Is Ark: Survival Ascended Crossplay?

The release of the PC version and the console launch delay beg the question is Ark: Survival Ascended crossplay?

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With most games being multi-platform these days, we’re coming to expect multiplayer titles to have crossplay. Is Ark: Survival Ascended crossplay? And if so, can you play cross-platform right now?

Will Ark: Survival Ascended be Crossplay?

You’ll be happy to hear that Studio Wildcard announced Ark: Survival Ascended as crossplay compatible. I think this was honestly expected, as limiting the community to one platform isn’t a great idea for the performance of an online co-op survival game. There’s one caveat, though.

The game is currently in early access on PC, but the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions are delayed for some time at the end of November and November 14, respectively. With this in mind, they are also working on cross-platform fixes relating to both co-op and shared saves. So, while crossplay will be implemented, we’ll have to wait until it’s actually on other platforms to use it.

The Xbox Series X version will release with crossplay functionality with PC, according to the developers. “The Xbox version will be up-to-spec with the latest PC functionality as of Nov 14, and will launch directly into crossplay with the PC version (along with new servers, including Xbox-only servers),” the studio said.

Another noteworthy and unfortunate piece of news is that ASA won’t be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One thanks to the Unreal Engine 5 upgrade. While this does slightly limit the player base, it’s nowhere near as impactful as not having crossplay at all.

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Ark: Survival Ascended on Consoles

Studio Wildcard has also announced that it’s working on stabilizing some issues with crossplay for a smooth console launch. Once the game is released in November on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, a fresh set of official servers will also be available with progression boosts so that players can catch up to the PC community.

With that, you now know whether Ark: Survival Ascended has crossplay. Stay tuned to our ASA guides page for more information about the game. You can find tips and fixes like our ASA character creation crash fix.

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Gordan Perisic

From playing RPGs and dungeon mastering for his D&D group to reading novels and scribbling about his fantasy setting, Gordan is a full-time nerd and devoted writer for GameSkinny. He loves to overshare and discuss literature, music, animation, and trees with fellow geeks. Also, he may or may not cook too much food for his friends. Cholesterol is one hell of a drug.