ARK 2 is the sequel of ARK: Survival Evolved being developed by Studio Wildcard being released at the end of 2024. After twelve DLCs — including five expansion packs — the popular dinosaur survival game ARK: Survival Evolved will be reimagined into a brand new game. While little is known about the game other than a handful of confirmed creatures and some gameplay mechanics, it has been highly anticipated by fans since it was announced on June 12, 2022.

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ARK 2 stars Vin Diesel as Santiago, the main character of the series, and his daughter Meeka, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho. Diesel has also been brought on board as an executive producer of ARK 2. According to Studio Wildcard, he is an ARK player himself and is very familiar with the game.

Studio Wildcard founders Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak will both be closely involved with ARK 2, with Jeremy serving as the Executive Producer and Jesse serving as the Creative Director. The soundtrack will be produced by Gareth Coker, who also produced the soundtrack for ARK 1.

ARK: Survival Evolved is being rebuilt from the ground-up, and will have significant differences from the original game. ARK 2 will put more gameplay emphasis on melee combat, primitive-only weapons, and third-person-only Souls-like combat. The game will have a "very serious" tone in comparison to ARK 1.

Release date:
End of 2024
Bundle Price:
ARK Respawn Bundle (ARK: Survival Ascended + ARK 2) (Xbox/PC only): $49.99 USD
Studio Wildcard

ARK 2 News

The latest updates about ARK 2.

ARK 2 Features

  • Third-person only gameplay
  • Multiplayer, online co-op, and single player
  • Interactive character movement and traversal mechanics, including free-climbing, sliding, swinging, and parkour-like maneuver like mantling
  • Souls-like melee combat allowing players to block, dodge, target-lock, and special attacks
  • Module-based weapon and gear crafting to customize your own unique item's appearance and function
  • Cosmetic item customizations when using regional resources when crafting
  • Dynamic world events throughout a massive, mysterious world called "Arat" that can reward players
  • Localized weather and storm events
  • Hostile "Aratai" PVE race that will attack players while riding dinosaurs
  • Character progression and skill system to unlock active abilities, perks, and passive benefits
  • Experience points from gameplay and knowledge points by completing objectives and challenges
  • Building templates to save and share structure designs
  • Co-op structure building with blueprints
  • Sensory-based dinosaur AI for more realistic hunting using sight, sound, and smell
  • Improved dynamic pathfinding allowing dinosaurs to traverse and maneuver around obstacles and player-build structures
  • Improved rendering and performance to allow for building large structures
  • Realistic day and night cycles and improve lighting and shadows
  • Realistic graphics including foliage phsyics that react to movement and realistic water flow
  • Full cross-platform modding support (both on official and unoffical servers), allowing players to create custom creatures, items, maps, and gameplay mechanics

How much will ARK 2 cost?

The standalone price of ARK 2 has not yet been announced. The ARK Respawned Bundle, which includes both ARK: Survival Ascended and ARK 2, is priced at $49.99 USD. After one year, ARK: Survival Ascended and ARK 2 will be sold separately, but the individual pricing for ARK 2 has not yet been announced.

When is ARK 2's release date?

ARK 2 will be released at the end of 2024. When ARK 2 was first announced in December 2020, the release date was originally "2022," but after a new trailer was released on June 12, 2022, it revealed that the new ARK 2 release date would be 2023. In June of 2022, Xbox tweeted a list of games, including ARK 2, that will be coming to Xbox "within the next 12 months," indicating that ARK 2 would be released in the first half of 2023. No further timing information on the release date has been provided. On March 31st, 2023, Studio Wildcard announced that ARK 2 was delayed until the end of 2024.

Will ARK 2 be multiplayer?

Yes, ARK 2 is confirmed to include online multiplayer, online co-op, and single player.

Which platforms will ARK 2 be on?

It has been confirmed that ARK 2 will be available on PC (Steam) and will be exclusive to Xbox on console. It hasn't officially been confirmed when it will come to PlayStation. The June 2022 announcement said that Studio Wildcard is partnering with Grove Street Games to co-develop ARK 2 and update ARK on Nintendo Switch. While they're confirmed to be revamping ARK 1, it seems clear that ARK 2 will be coming to Nintendo Switch as well.

Will ARK 2 be made with Unreal Engine 5?

It has been officially confirmed that ARK 2 is being made with Unreal Engine 5.

Will Dododex support ARK 2?

Yes! With so little information about the game, it's unclear what a Dododex for ARK 2 would even look like, but Dododex plans to support ARK 2. Stay tuned for more information.

ARK 2 Trailer

The first ARK 2 trailer was released on December 10, 2020 at the 2020 Game Awards.

The second ARK 2 trailer was released on June 12, 2022.

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ARK 2 Confirmed Dinosaurs

New to ARK 2

  • Araneomorphus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Microraptor or a similar unidentifed therapod
  • Exellia (catchable while fishing)
  • Trout (catchable while fishing)
  • Sturgeon (catchable while fishing)

Returning from ARK 1

The Triceratops, Brontosaurus, Parasaur, and Ankylosaurus were not explictely confirmed, but were seen in cave drawings in the trailer.