Surviving an open-world full of terrifying dinosaurs was an idea plenty of Xbox One players were eager to join in on, but how many would make the trip has surprised even the game’s developers.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Studio Wildcard co-founder and co-creative director Jesse Rapczak gave a few stats on the success of ARK: Survival Evolved’s December 16th launch on the Xbox One. In less than a week following its release through the Xbox Game Preview Program, the game was downloaded over one million times, and players have spent a combined 200,000 real-life days fighting for survival against dinosaurs, nature, and other players.
“There’s no question that survival games have taken the PC world by storm lately, and as the only true large-scale multiplayer survival game available on console, perhaps it comes as no surprise that ARK’s daily Xbox One player count is already bigger than on PC,” Rapczak added.
As ARK marches ahead toward its full release across all platforms, Rapczak says Xbox One players can expect regular updates that’ll eventually bring features such as split screen multiplayer, controller customization, UI improvements, game mode tweaks and balancing, and more.