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    ARK Sponsored Mod Program!

    Today we are proud and excited to announce the launch of the ARK Sponsored Mod Program. ARK has always viewed modding and the ARK Dev Kit as a very important aspect of our game. We want to look into ways to help our modders take their projects to the next step, be it through more robust capabilities in the Dev Kit, hosting competitions with large prize-pools, incorporating them into the game, or just generally working and partnering up with modders and their projects.

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    Since partnering up with Epic and opening up our ARK Dev Kit in July 2015 and we have seen over 2,500 different mods enter our Steam Workshop. It is an understatement to say how much we truly appreciate and value our modding community and want to do more to help facilitate the progress of mods, as well as modders.

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    ARK Mods have contributed mightily to the game's longevity and variety, and we’re very grateful to the talented content creators who make them. With the new 'ARK Sponsored Mods' program, we aim to be able to support some of the most promising authors directly, and continue to attract the world's most talented Modders to build amazing new content for ARK. 

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    We believe our latest initiative will allow us to take the next step into assisting modders further. The Sponsored Mods project aims to provide financial, development, and marketing supporting over the course of sponsorship. We will be providing a $4,000 stipend towards 15 projects each month to assist with ongoing development costs of their projects, with a possibility of completed mods being integrated into the Official Release of ARK: Survival Evolved on PC and Console.

    Our first batch of modders that have been selected for sponsorship can be viewed here:
    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/ark-sponsored-mods/

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    Over the course of sponsorship, the modders will be working with us, and in particular, Cedric Burkes (Creator of Primitive+ and Studio Wildcard Mod Liason) to see how they progress over the month. They will go through reviews to make sure that bug reports players have made are being resolved, and that their projects are progressing and developing. Sponsorship can end for a mod if progress isn’t being made, and we are keeping our eyes open for other modders who we can potentially work with! 

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    For those of you who are itching to get Modding in ARK, you can get started right away! The ARK Dev Kit is a simplified version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor, specifically compiled to streamline the process of creating Mods, Maps, and Total Conversions for ARK: Survival Evolved which can then be uploaded directly to Steam Workshop for other users to download and play. Follow the "How To Mod" tutorial to get started, then join the ARK community, participate in the Unreal Engine ARK Modding forum to get your modding underway!

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    5 minutes ago, SassinPr0ph3cy said:

    Will Consoles Get mods so everyone can benefit and enjoy?

    Not to be rude, but did you not read the article?

     

    1 hour ago, Jen said:

    We will be providing a $4,000 stipend towards 15 projects each month to assist with ongoing development costs of their projects, with a possibility of completed mods being integrated into the Official Release of ARK: Survival Evolved on PC and Console.

     

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    57 minutes ago, Shrekasaurus said:

    Lets get the Monster Hunter mod on consoles!

    I would also love new maps!

    I wouldn't expect mods taking directly from other IPs to be supported, ever, by this mod sponsor program. Same with the Pokemon Mod.

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    42 minutes ago, Jerryn said:

    Not to be rude, but did you not read the article?

     

     

    Your not rude trust me, it does say possibility. Like id like to use S+ mod but being on xbox i cant.

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    29 minutes ago, SassinPr0ph3cy said:

    Your not rude trust me, it does say possibility. Like id like to use S+ mod but being on xbox i cant.

    I hope that does make it for you.  I use that on my servers and it is really nice.

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    So glad to see a company taking one of the first leaps into paying modders. Really love you guys for this. <3

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    Please Tell me Structures + will come to Consoles as soon as possible, I want to build nice things!

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    This Looks so AWESOME I hope we on consoles get new mods and maps soon! cant wait to see what modders will come up with next!

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    I feel so overshadowed lol I started making a map recently and everything here just looks overwhelming. I'll never be eligible for this.

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    10 minutes ago, Thatch said:

    I feel so overshadowed lol I started making a map recently and everything here just looks overwhelming. I'll never be eligible for this.

    Never say never, put your heart, and soul into it, and let your creativity flow. Find a muse, research real landscapes, and do not underestimate your ability to do great things. Every one of these maps started as a blank editor and slowly became what they are now. You have your canvas create your own masterpiece, and prove it to yourself it can be done.

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    34 minutes ago, Thatch said:

    I feel so overshadowed lol I started making a map recently and everything here just looks overwhelming. I'll never be eligible for this.

    Everyone started Small, keep the work going and try to be better every week.

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    That's awesome. I really, really hope offline raid protection and the Structures+ mod are incorporated into the base game. They're direct improvements of mechanics currently there, so there'd be no loss.

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    VERY cool guys. There's some awesome mods out there. Rewarding those people is a really nice gesture as they generally do it as a hobby and for their love of the game rather than for profit. There's been games where mods have become more popular than the base game itself, or at least helped support the main game to stay alive.

    I'd love to see some of the mods that make the game more efficient make their way in. More structures, mailing, better UI, etc.

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    6 hours ago, Jerryn said:

    Not to be rude, but did you not read the article?

     

     

    What about more info for consoles though, it was very limited. Is this planned for console in our expected time frame(a few weeks after PC) or is this a PC focused feature that they hope to someday include on console but isnts a priority? 

    Honeslty with the way it reads it sounds like console isn't a priority. Which is understandable as it would be difficult with MS QA and what not. I would be disappointed but not mad if we didnt get it. I just want to know, I HATE not knowing.

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