If you’ve spent any time dipping your feet into the pool of early access games on Steam, you’ve probably heard of ARK: Survival Evolved. It’s been so popular on Steam that lots of people have been prodding the developer to bring the game to consoles. And now that’s happening. For one console at least. And for some players. ARK will be available as part of the Xbox Preview program on Xbox One starting December 16.
In case you haven’t heard of ARK, it’s this crazy survival game where you start with nothing (not even clothes) on a weird island where dinosaurs still live. You have to find resources, ways to protect yourself from being eaten and gradually become a dinosaur master where you can tame the massive lizards and even ride them. But you’re not alone on the island. You play with lots of other players in the same boat as you (like an MMO) and you can work together or against each other. This is survival of the fittest after all.
In case you’re thinking this is a game that’s limited to a primitive environment and weaponry, you’re wrong. As you get better at the game, you can craft guns, build fortresses and do all sorts of things cavemen couldn’t even dream of.
Even though it’s launching on Xbox Preview, it will still cost $34.99, which is slightly more expensive than it costs on Steam.
The fact that the game is only on Xbox Preview is another thing to note. Even lots of Xbox One owners don’t know what Xbox Preview is. Here’s the scoop. It’s kind of like Early Access on Steam. You get to take a look at games and mostly apps before they’re final and provide feedback. The catch is that not everyone can just sift through preview content like you can early access content. The Xbox Preview program is an invite-only deal, but don’t worry, you don’t have to know anyone who works at Microsoft, you just have to know someone who already has preview and ask them for an invite. There’s no limit to the number of people on the program, so it’s fairly easy to get access. If you don’t know anyone who has Xbox Preview, a quick search online will probably hook you up with someone who will be willing to invite anyone. You should also know that having Xbox Preview means you may get full dashboard updates that aren’t final yet. This can mess with some of your games and other apps, so you need to be aware of that fact before you sign up for the program.
But back to ARK, the game is scheduled to be officially launched in June of 2016, where it will appear on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.