Can You Play ARK Survival Evolved Offline? [Solved]

ARK Survival Evolved is a survival game set on a mysterious island with dinosaurs and prehistoric animals. One common question about the game is can you play ARK offline?

In this post, we will be going over that question in detail as well as showing you how to play offline in ARK.

Can You Play ARK Offline?

Can You Play ARK Offline

You can play ARK Survival Evolved offline on PC, Xbox, and Playstation in the single-player game mode. The single-player game mode in ARK allows players to play without an internet connection. All the features that are present in the online game are also in the offline one.

However, to get the latest patches and updates for ARK you will need an internet connection to download them. Once they are downloaded you can then play the game offline. If you never have an internet connection when playing the game you will slowly have less and less of the new features included in updates.

One of the biggest drawbacks of playing ARK offline is not being able to play with hundreds of other players and form tribes. However, if you don’t enjoy the PVP element of ARK, the single-player mode is a great alternative.

Can You Play ARK Offline With Friends?

Yes, you can play ARK offline with friends locally via split-screen on PC, Xbox, and Playstation. Splitscreen is available on all platforms and functions just as would expect split-screen to function, but with some limitations.

One of the biggest limitations is that the 2nd player is on a tether of about 200 foundations to the 1st player. So you have to stay relatively close to each other when playing. You can’t just both go off and do your own thing. This can be a bit frustrating if you are used to playing ARK in a different way from your friend.

To activate split-screen in ARK, simply load up the single-player and turn on the second controller and press the options button. This should activate the split-screen mode.

Can You Play ARK Solo?

Yes, you can play ARK completely solo if you want to. While the option to play with friends via split-screen is available you don’t have to use that feature and you can play the entire game solo in the singleplayer mode.

ARK is still a lot of fun as a survival game when playing alone. While the game is definitely designed to be played on a big server with lots of other people, it’s not required. Everything in the game can be accomplished by playing solo.

How To Play ARK Survival Evolved Offline

To play ARK Survival Evolved offline first head to the main menu and click “Host/Local”. From here you will be presented with a ton of customization options for the singleplayer world you are about to create. Once you have set the settings to your liking, click the “Play Singleplayer” button located in the bottom left of the screen.

So, there you have it, it’s that easy to play the game offline in singleplayer mode. Make sure to get the harvest and tame rates set to your liking. A lot of people like to turn these settings up in single-player to increase the pace of the game. ARK is intended to be played on large servers with several large tribes, so the game can feel a bit slow when it’s just you.

To get the best experience out of the single-player game mode in ARK you will have to play around with the settings for a bit and find the perfect balance.


So there you have it, that is how offline or singleplayer mode works in ARK Survival Evolved. The game is pretty much the same as online, but without the PVP. You can still tame dinosaurs and cut down trees and you can even do it with a friend in split-screen mode. Make sure to get the singleplayer settings fine-tuned and you will have a great time.

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