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Wot I Think – Ark: Survival Evolved

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I had it all planned out. I’d reach level 21 and unlock tranquiliser arrows, which I could then shoot at a triceratops to knock it out long enough to tame it. Then I’d craft a saddle for my newly-owned Trike (as it’s known in the game) and stomp around collecting more berries than I could feasibly eat in a lifetime. I’d use those berries – including Narcoberries, which help keep dinosaurs asleep while you tame them – to breed a small army of raptors, more Trikes and a flying Pteranodon to transport me around this tropical island. It was one arbitrary goal among an infinite sea of possible arbitrary goals in Ark: Survival Evolved [official site], a sandbox craft-and-survive multiplayer game set in a world where dinosaurs can be mounted with cannons. The game left early access two weeks ago, and here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark: Survival Evolved going underground in Aberration

The first expansion for craft-o-sandbox survive ’em up Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] arrived while the game was still in early access, which was a funny move. But since Ark properly, fully launched this week, hey here comes another expansion. Developers Studio Wildcard today announced Aberration, which will explore the caves of a busted Ark filled with weird monsters. Along with new creatures like that legged anglerfish I’m told is called a Lantern Pug, it’ll bring 50+ new items including climbing picks, wingsuits, and ziplines. That sounds like great cavefun. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Ark: Survival Evolved’s launch trailer meets otter friend

Sandbox craft-o-survival mega-hit Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] stomps to a full launch next week, after two years in early access. After that long, ah, sure, schedules will get a little jumbled. So here’s the launch trailer a few days early, which I’m told reveals some of the mystery of why loads of folks are thrown onto an island filled with dinosaurs, mythical animals, spaceman technology, and dinosaurs augmented with spaceman technology. The answer, apparently, is not “Because it’s p. dang cool to have a load of dinosaurs stomping around.”

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Ark: Survival Evolved delayed to the end of August

The dinosaur island sandbox Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] was due to leave early access and launch in full next week, but it won’t. Developers Studio Wildcard announced over the weekend that they’ve delayed the launch from August 8th to the 29th, because things took longer than expected. That’s game-making all right. Over the next few weeks, in the run-up to the actual proper launch for real, Wildcard and chums will be working on performance improvements, fixes for bugs and exploits, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark devs cancel mass server wipe, add new servers instead

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Dino-themed survival sandbox, Ark: Survival Evolved [official site], is definitely not getting a PvP server wipe before release. That’s pretty much what the Studio Wildcard devs said last year but behind-the-scenes they recently decided a mass wipe was in order and were on the verge of announcing the digital extinction event to the public. That’s no longer happening.

Instead, players unhappy with the current state of existing official servers can choose to migrate over to a new server cluster after new code and infrastructure rolls out. In less technical language, you can swap the dino house you built on what turned out to be a haunted awful graveyard full of ghosts wielding duplicated C4 for a new build which hasn’t had any reported ghost sightings yet.

The idea of a server wipe was officially smacked down last summer but has, I think, been coming up more frequently as the game’s August 8 full release date approaches. I’ve noticed it on messageboards and, it turns out, it’s been happening in the studio. A big reason for this is to try to combat cheating and hacking within the game. The specific problem which comes up a lot with Ark is  “duping” which is where players use various exploits (including crashing servers) to duplicate items. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark: Survival Evolved leaving early access in August

After two years in early access, the dinosaur-riding sandbox survive-o-craft ’em up Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] will leave early access and launch on August 8th. It’s not clear how much this will actually change the game, as creators Studio Wildcard say they still plan to keep adding things after launch, but perhaps they’ll finally sort out Ark’s performance problems. And if wishes were raptors, beggars would ride, eh?

Before then, Wildcard are still busy. Today they launched Ragnarok, a free fantasy-ish makeover mod and new island. It’s the first mod from the Ark Sponsored Mods Program, which pays modders to mod, to get be officially added to Ark. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark: Survival Evolved adds huge hyena and poo boost

Huge hyenas, wall-crawling reptiles, megasloths, toilets, and more have hit Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] in the early access dinosaur island survive ’em up’s latest content update. I’m sorry to say you cannot ride the corpse-devouring big dog, only become its best friend for ever and ever and love it and walk it every day.

I’m still fascinated by how Ark turns real(ish) creatures into video game monsters, exaggerating characteristics to create unique abilities. This translation also extends to human biological functions: poo in the toilet and you’ll get an XP buff. And in the game.

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Ark: Survival Evolved now paying modders to mod

The makers of dinosaur-y sandbox survival game Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] have launched a scheme sponsoring mod development with actual real cash money. Every month they’ll pay fifteen modders (and teams) $4,000 (£3.2k), with a view to potentially including their finished mods in the full game – as they have with others before. The first round includes everything from moonbases to islands inspired by albums. Mods can be huge for the long-term health of games, benefitting players and developers, so slinging them a big bag of bucks is a pretty great move. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark marks Thanksgiving with murderturkeys, megasnails

A cute new megasnail has arrived in Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] and it is useful for… what, would you guess? You’ve got it: Achatina Limusegnis mucus can be used as glue. That’s an easy one. What about the new ceratopsid Pachyrhinosaurus Mitisaura? If you guessed that it emits a calming scent when threatened, you’ve cheated and already looked at the answer you filthy rotter. I do enjoy the weekly routine of guessing what wacky gadgets dinosaurs are turned into with each Ark update. This week’s patch adds four of ’em and also kicks off a Thanksgiving celebration with deadly ‘Super Turkeys’. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark: Survival Evolved adding Iron Man suits, cyberdinos

Iron Man-like supersuits of power armour are coming to Ark: Survival Evolved [official site], developers Studio Wildcard have announced, as part of the end-game ‘Tek’ tech tier. You might begin the multiplayer survival sandbox wearing grubby underpants and waving rocks and sticks, but eventually players will be supersprinting, jetpacking, superpunching in power armour, and riding dinosaurs caked in cyberguns like Dino-Riders toys. But it’s not all punching dinosaurs in the face; the Tek tier will also bring new buildings like undersea bases. Have a butcher’s at cyberdinos in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Ark Adds Procedural Worlds And Airbag Amphibians

I am delighted every time a new Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] update turns a dinosaur into a wacky gadget. From Archaeopteryx hang gliders to sauropods you can build mobile fortresses upon, the sandbox survival game has a fascinating and violent Flintstones logic. Procedurally-generated worlds are probably the biggest feature in last week’s update but I’m more interested in its new giant salamander. Can you guess what it’s useful for? Oh, y’know, you can ride it underwater and use it as a mobile oxygen tank by sucking air from bladders inside its head. Of course you can. Read the rest of this entry »

Ark Update: Archaeopteryx Gliders, More Optimisations

Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] caused a kerfuffle recently when the open-world dinosurvival game launched a £15 expansion despite still being in early access. Even an unsatisfying response from developers Studio Wildcard didn’t stop the Scorched Earth add-on from topping the Steam charts, mind. Anyway, now Wildcard are back to free Ark content updates, boshing in two new flying dinos and bringing more desperately-needed performance optimisations.

What’s going on in that picture ↑ up there? Ah, that’s some folks using the new Archaeopteryx as hang gliders. Just another day in Ark.

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Deserts & Dragons: Ark’s Scorched Earth Expansion Out

How do you tell the difference between a Bactrian camel and a dromedary? The Bactrian has two humps, which look like a B, while the dro- yeah, they’re different species. Different types of camel. No, they live in entirely different places too. They- no, I just thought you might like to know. I don’t know, maybe it’d be a pub quiz question. I don’t know, maybe you do pub quizzes. The- look, I don’t even know why I brought it up, as the new Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] desert expansion doesn’t even have camels. No, instead desertfolk ride a dinosaur called a Morellatops which – hey, its back does look a bit like a sat-on M! Remember that one for the pub quiz.

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Mod Me Up! Ark: Survival Of The Fittest No Longer F2P

Now I’m no Tricky Dicky Dawkins – I’ve never watched dogs 69ing, for starters – but I do know the definition of, and delineation between, species is hazy. Consider the case of Ark: Survival of the Fittest [official site]. The multiplayer Battle Royale ’em up started as a mode for crafty survival sandbox Ark: Survival Evolved. A subspecies, right? Then it was spun off into a standalone free-to-play game. Separate species? Not quite: Survival of the Fittest is now merged back into Survival Evolved so it can use the Development Kit mod tools. Mutation merging to spawn new mutations? I don’t know, man. 6,000 years old and this Earth is still full of surprises.

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Titanosaurus Wreck: Ark Update Adds Dino & New Biome

Studio Wildcard describe the latest dino to breech the shores of Ark: Survival Evolved‘s [official site] fantastical technoisland as “extremely rare.” Which is just as well, I reckon, because, well, have you seen the size of the blighter? The Titanosaur enters the multiplayer survival ’em up courtesy of its v243 update, which also extends the existing Snow Biome and introduces the new Redwood Forest area. Pop below to see the new ruinous locale in situ, as well as some moving pictures of the newest debutante.

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Ark Adds Dino Big Enough To Carry A Fortress, Also Poo Flinging Monkeys

The thing I remember most strongly from the Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] segment at E3 was the ridiculously massive Titanosaur which you can build on and wondering how long before someone modded that to reference the Discworld arrangement of the space turtle A’Tuin and elephants. Oh, there’s also the introduction of the upcoming Redwood Biome and an explanation of why/how you can fling poop.

Now I’ve had time to actually go back and watch the segment properly so here’s the deal – watch from 40:15ish:

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Ark: Survival Evolved Goes A Bit Fantasy With The Center

Given that Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] is a multiplayer survival game where dinosaurs and mythical beasts roam a technoisland, you might expect its world to be a little more… unreal. In which case, oooh! Check out the weird impossible fantasy land added free with yesterdays update. The Center is a huge world with hovering mountains, unlikely grand rock formations, ancient underground lavaruins, underground forests, ice temples, a rocky lavaskull, and world-ending waterfalls, which all looks far more fitting! It’s now live, with 100-player official servers to fight on and all.

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The Best ARK: Survival Evolved Mods

Since storming the sprawling and ever-changing plains of Early Access last year, ARK: Survival Evolved [official site] has grown into a pretty comprehensive survival sandbox filled with crafting, cooking, foraging and, of course, frantically pegging it in the opposite direction from hungry dinosaurs. If you want to survive beyond the next localised extinction event, Matt’s beginner’s tips and resource guide make for essential reading, so too does his advice on the game’s islands, base building, and creature taming in turn.

But what about mods? How do you twist Studio Wildcard’s breakout open-world adventure playground to suit your own playstyle? Enterprising survivalists should check out the developer’s handy tutorial on how to create and distribute mods via the Steam Workshop over here, whereas those happy to enjoy the works of others should read on. These are the best mods for ARK: Survival Evolved.

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