As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!

The following features are in the game on its Day-1 Early Access release. We have many more aspects and refinements planned for the long-term development roadmap, and here's what you get to experience right now in ARK:

Dinosaurs and creatures -- over 30 at Early Access start and 70+ planned for final release -- can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Pets, which can continue to level-up and consume food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry prey back to your settlement depending on their strength, and larger pets can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival.

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.

Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!

By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of pets, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.

Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your Pets can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!

All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your Pets, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers.

Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have pets to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous pets!

The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.

On the 100+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your pets, stay in-game even when you leave. You can even physically travel your character and items between the network of ARK's by accessing the Obelisks and uploading (or downloading) your data from the Steam Economy! A galaxy of ARKs, each slightly different than the previous, to leave your mark on and conquer, one at a time -- special official ARKs will be unveiled on

the World-map for limited times in singular themed events with corresponding limited-run items!

You can play single-player local games, and bring your character and items between unofficial player-hosted servers, back and forth from singleplayer to multiplayer. Mod the game, with full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. See how we built our ARK using our maps and assets as an example. Host your own server and configure your ARK precisely to your liking. We want to see what you create!

The over-the-top hyper real imagery of the ARK its creatures is brought to expressive life using a highly-customized Unreal Engine 4, with fully dynamic lighting & global illumination, weather systems (rain, fog, snow, etc) & true-to-life volumetric cloud simulation, and the latest in advanced DirectX11 and DirectX12 rendering techniques. Music by award-winning composer of "Ori and the Blind Forest", Gareth Coker!


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In an interview with PC Gamer, Studio Wildcard – the developer of dino-based survival/crafting game Ark: Survival Evolved, has revealed a new sponsored mod program that will see a select group of Ark modders be paid by the studio directly for their work. In the wake of Valve’s Gabe Newell mentioning that he would like to see paid mods return to Steam, and a group of XCOM 2 modders receiving a cease and desist notice from Take Two, we now have a new way for modders and that game’s developers to co-exist.

Studio Wildcard’s Jeremy Stieglitz, co-creative director of Ark, said that the studio would select 15 modders each month to be paid a stipend of $4,000 for their work. At the end of that month, Studio Wildcard will put each of those mods through an evaluation process to decide if the work is of a high enough standard that the modders should continue to be paid for the following month. If the work falls short of expectations, that mod will be removed from the group and the process to select another mod to take its place will begin.

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Of the reasons behind offering monetary compensation to Ark modders, Stieglitz elaborated:

"The hope is that with this kind of stipend, these authors, who really are hobbyists and have day jobs so they can't really afford to spend as much time as they'd like on modding, that this will let them spend more time on modding, and ideally, hopefully, take some of these mods to completion."

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Stieglitz added that if enough mods are of a high enough quality, Studio Wildcard would be open to expanding the program to more than 15 paid modders per month:

"If we have to expand the program because the 15 mods are all doing so well that we don't want to cut any of them, then we'll expand the program to more mods every month.

So how will those 15 mods be selected? Currently that decision will be made by Studio Wildcard’s Cedric Burkes – originally an Ark mod developer who was absorbed into the team proper. However, Stieglitz said this process could change going forward:

"Once we get this kind of process going, we're almost certainly going to work out a community-driven aspect to it as well, where the community maybe even ultimately can vote, along with some discretion, maybe, on Cedric's part on who goes into that voting pool."


As a part of the paid program, Studio Wildcard requires that selected modders upload all of their source material work from their mods to the studio. This is to ensure that the studio can continue to work on that mod, should the modder choose to quit the program – which they are free to do so at any time. This also means that those selected mods will be less likely to break with official game patches released in the future, as Studio Wildcard will be able to properly integrate the mod if the modder is no longer a part of the paid program.

Mods will be presented to players as a part of a new menu being added to the game via a patch, which will list the current “sponsored mods” each month and contain easy links to download and activate them.

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Stieglitz closes by summarising:

"Really, this speaks more generally to something that I think is kind of lacking in the industry which is a midway point between hobbyist modders, who are just really dabbling, and professional game developers."

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Wylie_Coyote
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Sweet as looks like it's going to be a fun game!
Much Love.

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decepticondinoqueen
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this seems awesome

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blackdragonstory
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This is quite awesome game!
I will get it as soon as I buy a new pc cuz on my current laptop I cant play it.

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Where can i download it for free because it doesn't have an offer pls help me!

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Where can i download it for free because it doesn't have an offer pls help me!

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Great to see the modding contest promoted via moddb. hope it goes well!

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wow you dont see this kind of game very often

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Pavey(Thrandy)
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Best Survival GAME EVER!But the problem is that lags :P

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Lorflord
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Well its in alpha (WOW for an alpha) so i don't complain about it, but yeah it IS a fact it lags quite a bit.

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