ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Primitive+, The Center, Allosaurus, Pelagornis, and the Fishing Frenzy Free Weekend!
ARK Patch v245

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!

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, 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

International Modding Contest Winners, Crunch & Digest!
#1 - Valhalla

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You wouldn’t be able to tell the map is only 80% complete if you’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring Valhalla. With land mass and water area 6 times that of the normal island, it’s enough to keep you exploring for days. The amount of work that went into creating this map is nothing to underestimate. Beautiful vistas and abundant areas of exploration makes this a community and dev favorite!

#2 - Roraima

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Although Roraima doesn’t have the following of some of the other maps in the workshop, it absolutely blew us away! The naturalistic land formations and the strategic layout of this map makes it a standout entry in the category. While it isn’t as big as some of the other maps, it is clearly a map that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a real-life area in the world. The team were literally shocked at the natural beauty in this map.

#3 - Umassoura

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Ummassoura is another massive map that is a truly unique entry in the map category. We were taken back by the massive caves, breathtaking waterfalls, and diversity in the creatures that live in each of the uniquely placed biomes. The level of detail and care that was taken in creating this map was evident and greatly acknowledged by the team.

#4 - Madagascar Evolved

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There aren’t many maps that make you feel as if you are in a specific place in the world. We fell in love with Madagascar Evolved and its ability to accomplish this with its stylistic approach in its level design. Immediately we felt as if we were flown to a safari in the middle of Africa and left to survive with the vicious animals that call it home. We see a very bright future for Madagascar Evolved!

#5 - WickWillow

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Wick Willow gave us an unforgettable experience when exploring its unique set of biomes. Each biome is distinctly different from the next which provides for an interesting set of challenges and gameplay experiences. We walked away with an appreciation for the strategic vision that went into the creation of this stunning map.

Honorable Mention - Epic Islands

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We couldn't think of a better name to describe this map. It’s vast landmass provides the perfect opportunity for exploring and building an epic base. Although it’s still a work in progress, one can’t help but to imagine what this map will look like once it’s complete. I know we’ll be keeping our eye out!


#1 - Tribe Wars

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Tribe wars is a thrilling game mode that offers a PVP-based experience that stays true to the core of what ARK is. The objective is simple; defend your flag while trying to destroy your enemies flag. The comprehensiveness of this total conversion and the talent that went into creating it did not go unnoticed. It is tons of fun and we had the pleasure of taking it for a spin!

#2 - ARK Moon Survival

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There isn’t enough that can be said about the creativity and talent that went into creating this Total Conversion. It’s an unbelievable entry and we were amazed by the user interface and subtle touches that were put into this experience. Although it’s an astonishing feat in its current state, we look forward to what other experiences that will be created while trying to survive on the Moon.

#3 - Otherworld

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This total conversion pits you against waves of terrifying creatures as you try to escape what is known as the Otherworld. It’s always nice to play a different game mode for ARK and Otherworld is one of the few that are available in the workshop. We loved the style of this entry with its distinct and unique level design.

#4 -Cool 15 New Creaturesv

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It’s always fun to see how modders use existing content and modify it to create new experiences. Cool 13 New Creatures gives an exciting new way to look at some of the ARK creatures you’ve grown to know and love!


#1 - Advanced Architecture Mod

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Taking the top vote in the category, the Advanced Architecture mod is one of the most popular builder based mods in the workshop. We had a blast building castles and experiencing a royal setting while reviewing it!

#2 - NPC Bush Peoples

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This was, hands down, one of our favorite mods to review. NPC Bush Peoples allows you to spawn a collection of humans to enhance your current ARK experience. We were impressed with the level of talent that it takes to pull this off and are looking forward to the exciting future of this mod.

#3 - Annunaki Genesis

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There are enough balance changes and additions in this mod to make you think it were a Total Conversion. The support from the community is undeniable and after reviewing this mod we understand why. There aren’t really words to describe the experience this mod gives so we suggest you go check it out for yourself!

#4 - Dino Racing: Evolved

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I think all of us at one point thought of reliving our Mario Kart racing adventures. Dino Racing: Evolved, is a completely customizable way of creating a race track that’s perfect for server events. This entry definitely lets us know that someone knows there way around the development kit.

#5 -MRRadTools.INC Content Pack

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With a lot of competition in the structure/building types of mods, it’s hard to stand out in the crowd. Well, MRRadTools.INC Content Pack is clearly one of the standouts! Each asset displays his amazing artistry and level of detail he takes in his work. It blends very well with the current game and deserves a place in the winner's circle.

Honorable Mention: Ark Futurism

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ARK Futurism explores the advanced and futuristic side of survival on the island. With tons of unique and beautifully made assets, we had to make sure that the work of this modder did not go unnoticed.

For the rest of the community crunch, be sure to check out the SurviveTheArk community website[]