ARK: Survival Evolved for PS4 Typically Sees 65,000 Players on Sunday, Next Update Previewed

February 6, 2017Written by Jason Dunning


Yesterday, Studio Wildcard revealed that more than 100,000 people were currently playing ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam at 9:30am PT, setting a new record. Asked about player counts on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, studio co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz said, “We typ have 50k Xbox & 65k PS4 on Sunday so together def over 200k [on all platforms] on ARK at the moment. If only they could all play together hmm!”

Studio Wildcard hasn’t said how many people own ARK: Survival Evolved on PS4, but it was the 11th best-selling game of 2016 through the PlayStation Store in Europe and the #1 best-selling PS4 game of December 2016 through the North American and European PlayStation Stores. It released digitally on December 6, and will have a retail release this spring.

In terms of in-game content, the next ARK: Survival Evolved update should hit PS4 on February 14. Here’s an overview of what to expect:

PS4 Version 504

  • All PC equivalent content up & functionality through v254.x
  • Per-Pixel Painting (Survivors, Dinos, Canvases, etc)!
  • TheCenter Mega Update
  • A Super-Secret New Feature!
  • Primitive+ Mega Update

Some of the highlights from PC v254 include new dinos (Ovis Aries, Basilosaurus, Baryonyx, Purlovia), a Lance for jousting, the ability to use a Shield when Weapon-Riding (provided you are using an appropriate Weapon), Tek Tier Phase 1, and more. There will also be some console optimizations.

Responding to someone who asked for third-person to be added on consoles, Stieglitz said, “Yeah, we’ll go ahead and get third person onto Xbox and PS4 in this upcoming update. You got it.”

[Source: Jeremy Stieglitz (Twitter 1, 2, 3), Survive the ARK (1), (2), (3), (4)]