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You know what the Nintendo Switch doesn't have enough of? Games where you get to build forts, scavenge for gear and ride on the backs of dinosaurs that have rocket launchers attached to their armor. That's all going to change once ARK: Survival Evolved launches on the platform.
According to a press release, the team at Studio Wildcard made ARK on Switch official during the "State of Unreal" session hosted by Epic Games during GDC this week.
According to the announcement, ARK will launch as both a physical and digital title this fall, though it was already in a playable form during the presentation. The game is created in conjunction with Abstration Games and, based on how things are looking at this point, we've only got a few months before the open-world survival adventure game makes its way to Nintendo's console/portable hybrid.
It sounds like the Switch version of ARK will be the complete package, too, boasting all of the content and features from the core game, including the massive island and more than 100 creatures inspired by both prehistoric dinos and fantasy. As on other platforms, players will start the game with basically nothing, and then slowly build up their ability to survive and thrive by exploring the island, crafting gear and taming wild creatures. You can play alone or group up with friends.
Studio Wildcard's Jeremy Stieglitz spoke to the Switch's portability specifically, saying it will open up a "fantastic new capability" for fans of the series. As a side note, folks who don't have a Switch won't have to feel left out when wanting to game on the go, as the first round of invites for the mobile version of ARK have now gone out.
You never know how things will look when the game actually launches and goes online but, from what we've seen so far, ARK on the Switch seems to be running well. It's pretty impressive that the developers have been able to get the game running on Nintendo's new machine, which has us even more interested in seeing additional big, multiplayer games make the jump. Games like Fortnite and PUBG jump to mind first, both of which have mobile versions of their game either being tested or already out in the wild. If the Switch can't run what my three-year-old Android phone can, I'd be surprised.
Then again, E3 2018 is just a few months away and Nintendo will almost definitely need some big announcements for their expected broadcast. We wouldn't be surprised to see ARK playable by E3, so maybe a couple other big games will be announced around the same time. That is, of course, assuming they don't want to put all of the attention on Smash Bros.