As a man or woman stranded, naked, freezing, and starving on the unforgiving shores of a mysterious island called ARK, use your skill and cunning to kill or tame and ride the plethora of leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land. Hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements and store valuables, all while teaming up with (or preying upon) hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!
VG247 reported today that the game has sold 5.5 million copies, a truly impressive number for an early access game.
Speaking with MCV, the studio revealed the game has done rather well on Xbox One too. Since it released on the console last December, over 1.5 million copies have been sold. That’s up 500,000 from the 1 million sales figure posted in January.
PC and Xbox One unit sales combined sit around the 5.5 million mark, with PC downloads making up 4 million.“[Our first year] has gone very well,” studio co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz told MCV. “The launch was an unexpected success, but that’s also a double edged sword because when it succeeds at that level, it kind of raises expectations about how ambitious the game is going to be, and how large of a scope it is going to have when it is finished. ”