Studio Wildcard announced that Ark: Survival Evolved hit it's highest player peak over the weekend on Steam.
Ark: Survival Evolved remains ever popular. The game became an overnight hit when it launched in early access a few years ago, and after a long period of development, had another surge of popularity when the official release came last year. However, the title just released it's last announced expansion recently in the form of Extinction. It seems to be going over well with fans who are enjoying a new world and creatures to tame. There are even big Kaiju in it. It's neat.
More than that though, Extinction has brought back a big audience. The biggest the game has ever seen on PC in fact. The official Ark account announced that over the weekend, Ark: Survival Evolved had reached its all-time peak with 106,170 concurrent players. The tweet shows the achievement, saying:
We reached a new all-time peak for users playing ARK on Steam today! Thank you so much for your support, survivors! 🦖 pic.twitter.com/ptCvfkvrv7
— ARK: Survival Evolved (@survivetheark) November 11, 2018
This is not bad going for a game that has, essentially, been around for over three years. The survival genre craze has died down since then, but it is clear there is still a voracious community looking for more Ark content.
This is exciting as someone who has put in 500 hours into the game. While my most intense time with the game is likely behind me, I still adore the title. Knowing that it's still going and keeping players coming back is encouraging. This is all before you even take into account the large console audience. If you are one of those and you want to see what the fuss is about, the Extinction expansion will land later today on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.