You awake on a beach, but uncertain of your surroundings or how you got there. You rise up and discover an implant on your arm. Confused and looking for anything resembling civilization, a pteranodon flies over your head. Shocked in awe, you follow it through the sky. As your eyes hit the horizon a Tyrannosaurus Rex comes into view in the distance. RUN! You can read more about this game on Steam.
Early Access Game
This is the world of Ark: Survival Evolved. Released as an early access game, Ark: Survival Evolved has quickly become one of the best early access Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games in the open world, survival genre. Since its release in June 2015, Studio Wildcard, Ark’s development team has expanded the game’s content by leaps and bounds. Its initial release was arguably on the level of many other finished games. No alpha game is without its bugs, but Studio Wildcard has addressed many issues over the course of the game’s development. The development team is one of the best as far as communicating with its base and resolving issues.
The game’s enormous map is a beautiful landscape. There are currently over 100 creatures, most are tameable, with more to come. Tame all them and build a dinosaur army! Have your most powerful pets mate to create the strongest spinosaurus.
You will become immersed in this mysterious world. Experience the island and its dangers on land, in the sky, and underwater. Caves with artifacts and loot will appeal to explorers in search of rare items. Summon and slay enormous beasts. Build a home, a fortress, or even a compound to protect you from the dangers of the wild animals, or other players.
Ark is both a PVP and PVE survival game. For PVP players, there is an array of weapons and explosives to raid and kill to your heart’s content. You can test your dinosaur army, loot and go to war with others for control of the island. Or battle it out in the free, Multiplayer Online Survival Arena (MOSA) version, Ark: Survival of the Fittest. Here, Wildcard gives you a taste of the base game in a “Hunger Games” style, battle royale. 72 players begin with nothing, only one will survive. The map is a section of the base game and closes in on the players as time expires. There are monthly rankings and competitions for money! So hone your skills and be the last man standing!
There are many features that will cater to PVE players as well. Some include the ability to cook, paint, explore, farm, tame dinosaurs, and build structures, with many more features to come. Since its start, roleplay (RP) communities have gathered around this game and have contributed to the game’s development. TwitchRP, to name one, has a large and loyal following. They are providing their own content and storylines in this open world atmosphere. The possibilities are endless in RP, and Ark accommodates for that where it can.
The Future of ARK
If Wildcard’s current progress a reflection of their future, great things are coming as Ark: Survival Evolved continues to develop. Along with the free to play Ark: Survival of the Fittest, there is a free, second map, “The Center” and a free total conversion, “Primitive +” available for download. If that’s not enough content for you, there is already a newly released expansion pack, Ark: Scorched Earth. They don’t stop there! The developers have limited time, special events during holidays to spice things up. This type of content for an early access game is above and beyond all others. This is definitely an alpha game that’s here to stay until its completion. With the constant release of content, it feels fresh every time you mount your dinosaur to roam the island.