Yesterday the developers of the dinosaur game ARK: Survival Evolved mentioned on their Steam discussion page that they were preparing for the imminent release of their game on Xbox One. We knew the game was coming to consoles; we just didn’t know when.

ARK: Survival Evolved has been out on Steam for a while, and it’s been popular, with millions of downloads even though it’s still in pre-release. The console release was slated to be sometime next year, but now it looks as if it’ll be a lot sooner.

The game is a survival simulator, akin to Minecraft, but with lots and lots of dinosaurs: “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.”ARK: Survival Evolved

Our reviewer, Eric Watson, said the game reminded him of Jurassic park, but with dinos you can actually ride. “Dinosaur taming and riding is the biggest selling point of the game. It’s a time-consuming process that involves knocking the prospective dino unconscious, then feeding it food as you nurse it back to health.” Despite some technical issues with the early-access version of the game, Watson said it was the most compelling survival game he’d ever played. And it has lots and lots of dinos!

The game costs $29.99 on Steam. On Xbox One, users will be offered a free trial. The final version of the game is still planned to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2016.

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