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Dino-Rider ARK: Survival Evolved Headed to Switch

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During the Game Developers Conference this week, Studio Wildcard announced ARK: Survival Evolved is headed to the Nintendo Switch. It’s launching this fall.

“The Switch’s handheld mode provides a fantastic new capability for survivors who want to fully immerse themselves in the vast worlds of ARK,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, lead designer and director at Studio Wildcard. “With this new version, Switch players can go directly from hunting and taming while sitting on the couch, to forming online tribes and searching out new conquests when on the bus, waiting in line, or wherever they happen to be.”

The Switch port is co-developed with Abstraction Games to bring the full ARK experience to the Switch, with over 100 prehistoric and fantastical creatures roaming on a shared island world.

The announcement comes just one week after Studio Wildcard announced that ARK: Survival Evolved is also headed to mobile devices. The mobile port is developed by War Drum Studios. Closed beta invites for iOS players have begun to go out. GDC 2018 attendees can be among the first to play the iOS version in the Epic Games booth on the show floor (ARK runs on the Unreal engine).

ARK: Survival Evolved originally launched via Steam Early Access in Summer 2015. It officially launched last fall on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The survival-crafting game has been praised for its visuals, depth of content, and consistent updates and patches. It’s been criticized for its time requirements, reliance on grinding, and obtuse designs.

Both the mobile and Switch ports should be out later this year. ARK: Survival Evolved is rated T for Teen with Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, and Alcohol.

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All the Nominees for the 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards

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The annual Independent Games Festival is a prestigious peer-reviewed award show for the gaming industry. Nominees for each category of indie games released in 2016 have been announced. Thirty different indie games have been selected, with many receiving nominations in multiple categories.

Virginia tops the list with four nominations, followed by Inside, Hyper Light Drifter, and Event [0] with three nominations each.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Inside
  • Stardew Valley
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Overcooked

Nuovo Award

  • Islands: Non-Places
  • Close
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Oiκοςpiel, Book I
  • Everything
  • Virginia
  • Mu Cartographer
  • Lieve Oma

Excellence in Visual Art

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Inside
  • Virginia
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • She Remembered Caterpillars

Excellence in Audio

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • GoNNER
  • Virginia
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Everything
  • Inside

Excellence in Design

  • Imbroglio
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Duskers
  • Overcooked
  • Event[0]
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy

Excellence in Narrative

  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Virginia
  • Orwell
  • Event[0]
  • One Night Stand

Best Student Game

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Lily, Colors of Santa Luz
  • Un Pas Fragile
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Bamboo Heart

The Independent Games Festival kicks off the annual Game Developer’s Conference, March 1-3, 2017. This year’s awards will be hosted by game designer Nina Freeman, whose game Cibele won the Nuovo Award last year.

Nominees for the IGF are reviewed by hundreds of judges and peers from the gaming industry who specialize in each category. The IGF also includes an Audience Award, where anyone can vote for their favorite title from the list of finalists above. Voting will begin later this month.

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Open Call for 2017 Independent Games Festival

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The UBM Game Network is accepting submissions for the 2017 Independent Games Festival starting August 1st. Indie developers are encouraged to enter their games for consideration. Chosen finalists will have their game on display and open for play during the festival. IGF 2017 runs from February 27th to March 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center as part of the annual Game Developers Conference. Read More