ARK is reimagined from the ground-up into the next-generation of video game technology with Unreal Engine 5! Form a tribe, tame & breed hundreds of unique dinosaurs and primeval creatures, explore, craft, build, and fight your way to the top of the food-chain. Your new world awaits!
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Mixed (2,369) - 54% of the 2,369 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (49,636) - 58% of the 49,636 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 25, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We've decided to use the Early Access model for multiple reasons. The most valuable reason is that we found it very constructive to develop our studio’s original title, ARK: Survival Evolved, in tandem with the community’s continual feedback, and seeing as ARK: Survival Ascended (ASA) will have its own set of gameplay features, we wanted to have the opportunity to do the same with the wisdom of the many.

ASA is also being developed on the latest version of Unreal Engine 5; much like ARK: SE at the time of its development early in its engine’s lifecycle, there’s a lot of new tech and systems being explored in innovative ways, and we’ll need to ensure that we’ve worked through all the kinks.

Finally, ASA has its own unique content roadmap in addition to the remade expansion pack content, which gives us an opportunity to develop closely with the Community. Once we’ve delivered our plans, we can officially leave Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're expecting to be in Early Access until the end of 2024. That said, as we get farther down our development path, we'll share continued updates that help to define a more specific timeline for bringing the game out of early access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“ARK: Survival Ascended will differ at full release from Early Access in the following ways:

In addition to The Island, we plan to have the following content available, remade, in Unreal Engine 5:

Survival of the Fittest (Battle Royale)
Scorched Earth
Genesis Part 1
Genesis Part 2

We also plan to have the previously released free DLC available: The Center, Ragnarok, Valguero, Crystal Isles, Lost Island, and Fjordur. Each of these respective maps will receive one completely new creature nominated by the community.

We also plan to add new original story content to ASA that will be tied to future story-themed DLC, as well as new gameplay and content additions to the overall product that isn’t available on Day One.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We've redesigned and rebuilt the game from the ground up, and for Day One, we'll be launching with the first official map, The Island, and Official Mod support.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Once the game is ready to leave Early Access, we’ll be reevaluating its price point based on all the available content/gameplay and make our decision at that time.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Community involvement is, perhaps, the most important reason why we think it best to launch ARK: Survival Ascended as an Early Access product. Developing directly with the community’s input is important to us, and we plan to do so by directly engaging with players across multiple social channels and platforms, including Discord, Twitter, and the Message Boards at We will also conduct creature votes for each map, so players can directly determine what creatures are added to ASA. We’ll also have tools available to take player feedback and bug reports to ensure that ASA will continue to be the remake of your next-gen dreams!”
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About This Game

Respawn into a new dinosaur survival experience beyond your wildest dreams… as ARK is reimagined from the ground-up into the next-generation of videogame technology with Unreal Engine 5! You awake on a mysterious island, your senses overwhelmed by the blinding sunlight and brilliant colors bouncing off every surface around you, the azure waters of a verdant Island lapping at your bare feet. A deep roar echoes from the misty jungle, jolting you into action, and you stand up – not afraid, but intrigued. Are you ready to form a tribe, tame and breed hundreds of species of dinosaurs and other primeval creatures, explore, craft, build, and fight your way to the top of the food-chain? Your new world awaits… step through the looking-glass and join it!


ARK: Survival Ascended has completely recreated and redesigned the artwork and worlds of ARK to take advantage of the latest in videogame technology, Unreal Engine 5, using high-end graphics features such as fully dynamic Global Illumination (“Lumen”), so that light bounces realistically of off surfaces and provides realistic reflections, and advanced mesh streaming (“Nanite”) of hundreds of millions of triangles for extreme detail.

Advanced new physics systems such as dynamic water so that every creature creates waves, ripples, splashes, and bubbles as they move through fluids, and fully interactive physical foliage where every blade of grass, bush, and tree reacts to characters, explosions, projectiles, and physics objects. Knock down a tree, and see it crash into other trees and disturb all the foliage on its way down to smacking into the grass below! Detect an enemy moving sneakily through the grass as it shifts and sways in response to their presence. Demolish a building and watch the pieces break apart realistically, interacting with the grass and water as they fall.

ARK: Survival Ascended includes access to all of ARK’s worlds, including Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, ARK Genesis Part 1, ARK Genesis Part 2, and more. The Island, Scorched Earth, and The Center are released now, with the subsequent expansion worlds to be added at no additional cost on a regular basis.

The definitive survival experience returns better than ever: design your Survivor, form a tribe, and tame, train, breed & ride dinosaurs within a living ecosystem. Watch your food, water, temperature, and weather patterns. Slowly expand outwards as you harvest, build structures, farm crops, customize your visual designs, and proceed to explore to uncover the true nature of The Island and the worlds beyond.

Thorough Quality of Life revamps in every area: redesigned User Interfaces, dynamic navigation for intelligent creature pathfinding, Wild Babies, Photo Mode, new Camera systems, new Map system, Tracking System, new Structures and Items, new Creatures, and much more.

Cross-Platform Modding: Download & play new custom content created by players, including new maps, creatures, items, and game modes, through a dedicated new Mod-bowser directly within the game! Enjoy an endless stream of new ARK content as the creativity and talent of the community is fully unleashed for the first time ever across gaming platforms!

Cross-Platform Multiplayer: form your online tribe across different gaming platforms as you work together to survive and thrive on the ARK!

Supports public online multiplayer for up to 70 players, private-session multiplayer for up to 8 players, and local split-screen for 2 players.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT, NVIDIA GeForce 1080
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Required
    • OS: Windows 10/11 with updates
    • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, Intel i5-10600K
    • Memory: 32 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD Required

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