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  • Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? & Community Crunch 105!

    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

    The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community! Let's get started with some news.

    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????


    What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what creature it is? 

    Xbox Play Anywhere, Crossplay, Rentable Servers, and Xbox One X Support!


    We have some information to share on the Xbox Play Anywhere and Rentable Servers front! First of all, Rentable Servers will be available on Xbox from October 25th, and Nitrado will supply them! In the coming days, they'll have more information available about the process, as well as a landing page to collect interest. The delay comes from some extra loose-ends we need to tie up with Microsoft and Nitrado, and then after that, we'll have to get through long-certification (our date takes into account the cert-time). That patch will also include our Official Xbox One X support, so you guys won't have to wait for an update for that!

    We have also decided to delay the launch of ARK on Xbox Play Anywhere and CrossPlay until November. The reason behind this is because we believe it is critical to get BattlEye functioning on Microsoft's platform. We're very interested in the effects of CrossPlay, but we're cautious of enabling PC and Xbox Players to game together without having our anti-cheat ready, so it's going to take a little longer to get that sorted, but it will ensure a much better experience overall. 

    Sponsored Mods Update!


    It’s the time of the month where we introduce some new and exciting mods from the community!  This month we are happy to introduce some pretty unique mods to the program.  During the course of the program, we’ve seen our share of maps, structure mods, and even a total conversion.  We get excited when we see game modes like Urban Death Match or really well thought out ideas like Zoology get published!

    Urban Death Match


    We've always thought that ARK could serve as a good foundation for a team deathmatch mod. Those that aren’t new to the modding scene might remember Tribe Wars and the pre-match that started in a team deathmatch setting.  Urban Deathmatch might be the choice for those who are looking for a similar game mode.  

    Spawn areas are predetermined and each spawn area has six crates that can be used to gear up your players.  Be sure to give this a look if you are looking for some fun events to host on your server.  Since the mod is a map extension, it shouldn't affect any of your existing saves!

    Be sure to check it out!



    We were really impressed when we got to check out Zoology.  It’s one of those mods that just makes sense!  Zoology adds a new element of discovery to the creatures you encounter on The Island. Ultimately, it changes how they act and behave and adds new and refreshing ways of interacting with wild and tamed creatures.

    There’s a lot going on in this mod but essentially, wild and tamed creatures, have a level of morale and can suffer from stress, are intelligent enough (some of them) to flee from their predators, and predators will only hunt when hungry.  It’s like a total conversion for the behavioural system of creatures!!

    That’s all for this month.  We’ll continue to keep an eye out for mods that are original and creative.  We sincerely appreciate all the effort we are seeing from the modding community. 

    PS4 EU Flash Sale: 20% Off!


    ARK Fan Kicks!


    Fan Kicks are a casual footwear which features your favourite games! ARK has now been officially licenced to be part of the Fan Kicks Collection and you can pick up a pair of your favourite ARK shoes here! Here's a video demonstrating how they work:

    To celebrate the launch of the footwear Fan Kicks are hosting a free pair giveaway on their ARK Fan Kicks Facebook page, just head on over there, like their page and tag a friend in their post for your chance to win! They're also offering 20% off any order over 99$ USD with the special discount code ARKSE at checkout

    ARK: 2x Evolution Event Weekend!


    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It's already live now and will remain active until Monday the 2nd at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rate
    2x Taming Rate
    2x EXP Rate
    2x Maturing
    2x Hatching
    2x Gestation
    2x Faster Mating Interval Rates

    Community Contests!

    NVidia Ansel Photography Contest


    Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

    ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. 

    Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.

    Now let’s get to the contest!

    There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

    Three Categories

    Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.

    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.

    Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

    And now without further ado, here are your entries!

    You’ll want to click on the image title to be able to download the maximum size image, we’ve resized them for display purposes 

    Super Resolution!


    GG Fizz - Divebomb


    Runners up!

    StateofMynd42 - Old School Twist


    Morgengrau - A Song of Ice and Fire


    Ego - Will you marry me


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Takeoff


    Wolf Angelus - Forest Adventuring


    Wolf Angelus - Flying High


    Wolf Angelus - Baby Photos - Raptor


    Valoule - Shot fired!


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    stke7 - Lightning Wyvern


    StateofMynd42 - Shield Knight


    StateofMynd42 - Cuddle Dragons


    Starwolf23 - The Answer


    Starwolf23 - I Got This


    roguewolf91 - Hunter Becomes The Hunted


    Pollti - Alpha Wyvern Attacks


    Morgengrau - They're watching us...


    Morgengrau - An eye for an eye


    GG Fizz - The Phoenix of Dawn


    EXFIB0 - Poison


    EXFIB0 - Flames


    EXFIB0 - Face To Face


    Ego - For you my love!


    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


    Starwolf23 - Enlightenment


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Vast Lands of Crystal Isles


    Wolf Angelus - The Tropics of Crystal Isles


    Wolf Angelus - Redwood's River Connection


    Valoule - White Walker


    StateofMynd42-  Determination


    roguewolf91 - Secrets of the Depths


    EXFIB0 - Yellow Drop


    EXFIB0 - Scorched Earth




    Valoule - ArARK Attack


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Romeo & Juliet

    F1r3fly - Life's a beach



    This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

    And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 105 is...



    This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

    The ARKitect for Community Crunch 105 is… 

    Sonic : Green Hill Zone ARK 1 by Valoule!




    If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

    Fan Feature!

    DYSFUNCTIONAL DIMORPHS - AKA: A Bunny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pet Shop by ranger1presents

    Cliff Side base build. No mods Xbox one Ark Survival Evolved by Travis138

    ARK Catamaran Design Tutorial For XBox & PS4 :: Double-Hulled Boat for ARK Rafts :: ARK Build Guide by SWChris

    "Warriors" An Ark GMV by GripenxGaming

    ARK: TUSOTEUTHIS CINEMATIC DOSSIER | #002 | ARK: Survival Evolved Trailer by ShipWrekt

    Tag vs Ark Survival Evolved : Short Guide to Taming Queen Bees and Getting Honey by Tageon

    Fall/Halloween Houses & Pens *No Mods Req'd* (Pumpkin/Cauldron/Candy Corn) by Wolf Angelus

    Hatching A TON of Ice WYERN Eggs! Ragnarok On Melted Cheese Server! Ark Survival Evolved Gameplay by Myndmelt

    Tek Base/Lair on Floating Tree platform. No Mods! Ragnarok Ark Survival Evolved. Xbox one by Travis138

    The Best 3x2 PvP Base Design In ARK: Survival Evolved by EXFIB0

    [WIP] More Saddle Options 5 by Nivea

    [WIP] More Saddle Options 5c by Nivea

    Dodo Griffin! by Sir Novaraptor

    Dunky by milokamilo

    Cute and cuddly by milokamilo

    Dossier: Majungasaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus


    Dossier: Kronosaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus

    Dossier: Brontornis by Scanova the Carnotaurus

    That's it for this post guys! Our apologies for the missing Digest this week, Jeremy had to fly out last minute to deal with an emergency; though the segment will return next week!

    As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard


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    1 hour ago, Pericles said:

    Play anywhere DECEMBER 2016, Play Anywhere Spring 2017,  Play Anywhere on release August 8th, Play Anywhere on release August 29th, Play Anywhere Mid-September 2017, Play Anywhere end September 2017, NOW PLAY ANYWHERE NOVEMBER 2017. I guess pushing off the functionality indefinitely forcing impatient players to BUY THE GAME TWICE makes more sense to you. ARK Play Anywhere has been listed on xbox.com since December 2015, if it takes almost 2 years to pull your head out of your you know what long enough to get UWP working you have issues...I guess scorched earth and the aberration dlc make money so they took precedence over a core feature you promised everyone. I don't think a functioning Anti cheat is an "Unforseen circumstance" Not to mention your in KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON so if by "weather" you mean lack of rain and BEING AS FAR FROM HURRICANES AS FAR AS POSSIBLE I got a good laugh, we're not stupid, wildfires were also no where close. I live on the Olympic Peninsula so yeah I know first hand. You really know how to piss off your whole community huh. Did Chris Roberts teach you how to make a game on time? lol (ie: The creator of Star Citizen) I don't think anyone would be surprised if you are sandbagging because either 1. You didn't bother with UWP until last minute or 2. UWP is never going to work and you don't want to get sued for false advertising xD not to mention making Microsoft look bad... Nice 1.5 stars on the Better Business Bureau BTW

    You do know the team is split up between their office in Washington and their office in Florida, right?

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    So it's October now any idea which day it will be released?


    Loooking forward to seeing how the map and in game mechanics work!

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    3 hours ago, bedsidespider said:

    I have a aberation question and I'm not sure where else to put it but with most of the map being subterranean will megalosaurus be awake more? They're one of my favorite dinos but have such limited utility currently. I'm really hoping the new map will change this. =D

    There's no certain list yet about what "vanilla" creatures will be present on aberration though if megalosaur would be included, their activity (or lack thereof) is more tied to the day/night cycle than it is being in a cave. If I had to hazard a guess, it might be possible if aberration has longer nights than days.

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    How about we fix all of the duping, dcs, terrible lag, and slow frame rates. Instead of adding a ton of content to a broken game ? Can anyone else say cash grab? Been playing for 2 years and it’s barely better than day 1.


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    i would be so ashamed, not because u cant deliver what u promised but because of the lies and denial. i havent felt this screwed over since destiny 1. the reason why i am so pissed off about this is because the game is unplayable on xbox without a rentable server. the quality of ur game is horrid, it s not an early acces titel anymore, plus loads of features promised before, while and after launch are not in the game. pls stop defending , yes it hard to make games etc bla bla but that doesnt excuse ur obvious failure in transparency/communication. everybody with at least average intelligence knows that these delays and complications have nothing to do with the hurricane and or other technical difficulties. The reasons u give us for this delay are no valid excuse...i waited 2 years for a broken game to get fixed, been told over and over again that the game will be fixed towards the end of it early access life cycle..it s been realeased for about 4-5 weeks now..and its still not enjoyable over long periodes of time because the longer i stay in ark ( no matter what map etc) the more bugs and graphical errors occur. the overall optimisation and stability for xbox one sux so hard. what angers me the most is that wildcard gets no trouble/fines etc for this. feels so shady and fishy. i do understand that the ps4 and pc versions r doing a much better job, but need alot of improvement aswell. thats why i was happy to here about xbox playanywhere....but no, dont get that. ark is just going to be another one of my 2016-2017 disappointing games, that get deleted without ever being able to finish or fully enjoy it. thanks wildcard for lying to me and making me wait for nothing. ( took 2 weeks of vacation in september for ark, i get 2 weeks every 2 years) ( this is not a hate rant, this is a outburst of frustration) 

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    On 10/1/2017 at 9:25 AM, l3ully said:

    Can you not release the Windows 10 version and then implement play anywhere in November?

    Not really, It's the same game so they wouldn't be able to seperate the servers. I'm really p*ssed off that it's taking this long. I work away a lot and with nothing to do in an evening I've been taking my Xbox with me. But the hotel WiFi doesn't support Xbox, so i get kicked off after half an hour which, when playing online, is a pain in the arse. The one feature I'm desperate for keeps getting pushed back.

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    Soooo maybe you guys should figure out a date for this play anywhere and stick to it? How many times now had this changed... Seriously I've lost count... Very disappointing guys... Just one more reason to say I'm done, onto Conan Exiles.

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    On 01/10/2017 at 8:57 AM, Hughes said:

    Why are people so moody about them delaying play anywhere again? I mean.. We all had to know they were going to delay it again right? Why are we all surprised, They give no updates then tell us it is delayed.. Kinda what they do. When I asked them they said they were just having some small problems because of the hurricane.. Now it's pushed back one month and I wouldn't be surprised to see it pushed back again

    Because people have been waiting for this for almost a year and it keeps getting pushed back using excuses like a hurricane all the while the DLC doesn't seem to slow down. Gotta make sure that overpriced DLC hits the deadline, because sure as hell nothing else does

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