Now more than ever, dinosaurs have once again jumped to the forefront of popularity – thanks largely to the recently released Jurassic World film. As the long extinct animals find new life through public interest, it's not surprising to hear that a game featuring the creatures has managed to gain an immense amount of success like ARK: Survival Evolved has.
The game technically isn't even out yet, and is currently only available to consumers via Steam Early Access, but that hasn't stopped it from reaching a major milestone. Apparently the dinosaur survival title has reached an impressive 1 million copies sold thus far, and that doesn't appear to be slowing down at all in the wake of further updates and imminent arrival of ARK: Survival Evolved on consoles.
As many are sure to be well aware, Steam Early Access allows consumers to lay down cash in advance of the game's release in order to try it out before it's fully completed. This option is very similar to how once-indie blockbuster titles like Minecraft first became available, and it's evident that this option allows developers to receive feedback crucial to the growth of the games – while also padding out the developers' wallets a little in the process.
Still, considering that ARK: Survival Evolved only just became available on Steam's digital storefront for Windows' users on June 2 of this year, it's an impressive feat that the game has shifted over a million copies to date. Considering that the game has since arrived for OS X and Linux on July 1, it's not surprising to hear that PC sales are on the uptick, nor are they likely to dial down at any point in the near future.
Console gamers may be able to get in on the action soon enough as well, as Microsoft has announced that pre-release offerings are coming to Xbox One in the near future. Even though the game isn't set to arrive on PlayStation 4 and the aforementioned Microsoft console until some point next year, the ability to pre-sell ARK: Survival Evolved could push up the release date for the title.
Following the game's awesome reveal trailer, it's not surprising to hear that enough consumers were excited enough to drop some coin on the ARK's early build. It'll be interesting to see just how much more popular the dinosaur-filled title becomes, but stay tuned to Game Rant for more updates on it in the near future.
ARK: Survival Evolved is currently available on Steam Early Access for Windows, OS X, and Linux.