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Hey guys!

Welcome to the Your Survivor & You thread which hopes to deal with some basic information that must be known when playing ARK on the Xbox!

What all Survivors should do when starting out

Single Player


If you're playing the trial version of the game and are having trouble finding an online server to play on, consider hopping into Single Player mode. To do this, select the Host / Local option and it'll take you to a user interface screen where you'll be able to fiddle with the options, however if you'd like to get the vanilla ARK Experience - you'll want to leave those as default. At the bottom, you'll see a button called "PLAY SINGLEPLAYER" just select that and hit the A key and begin your ARK Adventure!




If it's your first time playing and you're not quite sure what to do, don't worry as there are plenty of great resources to help you begin! Here are some of the great places where you can find information:

Options Menu - Hit your start button in game, select options and here you'll see an image displaying the in-game buttons so you can quickly learn how to control your survivor!

In-game Game Guide! - Hit your start button in game and you'll see an option called Game Guide, this will teach you tips and tricks about ARK and help you get started.

www.survivetheark.com - Our Community Hub will be a great place to ask for help as we've got an incredible active and supporting community

http://ark.gamepedia.com/ARK:_Survival_Evolved_Wiki - ARK's Official Wiki which will tell you everything you need to know about the game, from taming statistics, to material requirements and even tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your survivor and playtime





If you're playing the Online Version of the game, make sure to keep note what type of server you're playing, the server's mode, as well as it's name!

Types of Servers

Official Servers - These are servers which are provided by Studio Wildcard and will always remain up to date and be online! They will run the game with its vanilla settings for the most part and will generally be the first place to receive the latest updates. 

Player Dedicated Servers - These are dedicated servers which are hosted by players, currently they require a second xbox to host and play on at the same time. Similarly to dedicated servers, the reason players will opt for these is due to the continuous up time and the large amount of players it can hold. However, keep in mind that if these servers were to go offline due to the fact that the host no longer wants to use their xbox as a Dedicated Machine, or they're unable to host temporarily, the servers will go offline and you will lose access to your characters.

Non Dedicated Servers - These are servers which are used to play to encourage co-op. Due to the fact that you'll be able to host a server and play at the same time, there is a limit on how far survivors can travel from one another. Currently this is set to 200M, as well as a limit on the amount of players that can be online at once, which is the host + 3. With further optimization we may be able to increase these limits but only time will tell for now. 

Game Modes

PvP - This is a vanilla game mode which stands for Player Versus Player. This allows players to fight one another in game. If you're looking for a safe haven, this would not be the type of game mode you want to play. This is more for fighting-focused players who want to compete with one another.

PvE - This is a custom game mode which prevents other players from damaging each other, their structures and their tames! Perfect for those peaceful players :)

Primitive - This is a custom game mode where elements of the game have been removed in order to favor a more primitive lifestyle. You won't get the advanced materials that you find in the other servers.

The server name!

For now it's pretty important you remember the server you're playing on. Characters are not persistent across multiple servers, they only exist in that one world. Therefore if you've forgotten which server you're playing on, you're going to end up starting again. In the future, we're implementing a system where whichever server you join, your console will automatically bookmark to your list which will make it easier to find servers. However we'd still recommend you take note of where you're playing!


Transmitting data through the ARK!



Now a pretty nifty feature we've got in the game is the option for Survivors to upload and download characters. This is currently disabled on Official Servers, however should function (by choice) for Player Dedicated Servers, Non Dedicated Hosting and Single Player. What this allows you to do is transmit your Survivor data from one save to another. 

Please keep in mind that this does not copy your character. If you choose to transmit your data, the survivor as you know will be removed from that particular ARK. 

To be able to transmit data you need to be playing a specific server which allows it (highlighted above). You then need to travel to an Obelisk in the game, there are 3 in the ARK. The easiest one to get to would be the Red Obelisk near the Western Region of the island. Once you're at the Obelisk, just interact with the Obelisk center piece and you'll have the option to upload your data. Remember, this does not create a copy!

To download your data, head onto your new server and before creating a character you'll see the option to download data. This will not restore your inventory, base or dinosaurs. This will just respawn in your Survivor with the same Engrams and the same Stat Points spent. 

If you head back to the old save, it will no longer exist and you will need to re-upload and download it again. Be cautious when uploading and downloading survivors, as if the server you download it to suddenly vanishes, you will have lost access to that character.




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