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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? & Community Crunch 111!

    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!

    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????


    What an intriguing discovery survivors, what could this be?

    Aberration Countdown Is On!


    The wait is almost over! Aberration will have a simultaneous release across all three platforms at 8 AM Pacific Time on the 12th.


    In “ARK: Aberration” Survivors will find themselves waking up on a derelict, malfunctioning ARK with an elaborate underground biome system, where they will face exotic new challenges unlike anything before: extreme radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, cave dwellings, charge-batteries, and far more, along with a stable of extraordinary new creatures await within the mysterious depths. But beware the ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids which have evolved into vicious light-hating monstrosities! You’ll uncover the ultimate secrets of the ARKs, and discover what the future holds in store for those strong and clever enough to survive!

    To help ease the pain of waiting over the next few days, feast your ears on Aberration's theme song, created by Gareth Coker.

    Xbox Play Anywhere Update

    This is not the news we had hoped to be giving our Survivors this update, but unfortunately, our Windows 10/Play Anywhere Update will not be releasing on the 12th. This is a major disappoint to us and to many of you reading as well. We do however have a new targetted release date of December 19th, which will be the first Xbox patch after the Aberration DLC on the 12th which should include Windows 10/Play Anywhere support. We apologise yet again for the delay and will do everything within our power to get this update out to you all as soon as we are able to.

    New Skins from Extra Life!


    One of our rewards for collecting donations during our Extra Life charity stream was to get a skin of your choice put into the game. Because our fundraising event was such an overwhelming success we decided to award the top four donators instead of just the top one. On December 12th, four new hat skins will be added to the game.

    These skins were chosen by the top fund raisers: x3Belle, PepperJC, windxiv, and Dakhar, and the skins are the: Cute Dino Helmet Mask, Chili Mask, Otter Mask, and Scary Skull Mask respectively. These can be earned by defeating the boss on Aberration. Thank you once again to x3Belle, PepperJC, windxiv, & Dakhar, and to everyone who participated in our Extra Life event!

    Sponsored Mod Program Update!

    It’s another exciting month in the Sponsored Mod Program!  The mod entering the program this month is not one that we think many people are aware of. The modder, B.Cheers, has been around the modding community for quite some time.  Some of you might remember some of his older work like Ark Futurism or Storage+.  Without further ado, let’s get into it.



    This month we will be sponsoring ARK Futurism Final Existence.  What’s really cool about this mod is that these are all custom assets made by B.Cheers.  There’s no doubt a ton of work went into making all the content that’s in this mod.  At the moment, there’s a mostly complete structure set that uses a half wall design.  This offers more flexibility to all the ARK builders.  More importantly, there are mechs that can equip armor and weapons!  With the addition of Tek Tier, I knew someone would take it to the next level.  


    B.Cheers has a development tracker if you’d like to keep up to date with what he’s working on and things that are to come.  We believe this mod has a really promising future and might serve as a supplement to your Tek Tier existence.  Don’t take our word for it, be sure to check it out for yourself!

    Xbox Game Awards Sale!


    ARK: Survival Evolved is 35% off in the Xbox Store in celebration of the Game Awards! Sale ends December 10th. Pick up your copy today!

    ARK: 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 11th 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

    Also, we won't be running an Evolution Event next weekend as we'll be taking a look at Aberration numbers and judging initial balance/feedback. Get in and take advantage of the rates whilst you can! :)

    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!

    Super Resolution!


    Vakarian - Dominate the ARK network



    Vakarian - Cold Raptor to Go


    Honourable Mentions!

    roguewolf91 - Brace for Impact


    Joe Lally - Prowl


    Joe Lally - Attack


    Joe Lally - Ambush


    Wolf Angelus - Tundra Behemoth


    Wolf Angelus - Santa's Pre-flight Reconnaissance


    Wolf Angelus - Icy North


    Wolf Angelus - Holiday Housing


    Vakarian - Sunset on Center


    Vakarian - Phoenix under the Obelsik


    Vakarian - Phoenix on thunderstorm night


    Vakarian - Hot breakfast


    Vakarian - He just wants to play


    Vakarian - Center in the rain


    Santa in Trouble - Valoule


    Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


    roguewolf91 - Spawning Grounds of the Brood



    Vakarian - Welcome to TheCenter


    Honourable Mentions!

    Wolf Angelus - Holiday Center


    Vakarian - Travelling to another ARK


    Wolf Angelus - Holiday Center Night


    Wolf Angelus - Antarctica


    Vakarian - Looking for breakfast


    Vakarian - Kill the Bat


    Vakarian - Ice in the jungle


    Vakarian - Flying in thunderstorm




    Wolf Angelus - Spot the Difference Holiday Edition


    Runner up!

    Meet the Engineer - Valoule



    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 111 is...

    ARK: Survival Evolved | Eco In Wonderland Mod | The Cinematic Experience by Jukari!

    and we'd also like to announce a runner up...

    How to Decorate Your ARK Builds for Christmas Using Mods :: ARK Christmas Building Tutorial by SWChris!


    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 111 is…

    Submarine Underwater Base, PvE (ARK) by Sitharias!

    and we'd also like to announce a runner up...

    Holiday 2017 Edition 3D Board Game (Also functions as Village) by Wolf Angelus!

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

    Fan Feature!

    Terraced Pool Showcase: Ragnarok Island Ruins + Eco's Garden Decor Mod

    How I Built the Ragnarok Desert Mansion :: Get an Inside Look Into My Creative Process

    Ark survival evolved - Welcoming by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOly Owl


    SantARK Sleigh by Valoule

    "Abberation Basilisk Warrior" by FollyVentures

    Stargazing by Violet

    Fatale - fire wyvern by Akhoris


    Fluff boi Dakotaraptor by DodoRupter666

    Ark Rock drake drawing by Mglogo

    Christmas Otter by Sharkcat

    no parking by slippermuffin

    Rudolph The Reindeer Megaloceros by Sharkcat

    Ark Realisitc Tyrannosaurus Rex by DinoPlayer34

    Orolotitan by milokamilo

    Mysterious Mysteries? by Kaprodonychus

    Carnoraptor by milokamilo

    That's it for this post guys! 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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    25 minutes ago, SpecTimsauru5 said:

    Has anyone noticed that there is a ROCK DRAKE on the HOOP-thing beneath the blue line and next to the PARA!?

    You just quoted somebody that said they saw the rock drake and then you asked has anyone noticed the rock drake?

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    Just now, SpecTimsauru5 said:

    on the hoop

    Yes I know where the Rock Drake is, but I was saying you quoted somebody that had already said they had seen the rock drake and you then asked if anybody had seen the rock drake. O.o

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    December 2016, Wildcard - "Sorry guys, but it's being released in JANUARY NEXT YEAR!!! WOOO"

    January 2017, Wildcard - "Another little delay, should be with you in less than 31 days!! Get excited!!!"

    February 2017, Wildcard - "Woops, not done yet. Don't worry, it'll come with the release of the FULL GAMES!! JUNE GUYS!!"

    June 2017, Wildcard - "We apologise, we want to have BattleEye running. Not yet guys... Hopefully in the summer!!"

    August 2017, Wildcard - "We're pretty sure now, it should be complete in Ocotober!!"

    Ocotober 2017, Wildcard - "Nearly done... We promise!! Next month, FOR SURE!"

    November 2017, Wildcard - "It's in cert guys!! Out of our hands!!! It'll come with the release of Aberation!!!"

    December 2017, Wildcard - "Hmmm.... Give us 1 more week!!!"

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    Will we be able to host our own cluster on Play Anywhere? Will we need to launch the game or will there be a command line application we can run similar to steam? Have a decent size community waiting for Play Anywhere!

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    Did anyone notice that amazing saddle on the creature in the rings screenshot 

    edit: and otter mask!!!!! (I want to put one on a otter

    Edited by Sharpshot879

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    3 hours ago, Highspeed63b said:

    And no update on the first part of the desert map???????

    I presume you are speaking about Ragnarok. If such is the case the Ragnarok Developers will let us, and you, know when there is news to share about it.

    Edit : The ragnarok developers have recently stated that the remainder of the desert and dungeon will be sometime between December 20-27. Console should be getting the entire desert at that time as well.

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    3 hours ago, Eli said:

    I presume you are speaking about Ragnarok. If such is the case the Ragnarok Developers will let us, and you, know when there is news to share about it.

    Edit : The ragnarok developers have recently stated that the remainder of the desert and dungeon will be sometime between December 20-27. Console should be getting the entire desert at that time as well.

    Will console be getting any updates prior to that? We still have bugs on console from the initial release. It would be nice to get the first part of the desert sometime soon as well. 

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    18 hours ago, invincibleqc said:

    No, Steam and Windows 10 are 2 different versions. You will need to buy a new copy of the game from Microsoft if you want to play with Xbox players.

    It should be noted that cross play won't be enabled on the official network (although they did state they will be releasing some servers for crossplay) so even if you get cross play on pc, chances are you won't be able to play with your friends playing on Xbox official servers

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    Question? how do we know that the PDA is the Boss dossier? after the translations, it seems more like an explorer note.  Why the sentient ARK would leave explorer notes, I don't know, but it would definitely be interesting

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    13 hours ago, GP said:

    Jeremy has been extremely busy with the launch for Aberration, as to be expected, so his time has been taken up with that, but once that is released next week maybe we'll see some more frequent digests.

    You would think that they would have ten minutes to answer a few questions over a months span. 

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    19 hours ago, GP said:

    Yes I know where the Rock Drake is, but I was saying you quoted somebody that had already said they had seen the rock drake and you then asked if anybody had seen the rock drake. O.o

    Ok true, it didn't seem the wisest thing to do. But I'm just fishing for attention :/

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    I am so sick of these developers lying about play anywhere. It was supposed to launch A YEAR AGO, and most recently they lie about how "it's in cert" because it's "in the next update", but now it's "Ha ha, we lied to you again! It wasn't in cert at all and now we're pushing it back again". I almost wish they'd just admit that they don't know what they are doing and don't intend to add it instead of constant lies and release date push backs. I mean, they can't charge extra money for it so raptor it, right Wildcard? 

    Edit: Really? this replaces the F word with raptor? Jesus Christ, grow up

    Edited by UsedToCould

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    On 12/9/2017 at 4:04 AM, TheJuicyBear said:

    Erm well I think whoever it is! It's the actual ARK itself from the line of code deciphered here and how the the image looks!!! "I am not a god. I am more than that. Infinitely more. I am everything. This world, this ARK, it is my body. Rockwell became the ARK!!

    This link will show you what I mean by he is the ARK takes you to my Twitter Convo: 


    I also made a video last Sunday on how it would be Rockwell I had the itch it was him but I needed more time for evidence

    Link for those intrigued: 

    Its Nerva not rockwell. Read the survivor notes. He is the one talking about fighting the Ascension cave and ending up in a dark place with nothing. He is also the guy who constantly states that he is a god sent to ark to tame it or some stupid stuff like that. Either way, the evidence is there in way more than one way that it is him. Also its his survivor note that you find beside the ascension cave as well. When they all picked different maps to teleport to, he picked the abberation one while the other two went to scorched. 

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    On 2017-12-10 at 4:53 PM, Topherallen07 said:

    I really like the submarine base, i want one that moves, or a pirate ship.

    Thanks mate! would be great if it did move :) Speaking of pirate ships that doesnt move I had one of those featured in last community crunch - seems you and I have same taste :P

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    As there is a new map and new dinos and new dossiers, I wonder if Helena will be back (it would be nice to know she went to Aberration map).

    As for the translation of the boss code, I don't think Rockwell will be it, as it says "I am not a god" - Rockwell would say "I am not God", so I'm betting on Nerva for now.

    And who knows if there will be new Survivors besides the ones who left the notes and dossiers on the other maps.. the boss could even be one of these new ones.

    Anyway, lets the speculations continue :D

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    On 12/9/2017 at 2:57 AM, dalfinsaredumb said:

    Will PC players have to download a new Ark from Windows 10, or will we be able to use the Steam version for cross play? 

    If you own it on steam, then yes you will need to buy a new copy for Windows 10/Xbox play. 

    Xbox & Windows 10 are the only two that can play together via Xbox Play Anywhere. 

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