ARK: Survival Evolved has already sold 400,000 copies

    
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Well, I can't object to the theory.

On the surface, you could think of ARK: Survival Evolved as one step removed from zombie survival games except it has dinosaurs instead. But the game is a great deal deeper and more involved than that, explaining why it has already sold 400,000 copies for $10 million in revenue. Yes, this little game is doing quite well for itself; studio co-founder Jesse Rapczak states that the game has seen peak concurrency numbers around 64,000 players.

The lengthy interview confirms that the game’s sales thus far have covered the initial development costs, although Rapczak is reluctant to claim “profit” when there’s still more development to manage. He also discusses early access as a concept and mentions that it’s the sort of business decision that makes sense only when the game is fundamentally finished already. Check out the full interview for more details on the game’s man-eat-dinosaur development process and the future of the title.

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Norlamin
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Norlamin

I must say, I’m not surprised at all. I randomly picked it up as just a what if game on Steam and ended up falling in love with it. I’ve been spending day after day just playing with it and building in it.

 I always loved survival games, but the graphics in things like Minecraft turn me off completely and I could never stand zombies.  Not to mention, the dino taming gives me reminiscent feelings from SWG. Really looking forward to whatever they plan to build upon with the game in the future.

 Overall it’s a beautiful game, especially for one in Alpha. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy Sandbox games.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

The main reason I think I am enjoying this so much is that it is actually hard to survive.  You have to earn everything you have and it all can be taken away at any moment.  This is more like “old school”.  This ain’t your momma’s hand holding theme-park game, it is gritty and realistic.

Jello_CF
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Jello_CF

Giggilybits Never played tree of life, life is feudal or savage lands…..

I can however offer some thoughts on the rest.  These are my opinions so if anyone gets butt mad reserve your hate for something else.

H1Z1:  I would say it is a pretty good copy of DayZ.  When I say that I mean a working DayZ so the mod in this case with a smidgen of RUST or 7 days to die when it comes to building.  The game itself is functional however the base building side of things leaves a lot to be desired.  TO be honest I could take it or leave it as the buildings themselves are functional but are beacons for bandits to come plunder.

DayZ Mod: Has been around for ever and the majority of the issues have been worked out.  Add to that there are different flavors out there to download and play.  There is the risk of running into cheaters however you can find a nice community that hosts private whitelist only servers and not have to worry about it.  

Day Z SA: Stand alone version of the above.  You don’t need ARMA to play it however it doesn’t have everything in it and there are quite a few bugs and what not.  Same type of deal public/private servers and at some point the ability to host your own server.  I don’t see to many cheaters on SA at the moment but it is unforgiving .

ARK:I just started playing and it is full of bugs and each patch can effect performance good or bad.  However they are patching every other day it seems so they are busting their asses on getting it right.  So think H1Z1 but with Dinosaurs instead of zombies.

7Days to Die:H1Z1/Day Z but in a voxel type engine.  Meaning like minecraft you can dig down under ground, knock trees down etc etc.  You use those materials to build up your fort or what have you and survive the zombies…  

RUST: I haven’t played but it uses the same engine as 7 Days.

The following games allow you to join hosted servers from 4-100 ish people: RUST, Day Z, 7 Days, DayZ SA.  

H1Z1 is more like an MMO I do not know how many players it holds.

If you ask me to recommend something I would say…… If you want to just jump into something that is stable for the most part H1Z1 or Rust.

If you want a brutal survival feeling DayZ ,DayZSA or ARK.  SA or ARK if you are up for the challenge of bugs and testing a game that isn’t “done”.  At which point it becomes a choice of do you want zombies or Dinos.

Thoemse
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Thoemse

Still waiting for DX 12 and multi GPU support. Runs like a dog on threee screens and one GPU right now. It certainly looks promising though. I don’t regret buying EA.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

It looks alot of fun, I’ve been watching alot of people stream it, but I don’t buy early access games. Not to mention the performance is complete and utter shit right now. Once they sort that out I might look into getting it.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

So far this game is very interesting and fun.

grungepunk1022
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grungepunk1022

Polyanna ‘Pretending to make a game’? These guys have actually done more work on this game in the past 24 hours than you’ve probably done since monday. They’re definitely not pretending to make a game.

grungepunk1022
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grungepunk1022

melissamcdon If you’re wondering, I’d recommend waiting, at least a few weeks. Not because the game isn’t fun, but because the developers haven’t even made their first pass optimization of the client yet, which is what they intend to do this friday. If you don’t mind inconsistent performance, it’s pretty good. I like that there’s an option for going to full PvE servers where PvP is totally disabled, and you don’t have to worry about troll douchebags waiting around to gank you at spawn points as you load in just because they can.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

Giggilybits Life id Feudal is an amazing game, highly recommend it.

Faith77
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Faith77

Giggilybits I’ve only tried H1Z1 and ARK of the ones you listed, and even though it just came out on EA, I would definitely recommend ARK as the superior option (and it’s only going to get better).  H1Z1’s not so terrible, it has had serious issues with cheaters running rampant though.