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    Introducing the Daeodon!

    posted in Ark News on Tuesday, 04 October 2016

      Dino Dossier A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favourite healing hell pig, the Daeodon!

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    ARK: Fear Evolved 2!

    posted in Ark News on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

    Get Ready for ARK: Fear Evolved 2, running from October 27 through Nov 6! This sequel to the ultimate Survival Holiday-Themed Event will test your skills and your courage as you hunt for the legendary DodoWyvern across Scorched Earth, collecting up new cosmetics and costumes along the way. Back on The Island, you'll get to tame Snakes, and encounter rare Vampire Bats & Rabid Dire Wolves -- being bit by these infected creatures will give you Vampirism or Lycanthropy! Though you will become a monster, you will also gain incredible powers, whether it's the superhuman sight, speed, strength, and gliding of a Vampire, or the moon-triggered body-morphing ferocity of a Werewolf! Just beware the burning daylight (and stay stocked up on blood)! In Fear Evolved 2, sometimes the most dangerous creature on the ARK... is you!   Patch 248 We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the delay of the latest ARK Survival Evolved patch. Unfortunately, it’s going to take us a bit longer to get this out to you, this patch is filled with a tonne of content and new features and we’re needing to spend some more time on it -- the new v248 Release Date is October 18. A key feature of the patch our new Procedurally Generated ARK system. This will lead to endless opportunities for survivors to explore new lands and create new memories. We’re doing a lot of work to ensure that this first pass is really up to par to make sure you get a fulfilling experience and also creating a friendly user interface to make looking after your maps (multiple saves), and customizing & randomizing them much easier. Also, you’ll have the ability to share your maps very easily with others! Plus that’s not all we’ve got cooked up for this patch, there’s a tonne more to come and you can check out the rest of the upcoming notes here: Patch Notes So we apologize for the delay and hope you understand our reasoning for holding it back until it’s shiny, however once the patch does come out it’ll be better than ever and would have definitely been worth the wait! We’ve got a lot planned in October and for the months ahead, and can’t wait to share it all with you! Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback you provide, it is all valued and pivotal to making ARK as good as it can be! All the best, Wildcard Jat & the ARK: Survival Evolved Team.

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    ARK: Scorched Earth Expansion Pack!

    posted in Ark News on Thursday, 01 September 2016

    Hello Survivors! The Mysterious Mysteries have finally come to a close with the single biggest update in our 14-month development cycle. Studio Wildcard is proud to announce our first expansion pack, ARK: Scorched Earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot_NIoBE0j8 Scorched Earth is an completely new and different experience from The Island. Stranded naked, dehydrated and starving on a fiery, drought-ridden desert world, Survivors must immediately seek water, hunt for food, harvest new flora, craft new items, and build shelter from the extreme heat. Scorched Earth is an entirely new map, composed of seven unique, desert themed biomes – dunes, high desert, mountains, canyons, badlands, oasis and the ever-dangerous dragon trench – each with their own aesthetics, resources & ecosystems, and littered with ruins, geysers, and intricate ancient cave systems. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=756177993 The desert’s biomes are filled with fantastical new creatures], many of which can be tamed. Lead a caravan of the camel-like Morellatops, or rain fire down on your enemies from the back of a Wyvern. Just mind your step in the vast desert, or you might attract a Death Worm! One of the easiest resources to obtain on The Island has now become arguably one of the most valuable resources on this new map: water. Players must re-learn what it means to survive and thrive in a harsh desert environment depleted of water resources. Discover over 50 new items to craft including new outfits and structures to protect from the heat, and new tools to help survive in the harsh environment. Carry temporary shelter with you using tents, employ whips, boomerangs and flamethrowers for ‘defense’, wind turbines to generate clean power, and water wells & oil refineries to harvest scarce resources, among many new mechanics! Prepare yourself for new weather experiences including dangerous electrical storms, blinding sand storms, befuddling heat stroke. Unleash the power of the Obelisks to come face-to-face with ARK’s fourth and deadliest boss creature to date – the ferocious Manticore! Scorched Earth utilizes a new feature called The Gateway, a cross-server ARK transfer. Survivors who manage to survive the harsh arid conditions can travel back and forth from the Scorched Earth map to the ARK: Survival Evolved main game, taking with them newly collected tools, weapons, and their newly tamed creatures to impress their friends and dazzle their combatants. Scorched Earth is available starting today on Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview. As Scorched Earth is an expansion, players already must own ARK: Survival Evolved in order to play. ARK: Survival Evolved is on sale this week at 40% off the retail price for both Steam and Xbox One so if you haven’t already picked it up, now is the perfect time to grab ARK: Survival Evolved and ARK: Scorched Earth! Buy now on Steam! http://store.steampowered.com/app/512540   PAX West! This weekend Studio Wildcard will be joined by PAX Rex and its’ new gigantic friend at PAX West in Seattle. We invite you to join us in person at the Studio Wildcard South Hall booth #2109 or on our Twitch channel to which we will be streaming to all weekend for the big ARK: Scorched Earth reveal. www.twitch.tv/survivetheark We will also be joined by popular streamers and content creators who will be showcasing the new expansion, as well as members of the development team. We look forward to seeing you there!   NVIDIA Ansel ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. Compose a shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. Learn more about these features in the Ansel Technology page and the NVIDIA blog.

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    Introducing the Kentrosaurus & A Message to the ARK Community!

    posted in Ark News on Tuesday, 06 September 2016

      Dino Dossier A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favourite prickly piercing powerhouse, the Kentrosaurus!   A Message to the ARK Community Firstly, an emphatic "thank you" to the ARK community for the love they have shown towards this game.   Your creations, your feedback, and your support have meant the world to us. THANK YOU! We'd also like to provide our official take on the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack, and the future of ARK. Put simply: we are absolutely committed to driving aggressive development towards a solid, feature-robust game launch for ARK: Survival Evolved. Everyone at Wildcard wakes up every day thinking about how we can make ARK into a better game today than it was the day before. It’s not always easy, but our intent is ever-forward progress towards a retail release that will be far more ambitious in scope and features than our original vision when we launched ARK into Steam Early Access in June 2015. Your feedback enables us to continually expand the game to become better than ever! Scorched Earth: Our original vision for ARK always included the creation of Expansion ARKs, along with the infrastructure and technical systems to transfer data dynamically between live ARKs. We determined that it is more sound to iterate on these systems during Early Access than after retail launch, given the significant risks involved if we didn't "get it right". While that meant unveiling the first Expansion early, it also means an easier time integrating further post-launch Expansions into the ARK network. We understand that this isn't everyone's cup of tea, and we appreciate the enjoyment people seem to be getting out of this initial view of how Expansion ARKs can work. Now that we have the systems in place to support them, we can ensure minimal integration issues with subsequent releases after ARK: Survival Evolved itself has launched. Thank you so much to everyone who has been surviving on Scorched Earth, and we hope that the new features and content that it brings into the ARK universe will enrich all players' experiences whatever map or mode you're playing on -- and in the weeks ahead we're looking forward to seeing what modders can make with the Scorched Earth content, and the powerful new Blueprint systems coming with them. Regarding our upcoming plans for ARK: Survival Evolved, here's a brief outline of what's ahead: - ARK v247 launches later this week, and among other things will include the fan-favorite creatures Tapejara and Archaeopteryx! - Breeding Phase 3 and the Boss Ascension Cycle are being wrapped up for release, and will soon make their debut along with the first Tek Tier items (Power Armor). - ARK Backstory!! You're going to get your first dose of ARK’s mythology with the Explorer Note system -- will you find them all and begin piecing together the mysteries of the ARK? - The first pass of the "Procedurally Generated ARKs" system should be coming to PC next month, and Xbox soon afterwards. Unlimited ARK varieties?! You bet! - As Scorched Earth dramatically expands ARK's Blueprint modding capabilities,we will be launching a new Mod Contest with the release of the Dev Kit that incorporates the Scorched Earth content. There is a lot more content beyond that as we head into the home-stretch of preparing the game for 1.0 release, but these are some of the things that we're particularly excited to get out to you! We're not nearly at the end of the journey yet, and ARK has much to come in order to fulfill its destiny as the ultimate Dinosaur survival experience of our collective dreams. But with your help, we are going to get there together, and every day will be ever more amazing on the ARK!

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    Primitive+, The Center, Allosaurus, Pelagornis, and the Fishing Frenzy Free Weekend!

    posted in Ark News on Thursday, 28 July 2016

    Now available as a free DLC in the ‘ARK Official Mods Program’, Primitive+, created by Cedric Burkes, is playable as a functionality mod on all Official ARK Maps and challenges players by altering the available tools, weapons and structures in the game to reflect what humans could realistically create using primitive technology and resources. This does not simply remove advanced technology from ARK, but instead replaces it with a multitude of new resources, engrams and systems. http://store.steampowered.com/app/508150/ Players will need to specialize in specific roles and work together to complete their goals. Hunters, farmers, cooks and builders can band together to create a new, functioning society where diplomacy and even economics can matter. In Primitive Plus, you will not only cope with human society’s limitations, but unlock its potential. As well as the release of Primitive+, this huge patch also covers a large expansion to The Center! The Center, has now been expanded to include new biomes, islands, caves, and a completely new boss arena for survivors to explore, as well as the addition of a wide variety creatures to tame and be hunted. http://store.steampowered.com/app/473850/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8w5O0xoG4o ARK Patch v245 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRYl8iznKvc Pelagornis is one of the island's most versatile mounts because of its ability to fly, walk, and surface-swim. It has a wingspan rivaling Argentavis, and possesses a beak filled with tooth-like projections for snagging fish and webbed feet for paddling upon the ocean surface. Though it’s versatility comes at a cost, the same webbed feet that allow Pelagornis to serenely maneuver along the ocean's surface prevent it from snatching prey from the ground, which may limit its appeal to some survivors. Allosaurus, smaller but faster than Tyrannosaurus, larger but slower than Carnotaurus, Allosaurus is the island's resident pack-hunting theropod. While most aggressive theropods are relatively solitary creatures, Allosaurus lives in groups of three. One Allosaurus is the Pack Leader, while the others are its mates or a beta male. The Allosaurus has evolved to hunt in packs. Its saw-shaped teeth leave its prey bleeding and maimed, making escape difficult. Once an Allosaurus slows a creature with its cutting bite, the rest of its pack quickly close in for the kill…   Additional Update v245 Content Includes   New Item: Fishing Rod + Fishing Mechanic! Be a pro fisherman as you apply varied bait, cast the line, wait for a fish to become ensnared, and then succeed at a mini-game to reel the fish and claim copious rewards! New Structure: Industrial Grinder that grinds items into a portion of their crafting resources, then converts resources into simpler resources New Structure: Spiral Staircase (Stone/Wood/Metal) New Mechanic: Optional Hitmarkers for ranged attacks (server can toggle them, as well as client if the server allows it) Building Attack/Destruction Tribe Logs UI Option to colorize item name texts based on quality level. Offline Raid Protection mode now disables PIN Locking, and Structures in Caves no longer get ORP.   Steam Free Weekend and Epic 50% Sale! http://store.steampowered.com/app/346110 From Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, 2016, ARK: Survival Evolved is hosting a Free Weekend on Steam where all survivors can invite their friends to start to tame, train, breed and ride Dinosaurs in this open-world action-adventure survival game. ARK: Survival Evolved also is on sale for Steam players at 50% off (retail $29.99) from Thursday through Wednesday, July 28 - August 3, 2016.   The Summer Cup! We’re excited to announce that the finals for the Summer Cup will be taking place today! The qualified teams were flown out to Shanghai, China to play at ChinaJoy 2016 and get the chance to compete for over $40,000! The top 10 qualifying international teams -- eight from Europe and North America, two from China -- have flown in for the tournament taking place on the expo floor of ChinaJoy 2016. The three one-hour matches will be shoutcasted by popular streamer typeForced and Studio Wildcard Jen starting at 6:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28, 2016. All matches will be streamed on the ARK Twitch channel, www.twitch.tv/survivetheark at the following times, with the Award Ceremony immediately following the last match: Round 1 – 6:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28 Round 2 – 9:30 pm PST, Thursday, July 28 Round 3 – 11:30 pm PST Thursday, July 28 (ending no later than 3 am PST, Friday, July 29) Have fun and keep on surviving,  Wildcard Jat and the ARK: Survival Evolved Team

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