Studio Wildcard today confirmed the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved, a major “overhaul” update on Switch, along with ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition.

The major free update for ARK: Survival Evolved on Switch vastly improves visual quality and performance, drastically reduces loading times, adds numerous QoL features like a virtual cursor for improved inventory management, and much more.

ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition for Switch, the definitive ARK collection, includes all ARK expansion packs, launching first with Scorched Earth; Aberration, Extinction and Genesis Parts 1 & 2 will be released in order.

Please note that both the update and Survival Evolved are available in North America today, but they don’t release in Europe until November 8th, 2022.

A complete breakdown of what’s available now can be found below.

ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition for Nintendo Switch Features:

  • Overhauled ARK Experience: A major update to the base ARK: Survival Evolved game dramatically improves all visual performance including:
  • Better resolution in docked (1080p) & handheld modes (720p)
  • Vastly improved loading times (8x faster on average)
  • Consistent dynamic framerate (30FPS)
  • Better texture quality, lighting and shadows effects

All ARK Expansion Packs: Launching today with the first expansion pack, Scorched Earth, with subsequent expansion packs releasing every few months to bring parity with the PC version and add thousands of hours of gameplay.

Dinosaur Discovery: Join AI-companion HLN-A on a new educational experience! This kid-friendly, fact-filled ARK adventure allows children to explore the Island without violence and learn about the fascinating prehistoric creatures that inspired the game. ARK: Dinosaur Discovery will launch November 9 exclusive on Switch and is free to download with the purchase of ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition.

New Cinematics: Original story cinematic content to further expand the narrative of ARK: Survival Evolved.

Unofficial Server Support: Custom server support powered by Nitrado server networks. From primordial island jungles to the futuristic gardens of an interstellar starship, every sprawling environment is here for you to conquer! Discover the hundreds of unique species roaming these lands, from the prehistoric to the fantastical, and learn how to befriend these creatures, or to defeat them. Complete your collection of notes and dossiers left by past explorers to learn the surprising history of the ARKs. Test your tribe and your beasts in battle with every boss challenge from the franchise!

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