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The vast oceans of The Center will shudder in awe when Shastasaurus makes its majestic arrival in ARK: Survival Ascenced. Although we're only showing a look at an untamed Shastasaurus, we're preparing to unveil this oceanic titan with its saddle concept soon!




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We are landing on the corrupted world of Extinction for our next Community Creature Contest. What will be the fan-voted real-world creature that will launch with the map for ARK: Survival Ascended

Please note that this creature will be released for Extinction, so make sure your real-world submissions are in theme with that map! As previously stated, we’ll add an additional real-world creature for each expansion pack map release on ARK: Survival Ascended.

Check out the Creature Submission Guidelines for more information on the submission process, and hop over to the Creature Submission Forum to see the current entries. We are looking forward to seeing your ideas come to life!

  • The entry period will end at 1 PM Pacific on September 11th.
  • The voting will begin immediately after and end on September 18th at 1PM Pacific.
  • The winner will be announced in the Crunch of September 22nd.

Make sure to check our Twitter on September 11th for the RankedVote link!

*Note that the proposed features for the creatures from the submission entry are meant to inspire their design, but certain aspects may still be modified.





To recap previous announcements, we have taken save games from the Official Network and have provided the files to you so that you can host your own server and continue the progress you’ve made on the Official Network.

We have already taken one snapshot and intent to take another during the week of the Official Network Shutdown in September.

Browse August save games here

  • Nitrado servers using the Official Save games are now available here.
    • You’ll be able to:
      • Access to all official save games for all platforms – PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
      • Easily import the save game with one click using the web interface.
      • Have access to a comprehensive guide and FAQs telling you everything you need to know about hosting servers.
    • For more information, please visit this page.

Remember we’ll be taking another save snapshot during the week of the Official Network Shutdown in September in preparation for ASA’s October release, with more details to come at a later date!





In 2019, the launch of the Snail Games Initiative, Classic PvP, created an exciting and competitive playing experience for PC players. Throughout the course of the seasons, the meta was watched closely and changes were made to shake things up and create an experience tailored for PvP gameplay. Continue on the quest for the ultimate PvP experience with the introduction of Classic PvP Season 7!

Classic PvP Season 7 is live! 


Check out Crunch 376 for all the details.





Survivors on all platforms will be receiving an EVO Event! It will be active until Tuesday, September 5th.
All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

*Note that these bonuses are multiplicative of the game's standard 1x rates.

Official Servers: 2x XP, Harvesting, Taming and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 2x hexagon
Small Tribe Servers: 4.5x XP, Harvesting, Taming and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 2x hexagon
ARKPocalypse: 5x XP, Harvesting, Taming and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 2x hexagon
Conquest: 5x XP, Harvesting, Taming and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval, 2x hexagon






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Now through September 10th, players can pick up ARK: Survival Evolved for 50% off!

ARK: Survival Evolved is now updated to the latest version of Unreal Engine 4 with improved visuals, increased performance and tons of new content! Stranded on the shores of a mysterious island, you must learn to survive. Use your cunning to kill or tame the primeval creatures roaming the land, and encounter other players to survive, dominate... and escape!
Get it on the Nintendo eShop now!




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Creator: TheGamingClassroom

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Extinction by @WolfTek7



Kaprosuchus by ValmarBD



Are you getting hungry? by @falco_luna



Goofy color wheel by @Snudoo1



Rock Drake in the Red Zone by BumpySlays22



Raptor drawing by korrigus



ARK sprites by aceofintuition




Screenshot by renyisz



Excellent work by Primeval Pickles by WickedNinjaGames



Scorched Earth, aka The Map That Turned Me Feral by 13skeletons



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5 minutes ago, slejo said:

Nice concept art.

But all these concepts submitting/voting became very boring. Please give us some news of things that will be released soon, not in 2 years.

2? That’s some serious optimism. Players will be lucky if they see anything new within the next decade. Assuming snail doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot and bring it all crashing down that is.

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ASA nothing again nothing except concept winner.


Twitter/X is alive with people getting replies from helpdesk there's no console saves transferto single player as promised only hire server from Nitrado. But no official word from Devs or PR.


Even the die hard ark friends I have my not come back. No hype just mega Dino's being added.


Q&A, there's been alot of questions but dribbled answers. Clarity please make me/us a believer again.


Edited due to spelling lol

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I wanna give 4 tips about official saves:

1) by default there are 20 automated backups. Some official saves are really BIG. This can cause some space issues. Third party server managers, like asm, offers better control for backups (zip, time interval, serializations vs parallel etc). If you use a third party solution for such backups don't for get to disabled the automated backups with -MaxNumOfSaveBackups=0

2) if you play in a cluster you may wanna add -BackupTransferPlayerDatas too : this will re-enable char backup files on transfer that -usestore removes, allowing easier char recovery in case of a crash just after a transfer and before a non-corrupt save. Note that this flag should be used on official network too and a similar behaviour is by default on unofficial (without -usestore).

3) for single player\local host, find your steam64 id (eg:1234567890), and rename your 1234567890.akrprofile and 1234567890.arktributetribe in LocalPlayer.arkprofile and LocalPlayer.arktributetribe. saves go in \ShooterGame\Saved\SavedArksLocal for the island, \ShooterGame\Saved\MapNameSavedArksLocal for other maps (ex: for Fjordur it is FjordurSavedArksLocal). if you are an epic/egs player you can find your epic-id converted to the quivalent of steam64 id in a way explained here: https://ark.wiki.gg/wiki/Server_configuration#Epic/EGS_players_whitelisting

4) some saves are HUGE (biggest saves requiring over 20+GBs of ram). You have deal with that. This will also cause serious fps issues on single player due different stasis mechanics from servers. The solution isn't one shoot and may consist in wiping wild tames and if this isn't enough all tames outside pods. Note that despite the command names (you can find on https://ark.wiki.gg/wiki/Commands) this will kill your own dinos outside pods, incouding stryders, mek, skiffs and rafts. The same may be needed to do for foliage and resources. Finally, removing other tribes structures will help with both ram usage and file size, as well worldsave times. Wild tames and so also resources should later respawn slowly and in the correct way.

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sinceramente, me arrepiento de subestimar lo que podía ser este Dino, es simplemente precioso, y creo que esto puede ayudar a que el mar de ark se vea un poco más "terrorífico" por así decirlo, hace mucho que pienso que era necesario un Dino de este tipo en el mar, pero es que con este se han pasado una barbaridad, a las personas que trabajaron en este diseño les tienen que dar un aumento porque es simplemente increíble.

ojala se mantenga este nivel en próximos dinos porque de momento están haciendo un trabajo increíble en todos y cada uno de ellos, desde fasolasuchus hasta shastasaurus son todos una maravilla.


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38 minutes ago, CosmicSkeleton said:

Seeing as extinction is next on the list wouldn’t it be prudent to consider lifting the real world restriction? The further along into maps it goes the higher the number of non real world creatures gets  after all. Would be interesting to see what people come up with when given more wiggle room

For Pete’s sake the point of the real world creature rule is so that people can make the creature fit the map. If we allowed completely made up creatures, that would be the only things in the votes.

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