ARK: Survival Evolved strands you on an island of dinosaurs

Do you have a weirdly shaped hole in your life that can be filled only by killing and riding dinosaurs (not necessarily in that order)? Have you wanted to live out fantasies of taking up residence in Jurassic Park? Then get thee hence to ARK: Survival Evolved because this might be the game that The Stomping Land had promised to be — and then some.

ARK strands you on a massive island that’s a throwback to a land before time. While players will have to do the typical survival game activites (forage, craft, build), they’ll also have to contend with the dozens of types of dinosaurs that happen to be roaming around. Dinos in ARK can be tamed, killed, and used as mounts, depending on the need.

ARK will be launching its early access program next month while aiming for a June 2016 release. Its dinosaur survival theme is similar to The Stomping Land, which was abandoned by its developer earlier this year. Check out the following announcement trailer for ARK and see if these jaw-dropping graphics can convince you to get on board with this project.

[Source: Steam. Thanks to Dengar for the tip!]
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Armsbend
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Armsbend

Denngar It wasnt as much abandoned as it was stealing the $100K+

Every backer deserved it though I’m glad it happened.

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

BrendanWallach 2016 release for consoles.  So, PC players will test this for at least 6 months

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

Revakara krazy_wabbit I was reading through their steam FAQ and it sounds like they want to do a take on traditional rpg endgame stuff, they even threw out the word “Raiding”

Denngar
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Denngar

Getting kidnapped in Stomping Lands was honestly the coolest thing I experienced last year in an MMO, and that wasn’t an MMO. I was really hoping for more from SL and then it got abandoned. I’m excited for the game but… so burned on paying for alpha. I’m going to watch from a distance, but I don’t know if I’ll end up buying a ticket.

BrendanWallach
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BrendanWallach

did I see there making it for ps4 and xbox1 also ?  does that mean alpha for consoles?

Valcan321
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Valcan321

CrowingOne I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO REMEMBERS IT!!!!

Mother of god all these years of people not having a clue what I was talking about…Hello childhood.

cald
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cald

melissamcdon The devs seem really active on the steam forums as well.. so yeah this looks and sounds like it will be awesome.

cald
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cald

_Ariel_ no cash shop at all.. but its not an mmo so there is no reason to have one.

ClassicCrime
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ClassicCrime

oh god i dont need another game!

*throws money at it*

Benthalak
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Benthalak

Can’t even get excited for dinosaurs anymore. Guess I grew up without noticing. :(

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

Loyheta It goes into Early Access next month, so it should be available to buy then.

_Ariel_
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_Ariel_

No way this will manage to avoid putting weapons, rideable dinos, and precious crafting materials in the cash shop.
It’s like a requirement now, if you have a great idea for an MMO, make sure to ruin it by way of cash shop to undermine gameplay.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Fool me once…

Loyheta
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Loyheta

seriously though… on steam it has no option to buy

Dr_Sweers
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Dr_Sweers

Yes yes and more yes!  Sold.  Game looks great.  Hopefully, everything in this clip will actually be part of the live game.  Stomping Land was the biggest wast of $30.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Blah screw it.. has a lot more to offer than the stomping lands… where do I send this money?

Loyheta
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Loyheta

officeape dear god I hope so

McSleaz
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McSleaz

Looks great, can’t wait to try it out :)

krazy_wabbit
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krazy_wabbit

Revakara  Yup beta happening right now and release next month if things go smoothly.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Damonvile Dargnon You can’t let hard science get in the way of fun.   You’d never see a T. Rex in a “Jurassic Park” either!

mjfife85
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mjfife85

When I saw that you can tame the flyers, I was hooked. I may buy this right away or after a month, might have to watch a few streamers play it first.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Dargnon A stegosaurus and a t-rex in the same place at the same time is just as impossible but I wouldn’t want it any different. “Why not” is a great way to think about the whole thing :)

Revakara
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Revakara

krazy_wabbit It looks to me like the end game is going to revolve around that big central structure we see floating in the sky in the trailer. It seems that at some point the game will progress to a futuristic level of tech, something that a look at some of those guns on the tier 3 base they show seems to affirm. Those things don’t look like any regular machine gun/cannon I’ve ever seen!

Filur
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Filur

If only it were 3rd person

Revakara
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Revakara

All I want to hear now is that you can build howdahs on top of the bigger dinosaurs like the brachiosaurus and have other friends climb on top of it. Think about it, you could make a veritable walking tank out of that thing!

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Damonvile Revakara i’ve loved them since i was a kid.  they have a T. Rex now at the Smithsonian!  and also a really big T. Rex skull they found at Hell Creek.   THAT animal was far bigger than the one standing in the entryway of the skeleton exhibit hall…

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Dargnon Well, it only makes sense that dragon legends were spawned by dinosaur skeletons revealed by erosion, a flood or landslide, etc.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

Nordavind That’s half the fun, trying to figure out what kind of dinosaur you’d like as a mount.   I mean, T Rex, sure, but so many other ones would be really interesting.   Ankylosaurus as a living tank covered in spikes with thor’s hammer for a tail? a huge mean rep-turtle with sharp teeth? that could be pretty awesome too.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

I really like the premise here… kinda like Terra Nova.
You had me at Dinosaurs.  Especially charm/train/tameable/rideable ones.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Revakara If that’s true and the game doesn’t follow the stomping lands into a black pit, I’m very excited for this game. I’m not a huge zombie fan but do like the survival aspect of what they’ve been doing. I am however a dinosaur enthusiast and would love a game like this.

luxundae
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luxundae

Feeling somewhat burned by The Stomping Land. I will maintain high hopes for this one and let someone else play it first.  Very much want a successful dino-survival game.

Also wouldn’t mind a Dinotopia game…that would be fantastic, though hopefully much less violent.

Revakara
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Revakara

Oh my god! Guys, this thing’s gonna be like Minecraft! They’re letting us use official and private servers! I just found this comment on the YouTube page, from the devs themselves! 
Multiplayer, single player, and you’ll be free to play using your own local servers/LAN, etc. (On PC, of course.) We’re offering complete freedom and customization on any server that isn’t the official ones.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

I had better be able to get that Triceratops as a mount!

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

UE4 looks insane. Please don’t end up like The Stomping Land.

Revakara
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Revakara

…Yup, this is definately one of those ‘SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!’ moments. Especially if they’ve got this much gameplay down from the off! This thing looks rather far along in it’s development cycle, I must say!

officeape
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officeape

Dinosaurs are the new zombies.

krazy_wabbit
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krazy_wabbit

Looks good but how is the ‘end game’ going to be like…

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

Well, it certainly does look good. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Dargnon
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Dargnon

The dragon in the video surprised me. But… why not? It makes sense.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

It does look good…

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