the jungle, learning how to build our first thatch home, craft our first basic weapons, surviving that first rough night, and the momentous occasion of taming our first dinosaur. What an experience it was! Fast-forward to the present where we’ve conquered the elements, constructed vast TEK fortresses, bred an army of powerful pedigreed creatures, and staked our claim as Ultimate Survivors across far-out worlds!
Today, that journey continues: in celebration of Ark’s 5th anniversary, we are excited to announce the introduction of a new real-world creature to the game, Tropeognathus!
Of course, we couldn’t celebrate Ark’s anniversary without an in-game event to accompany it! Bring out your party hats, because from June 11 to June 25, the Ark will be celebrating in grand style. Throw a surprise party for your tribe-mates with the new pop-out-surprise birthday cake structure, and cuddle-up with 5 cute new chibi pets!
Now that you know what’s being added today, let’s talk a bit about what’s next. We’ll be continuing our trend of game updates, with fresh content, free DLC, polish, addressing player feedback, and fixing issues to continue to make Ark the best it can be. Later this year, the new, free community-created “Crystal Isles” map will officially be released with a 150 sq km map with a wide variety of awe-inspiring biomes teeming with life, providing fresh opportunities for exploration, memorable challenges, and breathtaking discoveries.
And on a final note, we’d like to thank the community once more, as we truly appreciate all the passion and support you’ve shown the game. While we couldn’t have foreseen quite how the last 5 years would play out, from primitive dwellings to hyperspace whales, our vision for the Ark franchise is as strong as ever. So stick with us on this rollercoaster ride into the future, as we look forward with you to tremendously exciting years ahead for Ark, where the very definition of survival continues to evolve.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate… and escape!
TAME, TRAIN, BREED & RIDE DINOSAURS, IN A LIVING ECOSYSTEM
Over 50 creatures can be tamed using a challenging subdue-&-protect process. Weaken a feral creature to knock it out, and then nursing it to health. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Pets continue to level-up and consume food, and carry Inventory and Equipment. Fly a Pteranodon over the mountains, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, or chase down prey on a T-Rex! Experience a dynamic ecosystem with its own predator & prey hierarchies. Breed Pets through successive generations to generate the best traits. Or put more simply, breed & raise Dino Babies!
FOOD, WATER, TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER
Eat and drink to survive, with different foods having different nutritional values (including human meat!). All actions drain food and water, and long-distance travel is draining. Inventory weight slows you down, and the day/night cycle and weather alter the environment. Craft clothing, build shelter, and use fire to protect yourself against damage & the elements.
HARVEST, CRAFT, AND PAINT ITEMS
Harvest trees, ore, and more to become a master crafter. Use your hands, a Smithy, or a Fabricator to craft increasingly complex and powerful gear. Build a massive base using modular pieces–ranging from Thatch, to Wood, to Stone, to Metal. Customize your base by painting it and placing signs that you can actually draw on. Weapons, clothing, & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.
SUMMON THE ULTIMATE LIFE FORMS
Bring rare items to special Summon locations to awaken the ARK’s mythical creatures, who arrive ready for battle. These monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced Tribes and their Pets, and yield valuable items if they are defeated.
Level-Up your survivor by gaining experience through in-game actions to learn new crafting Engrams, or find higher level item Blueprints in the most dangerous parts of the ARK. Customize the look of your character with a complex character creation system.
Items have durability and wear out with use if not repaired. When you leave the game, your character remains “sleeping” in the persistent world. Your inventory also exists in the persistent world, vulnerable to theft. Death means permanent loss, and you can even enslave other players for your own purposes.
LARGE WORLD PERSISTENCE
On the 70+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your pets stay in-game even when you leave. Special themed events will occur in the world with corresponding limited-run items!