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  • Community Crunch 225: Crystal Isles, Anniversary Event, Epic Games Store, and more!

    It’s been five exciting years since ARK: Survival Evolved opened the way to the ARK and survivors around the world set out on half a decade’s worth of adventure.

    In this Crunch, we’ll be covering the unique, real-world dinosaur, the Tropeognathus, the much anticipated Crystal Isles launch, our fun Anniversary Event, and a blast from the past by way of Timecapsule Servers.

    Crystal Isles Launch


    If you’ve been following the mod community, you’re probably familiar with Crystal Isles. Its supernatural beauty won the hearts of the ARK community since its debut as a mod in 2016. For four years it has grown to over 240K subscriptions and has called for many requests for the community to make it an official map.

    We’ve decided to give it a new coat of polish to bring out its true shine. The newly updated Crystal Isles launches with a 150 sq km map with a wide variety of awe-inspiring biomes teeming with life. Whether you think you know Crystal Isles or plan to explore this map for the first time, be prepared for new breathtaking discoveries.


    Build your bases high in rainforest canopies or mysterious floating islands, then dive deep into undersea caverns in search of resources. The Great Valley, a rainforest with bogs and towering tree limbs, lends new options for base-building and traversal. Eldritch Isle, an eerie and challenging realm, will be worth braving for its valuable resources like element and oil. Emberfall, a fantastic region of vibrant foliage and volcanic danger, will reward those who chose to explore in the region. Perhaps most awe-inspiring, Apotheosis, a cluster of floating islands tangled with vines and roots, shot through with cavernous pockets and spilling over with waterfalls. With three types of crystal wyvern for you to tame and breed and a new custom boss arena, Crystal Isles is sure to keep you busy.


    Celebrate ARK’s anniversary with an updated Crystal Isles map and a new real-world dinosaur for you to tame on ARK’s PC Official Server networks!

    And of course, with a new map, comes new servers! Please remember that transfers into these servers will only be enabled for characters and not creatures or items. We'll be opening those up at a later date, however, transfers out are enabled for characters, items, and creatures.

    Crystal Isles - ARK Expansion Map on Steam

    Unofficials can host the map themselves using the following map name: CrystalIsles

    Protip: Adjust your map filter to CrystalIsles to find them quicker!


    Anniversary Event

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    We couldn’t let our fifth anniversary pass without an in-game event to accompany it! Bring out your party hats, because from June 11th to June 24th, ARK will be celebrating the memories we’ve made along the way. In addition to Tropeognathus making its grand debut, we’ll be introducing 5 new chibi’s to collect. Looking to complete your chibi collection? A brand new feature for this event allows you to trade 4 for a new one in the forge.

    Throw a surprise party for your tribe-mates with the new pop-out birthday cake structure and have a get-together with your tribe wearing party hat skins from prior events!

    Event Details
    This event can be manually activated with the server arg parameter: -activeevent=birthday

    Dates: June 11th to June 24th


    • 3X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
    • 4X Player XP
    • 4X Harvesting
    • 4X Taming


    • 5 New Chibi pets
    • Party Dodo (Harvested to get cake slices for event content)


    • Pop Out Birthday Cake Structure


    Epic Games Store Launch


    We’re hyped to welcome more Survivors to the ARK via our upcoming launch in the Epic Games store. For one week, players will be able to download a FREE copy of ARK for their personal library from the Epic Games launcher. Unlike “free weekends” the game will remain in your library for as long as you choose! Begin your journey on the island and see where the mysteries of ARK take you.

    Other than modding, the Epic Store version of the game will operate like the Steam PC version and will be updated in full parity with our Steam updates. Both platforms will support crossplay, which will be enabled on our Official Servers between Steam and Epic Games and Unofficial Servers can choose to opt-into enabling crossplay or not.

    Modding will not be supported at launch but we fully intend to have modding support enabled when the Epic Games Store supports it. For now, any servers that are set up to use mods will not display in the EGS version of ARK.

    Now is the time to dive into the expansive world of ARK and begin an epic journey!

    For those of you running dedicated servers, here's some info you need to know:

    When running a Crossplay or Epic Game Store server, the VOIP software will be default to use the Vivox, an alternative VOIP plugin. For those using Steam only, you can continue to use Steam VOIP (default) or alternatively opt into Vivox.

    Necessary Server Args:

    -crossplay (enables Crossplay on Dedicated Server)
    -epiconly (enables Epic Game Store only players to connect to the Dedicated Server)
    -UseVivox (enables Vivox on Steam only servers)

    Running a server with mods or without -epiconly or -crossplay will mean that the server will only accept player connections from Steam and not EGS. 

    Download ARK on Epic Games Store

    And for the next week, ARK: Survival Evolved content on the Epic Games store is deeply discounted: Scorched Earth (50% off), Aberration (50% off), Extinction (50% off), and ARK Season Pass (50% off)!

    New Servers

    (Protip: Search for * in the session name filter to quickly identify them





    Tame and saddle up your own Tropeognathus—ARK’s newest pterosaur—for a dizzying jet-fuel-powered ride into aerial combat, complete with powerful mounted flak cannon!
    This large pterosaur from the Cretaceous period can quickly gnash victims’ armor into bits, and when outfitted with a saddle containing a jetpack, its speed and maneuverability are second-to-none. Also providing a built-in flak cannon available to the pilot, this terror of the skies can engage in aerial combat with extreme deadliness.

    Tropeognathus makes its debut on the ARK with the introduction of our anniversary event! The creature can be found exclusively on Crystal Isles when playing on PC, and on console the flying terror can be encountered as a rare spawn on the following maps: The Island, The Center, Scorched Earth, Ragnarok, and Valguero.


    Timecapsule Servers


    Before TEK suits and replicators, survivors experienced the Island in a much different way. Traversing the landscape provided unique challenges without many of the creatures we know and love. It might be hard to imagine The Island without the Redwoods biome or the numerous caves that have been added but earlier survivors will have distinct memories of this era in ARK’s history.

    Many of the latest creatures that serve as companions, utility, and defense in ARK’s modern era weren’t a concept yet. Time capsule servers will offer a unique perspective and highlight the progression of ARK’s content, lore, and community when compared to the current day.

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    While we’re happy to take this trip down memory lane it’s important to remember that Timecapsule servers are a snapshot of a moment in time. They won’t receive any customer service support or future updates.

    The Timecapsule Experience
    Here are a few notable features of the 2015 Timecapsule build:

    • No TEK Engrams
    • No fabricated snipers, compound bows, pump action shotguns or longneck rifles
    • Flyer speed can be increased

    If you'd like to take a look at ARK in its most primitive days, you'll need to opt into our special branch in your steam ARK configuration. You can do so by following the steps below:

    1) Right-click on the ARK game in your Steam library and select "properties"
    2) Select the "Beta" tab
    3) Locate "timecapsule" in the drop-down menu and select that.
    4) Select close, patch ARK, and start punching trees!

    EVO Event


    While the Anniversary event is active, there will be no special EVO rates. The event rates for Official servers:

    • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
    • 4X Player XP
    • 4X Harvesting
    • 4X Taming


    Thank You!

    We’d like to thank the community once more, as we truly appreciate all the passion and support you’ve shown the game. While we couldn’t have foreseen quite how the last 5 years would play out, from primitive dwellings to hyperspace whales, our vision for the ARK franchise is as strong as ever. So stick with us on this rollercoaster ride into the future, as we look forward with you to tremendously exciting years ahead for ARK, where the very definition of survival continues to evolve.
    With gratitude,


    The Studio Wildcard team!


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    Can we not have crossplay with epic games on the existing official servers?|
    We all know the only people who use epic are fortnite kids who are just going to cry and beg for free stuff, and the steam servers are already crowded enough, why even think of adding more people, on free accounts when the current players (who paid for Ark) don't even have stable servers to play on? 

    I bet thousands of fake accounts will be made for dupers and hackers to get and hide their ill gotten gains as well


    also; 2x breeding.. we already have that.. 4x harvest is useless, I have gacha, I rarely harvest anymore.

    not even event coloured dinos.. this is lame.. Cannot believe I stayed up until 1am for this.

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    What a total disappointment.   Every player I know is stunned at how horrible an offering this is.  

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    Underwhelming event, especially for a fifth anniversary - it'd be one thing if they were releasing the DLC to both console and PC at least. That would make it hype enough. But without that, a new dino and no breeding boost just doesn't cut it. You gotta pull out all the stops for a birthday. Noone wraps presents in brown paper. 

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    No colours no new skins and no change in the breeding rate hyped for nothing another fail

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    Happy 5th Birthday Studio Wildcard with players. Get you primal instint ready and soften up your soul time to eat cake and have fun!


    Psssst, would be nice to have faster breeding aswell, some players do have a work, a job, school. Please consider! 5th anniversary is a big thing!

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    i am a little bit disappointed with this event not gonna lie.
    its an anniversary event, it should be a big thing right?
    but we only get x2 breeding even though on eastern it was x4 and colored dinos too.

    and this ''dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbows. Yes, really! '' ????
    i don't see anything of this in here

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    why is cedric out here lying they did x4 for a week how u gonna sit here and tell us x5 for two weeks is impossible...  u need to put it up to x4... dont nobody care about SMOOTH servers... ur servers are trash anyways

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    Wow the birthday event feels lame, like 2x is normal...so we're not even getting a boost to breeding? Are there even colors for this event? If not the event is not even worth the hype.

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    14 minutes ago, RedDeadMustang said:


    Please make sure that your client is up to date and is on version 311.74. You may want to restart steam after updating as well if you're still not seeing it.


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    disappointment again Wildcard, we were all inspired by x5 or more to be able to play and relive the game

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    After waiting after a delay and everyone's anticipation and every event in the past has better breeding rates than this and you announce this big 5 year anniversary event to give us no increase as to where it is now !?!? I understand your servers are struggling with the game to begin with but ... wow what a let down to a huge upset of your community that was expecting breeding boost like the previous events.... what a shame

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    2x breeding? Dogpoop. At least Season 4 of Call of Duty is out today. 

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    Why only 2x raising the rest of the rates are 4x I was looking forward for the event to raise my overseer army come on ark

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    Lost 15 gigas during transfer yesterday have 0 was really hoping this event would have a higher breeding 

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    Wow disappointing But i wonder who ever is buying wildcard will change it??? 

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    3 minutes ago, Killzone2006868 said:

    Why only 2x raising the rest of the rates are 4x I was looking forward for the event to raise my overseer army come on ark

    Breeding puts a massive strain on our servers. If you can remember all the complaints about things chugging along during Extra Life, which was only for a day or so, then you can picture how bad things could be for the duration of the event.

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    Waited till the event to raise my gigas, what a waste of time... I was really hoping for more than 2x considering that's what we have had for months now. Come on WC!

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    Honestly, disappointed and haven't even loaded in the game yet. New map - looks great, should be fun (but a reminder - it was originally a mod map which means WC didn't even come up with it) New dino, okay cool. Still have yet to buy Genesis and get those 'new' dinos too: and probably wont for quite some time. 4X experience (nearly max level characters on 3 diff servers, so... smh)… 4X harvesting (vaults and dedicated storage filled with poly, crystal, ingots and more. Unlimited 'free' resources from gacha so... again smh) 4X taming (we've all been have taming 150 normal and 180 tek animals for weeks pre and post Easter event so, yep... smfh) 2x Breeding rates... 2X b r e e d I n g r a t e s... really. The one thing many of your community have been actually looking forward to as much or more than almost any other part of this event. We FINALLY could get a break from the wait times working with our already favorite high level family of creatures and you... you... 2X.. Wow... Soooo...

    Give YOUR head a shake, in my opinion.

    Happy anniversary/bday/whateves.


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