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.

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 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.

Release date:
First half of 2023

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 Confirmed Dinosaurs

This list is based on trailers and other game media and is subject to change.