‘Ark: Survival Evolved’ PS4 Update — Here’s What Gamers Can Expect

Earlier this week PS4 gamers were finally able to get their hands on a PlayStation 4 version of Ark: Survival Evolved. Per GameSpot, it was previously announced that the game would come in the form of a Survivor’s Pack. The Ark: Survival Evolved PS4 version includes the Scorched Earth expansion and the base dinosaur game.

PS4 gamers also got access to exclusive content including the Bionic Giganotosaurus skin and the Manticore armor set for both male and female characters within the game. If you are a PS4 gamer who hasn’t gotten your hands on the PlayStation 4 version of Ark: Survival Evolved yet, check out the official launch trailer found below.

Similar to the PC and Xbox One versions of Ark: Survival Evolved, the PS4 version is also unfinished. The game developer, Studio Wildcard, has informed PS4 players to expect a constant flow of updates between now and the projected time the content of the game is intended to be finished. The developer expects the launch of the finalized version of Ark: Survival Evolved to happen in Spring of 2017.

In honor of the launch of the PS4 version of Ark: Survival Evolved, the developer initialized an “Evolution Event.” The event started at 12 p.m. ET on December 6 and will continue until 12 p.m. ET on December 12. During the bonus event, all servers will offer players double the rates for harvesting, taming, and XP. These bonuses will be available on all servers and all platforms as part of the PS4 update until the event ends on December 12.

ARK Survival: Evolved
Ark Survival: Evolved [Image by Studio Wildcard]

“Whether you dream of being an intrepid explorer, a peaceful Parasaur breeder, or a battle-hardened T-Rex-riding warrior, we think you’ll find something to engage you within the vast, primal worlds of Ark,” Jeremy Stieglitz, the co-founder of Studio Wildcard, said about what PS4 gamers could expect with the latest update on the official PlayStation blog.

The PS4 update of Ark: Survival Evolved is a partnership between Abstraction Games and Studio Wildcard. The game title was originally announced back in June of this year. When the game was released, there were only 70 dinosaurs within it. Today, there are more than 100 dinosaurs within Ark: Survival Evolved. With the latest update and the game extending to the PS4 platform as well, gamers can only expect the number of dinosaurs within the game to continue to grow.

The developer of Ark: Survival Evolved has made it clear with each update that the game is still a work in progress and gamers should expect updates to continue until the game is finalized. With the latest Ark: Survival Evolved update, PS4 gamers – as well as gamers on other platforms – have the option of joining a community of players who will give input on the gameplay as well as provide walkthroughs as needed.

Ark Survival: Evolved Game Still
Ark Survival: Evolved Game Still [Image by Studio Wildcard]

The game developer says gamers should expect additional creatures, more items, and some tweaks in the overall mechanics of the game with each update they release.

PS4 gamers have been able to get their hands on a copy of Ark: Survival Evolved since December 6. Breathecast estimates the game would cost roughly $60 in the U.S. and roughly €49.99 in Europe.

Have you gotten your hands on a PS4 update of Ark: Survival Evolved yet? Or, are you a PS4 gamer who prefers to wait until the price of a new game comes down a little? How do you feel knowing this isn’t really the “finalized version” of the game and that the game will continue to receive update after update for nearly a year before the game is complete? Do you think the game developers should have finished the game before releasing it, or are you just happy to be playing it as they work through the bugs?

Share your thoughts on the PS4 update of Ark: Survival Evolved with us and your answers to the questions above in the comments section below.

[Featured Image by Studio Wildcard]