ARK: Survival Evolved Game Preview Revealed

By Andrew Ogley, 10 months ago
We've been continually teased recently with glimpses of some of the creatures that can be encountered in the upcoming dinosaur-based, action-RPG, survival title, ARK: Survival Evolved. For those who are keen to blaze a trail in this dangerous new world, there is some good news. The team over at Studio Wildcard has revealed that early versions of the game will be released this week as part of the Game Preview program.

The game is currently being developed as part of the ID@Xbox initiative and will be available to play from December 16th with many additional features, including an exclusive bionic “Tek” T-Rex, Safari Hat, and Survivor’s Trophy, free access to Xbox-specific ARK official servers, and a steady delivery of exclusive Xbox One content prior to full game launch expected in June 2016. It's also worth noting that all the current content will be available, amounting to nearly three times the amount of gameplay that was available during the Steam launch for the title.

If you're wondering what exactly to expect from the game, then the newly released trailer gives an enthralling insight into the game's open world.

As spectacular as the clip is, the team has also revealed some additional details about the gameplay and some of the features of the title:

TAME, TRAIN, RIDE and BREED DINOSAURS: Command the most amazing creatures from throughout Earth's biological history, launching into Xbox Game Preview with more than 50 creatures and 100+ planned at full launch. Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame and ride the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground.
CRAFT AND BUILD: Using any means necessary to survive, players will craft weapons, clothes, and items, and build shelters. Plant, harvest, build, level-up, and customize everything visually and functionally, including procedurally-generated RPG statistics for creatures, characters, resources, clothing, gear, and weapons both primitive and modern.
DISCOVER: Explore a massive living ecosystem and find the means to survive, thrive, and maybe escape ARK island.
TEAM UP TO SURVIVE: Start a tribe with hundreds of other players in a large-scale multiplayer online first person environment to survive and dominate competing tribes...and to ultimately discover ARK’s true purpose.
JOIN A TRIBE: The 'Tribe' system encourages cooperation, by supporting dynamic parties to share resources, XP, and re-spawn points. Other players are organizing rebel tribes to accumulate resources, experience, re-spawn points, and to construct sprawling villages and cities, with technology spanning the primitive stone-age to the modern electric-powered era and beyond. And they will fight to destroy anything they see as a threat.
Alongside the trailer, an audio clip is also available in which Jesse Rapczak is interviewed by Major Nelson. The interview runs just short of 20 minutes during which Rapczak reveals some more details about the upcoming title, including having the ability to have 70-person game servers.

ARK: Survival Evolved will be romping its way on to the Xbox One console in June, 2016.
Andrew Ogley
Written by Andrew Ogley
Andrew has been writing for TA since 2011 covering news, reviews and the occasional editorials and features. One of the grumpy old men of the team, his mid-life crisis has currently manifested itself in the form of an addiction to sim-racing - not being able to afford the real life car of his dreams. When not spending hours burning simulated rubber, he still likes to run around, shoot stuff and blow things up - in the virtual world only of course.