ARK: Survival Ascended is now available for early access on Windows PC via Steam

Publisher Snail Games, along with its co-developers Studio Wildcard, Grove Street Games, and Instinct Games, finally announced early access to the Unreal Engine 5 remake of the original ARK: Survival Evolved game, ARK: Survival Ascended. It is now available on Windows PC via Steam and supposedly on Xbox Series XS and PS5 as well; however, due to the occurrence of critical issues discovered in the console versions, it will now be moved to November.


As per the Steam description, you will be respawned on the mysterious island of dinosaurs. You will explore the island, build, construct, and form your tribe to tame and breed hundreds of species of dinosaurs and other primeval creatures.

It will be very much anticipated as ARK: Survival Ascended is completely remastered and redesigned to showcase realistic reflections, for lights to bounce realistically off surfaces, and advanced mesh streaming of hundreds of millions of triangles for excessive detail using the Global Illumination and Nanite.

The physics system is now advanced, including the dynamic water that allows every creature to make waves, ripples, splashes, and bubbles as they proceed in the water area. Also, the entire vegetation now reacts to characters as they go through it, such as when an explosion occurs, projectiles, and other physics materials.

If you knock down a tree, witness how the tree would fall into its nearby trees and vegetation until it crashed to the ground. You can easily spot an enemy, just as the grass moves and sways as a response to the enemy’s movement and presence. And watch out when destroying a building, as it is impressively realistic when breaking apart and interacting with water and grass as it falls on them.


All of the ARK’s worlds will be accessible in ARK: Survival Ascended, such as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction, ARK Genesis Parts 1 and 2, and more. The island has already been released and gradually expanded without any additional cost regularly.

This survival experience is said to be better than ever, as you can now design your survivor and form your tribe. Within the living ecosystem, you can tame, train, breed, and ride your dinosaurs. And not just that, you should also keep an eye on your food, water, temperature, and weather patterns. You may harvest and farm crops and build structures to slowly expand your territory and explore the vastness of the island.


The game has a mod browser directly within the game, allowing players to download and play new custom content created by players as well, such as maps, items, new creatures, and game modes. In addition, players may form an online tribe across the different gaming platforms to play, work together, and survive on the ARK.

The public online multiplayer can manage a total of 70 players, 8 players for private multiplayer, and 2 players for local split-screen.

Started on October 25, ARK: Survival Ascended is already available for early access on Windows PC via Steam. Xbox and PS5 players will have to wait until November for the game to be available.