ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to iOS and Android devices this spring

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The mobile gaming industry might be best known for being home to numerous microtransaction-laden, Clash of Clans-like titles but that seems to be changing lately. This week, popular battle royale title Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) made a surprise appearance on the Canadian Google Play Store, marking the first official release of the game's mobile port in the west.

Now it seems Wild Card, the team behind dinosaur-hunting survival game ARK: Survival Evolved, is looking to get in on the mobile action as well - Wild Card has partnered up with fellow developer War Drum Studios to port the open-world game to Android and iOS devices.

If you're eager to try the game out for yourself, you may be out of luck. For now, the port is only available to iOS users through a selective closed beta but Android users will be receiving the full game alongside their iOS counterparts sometime this spring. It's unclear whether or not the game will arrive with the Scorched Earth or Aberration DLC, though. We've reached out to Wild Card for clarification.

According to the app's official web page, the mobile ARK experience will, for all intents and purposes, be the full game experience. Mobile players will still have access to ARK's "80+" dinosaurs, a massive prehistoric world to explore alone or with your friends and the ability to craft equipment and level up over time.

That said, as you might expect the visuals have been pared back quite a bit for mobile devices. Compared to its PC and console counterparts, ARK's mobile version has noticeably muddier textures, downgraded particle effects and a less impressive lighting system. Still, compared to PUBG's mobile version, the game looks surprisingly good.

While Wild Card hasn't announced any official phone hardware requirements for ARK's mobile app just yet, it's probably safe to assume you'll need a fairly modern device to get the smoothest gameplay experience.

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yRaz

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So why does it a take a damn NASA supercomputer to get more than 30 FPS on Windows??
Because what ARK is doing is ground breaking. But, yeah, it doesn't run well. I get like 50ish FPS at 4k with 2 1080Ti's and an overlooked i7
 

alabama man

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Damn, looks great. Strange how PC version doesn't look that much better when you compare the sizes of the devices. We need new gpu generation to keep our PC master race status, why would anyone buy a 2000-3000$ computer when you can have the same experience on a less than 1000$ phone. Just get mouse and keyboard and such, maybe even a display.
 

yRaz

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Damn, looks great. Strange how PC version doesn't look that much better when you compare the sizes of the devices. We need new gpu generation to keep our PC master race status, why would anyone buy a 2000-3000$ computer when you can have the same experience on a less than 1000$ phone. Just get mouse and keyboard and such, maybe even a display.
because the screen is tiny as SH*T
 
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Bluescreendeath

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So why does it a take a damn NASA supercomputer to get more than 30 FPS on Windows??
Because what ARK is doing is ground breaking. But, yeah, it doesn't run well. I get like 50ish FPS at 4k with 2 1080Ti's and an overlooked i7
By ground breaking, you mean mean ignoring fixing bugs and optimizations to the base game and instead focusing on money making moves like more DLCs, expansions, and piling on more and more superficial content in an ever expanding scope creep from the original game.

A game that's been in early access for 4 years and releasing DLCs and expansions before it's even finished is the new ground breaking strategy that open access games will be following to make the big $$$.
 

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Do the dinos you kill still slide across the for at least 50 metres when you hit them with a stone then twitch violently if they get stuck on a rock?

Does it still take over an hour to tame any kind of decent dino to ride?

I love the idea of this game but its playability has always been a bad experience to me. I can't see how bringing it to mobile will make it any better.
 
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toooooot

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Do the dinos you kill still slide across the for at least 50 metres when you hit them with a stone then twitch violently if they get stuck on a rock?

Does it still take over an hour to tame any kind of decent dino to ride?

I love the idea of this game but its playability has always been a bad experience to me. I can't see how bringing it to mobile will make it any better.
That was loong time ago, and most unofficial servers have faster rate. The only problem I have is that it still crashes often, but I have heard that's an unreal engine issue which I guess only the developers could fix.