ARK: Survival Evolved players on the Xbox One received a surprise during the Xbox E3 2016 media briefing when the game was listed as supporting the new “Play Anywhere” cross-buy and cross-play initiative with Windows 10 PCs. Studio Wildcard revealed Thursday there are some added benefits and limitations to supporting the open-world survival title on both platforms.
Studio Wildcard Co-Creative Director Jesse Rapczack appeared on the Twitch E3 2016 livestream and Xbox Daily livestream to discuss the “Play Anywhere” initiative with ARK: Survival Evolved. The Steam PC version of ARK will continue to exist as its own separate entity. It will remain the lead platform and run its own official and player dedicated servers.
Meanwhile, the Windows 10 PC version of ARK: Survival Evolved will come free with the purchase of the Xbox One edition (and vice versa). The two platforms will share the same servers allowing for players on both PC and Xbox One to play together. Additionally, it will allow players to set up their own dedicated server using a Windows 10 PC to run the game.