To commemorate Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved third and final DLC launching today on PC, the base game is currently free to play on Steam and will remain so running through to the end of this week.
The latest DLC, Extinction, introduces a brand new map set on a corrupt re-imagining of our very own blue planet, Earth, including the ruins of an extinct civilization. In keeping with the tone established in the Scorched Earth and Aberration DLCs, Extinction veers heavily away from customary natural environments to locales ravaged by desolation, packed with hostile creatures, and a smattering of otherworldly science fiction goodness and futuristic technology.
Extinction also brings with it a host of new creatures to tame from the naturally occurring to the mechanical such as surveillance drones, apex titan predators, and transmutation machines alongside the standard fare of neon dinosaurs and the like. Brand new craftable items and exotic resources make an appearance as well including a Tek bridge for crossing large expanses, cryopods, mechs, and airborne delivery crates among others.
Extinction also brings to a close to the long-running story-arc. The blurb reads ‘return to Earth and complete your conquest of the ARK universe, gain sought after answers to advance the storyline, discover the fate of the original explorers, determine the true purpose of the ARK network, and unravel the remaining mysteries of the Homo Deus!’ Ark can be a frantic, overwhelming place so to have some closure should suit longtime fans of the dinosaur survival game.
As for the free-to-play period, it ends this Sunday November 11th and is available over on Steam. The download is a pretty sizable 40GB so be ready to wait before diving in. If the game resonates, you can also nab a greatly reduced full copy to continue playing past the end of the week.
Here’s the launch trailer for Extinction.