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ARK for Nintendo Switch Getting Graphical Overhaul in September

by John Rairdin - April 18, 2022, 10:11 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Wildcard Studios

Four years later

ARK: Survival Evolved developers Wildcard Studios announced today that the game's Ultimate Survivor Edition will be coming to Switch in September. This version includes the base games along with expansion packs: Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, and Genesis Parts 1 & 2. Though only the Scorched Earth expansion pack will be available at launch. It will also feature a new mode called the “Young Explorers” Mode: an educational mode intended to teach younger players about the real-world dinosaurs that inspired the game.

Additionally existing owners of the base game will receive a significant update that promises an overhaul to functionality, graphics, and optimization. Studio Wildcard has contracted with a yet unnamed third-party developer who is rewriting the entire ARK Switch code from the ground-up, developing it on the latest version of Unreal Engine 4. All existing Switch player progress and Save data will be maintained.

ARK's initial launch on Switch was often cited as being among the worst Switch ports the system had received. Our review gave it a 2.5/10 at launch.


StratosApril 27, 2022

I was gifted this game the year it released as a Christmas gift from my mother who means well and thought I would like it for the dinosaurs and such. But it turned out to be awful so my sister told my mom how bad it was and she offered to return it and let me pick something else. I almost kept it as a novelty game but exchanged it to get something far superior. I'm kinda disappointed now because I am deathly curious to both try the bad version and the new version that will be releasing. I guess I could buy it now but I just don't want to drop the cash on it, especially when I got the PC version for free through the Epic store.

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