Ark: Survival Evolved becomes a Minecraftbut in PixArk

History, scholars agree, is a washing machine on a spin cycle with a brick inside: as it bounces round and round, the brick will often return to the same point but is slightly changed by an entropy that eventually will violently shake the machine to pieces then our ma will give us a right skelping for copying YouTube videos. The cycle returns to a familiar point soon with PixArk, a Minecraftbut based on a survival game based on Minecraft. Deadly murderous survival sandbox Ark: Survival Evolved recently left early access and now the friendly spin-off PixArk is about to enter it. The brick bounces on.

Ark, like many other survive ’em ups, took the craft-o-building of Minecraft into a deadly PvP sandbox with dinosaurs and some high-tech alien gizmos, then PixArk will strip that back to a friendlier, cubier Minecraftbut form. In procedurally-generated worlds built of destructible cubes, players will get to dig, build bases, craft items, explore, tame and ride animals, do quests, fight dinosaurs, and so on. It’s Minecraft but with dinosaurs and rocket launchers.

Ark’s creators, Studio Wildcard, are only “creative consultants” on this, as it’s actually made by Snail Games. Snail are the folks who also licensed Ark to make the VR spin-off Ark Park.

Snail first announced PixArk last year, and now send word that it’ll hit Steam Early Access in March while bopping out a new trailer.


  1. Seafoam says:

    It feels like they took my 2 most hated concepts (survival games and minecraft-likes) and combined them together for some cryptic reason.

    I suppose theres an audience for both of those genres. Same as there’s an audience for p2w mobile games I guess.

  2. April March says:

    Well, it worked for Fortnite…

    (‘It’ being ‘rereleasing a game that already exists in the genre of another, wildy successful game’.)

  3. Spacewalk says:

    Minecraft? What is this, 2012.

  4. SaintAn says:

    Be aware this is from Snail games, who ran Age of Wushu into the ground. Age of Wushu was one of the most fun MMO’s in a long time and was an open world kung fu MMO inspired by mythology and wire kung fu movies (they even had a whole faction of hobo’s you could join based around the King of Beggers movie). It was really really great and could have been pretty big, but they managed to completely mess up what was a sure thing with their greed and incompetence. I still wish for a singleplayer rework of that game without all the stuff they screwed up and all the microtransactions, because I loved it so much. It’s a tragedy that we lost such a good game because of them.

    Please don’t support anything from Snail games.

  5. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    If even dinosaurs, mages, and rocket launchers can’t stir my jaded circulatory core I think we are well past peak minecraft.

  6. Will the wtf says:

    Less clipping than Monster Hunter World of course! Doesn’t take much. Only seems to bother me.