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    ARK: Survival Evolved, Available Now on Windows 10 with CrossPlay!

    Survivors! The wait is finally over, ARK has officially launched on the Windows 10 platform, and from 8 AM PST will be available to purchase on the Microsoft Store! It includes the base game along with 'Primitive+', 'The Center', and 'Ragnarok', and additionally currently available are the two story-telling expansion packs 'Scorched Earth' and 'Aberration'!

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    As the game was already available for Xbox One and Xbox One X enhanced, it is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so this will allow Survivors who've purchased the game digitally on Xbox to download an play on both platforms at no additional cost. You can pick up the Windows 10 Version of the game here:

    ARK: Survival Evolved
    ARK: Scorched Earth
    ARK: Aberration

    Everything is tied to your Microsoft/Live account! This means that you can pick up your adventure wherever you left off, switching between your Xbox One and PC while dynamically taking your saved progress, Gamerscore, DLC, and achievements with you.

    With the release of Windows 10, comes a new exciting feature: CrossPlay (cross-platform online multiplayer)! Whether it's playing on Xbox from the comfort of your sofa with a controller in hand, or at your Windows 10 Gaming Desktop, survivors with this Play Anywhere title can take advantage of CrossPlay and live on the ARK with their tribe across both platforms. You'll be able to tame, harvest, and dominate with each other! 

    For those wanting to jump into the CrossPlay experience immediately, you can do so by browsing our Official Server network for matches titles 'CrossPlay'. We've launched 24 servers, a mixture of PvE and PvP, clustered by region available to play right now! (All Official Servers will become CrossPlay enabled in the future once BattlEye, or an equivalent Microsoft anti-cheat system, functions on the Windows 10 Store.) Also, you'll currently find a large quantity of player-hosted Dedicated & Non-Dedicated CrossPlay sessions to join!

    CrossPlay is enabled by default for anyone hosting a server via their consoles. You can disable it, by just unchecking the 'Enable CrossPlay' option when hosting a session! It'll appear in a dialogue box, after beginning to host a server.

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    For those using a Nitrado PC server, CrossPlay is disabled by default. You can enable the setting, by logging onto your administration panel, select the 'General' tab under 'Settings', checking the 'CrossPlay' checkbox, save the changes and restart your server!

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    The launch of the Windows 10 version also brings the single player & non-dedicated split-screen to PC! Over time we'll be working on incorporating the same feature onto the Steam version of the game.

    You will be able to host a 70 player dedicated server using the Windows 10 version of the game! At present, hosting a Windows 10 Player Dedicated can be graphically intensive on the computers, as you're pretty much running the game. In the near future, we are going to see if there's a way we can make it similar to hosting a graphicless dedicated PC server. You will not be able to edit the "game.ini" or "gameusersettings.ini" server files, as those are locked behind the Windows 10 platform, though, you still have the Host Settings user interface available to you, similarly to the Xbox game. Keep in mind you would need an additional account with a copy of the game in order to host a dedicated server on Windows 10 while simultaneously playing on Xbox.  

    Edit: Microsoft has informed of us of a potential way to host and player on a server without needing an additional copy, we've yet to confirm as we're looking into cross-platform player dedicated invites with them at the moment, but here's what they recommend:

    On your Windows 10 PC…
    1.    Launch and sign into the Microsoft Store using your Xbox Live Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch the Xbox App and sign-in (or create as needed) an Xbox Live Silver account
    4.    Launch ARK
    5.    When the Xbox Account picker comes up select the Silver account
    6.    In ARK, set up your dedicated server

    On your Xbox One…
    1.    Login to your Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch ARK using Gold account as identity
    4.    Use Server Browser to find and connect to the dedicated instance you set up on your PC

    Mods will not be available through the Windows 10 version of the game, due to the current lack of a User Generated Content storage and cloud delivery pipeline equivalent to Steam Workshop. If this changes in the future in terms of Windows & Xbox features, we'll be at the ready to support it. If you want to experience a modded ARK right now, the best way to do so would be through the Steam version of the game.

    The Non-Dedicated tether range has been increased by 50% for the Windows 10 version of the game. However, as we enter the new year we'll be removing the limit altogether in single player split-screen, and a slider will be made available for Windows non-dedicated sessions (which in-turn will be enjoyed by any Xbox Clients playing on a Win 10 Non-Dedicated session). In addition to the upcoming tether changes, we'll be working on bringing Truesky entirely to the Windows 10 version of the game. 

    Welcome to the big ARK Tribe, Windows 10 Survivors! We're very excited to get ARK out on this new platform at last with cross-platform online multiplayer, and cannot wait for you to join us on this wild & crazy dinosaur sci-fi journey!

    All the best,

    The ARK: Survival Evolved Team

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    Edited by Jatheish


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    Please keep comments and questions On Topic to this announcement.

    If you have support issues or need help with the game, please create a thread (or find a similar thread) in the appropirate Bug Report & Support forum.

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    29 minutes ago, rbedsole said:

    What about people who are game sharing?

    well you should buy this amazing game instead of playing ark for free

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    The price in Ukraine is overwhelming. The scientists like me earn that much money for 1.2 months, if you intend to buy the full game with the DLCs. No way I can afford it in the near 50 years or before I emigrate from this hell on Earth forever. Not if I'd love the idea to purchase the same game for the same user on the same machine on steam and windows store twice. You guys are great and your game is excellent. But I leave it for the riches of this world for now. Thanks God I'd managed to get it on steam and not starve to death (not literally... this time).

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    1 hour ago, RaptorJesus093 said:

    Does this apply to steam players as well? Or only Windows 10 versions of the game?

     

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    Super dissapointed that this means I have to buy the dlc twice on both xbox and steam to play with all my friends. Not worth it

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    When installed, what version should it be?  I show 1.4.768.2 installed now on my Windows 10 box...but version post says it should be like 768.4 or .5?  When I tell it to check for updates, it tells me that it's the right version.

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    Yeah major disappiontment, had some friends buy steam version, and have xbox.  To me it's a fail we will never all play together

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    Started Dedicated crossolay server.  Invited my son on Xbox one , but the option for him to join the server doesn’t appear.  I’ve sent invites and it never appears.  It lets us join same party but he can’t join game.

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    Is only the PC version 768.1? Xbox one still 768.0?

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    Hey guys. We're looking into an issue with invites/joining active sessions cross-platform with Microsoft right now. They've also provided steps on how people can host without picking up a separate copy of the game, we've yet to confirm but here are their steps:

    On your Windows 10 PC…
    1.    Launch and sign into the Microsoft Store using your Xbox Live Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch the Xbox App and sign-in (or create as needed) an Xbox Live Silver account
    4.    Launch ARK
    5.    When the Xbox Account picker comes up select the Silver account
    6.    In ARK, 
    set up your dedicated server

    On your Xbox One…
    1.    Login to your Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch ARK using Gold account as identity
    4.    Use Server Browser to find and connect to the dedicated instance you 
    set up on your PC

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    I'm having the same issue, I have 2 accounts, trying to run Ark from my PC via the account that was hosting my dedicated server from my xbox one and I can bring up the dedicated server, but the option to join the server is greyed out and myself or anyone else is unable to join. Also I'm trying to figure out if i need to start the game from my xbox app, my start menu, or what at this point. clarifications are needed on this stuff..

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    6 minutes ago, Jatheish said:

    Hey guys. We're looking into an issue with invites/joining active sessions cross-platform with Microsoft right now. They've also provided steps on how people can host without picking up a separate copy of the game, we've yet to confirm but here are their steps:

    On your Windows 10 PC…
    1.    Launch and sign into the Microsoft Store using your Xbox Live Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch the Xbox App and sign-in (or create as needed) an Xbox Live Silver account
    4.    Launch ARK
    5.    When the Xbox Account picker comes up select the Silver account
    6.    In ARK, 
    set up your dedicated server

    On your Xbox One…
    1.    Login to your Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch ARK using Gold account as identity
    4.    Use Server Browser to find and connect to the dedicated instance you 
    set up on your PC

    And if we host on Xbox?

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    9 minutes ago, Jatheish said:

    Hey guys. We're looking into an issue with invites/joining active sessions cross-platform with Microsoft right now. They've also provided steps on how people can host without picking up a separate copy of the game, we've yet to confirm but here are their steps:

    On your Windows 10 PC…
    1.    Launch and sign into the Microsoft Store using your Xbox Live Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch the Xbox App and sign-in (or create as needed) an Xbox Live Silver account
    4.    Launch ARK
    5.    When the Xbox Account picker comes up select the Silver account
    6.    In ARK, 
    set up your dedicated server

    On your Xbox One…
    1.    Login to your Gold account
    2.    Download and install ARK
    3.    Launch ARK using Gold account as identity
    4.    Use Server Browser to find and connect to the dedicated instance you 
    set up on your PC

    My server is hosted on XBox and I'm trying to access it on PC, but it does not appear in the server list. Is there something different that needs to be done?

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    The question is, do you need a nitrando pc server to host. Or can you have a separate xbox account host a server from windows 10 pc through the xbox app and connect to it from another xbox account on the xbox?

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    So, my Ark server shows that it is up looking at it from my PC, however it is not listed under Unofficial PC sessions and like I said, still can't join from friends list, am I missing something?

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    35 minutes ago, TrumpTrain said:

    So, my Ark server shows that it is up looking at it from my PC, however it is not listed under Unofficial PC sessions and like I said, still can't join from friends list, am I missing something?

    That's what we're checking out with Microsoft at the moment.

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    So excited for this! Once I have a sever up and running, if anyone wants to join just shoot me a message and I'll keep ya in mind! I already have 3 people who are wanting to play this. Would love to see some more people on our server too!

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