ARK: Survival Ascended releases first gameplay trailer

ARK: Survival Ascended releases first gameplay trailer

During Microsoft's Xbox Partner Preview live stream, Studio Wildcard released the first gameplay trailer of ARK: Survival Ascended (ASA) and announced plans to launch this brand new experience onto Steam. The game will launch in November on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

ARK: Survival Ascended is a next-generation remake of the beloved ARK: Survival Evolved game that harnesses the cutting-edge power of Unreal Engine 5 for huge improvements and enhancements to the visuals and gameplay. ARK's codebase has been entirely rewritten, and its artwork recreated by hand to take full advantage of UE5, using high-end graphics features such as fully dynamic Global Illumination, so that light bounces realistically off hundreds of millions of triangles for extreme detail.



"ASA provides an evergreen adventure that re-energizes the classic-ARK experience, one that will continue to grow and leverages the latest tech advancements with UE5, as well as what we've been working on with the ARK Franchise as a whole," expressed Jeremy Stieglitz, co-founder, lead designer/programmer & co-creative director, Studio Wildcard. 

ARK: Survival Ascended new features

  • Ascended Physics System: Advanced physics systems such as dynamic water so every creature creates waves, ripples, splashes, and bubbles as they move through fluids, and fully interactive physical foliage where every blade of grass, bush, and tree reacts to characters, explosions, projectiles, and physics objects.
  • Extensive QOL Improvements: Thorough Quality of Life revamps in every area: redesigned User Interfaces, dynamic navigation for intelligent creature pathfinding, Wild Babies, Photo Mode, new Camera systems, new Map system, Tracking System, new Structures and Items, new Creatures, and much more.
  • Cross-Platform Modding: Download and play new custom content created by players, including new maps, creatures, items, and game modes, through a dedicated new Mod-browser found directly within the game. Enjoy an endless stream of new ARK content as the creativity and talent of the community are fully unleashed for the first time ever across gaming platforms.
  • Multiplayer Options: Supports public online multiplayer for up to 70 players, private-session multiplayer for up to 8 players, and local split-screen for 2 - 4 players.
  • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: Form online tribes across different gaming platforms and work together to survive and thrive on the ARK! Console and Windows PC players will have this capability at launch, with Steam PC players joining the cross-platform battle in December 2023.

The definitive survival experience returns better than ever: create a Survivor, form a tribe, and then tame, train, breed & ride dinosaurs within a living ecosystem. ARK: Survival Ascended is already available on PC and will hit Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 in November. You can check our comparator for the best deals on ARK: Survival Ascended and survive the wilderness.

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