Is Ark Cross Platform? Your Guide to Ark Crossplay Gaming

Ark Survival Evolved is a multiplayer survival game created by Wildcard Studios, which was originally released on Linux, Windows, MacOS, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2017 and was later released for Android, IOS, and Nintendo Switch in 2018.  Seeing as Ark is a popular game across many different platforms, the common question “is Ark cross-platform?” is asked.

In Ark, players spawn stranded naked and afraid on a beach where they must farm and gather all the necessary resources to survive. Now while this is a common concept in survival games, Ark adds the dinosaur element. These dinosaurs can be tamed and bred with the possibility of mutations in their offspring increasing stats. Dinosaurs can also be used to more efficiently farm and gather resources, such as stone, wood, thatch, fibre, metal, and polymer.  In Ark, there are over 100 different species that you can tame. While Ark doesn’t necessarily have top-tier graphics or animations and realistically seems to be a very simple game at first glance,  its multiplayer feature is by far the best aspect of the game.


Why is Ark so popular?

Multiplayer is one of the biggest reasons Ark is a success. Multiplayer has been in Ark since the beginning, which allowed Wildcard to avoid the question asked in other popular survival games such as Subnautica, where for a long time, people have been asking, “is Subnautica multiplayer?” Players chose from PvE (Player Vs Environment) and PvP (Player Vs Player). The base concept of these modes is the same, Players build their own bases and tame and raise animals to protect them.

In the PvE mode, you are playing more to build nice-looking bases in cool locations and tame dinosaurs that look cool. Whereas, in PvP, your base is usually inside of a cave with one small entrance with as many turrets as you can facing the entrance, Tame dinosaurs that are specifically for PVP.

Then you have raids, a raid is when you use specific dinosaurs to soak turret bullets until they are empty, using C4 and rockets to blow it up and get the enemy loot. As Ark is a game that heavily revolves around its multiplayer aspect, you would think Ark crossplay would be something the game has without any complications; however, it comes with its fair share of restrictions. So, is Ark cross platform?

Is Ark Cross-platform?

Cross-platform is when you can play a game on one platform with and against players from other platforms, i.e. playing on a PC with your friend who is playing on an Xbox. The gaming world is evolving, and people want to play games with their friends more often, meaning crossplay is becoming more of a necessity. This is because they don’t really want to buy a new console just because their friend plays a game that they can’t play with them.

Each platform has its own set of rules, So to answer this question in the easiest way, yes, Ark crossplay is a thing. However, this doesn’t come without complications. Ark Survival cross-platform is currently only enabled between Android and IOS or between Xbox and Windows. So as it stands, if you are a PS4, MacOS, or Nintendo Switch player Ark Survival Evolved crossplay is not available. Even with Ark’s small amount of crossplay, it still has to be one of the best crossplay games out there. From what we have gathered here, the current state of Ark crossplay is much better than what you get from Rust crossplay, or DayZ crossplay.


Is Ark cross-platform going to expand in the future?

From the information we have available at the time of writing, 2022 is the last year of updates for Ark Survival Evolved so we wouldn’t get our hopes up to see fewer crossplay restrictions. While it is something that, for Ark’s future, would make sense so they wouldn’t have to be on different builds for each platform, it just doesn’t seem like something they are planning to do.

What is next for Ark: Survival Evolved?

Well, this is fairly simple to answer, Ark: Survival Evolved is pretty much over, the storyline has finished, and there will be no more DLC, and this is because Wildcard is working on releasing Ark 2 at some point in the near future. Ark 2 is a sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved and is going to be co-produced by the world-famous actor Vin Diesel.