ARK: Survival Evolved tramples over to Nintendo Switch

ARK will soon be everywhere you look--on the go on mobiles and now the Nintendo Switch.

Published Wed, Mar 21 2018 6:31 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:52 AM CST

Having already launched on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and soon mobile phones, Studio Wildcard has one more destination in mind for its dino sim: the Nintendo Switch.

ARK: Survival Evolved tramples over to Nintendo Switch |

The devs behind ARK: Survival Evolved have announced the game is coming to Nintendo's fresh handheld-console hybrid complete with all content and features of the original game. That means the huge open-world island with a huge smattering of prehistoric dinos to tame and ride and multiplayer-based exploration and crafting--not to mention survival in the brutal tech-infused world. There's no word on whether or not ARK's Switch port will feature cross-play with other platforms, but it's interesting that more online-oriented games are shifting over ahead of the console's official premium online subscription.

The biggest benefit of ARK (and any game) coming to the Switch is that players will be able to take their progress on-the-go, albeit in an offline singleplayer-only capacity (unless you want to destroy your cellular network bill).

"The Switch's handheld mode provides a fantastic new capability for survivors who want to fully immerse themselves in the vast worlds of ARK," said Jeremy Stieglitz, Studio Wildcard's Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Development Director, and Co-Creative Director.

"With this new version, Switch players can go directly from hunting and taming while sitting on the couch, to forming online tribes and searching out new conquests when on the bus, waiting in line, or wherever they happen to be."

ARK: Survival Evolved's Switch port will be co-developed by Abstraction Games, and a release date has yet to be announced.

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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