ARK 2 is the sequel of ARK: Survival Evolved being developed by Studio Wildcard being released in 2023. After twelve DLCs — including five expansion packs — the popular dinosaur survival game ARK: Survival Evolved will be reimagined into a brand new game. While very little is known about the game, it has been highly anticipated by fans since it was announced.
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.
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 and character traversal.
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 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
When is ARK 2's release date?
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.
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.
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.