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Ark: Survival Evolved Goes A Bit Fantasy With The Center

New fantasy island!

Given that Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] is a multiplayer survival game where dinosaurs and mythical beasts roam a technoisland, you might expect its world to be a little more... unreal. In which case, oooh! Check out the weird impossible fantasy land added free with yesterdays update. The Center is a huge world with hovering mountains, unlikely grand rock formations, ancient underground lavaruins, underground forests, ice temples, a rocky lavaskull, and world-ending waterfalls, which all looks far more fitting! It's now live, with 100-player official servers to fight on and all.

The Center is a fantasy landscape sprawling over a whopping seventy square kilometres, twice the size of the regular Ark map. It's a little bit Avatar and a little bit Get All Those Cool Rings From That Naughty Eye. The Center is the first player-created map incorporated into Ark under its 'Official Mods' program. The Primitive+ mod is due to become an official part of Ark too. Here, look at The Center:

Cover image for YouTube video

Ark: Survival Evolved is still on Steam Early Access, with a 33% discount bringing it briefly down to £15.40/18,75€/$20.09. Studio Wildcard, the creators of Ark, had previously said they'd properly launch the game this June, but last I heard it's now due around the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season. That's a fair delay but, unlike many Early Access survival games, this has certainly received a steady stream of updates. Wildcard also spun off Ark's Battle Royale-y Survival of the Fittest mode into a standalone free-to-play game.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.