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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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    1 hour ago, kidbuu05 said:

    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

    I concur

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    HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY!!  I have been here since day one and I am still here :) Thanks for such an awesome game!

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    I second that lol.... this is a mediocre event at best ... for their " big hyped" event .... pretty disappointing launch of it 

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    parenting x2, buuuuhhhhhh? 
    Edited by mauroweb

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    It's like having your birthday at knockoff chuck e cheese and wondering why none of your friends are having a good time. 

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    would be great if it actually worked. nitrado servers have updated but ps4 update is nowhere to be seen

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    24 minutes ago, Turr said:

    Manera de arruinar un evento al no dar una tasa real de reproducción 


    Just now, vvHash said:

    2x cría? Excremento de perro. Al menos la temporada 4 de Call of Duty saldrá hoy. 


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    Happy birthday thanks for 5 years of playing here is the same breeding rates you have had for the last 2 months. Another epic failure by wild card guess they get that right almost every time 

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    At least give 4x breeding not all of us like to tame or grind matts don't care about chibi just want to raise my fridge full of babies I haven't had time to do being an essential worker and all 

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    Entire tribe logged off when they thought were X2 but now I see the page was updated to X3 👍

    Edited by nairda2k9
    Page update

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    Posted (edited)

    42 minutes ago, GP said:


    I don't think that 3x is going to get people to calm down.I dont think they are going to pack up their things and move on.

    They waited weeks for this, preparing for an amazing event. The event got pushed back another week, which built up even more desire to have it. People planned ahead, took days off of work, stopped doing normal gameplay to work on breeding, made massive numbers of trades, etc. All the while planning for higher multipliers, mainly 5x breeding. 

    There is already a change.org poll on twitter for 5x. Everytime I open it, there are 100 new votes. 

    Personally I downloaded the update, then saw the breeding rates. I am still sitting on the menu screen without logging in. Even at 3x, I am disappointed enough to not even join a server. 


    Edited by Jank

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    Wildcard I am tired of your garbage! How are you going to screw console like that and try and hide it. Your team is a bunch of liars that keep lying to roll in the money. How sad. You should be ashamed.

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    No colours and breeding x2? Shame on u guys. Wht a fk lame event. R.I.P. Ark and your 5.th Birthday. 

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    Sept for CI On console? Am I a joke to you?


    breeding stresses the servers aye? Not all the cheating duping or poorly coded game designs? Go figure 

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    rainbow unicorn plz

    dino colors plz

    x4 plz


    and happy ark day, all the best for the future like always.

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    Ohh, so the console players get the new dino on other maps as rare spawns, but pc players get it only on Crystal Isles? Did I read this right?

    But thanks for all your hard work, Wildcard. Can't wait to see this map for myself.

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    2 hours ago, Arkkindarules said:

    You all said 5x breeding but you’ve just kept it the same i have 17 gigas that could have been raised but I saved them for 5x and you have let literally everyone that wanted this event down horribly and honestly you people need to learn how to provide for your people that’s why your game is dead if you learnt how to please your player base your game might be rejuvenated but alas you messed up again 😐.    Also when’s giga TLC

    Show me where they said 5x breeding?

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    2 minutes ago, TJRose said:

    Ohh, so the console players get the new dino on other maps as rare spawns, but pc players get it only on Crystal Isles? Did I read this right?

    But thanks for all your hard work, Wildcard. Can't wait to see this map for myself.

    Yes you read it right. 👍

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