ARK: Survival Evolved will be ported to the Nintendo Switch.
This Switch version of the game should feature most of the assets and engines used in the PC version of the game. Actually, it seems that both War Drum Studios and Studio Wildcard are excited to be able to offer a largely uncompromised version of the game that players will be able to take with them wherever they may roam. There’s no word on the Switch version’s exact release date, but it should be available sometime before the end of 2018.
Studio Wildcard and War Drum Studios are also working on a mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved.
“ARK: Survival Evolved mobile is free-to-play and puts the genre-defining adventure in the palm of your hand, letting you join forces with tens of thousands of other dino-hunters,” reads the official announcement. “This on-the-go version features the full online survival experience contained in the PC and console versions of ARK, including a gigantic island to explore, 80+ dinosaurs and primeval creatures to tame and train, multiplayer tribe mechanics, and of course, crafting and building!”
Yes, ARK is the latest in a series of mobile ports that aims to faithfully recreate the experience of a console/PC game. As we’ve recently seen in the mobile version of Fortnite, such technical wonders are indeed now possible.
Still, it’s particularly impressive to hear that ARK is going to make the leap to mobile with few compromises considering how deep the game is. For those unfamiliar with the title, ARK throws players into a prehistoric land filled with dinosaurs and other dangers. To live, you’ll need to scrounge up supplies, build shelter and weapons, and deal with opposing tribes of other players. ARK was one of the earlier harbingers of the survival genre renaissance and captivated many early players with its fascinating world, many opportunities for conflict, and solid mechanics.
While ARK has fallen on tough times in recent months – players complain about server performance and the dominant presence of veteran players – a mobile version of the game could give ARK the shot in the arm it needs. War Drum Studios are certainly no strangers to porting large titles to mobile devices – they’ve worked on several Grand Theft Auto mobile games – and they might just have what it takes to make this one work.
The mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved has just entered a closed beta period for iOS and will be available for iOS and Android sometime in the Spring.