ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Jen Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:21pm
Launching Official Mods Program!
Hello Survivors!

We’re back again with another announcement straight from PAX East 2016! We told you that there would be a lot coming this week, and a bit of everything for everyone and we’ll be true to our words.

Studio Wildcard is proud and excited to announce the ARK: Official Mods program. What this means is that we’ll be able to take a step further when working with Mods and begin integrating them into our Official ARK System. We will be launching this program starting with The Center Map for PC in May 2016.
Designed by community member Ben Burkart, The Center adds an over-the-top, fantasy-themed map that doubles the size of the current game and is more varied than the original ARK map, with tons of new biomes, dungeons, floating islands, end-of-the-world waterfalls, massive ancient ruins, along with other wonders to explore and secrets to find. Drawn completely by hand without any auto-generated content, The Center is a massive increase in the game's official playable content and is free to players.

Following that we’ll be working hard to introduce more of your favourite mods to the game with Primitive+ (which is already an Official Mod on PC). In the case of Primitive Plus, players are challenged to use only wood and stone without the benefit of advanced metals to create weapons such as guns. A whole new set of items and detailed new mechanics focus the player on 'primitive' survival, which fits snugly in the world of ARK. Primitive Plus will be playable as a functionality mod on all official ARK maps, not just The Island. 

We really appreciate and value the hard work and effort that goes into the mods from the community and will do what we can to help, this new program is another step we’re going to take to ensure that modders get all the support they need and are recognized for their contribution and efforts in ARK!
Thank you for all your support and be sure to keep up with our PAX East show at for all the latest news and announcements! Don’t forget to give the #PAXRex a shout out ;).

See you guys tomorrow!

All the best,

Wildcard Jen and The ARK: Survival Evolved Team
Last edited by Jen; Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:21pm
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gravityhammer81 Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:27pm 
Elvis_SLO Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:28pm 
NotDylan7055 Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:29pm 
HUZZAH! 3rd ;)
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I Want MY Burd Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:33pm 
This "The Center" mod looks pretty cool
Tamboob Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:33pm 
Doublee (EE) Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:03pm 
This is good news! Evil has worked his butt off on this map. I have been using it from the start :)
Daywalker Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:20pm 
its a cool map hopefully with the "offical" addon of the map ark patches may include this, reducing the problems each update causes with mod maps.
xRisenx Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:35pm 
Jen, Will The Center Map be added on 1 or more of the EU Extinction Server on the reset 2nd of may? Would love to play on Extinction server with that map :)
Xavihus Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:55pm 
a question, are two oviraptors more effective than one with the egg bonus drop? couldnt find it on the wiki
Enrell Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:59pm 
@xRisenx : Lol

@Jen : Exactly when in May ? What do you mean 'a step further' ? Does it mean the DEVS will take into consideration of the map when releasing new Dinos, Biomes, Weather system ? Will it have an impact into other official game development since this will addon to the already burgeoning TO-DO list.
22Habu22 Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:07pm 
Nice! I cant wait till this comes out
Lkn4truth Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:49pm 
Very excited to see the Center map added as on official mod. Some of us are afraid to try out mods that might break. I'm hoping that "official mod" means it will get more attention if things do break.
[TF]Squall Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:37pm 
Call out to Ben Burkart, who has made the ARK Survival experience even more immersive. His collaborative approach of incorporating community feedback and highly responsive attitude has set a high bar for all modders. Well done Ben!
xKOCIAK92x Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:38pm 
Spacedoge[C] Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:35pm 
I don't really understand this. Does this mean you'll be launching official servers with The Centre on?
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