ark survival evolved

Official Site: ARK: Survival Evolved, Steam
Studio: Studio Wildcard
Launch Date: June 2, 2015 (Early Access)
Genre: Dino Survival Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (One-Time Fee)
Platform: PC, Xbox One

GDC 2018: Rend is looking to ‘WoW’ the survival genre

I’m already old and bitter when it comes to survival games. I’ve killed zombies, dinosaurs, infected bears, maybe even infected dinosaurs, and people. Lots of people. Even for food, and I don’t mean apples. I’ve been been forced to hand over my clothes in the freezing cold, drowned myself to escape imprisonment, and endured beaches full of dead, starved naked men on a PvE server that was unable to provide food for its citizens. It’s been the worst parts of The Walking Dead when I’ve been looking for the “It’s going to be OK!” moments. All this during what’s largely proven to be an unending “Early Access” period.

To say I’m critical of the survival genre at this point may be an understatement. By all accounts, someone might think I hate them, and they’d be half right. I hate most of what I’ve played. There’s cool stuff, but it’s like finding a $1 bill in what you hope was a pool of mud. It’s cool, but not really something you want to do a lot of. You mostly want the good stuff. Frostkeep’s upcoming survival MMO, Rend… well, it’s hard to not get excited, but my time talking to the developers actually gave me some faith for the future.

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The MOP Up: Enter the Phantom Halls — if you dare! (March 18, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Mu IgnitionLineage 2 RevolutionRevelation OnlineEarthfallLegacy of AtlantisDC UnchainedSoul ArkBattle CarnivalWorld of WarcraftOld School RuneScapeAionWar ThunderArtifactPokemon GoThe Black DeathAstroneerEVE OnlinePhantom HallsMU Online, and Heroes of Newerth, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Cave diving for ARK glowtails

The last big ARK expedition Massively OP’s MJ took was to the surface. What goes up, must also go down, right? So this time, she delving the depths of a cave. The gang is on the hunt for new light pets, the elusive glowtail lizards. Will this journey end better than the first time MJ wandered into this cave? (Hint: She was lured to her death by a once-trusted tribe member!) Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see how successful this second trip into the cave is.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 17th, 2018

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ARK Survival Evolved is coming to mobile in full, with a beta beginning today

You know what the world needs? Obviously, it’s another version of ARK Survival Evolved, duh. PixARK and ARK Park, nevermind Jurassic World Alive, aren’t enough! ALL THE DINOS.

Ahem. Yes, apparently Studio Wildcard has tapped War Drum Studios to build out a mobile version of the game called just ARK Mobile. It’s the real deal, the real game, not some wimpy spinoff.

“Based on the genre-defining adventure from PC and console, ARK: Survival Evolved challenges you to survive and thrive on a mysterious island, where you start out alone and unarmed. Gather resources and craft tools to build shelter and hunt. Expand your domain while capturing and taming dinosaurs to do your bidding. Make new friends online, form tribes, and build mighty structures to defend against man and mega-predators alike!”

The closed beta begins today on iOS; signups are on the official site. Launch – on iOS and Android – is expected this spring, though we haven’t gotten any clues about crossplatform play just yet.

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Snail’s voxel survivalbox PixARK launches into early access on March 27

Voxel fans, dinosaur fiends, and survival sandbox freaks have surely had their eyes on PixARK since its original announcement last summer. It’s one of Snail’s many (many!) ARK Survival Evolved spinoffs, and the company has just hardened up its early access release date: March 27th. That’s for both Steam and Xbox One. “PixARK will be coming to retail and digital on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox One X later in 2018,” Snail says.

We previously noted that in spite of its cutesy graphics, it seemed like much more of a cutthroat survivalbox than its closest MMO cognates, but development on Steam suggests plenty of sandbox builder goodness too. Snail is touting both single-player and online multiplayer, collections, base-building, character progression, character customization, procedurally generated worlds, a sandbox mode, eight biomes, and 100 dinos and critters to “tame, train, and ride.”

There’s a new trailer to celebrate the occasion, naturally. It’s down below.

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The Stream Team: ARK Aberration surface expedition

Have you seen the surface of ARK: Aberration? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t, and she’s excited to go. Today she and the team are gearing up for a quick surface expedition — even though she is assured it is most certainly a suicide run for most of the gang. With any luck, at least someone will make it back with some sort of treasure. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for MJ’s first run topside.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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Massively Overthinking: Is battle royale a fad?

This week in Massively Overthinking, I want to talk about something out on the fringes of our genre: battle royale games. We’ve been watching BR take off, first with H1Z1, then the explosion of PUBG last summer and fall, and now Fortnite has taken the crown, becoming even more popular and raking in even more money, at least on console and potentially overall. And yet less than a year ago, we were embracing Fortnite as a PvE building game – see how blazingly fast Epic pivoted to catch this trend? I remember when PUBG started to plateau in the west even as it continued it climb in China, and I wondered then whether anything could ever dethrone it – and I have to say, I didn’t think it would be Fortnite.

So let’s talk about battle royale. Is it bleeding an online subgenre – MMOs, shooters, MOBAs, or survival sandboxes, or is it just something everyone’s tacked on top of existing gameplay? How will mobile keep up? And most importantly, is it a fad that’s destined to eventually fade away, or is it here to stay?

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OARG Jurassic World Alive brings dinosaur dicing and splicing to mobile

You may have thought the multiplayer online dinosaur genre is already tapped out, what with the likes of ARK Survival Evolved and ARK Park and Durango, but that’s not going to stop a classic from giving it a Pokemon Go-inspired effort.

Yep, Jurassic World Alive, built by studio Ludia, is a mobile MMOARG that tasks Android and iOS players with catching ’em all collecting and murdering dinos, snagging DNA samples, and then tinkering in lab mode to create new species – because what could possibly go wrong? There’s also a PvP arena mode where you make your dinos fight.

Registration on both platforms is up and running on the official site; you can check out the trailer down below.

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Trion reboots Defiance as Defiance 2050, launching on PC and console this summer

Welp, now we know what Trion Worlds has been working on: Defiance is getting a sequel, launching for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 this summer. The MMORPG studio says Defiance 2050 is a “completely from-the-ground-up recreation of Defiance” that “overhauls the exciting story and groundbreaking gameplay of the original, reimagining the San Francisco-based sci-fi shooter experience for current gaming hardware.”

Defiance 2050 recreates the original game from the ground up to be representative of the current generation of consoles. From updated textures to improved resolutions and framerates, Defiance 2050 is a marked improvement over the original DefianceDefiance 2050 is more than just a simple graphical remaster, as the game’s systems have gotten major improvements to create the definitive version of the game. Today’s consoles and PCs enable the dev team to implement features and upgrades that fans of the game have been clamoring for, while advancements in hardware allow for action on an even larger scale than before, with more players able to take to the battlefield in white-knuckled combat.”

It’s not entirely clear just yet what’s happening to original-flavor Defiance itself (we’re reaching out to Trion about that right now and will update when we have more info). Beta signups are live on the official site right now, and we’ve got the announcement trailers down below too.

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The Stream Team: Hunting rock drake eggs in ARK Aberration

Massively OP’s MJ has a crab and a large pack of ravagers on the ARK Aberration server, but there is one crucial animal she is missing: a rock drake! In order to have a tamed super gecko, the team has to descend through the dangerous blue biome and into the radioactive red one. There, they have to steal the eggs in order to hatch and raise a baby rock drake. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see how successful this first attempt at a dream pet is.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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The Survivalist: A tale of two early accesses (and why Conan Exiles comes out on top)

It was the best of early access, it was the worst of early access. We needn’t even stop there: It was the age of wisdom and it was the age of foolishness as well! I venture to say that Dickens didn’t know he would be so on point in relation to video games. As much as I know players are disappointed about the announcement from Conan Exiles that multiple anticipated features will not make it in for launch (trust me, I’ve been looking forward to them as well!), I actually really appreciate the decision. You see, I have already experienced the maddening delay of “just a few (hundred) more features before launch” and I lost heaps of respect for the studio that went that route. A studio, I might add, that was the epitome of doing early access right for a long while.

In this week’s edition of The Survivalist, I’ll juxtapose these two examples of early access in the survival sandbox genre and show how Conan Exiles’ latest announcement secures this game the title of doing early access right — a position once held by the other.

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The Stream Team: Love is in the ARK

Besides turning various animals bright pink or red, the Valentine’s event in ARK is a mating and breeding extravaganza! Massively OP’s MJ and the crew are taking advantage of it to increase their packs. That’s right, MJ is spending the weekend breeding. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 17, 2018

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ARK Survival Evolved gives its dinos some tender loving care

Dinosaurs deserve some love too, even if they’re oversized grumpy reptiles who keep trying to eat those good-natured players in ARK. The survival sandbox rolled out its TLC Phase 1 patch today that celebrated Valentine’s Day while making a pass (the balance kind, not the sexy kind) at several of the game’s signature beasties.

In the update, five of the prehistoric creatures — the Procoptodon, the Gigantopithecus, the Direbear, the Direwolf, and the Rex — received visual, animation, and ability redesigns. The patch also placed a hard limit on the number of turrets players could plop down in an area and added several quality-of-life improvements.

And if you really were banking on some dino love today, then enjoy ARK’s Mate Boosted event. This increases the mate boosted range, reduces baby food consumption, and jacks up mating, mating recovery, egg incubation, and creature maturing speeds. So go forth and breed your imaginary gigantic pets, you weirdos!

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