This steam game just entered early access and it scratches the itch of the survival world amongst dinos that has been missing on PE. Enough so that I think PE devs should take a game break and learn how to do a survival mode from it.
Strong warning early access is not remotely optimized so if you are sensitive to such things do not buy it at early access and give it a bad review because it is unoptimized. Their target to run better is DX12 later in the year, my GTX 550ti that runs PE OK is way below their LOW settings with their ELITE target currently being TITANX, I had to lower to 720P and it still ran worse than PE. Takes five minutes to build your server world, but I played for hours in single player last nite and did not have any crashes or glitches other than lagging badly.
They waited to start EA until level and crafting mechanics was already in the game so that it actually playable and not just a coming soon demo kiddie level - the team is already 40 people for last six months The lead worked on M$ Hololens so they are huge on VR support, it has good first person already. Worth watching tutorial vids though because there is absolutely no hand holding. It has leveled loot 'crates' that help force exploration, they descend in on light beams so there is some hidden unexplained scifi RPG backstory going on. Supposed to have caves and underwater exploration, but even a wading pond has some high level dinos to eat you so I have no idea yet about that!
Classic height map huge terrain, so no voxel limitation nor terraformin, but Unreal4 engine looks fantastic in the streams I have seen, so I am rushing out to buy a GTX970. It is the maximum tile size UE4 can do (48sq km) so is a huge island to explore without any cell based tiling pop-in to annoy you.
Single, coop, versus player modes already thousands of servers, many are whitelist only because of the type of troll these games attract. Single player PVE is a challenge even without hardcore selected, with random respawn after frequent death you are lucky to get your stuff back. Built a thatch hut and kept trying to get back to it but the tiny dino that killed me was camping it, felt good after the tenth try that I speared it and reclaimed my hut (for now). All my loot crate stuff expired with my corpses though so I might have to move on. But I got to keep my huge dino saddle and fancy hat for getting in as a EA founder so I can look styling if I ever survive long enough to tame one of the big ones for my ride!