I wasn’t expecting this one — ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to the Nintendo Switch. I… don’t really know what to say. Every time a new game is announced, I repeat myself by saying, “Switch is having the best year ever.”
According to the announcement from the devs, ARK on the Switch will have all of the same features as the other console versions — including the multiplayer! That alleviates any concern of a dumbed-down version.
My concern is performance. The Switch, though an amazing piece of hardware, is not as powerful as a PC or other current-generation consoles. I can’t get ARK to run well on my PC at all, so how is it going to run on my Switch? 480p 15fps?
We’ll just have to see how it turns out. If they manage to pull off a smooth running, feature rich version of ARK on the Switch, then that will be a remarkable accomplishment and a major step forward for the console. This type of multiplayer sandbox, on a mobile handheld console, would be a huge win.
I just have my doubts.
ARK: Survival Evolved - Nintendo Switch announcement at GDC 2018.