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  • Developer: Studio Wildcard
  • Genres: Action, Action-adventure, Indie, MMORPG, Early Access
  • Languages: EN
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As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!

The following features are in the game on its Day-1 Early Access release. We have many more aspects and refinements planned for the long-term development roadmap, and here's what you get to experience right now in ARK:

Dinosaurs and creatures -- over 30 at Early Access start and 70+ planned for final release -- can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your Pet, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Pets, which can continue to level-up and consume food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry prey back to your settlement depending on their strength, and larger pets can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival.

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.

Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!

By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of pets, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.

Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your Pets can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!

All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your Pets, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers.

Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have pets to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous pets!

The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.

On the 100+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your pets, stay in-game even when you leave. You can even physically travel your character and items between the network of ARK's by accessing the Obelisks and uploading (or downloading) your data from the Steam Economy! A galaxy of ARKs, each slightly different than the previous, to leave your mark on and conquer, one at a time -- special official ARKs will be unveiled on
the World-map for limited times in singular themed events with corresponding limited-run items!

You can play single-player local games, and bring your character and items between unofficial player-hosted servers, back and forth from singleplayer to multiplayer. Mod the game, with full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. See how we built our ARK using our maps and assets as an example. Host your own server and configure your ARK precisely to your liking. We want to see what you create!

The over-the-top hyper real imagery of the ARK its creatures is brought to expressive life using a highly-customized Unreal Engine 4, with fully dynamic lighting & global illumination, weather systems (rain, fog, snow, etc) & true-to-life volumetric cloud simulation, and the latest in advanced DirectX11 and DirectX12 rendering techniques.

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
  • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX10 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 10
  • Hard Drive: 20000 MB available space
  • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
  • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
  • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
  • Hard Drive: 20000 MB available space
  • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
  • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
  • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
  • Hard Drive: 20000 MB available space

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Key worked no problem for a great price! This game is great!




Okay first off.... This is an Early Access Game... if your looking for a polished finished game, then this might not be for you as there are bugs in the game. That being said, the Developers are constantly updating and tweaking the game on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

The system recommendations shown for the game are a little optimistic.
I was using an i5 Laptop with Intel 4000 On-Board graphics, set all the graphics to low and removed most of the visual effects and shortened the draw distances to get a reasonable frame rate of about 30 to 35 fps, which gave me the odd frame drop. It however did not look anything like the screen shots for the game.. at best it looked like you were playing on a Playstation2, slightly plastic looking textures, playable but it didn't look great.
I upgraded my Home PC when it died recently to an - i5 4690k (clocked at 4Ghz), 16Gb DDR3 1866 Mhz, SSD 250Gb, NVidia GTX 750Ti OC 2Gb GDDR5..
Now I can safely say that it looks and runs on High with a good level of visual effect and decent draw distances with a good 30 to 40 fps.

The game itself is what I can only describe as amasing, Turok meets Minecraft with a little of Preditors (The Movie) thrown in for good measure.

As with all Open world survival Crafting games things take time to build; you have to gather resources, research the items to be built based on your characters level.
Yes it can get a little tedious trekking round resource gathering, but all games like this are the same. But this is where the similarities stop!

The research/tech tree is not the most comprehensive I have seen, but this is being added to as the game develops and is still very good.

Tame yourself the right Dino though and then go out resource gathering and you can get more materials than by hand tools in a much faster time frame... Need Berries for your Dino's, use a Bronto (Just watch out for a little Lag when swinging the tail), need Metal and Stone use an Ankylo.. The right tool (or Dino) for the right job makes thing much easier.

Taming Dino's can be a slow process if you want to get higher level Dino's, but low level ones are tamed pretty quickly.. I would always recommend taming High level Dino with a group of people its just easier!!

All in all who doesn't want to have there own small fortress with auto defenses and a large array of tamed Dino's to ride and go on a killing spree with... In a lovely detailed environments where pretty much all living things (that aren't tamed) will try and eat you... It's fun, its simple yet complex.. Really its what you want to make of it yourself..
NOTE - If you do intend on playing on the Official servers make sure you are used to the game first by spending a little time offline in a standalone world, it will help you get used to how things are done before jumping in. Public servers can be savage, if you log into the wrong one!!, this is because people are mean.. BE WARNED!!

Buy it! Downloaded it! Play it!.. support the Dev's, just don't be to annoyed if it doesn't look as good as the official screen shots or runs a little jumpy (FPS issues).

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Everything works fine, you always get what you order from these guys. Pricing is good. The main thing that sucks is how long it takes (almost 9 hours on this order), other sites are much faster.


Seems to have worked. (Game is installing on steam now) I read a lot of reviews and it seemed sketchy, but I also read a lot of potential false reviews. So I gave it a shot. Took a little while and I wish they explained that you have to wait for the key and that order processed order isn't order completed. I had to go into FAQ to find that out. Took about 12 hours but I got my key. Just open key in your interweb program and copy\paste the link. No need to buy winzip like some people were saying. Overall I saved some money. $$ bills y'all.I just think they need to make it a little more user friendly.

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