ARK: Survival Evolved is an open-world survival game developed by Studio Wildcard. The player is stranded on an island filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric species, and they must craft weapons, acquire food, and build shelter to survive. The dinosaurs can be tamed and used as mounts, including flying and underwater species. The game has both single-player and multiplayer modes with private and official servers, the latter of which include large scale PvP battles.
The preview version of ARK: Survival Evolved has been out on Steam and other platforms for some time, and the game is now approaching a full release, including boxed versions and premium editions sold at retail.
Pre-order ARK: Survival Evolved from the following retailers to receive exclusive bonuses:
- Best Buy: free SteelBook with exquisite artwork.
- GameStop: Bionic Dino Skins pack.
- Walmart: exclusive ARK: Survival Evolved T-shirt with Explorer’s Edition
Priced at $99.99, the Explorer’s Edition adds a Season Pass on top of the base game, granting access to three expansion packs in total. The first of them – Scorched Earth – is already available, adding six desert-themed biomes, new tameable creatures, and over 50 craftable items. This expansion enables existing characters to travel between the island and desert ARKs. The next two expansions will launch in 2018.
The Collector’s Edition costs $159.99 and is exclusive to GameStop. The following extras are included:
- Season Pass with all three expansion packs
- Handcrafted leather-bound Explorer’s Notebook, featuring the dossiers of every creature you’ll find in ARK: Survival Evolved – over 100 in total
- Official ARK necklace
- Cloth map of the ARK island
- Development team poster
- Collectible faux-wooden chest packaging
ARK: Survival Evolved will be released on August 8, 2017.