ARK Survival Evolved is coming to Google Stadia early next year

    
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ARK Survival Evolved is coming to Google Stadia early next year

File this one under Who Asked For This: Studio Wildcard and Google announced today that ARK Survival Evolved is porting to Google Stadia. It’s a joke, Stadia fanboys. Calm down.

ARK is already on almost every dang platform, including Steam, the Epic Games Store, the Xbox One, the Switch, and the PS4. Heck, it’s even on NVIDIA’s Geforce Now. But come next year – “early 2021” – it’ll also be playable on Stadia, which means you can even play it on your Android phone. And as 9to5Google points out, the whopping 200+ GB install size won’t be an issue.

In its latest address to players, Wildcard promised the latest TLC update with “the Mammoth and Stego revamp including visual and functional upgrades, some creepy crawly evolutions, and various QoL additions.” That’s coming November 7th; in the meantime, players will be able to jump into the Halloweenish Fear Evolved event starting tomorrowday.

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agemyth 😩

Why even, Google?

Removing games from the service is more appealing to me. I guess if you haven’t tried out ARK yet, not needing to download and install it is a better way to do so.

ARK is also on Xbox Game Pass, so do that instead.

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rafael12104

Old game comes to a dying platform. RIP!

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losludvig

Dying implies it once had life.
Stadia is a good example of how impressive functional new tech ends up not even getting a chance due to managerial incompetence.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Good point.

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EmberStar

The drawback to playing something like Ark on a “cloud service” is that you lose any access to mods. Ark is kind of in the Bethesda territory of having a ton of known bugs that the devs apparently can’t be bothered to fix, but that modders have either corrected or found workarounds for. (Such as the “Structures Plus” mod, before the author got hired by Wildcard and stopped updating it.)

I would hope that it still allows people to play in single player if they wanted, but I have no idea how such services handle the multi-gigabyte save folder that the game generates. Or if you’d be able to enter that save folder manually to either load a backup save, or clean out unwanted backup saves.

In any case, I hope that the feature is useful for people that want it and have an ISP that allows them to use it. I couldn’t even if I wanted to, my DSL connection apparently isn’t even fast enough for me to stream if I wanted to. (No career on Twitch for me.)

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AGx-07_162

That may or may not be true. I’ve used GeForce Now, which is Nvidia’s streaming platform, and was able to use all the mods for Conan Exiles without much difficulty (just a much longer initial load), so it’s certainly possible.

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EmberStar

Maybe, I couldn’t say. I thought that “Epic Store” Ark didn’t allow mods, and neither did the XBox / Windows 10 Store version. I’m almost sure I remember a note that the Epic Store version can crossplay with Steam… but only on “no mods” vanilla servers.

So I suppose I assumed that would be the version they used for Stadia. As I said, I couldn’t use a Cloud Gaming Service even if I wanted to. 10mbps down and less than 1mbps upload is “barely good enough for email” by modern standards. ( OnO ) So it’s not a technology I honestly pay much attention to.

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losludvig

the difference is that Geforce now is just a remote steam client, so any steam feature, including workshop modding works out of the gate. For Stadia to support modding either google would have to build a platform wide system, or wildcard would have to come up with an ark specific solution, and then modders would have to support that platform separately. It’s certainly possible, but I don’t think it propable to ever happen