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

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? 

PAX West & Launch Round Up!


Thank you to each and every one of you who participated in the launch for ARK & our PAX show! We love you all and are so grateful no matter how you show your support, whether you came to the booth and took pictures with our Raptor and Rex, tamed your first dino, ploughed through a cave, tuned into the live streams, or shared your thoughts on social media! For those of you who missed our news beats, let's do a quick catch up. 

ARK: Aberration Expansion Pack!

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!

For the full announcement revealing way more information and screenshots, check out this page:

ARK Live Action Trailer by PIXOMONDO!

For the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved, our partners Snail Games have teamed up with the award-winning PIXOMONDO team!

Executive Producer Mandie Briney, the VFX Supervisor from Game Of Thrones Sven Martin, and CEO Thilo Kuther, worked closely with the creative team from JOJX, including father+son directing team Rocky+Jackson Morton and EP Joe Care to create the concept, the script, all the way through the production + post- production process to execute this amazing cinematic and thrilling trailer bringing the ARK: Survival Evolved world to life. Stay tuned as we'll be revealing more cinematic episodes in the near future! We can't wait to see how it all turns out!Stay tuned as we'll be revealing more cinematic short clips in the near future! We can't wait to see how it all turns out!

ARK Soundtrack: Behind the Scenes!

Sumthing Else Music Works and Studio Wildcard are proud to present the epic orchestral soundtrack to ARK: Survival Evolved! Composed by Gareth Coker (Minecraft, Ori and the Blind Forest) and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the official soundtrack album is now available via digital and streaming outlets worldwide through Sumthing Else Music Works. Join us for the behind the scenes peek at the recording process, recorded at Abbey Road! For those wanting the full orchestral experience, you can pick up the soundtrack now at https://www.sumthing.com/p/ark/!

ARK Digest 49...

Unfortunately, we'll be skipping out on the Digest this week as Jeremy and the Florida Team prepare to survive against Hurricane Irma (it runs right through our Florida Office!) We're planning on having our next digest in the next edition of the crunch. In the mean time, be careful and stay safe Survivors!

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 11th at 12PM 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!

Player Procedurally Generated Maps!


The Procedurally Generated Map system allows players to make their own ARK maps by determining a myriad of landscape options from the heights of mountains, depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, rivers or oceans, to the kinds of each biome they want, and more! Let's check out the entries for this weeks contest! This week's contest winner is...

roguewolf91 and their very lush PGM! 




To use the PGM for yourself, here's the map string:

PGTerrainPropertiesString=MapSeed=1985;LandscapeRadius=1.0;Water Frequency=3.370845;Mountains Frequency=15.879879;Mountains Slope=1.977633;MountainsHeight=0.924615;Turbulence Power=0.013;Shore Slope=1.0;WaterLevel=-0.72;GrassDensity=1.0;JungleGrassDensity=0.03;ErosionSteps=4;TreesGroundSlopeAccuracy=0.5;DepositionStrength=0.5;ErosionStrength=0.7;OceanFloorLevel=-1.0;SnowBiomeSize=0.13177;RWBiomeSize=0.215932;MountainBiomeStart=-0.548077;MountainsTreeDensity=0.01;JungleBiomeStart=-0.720501;IslandBorderCurveExp=4.0;MaxSawnPointHeight=0.1;SnowGrassDensity=0.237;MountainGrassDensity=0.05;SnowMountainGrassDensity=0.15;UnderwaterObjectsDensity=0.5;SnowMountainsTreeDensity=0.01;TreeDensity=0.004;JungleTreeDensity=0.67;RedWoodTreeDensity=0.333;SnowTreeDensity=1.0;RedwoodGrassDensity=0.1;ShoreTreeDensity=0.05;SnowShoreTreeDensity=0.025;DeepWaterBiomesDepth=-0.24;InlandWaterObjectsDensity=0.5;ShorelineStartOffset=0.01;ShorelineThickness=0.0015;MountainGeneralTreesPercent=0.1;TerrainScaleMultiplier=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f,Z=1.0f);SnowBiomeLocation=(X=0.2f,Y=0.2f);RWForestBiomeLocation=(X=0.5f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=1.0f);EastRegion1Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.0f);EastRegion1End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3End=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f);WestRegion1Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.0f);WestRegion1End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3End=(X=0.25f,Y=1.0f)

If you'd like to learn more about PGMs, please check out our quick start guide:

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!


Domino - Welcome Home


Pollti - Phoenix


Runner Up!

Pollti – Tek Dragon


Wolf Angelus - Inside the Brain


Wolf Angelus - Inside the Brain


Wolf Angelus - Robotic Assault


Wolf Angelus - Planetary Orbit


Honourable Mentions!

EXFIB0 - Beauty


EXFIB0 - Cruising


EXFIB0 - Icy Water


FataL1ty - Aslan


FataL1ty - Blending In


FataL1ty - Dance!


FataL1ty - Frozen in the Desert


FataL1ty - Pining for the Mountains


Kovko - Hidden Beauty


Kovko - Hunt of a Lifetime


Kovko - Low Flight


Neo - Highlands


Neo - Multiple Biomes


Neo - Rocky Canyon


Neo - Secret Lake


Pollti – Tek Drones


Pollti – Tek Broodmother Lysrix


Pollti – Tek Megapithecus


Pollti – The Overseer


roguewolf91 - Forest Meeting


StateofMynd42 - Making Fantasties Come True


Valoule - Burning sensation


Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


Wolf Angelus - Visions of Fire, Ice, and Poison


Wolf Angelus - Control Room


Honourable Mentions!

EXFIB0 - Ice Wyvern


EXFIB0 - Ragnarok


FataL1ty - Forward Unto Dawn


FataL1ty - Sentry's View


FataL1ty - Tusks Dawn


Kovko - Running River


Kovko - Tall Bridge


Kovko - Volcano


Kovko - Watercaves


Neo - Ragnarok Desert


Neo - Silent Lake


roguewolf91 - Canyon Crawling


StateofMynd42 - Power of Elements


StateofMynd42 - SurroundedByMagic


Valoule - Wedding




F1r3fly - Ark Comics: It Comes at Night


Honourable Mentions!

Baradine Allawa - On The Attack


EXFIB0 - Sunset


StateofMynd42 - Summer Day


Valoule - Finally


Wolf Angelus - Grats on Official Launch -Comic



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 102 is...

LameWolfProductions and their skit: When Stupid Birds Keep Robbing You!

 :Jerbmad:they're not stupid birds... 


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 102 is… 

it's a tie!

Congratulations to...

Tomb of the Golem Mancer by The Pilgrimz Project



Valoule! For their very impressive ship creation:

The Thousand Sunny!




You can check out more of their screenshots here: http://imgur.com/a/n9bV5

We'd also like to give a huge congratulations to our runners up this week!

SWChris for their simple yet beautiful ARK Marriage Venue:


MissyPrime for their Skyrider City built on Xbox!

You can check out the rest of the submissions for this week's contests here:

Fan Feature!

Eco's TEK Decor Mod

ISO: Crystal Isle PAX West Trailer

Dragonpunk: Tribe of Gods - PAX West Teaser

Massive Aircraft Carrier by ARKTLC138

DragonGaming Scorched Build

Skies of Nazka - Wonderful World

Survival Plus PAX West Trailer

Scorched Earth Base and Fishing Hole by ARKTLC138

Titanoboa Taming by GP

Shark Bait by GeeKy gAMer No.1 & gOOglyOwl

Professor by Dax and Tageon!

What's Under the Castle? by MonkeyManTV

Fukaso Wyvern Den by Kortniechan!

Wyvern Trench Foot Excursion by MonkeyManTV

UNICORN PUKE by ranger1presents

Sharkcat's Chicken Yutyrannus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130878715

Sharkcat's Forest Camo Yutyrannus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130403744

ARK - From above by cfowler7


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1124587290

Little Fiery Angel by EgoSilentium


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130627055

Fanmade Dossier: Deinosuchus by Scanova the Carnotaurus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130483137

Fanmade Dossier: Glacialisaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130492387

Fanmade Dossier: Orthros! by Shadlos!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1127273719

Fanmade Dossier: Eastmanosteus by Shadlos!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1122174217

Thylacoleo by Zaramas!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1119396692

Phoenix by -=|WP|=-???


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1130773590

Grumpyracer by Jack Cowlips!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1128321686

The Mam-Moth by Shockal!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1127711869

WIP ARK Saddles by Nivea!


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1123602697


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1116368478


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1129697135

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:

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All the best,
Studio Wildcard


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1 hour ago, SiAScORCH said:

That animal is the one in aberration that did the gliding and camo if I'm not mistaken.

I'm afraid it looks nothing like that animal. If you look at the video trailer you'll see that creature has wings and feathers, this creature has neither of that.

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You know what would have been nice in this one?  Something about the deleted servers and their map release. :/

25 minutes ago, GP said:

I'm afraid it looks nothing like that animal. If you look at the video trailer you'll see that creature has wings and feathers, this creature has neither of that.


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I like the look of it. Seems to be utilising zip lines though which is worrying. xD  Really hoping it's Ridable though. Ridable with wall climbing abilities. And maybe some night time bat like ability like.. sonar or something. 

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Just now, ElectricStingray said:

Is it the nameless/nameless queen? That would explain the question marks.

The question marks are there because the name is a secret for now. This is how they've done it for previous Mysterious Mysteries.

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