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ARK: Survival Evolved

From AppleGamingWiki, the wiki about gaming on M1 Apple silicon Macs
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK: Survival Evolved cover
Studio Wildcard
Studio Wildcard
Release dates
August 29, 2017
macOS August 29, 2017
iPadOS N/A
tvOS N/A
Metacritic 70
OpenCritic 61
Series PCGW Templates
ARK: Survival Evolved on IGDB
ARK: Survival Evolved on Wikipedia

macOS Compatibility

Method Rating Notes
Rosetta 2 Unplayable Icon bounces in the dock for a bit, then music starts in background, before eventually crashing.[1].
Compatibility layer
CrossOver Perfect Perfect.[2] [3]
Wine Unknown
Parallels Playable Unplayable.[4] Playable.[5]


  1. Verified by User:Somnolentsurfer on 2021-06-14
    Device: MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021), 32 Core M1 Max, 32GB RAM
    OS: macOS 12.4
    Method: Rosetta 2
    Store: Steam
    Comment: Steam reports Ark as a 32bit app, but I'm not convinced that's the issue, as it does appear to run, rather than failing with the standard Apple 32bit error.
  2. Verified by User:Xgamer on 2021-11-21
    Device: MacBook Pro M1 Max 2021 32 GB RAM
    OS: 12.0.1 Monterey
    Method: Crossover21
    Store: Steam
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
    Settings: Epic (disable: Distance Field Shadowing, Extra Level Streaming Distance)
    Comment: Start without Battleye -> No dedicated Servers, activate CrossOver setting "DXVK Backend for D3D11"
  3. Verified by User:LikeSh4d0w on 27.01.2022
    Device: MacBook Pro 16 M1 Max 32 Core 32 GB RAM
    OS: macOS Monterey 12.1
    Method: CrossOver 21.1
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Settings: High (avoid Epic View distance, distance field ambient occlusion, and distance field shadowing, as they cause graphical glitches)
    Framerate: 30fps
  4. Verified by User:Andytizer on 2021-04-24
    Device: MacBook Air M1 2020 8 GB RAM
    Method: Windows ARM Build 21364 on Parallels 16.5
  5. Verified by User:Xgamer on 2022-11-28
    Device: MacBook Pro M1 Max 2021 32 GB RAM
    OS: macOS Monterey 12.6.1
    Method: Windows 11 ARM on Parallels 18.0.2
    Store: Steam
    Resolution: 3440 x 1440p
    Settings: Medium
    Framerate: ~30fps
    Comment: Framerate drops sometimes to 20fps. Try other Graphic Settings!