During E3 2017 Studio Wildcard announced  that ARK: Survival Evolved has an official release date. It’s launching on August 8 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (Win, Mac, Linux).

“During the past two years, millions of ARK players have built gigantic bases, captured and trained armies of dinosaurs, crafted armories full of weapons and eaten billions of pounds of Jurassic creature-kabobs. With their help, we’re about to reach the completion of core content for ARK:Survival Evolved and release the full game to the world! This is just the beginning of the next phase of our journey,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of Studio Wildcard. “For those players who were excited with every update during Early Access, ARK’s going to become even more fun with surprise new content at launch & beyond, as we will continue to have a staggering amount of additional gameplay, creatures, and story elements in the works.”

Since launching via Steam Early Access in Summer 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved has become the best selling game of the Early Access program. The dinosaur survival-crafting game boasts nearly nine million players.

ARK has received frequent updates while in Early Access, adding new content, features, optimization, and 100 dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

In addition to the standard version, you can also purchase an Explorer’s Edition and a Limited Collector’s Edition.

The Explorer’s Edition includes a Season Pass that will grant access to all current and future expansion packs. The only expansion released so far is Scorched Earth, which added an entirely new desert world. More packs are coming in 2018. The Explorer’s Edition is priced at $99.

The ARK: Survival Evolved Limited Collector’s Edition is only available form GameStop and EB Games Canada. It will set you back $159.99 ($219.99 CAN). The Limited Collector’s Edition comes with the following goodies:

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  • Season Pass
  • A handcrafted leather-bound Explorer’s Notebook, featuring the Dossiers of every in-game creature
  • An official ARK necklace
  • A cloth map of the ARK island
  • A poster of the Studio Wildcard development team
  • The official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack, recorded live by the Philharmonia Orchestra

ARK: Survival Evolved will transition from Early Access to full release on August 8 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s rated T for Teen.


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