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      ARK Sales!   12/20/17

      For those who've yet to experience the joys of ARK, nows your chance to get in as we have a huge host of discounts across various platforms and regions! The discounts and sale length may vary so please continue reading for further sales information! PlayStation 4 (EU) Winter Sale! ARK will be participating in this year's PlayStation 4 Winter Sale! Discounts may vary based on region, so please double check to ensure you can get it in time! ARK: Survival Evolved ARK: Explorer’s Edition ARK: Season pass ARK: Scorched Earth Humble Bundle Sale! ARK: Survival Evolved ARK: Scorched Earth ARK: Season Pass
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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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    28 minutes ago, Jatheish said:

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

    I think "Unofficial PC" is Nitrado, and you need to look for Player Dedicated Ark instead, and make sure the password check box is checked/unchecked according to your server settings. 

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    Well now my server hosting from Xbox is messed up, can’t use any hotbar items such as tools, my underwater breathing icon is gone and all I can do is eat and drink. My server keeps rolling me back when I restart the game/Xbox and the server itself keeps deleting admins.

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    31 minutes ago, Jatheish said:

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

    Since there was no actual update for the game this morning for PC or xbox to replace code, what was actually 'changed' to allow this? Are you guys saying this was on the server side and not all of our install local copies? I was expecting an actual update at least on the windows 10 store or something.

    Can you please clarify that cross-play dedicated hosting is actually cross play, and not just xbox hosts connecting to a PC server? I only see people wanting to host a dedicated server on PC and connect xbox clients. I want to host on XBOX and play with my PC which looks and runs light years faster. I have another made account on my home xbox that I use and share gold with, which is on my friend's list. This issue has nothing to do with silver/gold status. I'm gold on both. 

    Correct, we still can't join/invite friends games on either xbox or PC, and vice versa. Something must still be up, we can't see our games in the list either. On the xbox app for PC, it still looks the same as before this was 'officially announced' this morning. It shows the account with the controller in the friend's listen, meaning it's a joinable game, but indeed is still greyed out, even after this morning. Surely we don't have to reinstall the game.

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    I'm starting to see plenty of comments about this, but I've been spending the whole day trying to figure it out. I have a player dedicated server hosted on my xbox, and I'm trying to join it on my PC. I can't find it in the listed servers, I can't search it by name, and I can't join it from the Xbox app VIA my friends list. And yes i have cross platform enabled. I attempted to restart the server and it wiped all our progress and I still can't join...pretty crappy to lose all of our work and still can't even join. Been waiting for this update for months just to lose months of work. Someone help??

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    3 hours ago, BigBry said:

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

    What does that even mean?! They DID buy ark. Gamesharing/Playanywhere is a great thing, in fact it gives me 3 copies of this game. One for my xbox, one for my gameshare, and one for PC. It's not working correctly as advertised, don't blame the consumer hah.. 

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    18 minutes ago, Texeira21 said:

    I'm starting to see plenty of comments about this, but I've been spending the whole day trying to figure it out. I have a player dedicated server hosted on my xbox, and I'm trying to join it on my PC. I can't find it in the listed servers, I can't search it by name, and I can't join it from the Xbox app VIA my friends list. And yes i have cross platform enabled. I attempted to restart the server and it wiped all our progress and I still can't join...pretty crappy to lose all of our work and still can't even join. Been waiting for this update for months just to lose months of work. Someone help??

    Yup, same here. This seems to be the consensus. It's just not working right, I was really surprised to see they somehow 'fixed' this without updating the game on either PC or XBOX.. interesting

    *while sitting here BS'ing in the forums I've restarted my server 6 times, 3 times on each my XBOX and my PC, inviting my other gold tag and searching each time. We can't be sure if it's everyone, or even regional. Sorry to hear you guys even tried restarting your save, ouch! I feel your pain. 

    Fun Fact for all - Some aren't aware we don't need xbox live on PC at all, and probably never will for lack of a player base. You just need the account you bought the game with to install it and on logged in PC, It's not hardware specific, even better than game share on xbox. Cheers 

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    ark survival evolved game invites not working with crossplay.. On xbox and Pc at this time. Crossplay working now both systems. 

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    3 hours ago, Drolord said:

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

    Still here, but in the studio's defense, this was said soooo long ago, like a year at least. People had a huge amount of time to decide. They clearly said that the steam version would not be cross-play. It can easily change down the road, but people always blame MSFT instead of Valve. Cheers

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    Good Evening,

    First off I apologize if this is the wrong board to be posting this.  I am new to this site and I am looking for answers that I cannot find anywhere. Here are my issues.

    First issue. I am unable to play cross play/play anywhere with my friends and family. I am trying to play on my PC and have my friends and family join my game, or trying to join their games to get this to work. I can't invite them to my game and they can't join mine and visa versa. Is this feature still broken or is there something that I am overlooking in getting this to work?

     

    Second issue. Do I have to create a new gamer tag to use that to post a dedicated server on my PC in order for me to play on my xbox one x? I have a very powerful gaming PC that can play the game at max settings and I want to use it to run the game work so me and my friends and family can play on our Xbox's. 

     

    I deeply appreciate any clear and precise answers to my questions. 

     

    Thank you very much for your time and understanding. 

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    Ok I am soo confused, I have been waiting for this since they announced it.I have tweeted @Jatheish but no answer so hoping someone here can clarify this. Re: Windows 10/Xbox cross play My hubby bought the Xbox copy & now has access to the Windows 10 version & family shares the game with me on Xbox so I play, now If he hosts and plays on Windows 10 can I play with him from Xbox? or do I need to buy another copy? I understand that he cannot run a dedi from Windows 10 and then play from the Xbox. But what about gameshare/family Share? We cannot afford to shell out 100 Euros for another copy of the game and dlc etc. 

    Also just to note there are other games that are play anywhere that and are still in Game Preview that we gameshare and can play, He logs in on pc launches the game, I log into my profile on Xbox and can play with him. Hope this makes sense lol

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    While on Xbox I can select the friend from the friends list and join the dedicated server we have set up, but I cannot type in the name of the server in order to access it. Why would it not be available in the list of dedicated servers? (Yes, I checked with and without password protection)

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    Extremely disappointed with this roll out of Aberration. I can't even run my Xbox server as it doesn't save progress... been checking it every day for 4 days and still no update (still in CERT!? bullpoop!). So I figured... sweet, I'll just setup a dedicated on PC and access via Xbox using crossplay! Oh wait, also broken! Thanks for thoroughly testing Wildcard/Microsoft... very disappointed customer here!

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    Just how do you figure that crossplay is available when invites can’t be sent across platforms and dedicated servers don’t show up in the server list?

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    2 hours ago, DeepwaterPie24 said:

    Ok I am soo confused, I have been waiting for this since they announced it.I have tweeted @Jatheish but no answer so hoping someone here can clarify this. Re: Windows 10/Xbox cross play My hubby bought the Xbox copy & now has access to the Windows 10 version & family shares the game with me on Xbox so I play, now If he hosts and plays on Windows 10 can I play with him from Xbox? or do I need to buy another copy? I understand that he cannot run a dedi from Windows 10 and then play from the Xbox. But what about gameshare/family Share? We cannot afford to shell out 100 Euros for another copy of the game and dlc etc. 

    Also just to note there are other games that are play anywhere that and are still in Game Preview that we gameshare and can play, He logs in on pc launches the game, I log into my profile on Xbox and can play with him. Hope this makes sense lol

    Since the mods and 'volunteer' mods go MIA, i'll easily answer this for you.

    1) You do not need to buy another 100euros worth of ARK. You don't even need xbox live to play multiplayer from a PC if you buy the PC version from the store (gives you the xbox version), but you do need it to play the xbox version online.

    2) Correct, you cannot host a dedicated and play from the same machine on either PC or XBOX. Unless you plan on playing when he's not, or have like 20+ people connecting (the reason for a dedicated server), then you should have him host a non-dedicated session on the PC so you get the benefits of no tethering etc. The thing is, it's not working right now, invites to friends, among just trying to join from the xbox or the PC xbox app for Windows 10, it's not working yet, but when they get it figured out, you're good to go that way)

    3) This is unlike any other Play Anywhere title, and thus far not in a good way. It's supposedly "out" for 4 months retail, then Play Anywhere added later (Dec.14th was the real release for the Windows 10 version), but it doesn't work Cross-platform right now.

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    An bug report about the current status on the cross play issues invites, non viewable pc servers on Xbox,..ect would be definitely helpful.

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    1 hour ago, DeepwaterPie24 said:

    Yes they have been tweeting all day that they are working on it with Microsoft. 

     

    https://twitter.com/Jatheish

    This is where I get a bit iffy on this whole debacle of a release. 2 tweets saying they are aware and blame MSFT is hardly tweeting all day.. just saying!

    This is the game forum.. people want to come here to get the info, not follow randoms on twitter for this game's updates. That's ludacris.

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    Was able to get play anywhere crossplay working and hosting dedicated session on PC. 

    Step1: Download ARK and all DLC from MS Store while logged in as XBOX Gold profile that had purchased game. 

    Step 2: Made sure family member accounts were added  and could sign in on Win 10 PC that ARK was installed on (All Settings, accounts, family & other people)

    Step 3: Made sure to login family member on XBOX and opted out of "Gold" since share live services on console.

    Step 4: Added family member as friend and accepted from both PC and XBOX 

    Step 5: Started ARK on Win 10 PC and logged in as Silver family member

    Step 6: On Win 10 session - Setup dedicated server, enabled crossplay

    Step 7: On Win 10 logged into XBOX app and started party with my gold account and invited to game once server admin panel was up with game loaded.

    Step 8: On XBOX gold account accepted invite and logged into server.

    I still need to browse for the server from my XBOX client, but I know that I was unable to see the invites or join on earlier attempts because I had failed to actually login with the other "silver account on XBOX and had only logged in on WIN 10.  Will update if browse for server works next. 

    **UPDATE** Can join server from WIN 10 only through invite, cannot browse from XBOX and see server created on WIN 10 on any server category.  Hopefully fixed soon.

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    3 minutes ago, adeezl said:

    Since the mods and 'volunteer' mods go MIA, i'll easily answer this for you.

    1) You do not need to buy another 100euros worth of ARK. You don't even need xbox live to play multiplayer from a PC if you buy the PC version from the store (gives you the xbox version), but you do need it to play the xbox version online.

    2) Correct, you cannot host a dedicated and play from the same machine on either PC or XBOX. Unless you plan on playing when he's not, or have like 20+ people connecting (the reason for a dedicated server), then you should have him host a non-dedicated session on the PC so you get the benefits of no tethering etc. The thing is, it's not working right now, invites to friends, among just trying to join from the xbox or the PC xbox app for Windows 10, it's not working yet, but when they get it figured out, you're good to go that way)

    3) This is unlike any other Play Anywhere title, and thus far not in a good way. It's supposedly "out" for 4 months retail, then Play Anywhere added later (Dec.14th was the real release for the Windows 10 version), but it doesn't work Cross-platform right now.

    Thanks for the reply,

    1) -  is not needed as we own ark and have done for a lonnng time hehe, The windows version is under his account so I cannot play it on the PC anyway. 

    2) - I did not know you could not run and play off the same machine, I just thought that was for the Xbox due to it not being strong enough to handle that, but a PC would, but I could be well incorrect their lol. Regarding the non-dedicated, I thought non-dedi's had the tether, that's why we want a dedicated server to play together without the tether, as when we ran a non dedi on xbox we had the tether, ahh but thinking about that, we were on one Xbox, so it was local split screen, so with us running a non-dedi we would lose the tether?

    3) Yeah we were supposed to have play anywhere last year. But delays after delays after delays.. now its here and does not work >:(

    lol

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    7 minutes ago, adeezl said:

    This is where I get a bit iffy on this whole debacle of a release. 2 tweets saying they are aware and blame MSFT is hardly tweeting all day.. just saying!

    This is the game forum.. people want to come here to get the info, not follow randoms on twitter for this game's updates. That's ludacris.

    well it seems all day considering the first tweet about it was 7 hours ago, and I hear you about information not being on the official forums, this has been like this for a long time and most information especially early on was info from people repeating what the devs put on twitter or reddit, 

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    So is anyone else having severe FPS issues on the Crossplay PC version? I can run the steam version on epic all day long but the microsoft download version is laggy no matter what. And wont come out of windowed.

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    1 hour ago, Draka1205 said:

    Was able to get play anywhere crossplay working and hosting dedicated session on PC. 

    Step1: Download ARK and all DLC from MS Store while logged in as XBOX Gold profile that had purchased game. 

    Step 2: Made sure family member accounts were added  and could sign in on Win 10 PC that ARK was installed on (All Settings, accounts, family & other people)

    Step 3: Made sure to login family member on XBOX and opted out of "Gold" since share live services on console.

    Step 4: Added family member as friend and accepted from both PC and XBOX 

    Step 5: Started ARK on Win 10 PC and logged in as Silver family member

    Step 6: On Win 10 session - Setup dedicated server, enabled crossplay

    Step 7: On Win 10 logged into XBOX app and started party with my gold account and invited to game once server admin panel was up with game loaded.

    Step 8: On XBOX gold account accepted invite and logged into server.

    I still need to browse for the server from my XBOX client, but I know that I was unable to see the invites or join on earlier attempts because I had failed to actually login with the other "silver account on XBOX and had only logged in on WIN 10.  Will update if browse for server works next. 

    This worked for me as well.  I got in a party with my server host GT,  then invited my GT to the game from the admin console, not from the Xbox app.

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