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  • ARK at E3: Release Date, Pre-Order, Ragnarok, Griffin, & Xbox One X!

    Hello, Survivors! :Jerbhi:

    We have some very exciting news to share with you all today! :Jerblove:

    ARK: Survival Evolved has entered its final phase of core production, and will hit worldwide retail and digital release on August the 8th, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.

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    The past two years have been one heck of a journey! Millions of ARK players worldwide have built gigantic bases, captured and trained armies of dinosaurs, crafted armories full of weapons and eaten billion of pounds of berries. With your help, we're now about to reach the completion of core content for ARK: Survival Evolved and release the full game to the world!

    That was just the beginning; now we'll be entering the next phase of our journey. Players who have been with us throughout this early access program and were excited with the launch of each update, have even more reason to be excited! ARK is going to become even more fun with surprise new content at launch and beyond, as we continue to have a massive amount of additional gameplay, creatures, and story elements in the works.

    Pre-Orders and Limited Collector’s Edition!

    There are three ways to get your dino-fix with ARK: Survival Evolved, all of which are now available to pre-order for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

    ARK: Survival Evolved ($59.99 USD)

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    This base game includes everything a burgeoning Jurassic adventurer needs to get started in the world of ARK. It's the core game, and all free content released up to this point, offering up hundreds of hours of gameplay to players.

    ARK: Survival Evolved - Explorer's Edition ($99.99 USD)

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    The Explorer's Edition takes the base game and adds even MORE - introducing a Season Pass that will grant access to all expansion packs, starting with Scorched Earth (available now) and including more packs launching later this year and into 2018.

    ARK: Survival Evolved - Limited Collector's Edition ($159.99 USD)

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    The ultimate ARK fan's dream, the limited Collector's Edition is a collectible faux-wooden chest box that contains the ARK Explorer’s Edition (base game + Season Pass) along with...

    • A handcrafted leather-bound Explorer's Notebook, featuring the Dossiers of every in-game creature
    • An official ARK necklace
    • A cloth map of the ARK island
    • A poster of the Studio Wildcard development team
    • The official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack, recorded live at Abbey Road with the Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Manufactured by Triforce, the best designer of high-quality video game collectibles!

    As of now, picking up this package is the only way to get the exclusive bonus items, however, if we’re able to sell out the initial stock, we will order another set that includes all of the above, minus the game. The reason we’re not able to do this currently is due to the high cost of producing these physical products.

    Visit www.playark.com now to pre-order ARK: Survival Evolved and get your hands on the Limited Collector's Edition!

    Introducing a new Official Mod: Ragnarok, available now on Steam and July 4 on consoles!

    We're excited to announce the first mod to be integrated into ARK: Survival Evolved as part of its ARK Sponsored Mods Program! Developed by the former creators of popular ARK mods Valhalla and Umassoura; David Miller, Matt Janz, and Jackson Lawrence came together to work on their latest project, “Ragnarok” which is being released today for Steam players as a free DLC Official Expansion ARK, and will be shortly making its way to consoles in July. Global Cross-ARK and isolated Official Ragnarok servers will be available for you to make your new home. Note that Ragnarok is still in primary development, and so it will continue to expand with updates over time.

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    Steam players download “Ragnarok” now!

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    The new map will contain:

    • A 144 sq kilometer map designed to be explored by land, sea or air
    • Tons of harvest-able or gatherable resources
    • Caves of all shapes and sizes, each designed to be built in
    • Distinct variations on former ARK creatures, as well a special brand-new creature unique to Ragnarok
    • Build tree platforms on unique trees/rocks
    • Expansive biomes that were built to reward hardy explorers
    • Some of the most challenging dungeons in ARK will await players
    • An active volcano that while erupting yields a high amount of resources in the form of lava crystal
    • Beautiful vistas and base locations as far as the eye can see
    • Hot springs that while dormant yield a relaxing buff, but when active, become dangerous
    • Ruins to not only explore but that can also be incorporated into base builds
    • A vast ocean with its own ecosystem
    • Upcoming future desert biome to find and tame creatures
    • Upcoming Explorer Notes that hold the key to Ragnarok's secrets and history

    Introducing the Griffin!

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    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone's favourite gallant glider, the Griffin!

    Common name: Griffin
    Species: Gryphon Magnificum
    Time: Unknown
    Diet: Carnivore
    Temperament: Aggressive

    Wild

    Gryphon Magnificum is undoubtedly a sight to behold. Many ancient myths tell of various depictions of the Griffin over the ages, but what is never disputed is its majestic and mysterious nature. With the front half of an eagle and the back half of a lion, it is as if these two creatures somehow fused together to form a superior land and air predator.

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    While one's first instinct might be to approach the creature and marvel at its beauty, that would be a very poor decision. Its range of attacks makes it one of the more versatile predators I’ve witnessed. If its presence alone isn't enough to intimidate potential hunters, it has the ability to dive from the sky to the ground with such force that it inflicts damage to anyone unfortunate enough to be below it, or carry its momentum back into a rapid uplift.

    Domesticated

    The idea of pacifying such a beast is nothing to scoff at. It's highly independent nature and disinterest with interacting with humans combined with its power and strength make the Griffin a challenge to domesticate. However, there have been those who are fearless enough to attempt and succeed at this miraculous feat. Once tamed, riding atop a Griffin along with a tribemate passenger, dashing through the air at high speeds, is a prize in and of itself.

    Xbox One X, Crossbuy, and Crossplay!

    We were also excited to unveil that this November, ARK will be a Launch Title on the Xbox One X! We are currently aiming to have the game performing on the EPIC Settings at 60 FPS, with every graphical effect including TrueSky. With this, we’re also excited to reveal that the game will be ready on Xbox Play Anywhere, so Xbox Owners will be able to play ARK on whichever platform they own, be it a Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, or the Xbox One X. This will also allow us to introduce crossplay between the 3 platforms! Keep in mind that this is a retroactive crossbuy, so if you already own ARK on the Xbox One, you automatically get it on the Xbox One X and the Windows 10 store, and will remain crossbuy going forward too! Plus as we announced yesterday, the Xbox versions and Windows 10 store version can all play together on the same servers using crossplay! So get ready to partner up with your tribemates on whichever Microsoft platform you want to survive on :)

    That’s all for now guys! Thank you so much for all the support the past 2 years, and we hope you are excited as we are about the news. As always, there’s still more planned for the ARK universe, both leading up to and beyond the August 8 launch. Survivors on all platforms can look forward to a lot more going forward, so stay tuned! 

    - Studio Wildcard :Jerblove:

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    17 minutes ago, mleii said:

    Appears 60fps is not at 4k but variable?  Not sure how that works on consoles though.  So perhaps it outputs at a specific resolution and up samples to 4k?

     

    This means more or less that if something heavly performance wise happens in game, the game will lower resolution automatically to maintain stable high framerate.

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    I hope Ragnarok is a nice map. I hated the Center. It was overly vertical, odd land walls or cliffs when you get to the edge of the map, too many sheer drops, goofy structures (that skull island thing, random volcano island), too many cliffs, and the main area is not even in the center of the map! Oh, did I mention the map was too vertical?

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    So, I really loved the Griffins. I have 2 questions:

    1.) Is the Griffin compatible with all Ark Maps or do we need to mod them in? If not all maps than which ones?

    2.) Considering the new Dossiers and all, can Ragnarok be considered lore cannon to Ark? It has been established that Only The Island and Scorched Earth are cannon, while The Center and Primitive+ are not. 

    I would really appreciate if these pointers could be further explained here and perhaps on Steam discussions as well, I am really curious what "Ark" is and how it ties it all together.

    I am really amazed by the game. I look forward for things to come!

    Cheers!

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    When will ragnarok be added to the cluster servers???

    as in when will it be attached to the crossark servers cause crossarks need ragnarok too

     

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    So...do we Early Access players get anything? Especially us players who didn't flood your forums with whining and complaining.

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    So I missed you guys at E3 today. I love everything I'm seeing but I have a few questions. I bought EA and I'm not hating that I did. I really want those Collector items!!!! Would we be able to buy them as a stand alone because I would love to give you more money. Also super pumped about the cross play, but I have some concerns as I owe a Xbox server. Would my PC friends be able to join my server hosted on my Xbox? Also sorry if these have already been asked/answered. I'm on my phone heading home. Thanks and I loved the journey and future yet to come!

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    3 minutes ago, Lewiatan said:

    This mean more or less that if something heavly performance wise happens in game, the game will lower resolution automatically to maintain stable high framerate.

    Right, in general that makes sense, but the way that video output works, at least on consoles, is that you specify the output resolution in the Xbox system settings.  It cannot dynamically change that, at least not the current version.  So in my case I have mine set to 4k resolution.  It cannot change that output resolution, so it must do some sort of internal conversion of what ever dynamic resolution it outputs and then has to upsample it to 4k to render.  I'm guessing that's what it does for PCs as well, as I've seen some folks claim 4k on PC, but when you look at the actual output it's actually some lower (but still high) resolution upsampled to 4k and not a native 4k.

    Also wondering if they'll take advantage of the newer 4k VSync (VRR/Freesync) I've seen talked about, where it just sends the frame when it gets it.  Guessing PCs have something similar already.
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-project-scorpio-supports-freesync-and-hdmi-vrr
     

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    Will all official servers be wiped?
    What will be done about the mass lagg accross servers and errors in transfering characters between them?
    Will thylas and other dinos finally stop going invisible and glitching through my floor every time i leave render distance?

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    I'm so excited that I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!  Super thrilled and cannot wait! The Griffin looks amazing and more content and dinos?!

    *praying for the Brachiosaurus to be a part of the "More dinos" thing.* 

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    1. Nice, now XBOX will have troubles with memory leak in TrueSKY as well. Good luck guys and pray you can disable it.

    2. Ragnarok map has some SE content/dinos(?). How will they be available to those without SE DLC? I mean if there are electrical storms as well, then those without SE engrams are pretty much screwed.

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    The game holds all the SE information from what I have seen, IE someone who doesn't have SE can still get and use all of the SE items on the island if someone brings them back, this includes BP.

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    1 minute ago, DarthaNyan said:

    1. Nice, now XBOX will have troubles with memory leak in TrueSKY as well. Good luck guys and pray you can disable it.

    2. Ragnarok map has some SE content/dinos(?). How will they be available to those without SE DLC? I mean if there are electrical storms as well, then those without SE engrams are pretty much screwed.

    The SE assets are in the base game, otherwise players who don't have SE wouldn't see people riding the wyverns on the Island or the Center.

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    So, if we already bought in, we get to keep the base game and scorched Earth on PS4 right? Or will we be forced to pay for it all over again?

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    You guys at WildCard are making some really cool stuff! Can't wait til' this comes out on consoles. I'm gonna get a griffin, and be known as the flying death chicken of the sky! :D

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    BTW with the cross play now between the win10 version and the Xbox version, that means that if us xboxers want to host our own dedicated server we can do so on a Windows pc? Right? 

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    Guys in the coming days I'll be adding the pre-order links to PlayArk.com for the other countries and regions as I receive them from our retail partners.

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    18 minutes ago, psycotroop said:

    So, if we already bought in, we get to keep the base game and scorched Earth on PS4 right? Or will we be forced to pay for it all over again?

    You do not have to buy anything again if you have already bought it.

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    Hey all, wasn't too hard.

        "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Griffin/Griffin_Character_BP.Griffin_Character_BP'"

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    Why can't I buy it and play it on ps4 right now? The only thing available is Scorched earth on the PS store? It is available at the Xbox store though. I'm from Sweden btw

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    Just now, DarKouneyes said:

    hi we can transfert items to ragnarok if i play on the island pve ?

     

    Yes you'll be able to transfer yourself and items between Ragnarok and all the other maps.

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