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    Hello Survivors!

    We’re back again with another announcement straight from PAX East 2016! We told you that there would be a lot coming this week, and a bit of everything for everyone and we’ll be true to our words.

    Studio Wildcard is proud and excited to announce the ARK: Official Mods program. What this means is that we’ll be able to take a step further when working with Mods and begin integrating them into our Official ARK System. We will be launching this program starting with The Center Map for Xbox One and PC in May 2016.

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    Designed by community member Ben Burkart, The Center adds an over-the-top, fantasy-themed map that doubles the size of the current game and is more varied than the original ARK map, with tons of new biomes, dungeons, floating islands, end-of-the-world waterfalls, massive ancient ruins, along with other wonders to explore and secrets to find. Drawn completely by hand without any auto-generated content, The Center is a massive increase in the game's official playable content and is free to both PC and Xbox One players.

    Following that we’ll be working hard to introduce more of your favourite mods to the game with Primitive+ (already an Official Mod on PC). In the case of Primitive Plus, players are challenged to use only wood and stone without the benefit of advanced metals to create weapons such as guns. A whole new set of items and detailed new mechanics focus the player on 'primitive' survival, which fits snugly in the world of ARK. Primitive Plus will be playable as a functionality mod on all official ARK maps. 

    We really appreciate and value the hard work and effort that goes into the mods from the community and will do what we can to help, this new program is another step we’re going to take to ensure that modders get all the support they need and are recognized for their contribution and efforts in ARK!

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    Thank you for all your support and be sure to keep up with our PAX East show at www.twitch.tv/survivetheark for all the latest news and announcements! Don’t forget to give the #PAXRex a shout out ;).

    See you guys tomorrow!

    All the best,

    Wildcard Jat and The ARK: Survival Evolved Team.

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    44 minutes ago, SIASstealth said:

    cant you just release it now and stop teasing us? lol. Plus is the centre going to be on official dedicated servers?

    If it was ready I'm sure they would.

    Yes the map will be available on all servers types (single player, non dedicated and dedicated) as confirmed by Jeremy Stieglitz aka Drake. 

    Edited by EvilChaosDX

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    I really hope that they beat Fallout to the post for first mod launch, would be great publicity for WC and the game :)

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    Can someone clarify this for me?

    We aren't actually getting access to mods but are getting them added to the core game as new content? So if I wanted something like Aku Shima or Bridge I can only have it on pc unless it gets added as new content?

    If that's the case it's not as good as I was hoping for. I like the map and can't wait for it as after 1600+ hours over pc and XB1 I'm bored of The Ark but Primitive Plus doesn't interest me. Hopefully this changes once the game is finished and released because there are mods I want to use that probably stand no chance of ever being added.

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    19 minutes ago, holden4ever said:

    Can someone clarify this for me?

    We aren't actually getting access to mods but are getting them added to the core game as new content? So if I wanted something like Aku Shima or Bridge I can only have it on pc unless it gets added as new content?

    If that's the case it's not as good as I was hoping for. I like the map and can't wait for it as after 1600+ hours over pc and XB1 I'm bored of The Ark but Primitive Plus doesn't interest me. Hopefully this changes once the game is finished and released because there are mods I want to use that probably stand no chance of ever being added.

    I believe your understanding is correct.

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    1 hour ago, GamerPerfection said:

    I believe your understanding is correct.

    Lets hope that at full release maybe they will add a mod browsing feature similar to the map browser in halo:reach(probably not:-()

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    13 minutes ago, Orcsist said:

    Lets hope that at full release maybe they will add a mod browsing feature similar to the map browser in halo:reach(probably not:-()

    Have you seen the new teaser vid of how we can browse mods in fallout 4 on console??! It looks great!!

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    7 minutes ago, Jaywall said:

    Have you seen the new teaser vid of how we can browse mods in fallout 4 on console??! It looks great!!

    Maybe all hope is not lost!!! I really hope this happens with ark(fingers crossed!!!)

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    I may be the odd man out on this one, but I was hoping for a higher player density map. I can play for hours with 70 population and might be lucky enough to see another player pass by on a pteranadon, unless I go deliberately in search of someone. When I first started playing ARK I was under the impression players would be fighting for control of resources, then I realized how plentiful they were, but time consuming to collect. I was hoping for territorial wars, not offline robberies.

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    WIll there be official servers hosting new map on xbox one? If yes, please let it be primitive hardcore (I won't stop asking for it, I'm on a journey!).

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    Did everyone catch this tidbit in the latest Community Crunch? Primitive+ Dev is expecting an August launch for his mod on consoles.

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    13 hours ago, MonkeyCMonkyDo said:

    Did everyone catch this tidbit in the latest Community Crunch? Primitive+ Dev is expecting an August launch for his mod on consoles.

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    You are correct. In the announcement, they stated the program launched with the center map in May. They go on to say:

    "Following that we’ll be working hard to introduce more of your favourite mods to the game with Primitive+ (already an Official Mod on PC)."

    So it will released further out, eta August as you pointed out earlier. Glad you posted that, I think a lot of people were hoping/anticipating for it to be released with the map. Primitive + will be great on the center when it comes though. Can't wait.

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    I just read through this entire thread and didn't see an answer to a specific question a lot of people were asking.

    Does anyone know if I have my own dedicated server on XB if everyone on there will lose everything on the Island if we choose the Center to play on or will all the Island info be saved?? Is it something that when I log on the server (As the host) I can choose which map to load that day but we can switch back and forth when we want, Allowing us to continue on the island one week and then switching to the center and continuing there another week and so on or do you HAVE to choose one map or another and once you choose a map the other is now all deleted. Also wondering in case there is a mistake logging in and someone chooses the wrong map by accident, would all be lost?

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    I'm excited to hear that the center in coming to xbox. really hoping that Valhalla isn't too far behind.

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    On 5/2/2016 at 3:08 PM, Superduffgirl said:

    I just read through this entire thread and didn't see an answer to a specific question a lot of people were asking.

    Does anyone know if I have my own dedicated server on XB if everyone on there will lose everything on the Island if we choose the Center to play on or will all the Island info be saved?? Is it something that when I log on the server (As the host) I can choose which map to load that day but we can switch back and forth when we want, Allowing us to continue on the island one week and then switching to the center and continuing there another week and so on or do you HAVE to choose one map or another and once you choose a map the other is now all deleted. Also wondering in case there is a mistake logging in and someone chooses the wrong map by accident, would all be lost?

    You will have two save files, pick which one you want when you launch your server/SP. 

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    On 5/2/2016 at 10:08 AM, Superduffgirl said:

    I just read through this entire thread and didn't see an answer to a specific question a lot of people were asking.

    Does anyone know if I have my own dedicated server on XB if everyone on there will lose everything on the Island if we choose the Center to play on or will all the Island info be saved?? Is it something that when I log on the server (As the host) I can choose which map to load that day but we can switch back and forth when we want, Allowing us to continue on the island one week and then switching to the center and continuing there another week and so on or do you HAVE to choose one map or another and once you choose a map the other is now all deleted. Also wondering in case there is a mistake logging in and someone chooses the wrong map by accident, would all be lost?

    I read in a post somewhere of a person stating that when they moved to play The Center map and changed back to The Island that they had lost off of their work on The Island, what they had on The Center replaced it all.

    It seems to be so, BUT you can save the file (don't ask me how, I saved the info but don't remember it exactly) to be able to use it on the Island.  I was hoping that what was played, created, on The Island would stay there and what was played, created, on The Center would stay on there.  it seems not.  That doesn't mean there might be a way the developers can fix to let the players keep what they create on both maps. I'm not a developer, so I don't know the mechanics of it all, if it is even possible to be done.

     

     

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    What would be nice in single player is if you could have multiple survivors/save games and choose from them when you start.

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    would you be able to upload your character to the new map or do you have to start again from level one wth a new survivor? Don't mind starting again on a new map to be honest, its all part of the excitement but out of curiosity its something that I haven't seen anyone ask, I don't think.

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    I want to know what other mods they are thinking of putting in, like imagine the genesis mod.

     

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    Yes, that's a great question. When will the upload ability be seperated from downloads so we can send stuff to single player or other servers? (If you add a tag that indicates that something was uploaded from an official server and removed it on download, you could keep transfers secure from tampering I think?)

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    When I'm at the Obelisk on the server i play it says Upload Creature data and Upload Survivor Data.

    And when I'm at the Obelisk in Single Player it shows the other two options aswell, so they are seperated.

     

    But I can't tell you what it looks like on officail servers.

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