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Ark: Survival Evolved arrives on Xbox One early access next week

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Smash PC hit Ark: Survival Evolved is making the leap to consoles on Dec. 16 when it launches on Xbox One's Game Preview platform. The unfinished game will sell for $34.99.

Similar to Steam's Early Access, Game Preview is a self-publishing platform that allows creators the opportunity to sell games still in development. Currently there are only three other titles in the program, including Layers of Fear, Sheltered and The Long Dark. Frontier Developments' spacefaring simulation Elite: Dangerous was part of the program, but has since graduated into the full release category.

A press release issued by developer Studio Wildcard puts the total sales of Ark on PC at 2.5 million, while SteamSpy puts the number closer to 2.1 million. Regardless of numbers sold, the title has remained in the list of the top 10 most played games on SteamCharts since its release in June of this year. It is also compatible with the Oculus Rift.

The press release goes on to say that the game will launch with "all game content currently in the PC build — nearly three times the amount of gameplay available at its original launch on Steam. ... A steady delivery of exclusive Xbox One content prior to full game launch expected in June 2016."

Formed just last year, the small team of developers behind it has set a blistering pace and has plans to launch the game on PlayStation 4 in 2016.

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