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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? 

Extra Life 2017!


Save the date! Saturday, 4th of November 2017, we'll be beginning a 24-hour stream on www.twitch.tv/survivetheark to raise as much money as possible for Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! In our first year of fundraising, the ARK Community raised an outstanding $23,500!


Last year you guys smashed that and raised an immense $25,787! Join us on the 4th to see what we'll be able to raise this year!


The stream will be hosted by the lovely Forest Rapczak and Catfu (formerly ThatsCat)! They'll be doing giveaways, ARK Games, as well as hanging out with some of the other developers, content creators, and much more! ;)

If you'd like to get involved in the fundraising and join our Extra Life Tribe - don't hesitate to get in touch, otherwise, tune in and help us save as many kids as we can! 

You can support the cause by donating or hang out during our marathon and show some encouragement! Every little bit counts and it goes to a great cause. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Extra Life, and Studio Wildcard greatly appreciate any support you can provide. 


Happy Halloween!


This Halloween the ARK is undergoing a spooky seasonal change where the air is colder, the days shorter and the nights longer! Starting on Monday, the 30th of October, all official servers on every platform will be placed under a witches' curse lasting 48 hours! During this time, survivors may encounter abnormal overworld spawns and can find themselves in for a treat with returning cosmetics and valuable stated items available in the drops!

The event will begin at 12 PM ET on Monday the 30th of October and run until 7 PM ET on Wednesday the 1st of November.

Xbox Rental Servers Update!


Good news Survivors! Our engineers have resolved the issue with Microsoft, and the patch is currently going through their certification process. We are expecting that we'll be able to release the update on Wednesday, the 1st of November! We can't wait to get the rentable servers out to you guys, thank you for being so patient, you rock!

Collector's Edition!


The Collector's Edition of ARK: Survival Evolved is now available for purchase without the game or seasons pass included, for those who already own the game. Thanks for your patience on this, and we're excited to finally get those items out to you guys:

- HANDCRAFTED, LEATHER-BOUND EXPLORER'S NOTEBOOK: featuring the Dossiers of every creature you'll encounter in "ARK: Survival Evolved", with tips on capturing, taming and training them. With 100+ creatures in the game currently, there's plenty to read up on in this fantastic tome.
- THE OFFICIAL ARK LOGO NECKLACE: to show your dedication to being a Survivor.
- A CLOTH MAP OF THE ARK ISLAND: so you'll always know where you are!
- COLLECTOR'S EDITION CHEST: All of this Ark-themed booty comes packed in a faux-wooden chest that will impress your friends and fellow players!

You can purchase it today on our website: playark.com

Steam Sale!


ARK Digest 52!

Here is our special Aberration edition question and answer session with Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Co-Creative Director of ARK: Survival Evolved, and Co-Founder of Studio Wildcard: Jeremy "Drake" Stieglitz!

Survivor AnimalMind asks, “It was mentioned about 5-6 months ago that we would get tribe owned personal enforced pinned vaults. Any idea when this is coming or if it ever is?”


By next weekend!

Survivor Dafser asks, “Did consoles will have paint download for dinos?”


In a manner of speaking: on all platforms, we’ll be adding the ability to “snapshot” the templates directly from painting / painted-dino / painted-character that are set to “Allow Paint Snapshotting”. 

Survivor MrCrackMan asks, “Since Aberration creatures are separate from standard ones can they get wider color variation to furthur distinguish them?”


Yes indeed, they will.

Survivor Dfritz asks, “Lore question.... All creatures on ark appear to be created genetically. Did you guys have a thought process about the Rock Elementals? Like kinda an inorganic creature like on Galaxy Quest? Or organic but just appears rocky (and eats rocks)? Or did you just want to an awesome creature?”


The rocks on its exterior are not its internal organic form. Think of it like a Hermit Crab.

Survivor Hosiaha69 asks, “Can we get Charge(d) or UV ammo for fighting the Nameless. Figure Glow bug blood or some kind of Bioluminescent mushroom paste to craft them.”


There will be various weapons of sorts specifically designed to fight Charge-vulnerable creatures.

Survivor edskelly asks, “Can you make active pve legacy saves available? Many of the people on legacy are just feeding dinos and resetting timers while waiting for their save.”


Certainly, we’ll do a savedata drop of the current PvE legacies this next week, for all platforms.

Survivor pradox asks, “With the new DLC adding new Engrams to learn are you going to do something about the mind wipe for people that are at max and wouldn't be able to learn them?”


Yes, there will be a one-time automatic mindwipe on all survivors upon the release of Aberration.

Survivor Koorogane asks, “Hey, would it be at all possible for you guys to add in a dino list similar to the engram list? One that lets us control which dinos spawn on the world and the rate at which they spawn.”


We’ll be looking into doing that later this year, it would particularly useful for console players (PC players can largely already achieve what you describe through INI values).

Survivor DigitalVagrant asks, “With Aberration promising some lore-heavy story developments, are we going to see any "endgame" or Tek presence on Scorched Earth?  Canonically, that's where Helena and Rockwell head after The Island, and it would be nice to feel like we've "beaten" that map as well.  A lore presence on The Center would be great as well, as I think the story/lore is the best part of ARK, and it would be great to feel like every official map is essential and necessary to travel to in order to get the full picture.  This would be a great way to demonstrate the appeal of map transferring.”


Yes, we intend to add a cinematic ending to Scorched Earth and a set of its own Tek Engrams. The Center and Ragnarok will remain non-canonical however, at least with respect to the journey of our “hero” characters.

Survivor 5avageOne asks, “Will there be a art book for scorched earth creatures and aberration creatures + griffin in the future?”


Perhaps after the third Expansion, if all goes well :)

Survivor DromaeoSapiens asks, “What will be the fate of the Dodorex now that the game in officially released? Will it remain a holiday event creature or do you guys have something else is mind?”


You might well see it become canon somewhere within the third Expansion!

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 30th 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!


StateofMynd42 - Aberration Ahoy


Wolf Angelus - Halloween Town House


Runners up!

Blue Dragon - Halloween party, Jerboa style


EXFIB0 - Sunset


F1r3fly - Dragon Elders


Honourable Mentions!

Blue Dragon - A walk before dark


Blue Dragon - Divided Seasons


Blue Dragon - In the shadows


Blue Dragon - Into the Cave


Blue Dragon - Lookout


Blue Dragon - Rainy days


Blue Dragon - The curious Mantis


FataL1ty - Charge


FataL1ty - Deadly Embrace


FataL1ty - Diablo


FataL1ty - Dragonborn Egg


FataL1ty - Sanguine's Rose


FataL1ty - Wallop


HyunHwang - Comfortable


HyunHwang - King of the Desert


HyunHwang - OMG! So hot!


HyunHwang - Scorpion = Desert


HyunHwang - Something is here...


Natsu - The Two Griffins


roguewolf91 - Light up the Night


roguewolf91 - Rise to Greet the Twilight


StateofMynd42 - Decisions


Vakarian - Flying a Dragon


Vakarian - Wyvern Hug


Wolf Angelus - Halloween Town House


Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


roguewolf91 - Dune Gazer


Runners Up!

Vakarian - TheIsland Panorama


Wolf Angelus - Halloween Town


Honourable Mentions!

Blue Dragon - In the Depths


EXFIB0 - Ragnarok


FataL1ty - Beautiful Day


FataL1ty - Display of Power


FataL1ty - Trapped


StateofMynd42 - Always Watching


Vakarian - Dessert Mountains


Vakarian - Dragon vs. Obelisk


Vakarian - Phoenix at Night


Vakarian - Sleep at Night


Vakarian - Snappy


Vakarian - over the Treetops




StateofMynd42 - Train Your Dragon


Honourable Mentions!

FataL1ty - Vape


Natsu - Start!


Natsu - The Chase 1


Natsu - The Chase 2


Natsu - This View!


Wolf Angelus - Happy Halloween



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 108 is...

ARK | EPIC RAP BATTLE!! Ep 2 [Club AnARKy] by RockyXGaming!


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 108 is… 

It's a tie! Congratulations to...

Halloween Town ARK - Halloween 2017 ARKitect Special by Wolf Angelus


Ragnarok Massive Bridge Build Ark Survival Evolved Xbox one by Travis138

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

Fan Feature!

SLAVES TO TEK TIER! - ARK Cinematic Skit by LameWolfProductions!

BEYOND KAMAKA by ranger1presents

ARK: Dodo Cinematic Dossier | #001 | ARK: Survival Evolved w/ ShipWrekt

Dax and Tag vs Fear Evolved by Tageon

Ark Survival Evolved: Around The Ark In 80 Mods #1 |(Modded Roleplay/Showcase) by jammyjade

Ark Survival Evolved - Bodyguard (PART 67) by gOOglyOwl

Mini Thor by FataL1ty!


Game of Thrones "Dragonstone" by Maexch3n


Ark Microraptor by ClayOnOrDieTrying

Gamerbuebe @ Switzerlan 2017 by Slakin

Traditional art : Troodon by Akhoris

Traditional art : Troodon by Akhoris

Dragon Boss by AuraBlades

Ark Yuty (quick sketch) by DodoRupter666

"Corre, Berg!" by Adele

Mrs. Otterton Otter by Sharkcat


I-Raptor by milokamilo

Ninja froggy by milokamilo

Sauroposeidon preview by milokamilo

[WIP] More Saddle Options 6 by Nivea


Импровизация: Aberration Dream by AsH

Yoshi Dossier! by Sir Novaraptor

Plant species-Z dossier! by Sir Novaraptor

Dossier: Tylosaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus

Dossier: Shastasaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus

Jersey Devil Dossier by KeyKey

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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@Jatheish @Jen Are you ever going to fix the primitive+ engrams on Ragnarok so we can make scorched earth engrams, like the boomerang for instance, that are available on that map on the Tek servers? Also, since you have no new primitive official servers, could you please make a scorched earth primitive+ server so that I didn’t waste my money buying that dlc. 

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1 hour ago, Norlinri said:

Aw I'm so sad I missed the CC, spent some time taking screenshots and thought I'd send them today :P Oh well, I'll wait for the next one :)

Congratulations to all the winners.

Just an FYI, the entry period is normally Tuesday-Friday with the Crunch results being posted on Saturday. So always try and aim for Friday as the latest for submission.

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3 minutes ago, GP said:

Just an FYI, the entry period is normally Tuesday-Friday with the Crunch results being posted on Saturday. So always try and aim for Friday as the latest for submission.

Yes indeed. It's just that usually I see a reminder to send entries, and this week has been busy for me so I totally forgot until I saw the CC posted :P

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6 minutes ago, ZRISTWI10 said:
9 minutes ago, GP said:
What are you referring to?

It's one of the little pictures on the extra life section. Maybe it was from last year?

Oh yes, that was shown off last November during the charity stream. Ben aka EvilMrFrank was working on a Scorched Earth related SotF map, but unfortunately never saw the light of day before development on the mode stopped.

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2 days of Halloween content is inexcusable.  And only during the work week as well?  How hard is it to flip the switch and make Fear Evolved or Fear Evolved 2 active again?  If you're too busy fixing Aberration to make something completely new that's understandable, but I've been looking forward to hunting the DodoRex and DodoWyvern for a long time.  At least add in the option to activate past events on single player and non-official servers.  All the content and code is already in the game.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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10 minutes ago, raydanjr said:

2 days of Halloween content is inexcusable.  And only during the work week as well?  How hard is it to flip the switch and make Fear Evolved or Fear Evolved 2 active again?  If you're too busy fixing Aberration to make something completely new that's understandable, but I've been looking forward to hunting the DodoRex and DodoWyvern for a long time.  At least add in the option to activate past events on single player and non-official servers.  All the content and code is already in the game.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

To be fair, real life only gets 1 day for a Halloween event. In comparison 2 days of trick or treating in the game is 100% more Halloween.

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1 hour ago, ciabattaroll said:

To be fair, real life only gets 1 day for a Halloween event. In comparison 2 days of trick or treating in the game is 100% more Halloween.

If you think events around Halloween in real life are only on the 31st you must not get out much. Most food chains have themed foods for the entire month, most Halloween only costume shops open the first week of October, and many networks have month long movie marathons just to name a few. Most games have content starting around the second or third week of October, and lasting until Halloween, or the week after.


I feel this clearly shows where their priorities lie regarding the base game vs DLC, I even foresaw something like this happening back in august and asked about it during one of their Q and As before the next DLC was even announced.

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