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Ark: Survival Evolved

When Ark: Survival Evolved was announced for Switch, it came as a bit of a surprise. After all, the game doesn’t exactly run well on other platforms. Now that the Switch port is finally here, Digital Foundry is taking a closer look at it from a technical perspective.

Unfortunately, visual quality has been heavily scaled back on Switch. As one example, most foliage is gone in the forest and objects pop in just before the player. Textures themselves have been reduced, and texture filtering is also very poor. Shadows are also a problem as they’ll constantly change based on your position.

Ark: Survival Evolved finally debuted on Switch this week. Get a look at plenty of footage in the video below.

Studio Wildcard has announced that ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Switch on November 30. This applies to all regions worldwide.

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Amazon UK has updated its product listing for Ark: Survival Evolved with the first screenshots of the game on Switch. We’ve included the various images below.

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One of the more surprising Switch announcements this year was Ark: Survival Evolved. There weren’t too many who expected the game to come to Nintendo’s console, especially with solid performance. But thanks to the porting work from Abstraction Games, Ark: Survival Evolved is indeed happening, and based on the little footage we’ve seen, it looks pretty good.

Abstraction Games head of production John Day was asked how Ark: Survival Evolved is possible on Switch during a recent episode of Fragments of Silicon. Day started out by explaining:

Solutions 2 GO has announced a pair of physical releases for Switch. ARK: Survival Evolved and PixARK will both be offered at retail.

ARK: Survival Evolved will cost $49.99 while PixARK is priced at $39.99. The two games arrive this fall.

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At the Unreal keynote at GDC today, the first off-screen footage debuted of ARK: Survival Evolved running on Switch. You can watch the clip below.

At GDC today, a Switch version of ARK: Survival Evolved was announced during the Unreal keynote. This was all possible thanks to Abstraction Games, who is handling the port. It’s in such an advanced stage that it was demoed live in front of attendees. Abstraction CEO Ralph Egas mentioned to GamesIndustry that the team “created something you could almost send for certification.”

Egas shared the following regarding the team’s progress when it comes to ARK: Survival Evolved on Switch:

ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Switch, Survival Evolved has announced. The news was just shared during an event at GDC.

Studio Wildcard said that ARK: Survival Evolved on Switch will look visually comparable to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. Also, the same features and way of delivering multiplayer will be similar.

ARK: Survival Evolved launches on Switch this fall. We have details and a trailer for the title below.

Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard has expressed interest in Switch. During an interview with GamesIndustry, Studio Wildcard co-founder Jesse Rapczak said the system would be “a great platform for a game like Ark, because if the game is designed right, you can kind of pull out and do some stuff.” Rapczak added that the team is investigating Switch to “see what we can do there.”

The one challenge is that Switch “is a totally different platform”. Rapczak brought up that memory in particular could pose a problem in bringing Ark over. However, Rapczak did say that they’re “throwing some ideas around, just seeing if it makes sense right now.”

Rapczak’s full words: