15 December 2015

Ark: Survival Evolved Xbox One Getting Two-Player Local Split-Screen

In news that will surely please couch co-op fans, Studio Wildcard has announced that the soon-to-be-released Xbox One version of dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved will support local two-player split-screen.

Online split-screen is not part of the developer's plans, only local.
Unfortunately, split-screen won't be ready for Ark's release tomorrow, December 16. Instead, it will come through an update sometime early in 2016. This feature will be exclusive to the Xbox One version, at least for the time being after its release, Studio Wildcard told us.
"Most developers have abandoned split-screen multiplayer, but Studio Wildcard knows that console gamers love their split-screen experience," the developer said.

Although fans will have to wait until 2016 for Ark's split-screen mode, the Xbox One version will support another unique feature right out of the gate tomorrow.
Players can use a second Xbox One to host their own 50-plus player server. Of course, you'll need to have a second Xbox One for this, but as Studio Wildcard co-founder Jesse Rapczak points out, hosting a server would normally require "an expensive PC server and a lot of management headaches."