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!
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Aug 29, 2017

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March 20

TLC Pass 2: Argentavis, Parasaur, Raptor, Sarco, Spinosaur, & Triceratops!

Patch v279 finds its way charge through the ARK with new some tender loving care for some old friends! The Argentavis, Parasaur, Raptor, Sarcosuchus, Spinosaur, and Triceratops find themselves receiving varied gameplay and visual upgrades!

Here's a breakdown of the six creatures that received improvements in this TLC pass:

Dino TLC - The Argentavis!

- Receives a model update, animation update, texture update, and some new abilities:
- Can carry two creatures
C - grabs/releases creatures with beak
Right Click - grabs/releases creatures with claws
- Health regen buff from consuming corpses
- Saddle acts as a mobile crafting station
- Reduced the weight of various resources by up to 50% (Obsidian, Metal, Metal Ingot, Polymer, and Stone)

Dino TLC - The Parasaur!

- Receives a sound tweak and some new abilities:
- Alarm mode
Can be put in turret mode and check for nearby threats
Notifies you audibly and visually when threats are present
- Scare small creatures
C when ridden - scares away small/mid creatures
Toggle for alarm mode to have it automatically do it
- Scan
Can trigger a scan (right click) when ridden
Scans for nearby threats
Notifies you visually when threats are present

Dino TLC - The Raptor!

- Receives a model update, animation update, texture update, and some new abilities:
- Pounce
        press right click to pounce on a target
        pins small targets to ground for short period
        press left click to attack repeatedly
- Pack Buff
        Activates with C key when 2 Raptors (with a max pack size of 6) are together
        Increases damage resistance
        Increases movement speed
        Increases attack speed
        Lasts 15s

Dino TLC - The Sarcosuchus!

- Receives a model update, animation update, texture update, and some new abilities:
- Idles with mouth open now
- Death roll
Grabs its target and rolls dealing damage and disabling them
- Lunge
Can lunge towards a target in front of it
- 180 attack
Can spin in place to attack foes behind it
- Walkable
Allows friendly humans to walk on and stand on its back
Useful in water, you can move them to surface and use as a raft
- Swimming depth
Maintains its current depth when swimming
Can lurk just below the surface
- Piranhas Flee
Piranhas flee when they encounter a Sarcosuchus
Includes nearby ally Sarcos for players

Dino TLC - The Spinosaur!

- Receives a model update, animation update, texture update, and some new abilities:
- Water buff
Given when in water
Bonus movement speed
Bonus turning radius
Bonus attack damage
Bonus healing
Persists for short period after leaving the water
- Added Biped/Quadruped toggled with right click
Stronger attacks
Can turn in place
Faster movement speed
- Prefers prime fish for taming

Dino TLC - The Triceratops!

- Receives a model update, animation update, texture update, and some new abilities:
- Ram
Charge up for short period
Longer it's charged, the faster it goes
Cripples target when hit
Knocks small dinos away while charging (charge a group of dodos to see)
- Rivalry buff
Given buff when nearby to large carnivores
Increases damage output slightly
Decreases damage taken slightly
Increases health by 10%

Miscellaneous notes for v279!

- Ragnarok update
Streaming bounds fix to help with memory
Fixed multiple holes, bugged beacons, and floating foliage.
Better lighting around LL dungeon
- Hole fixes for
The Center
The Island
- Fixed an issue where Griffin feather colours appeared to be default in single player.
- Opened up transfers for the non-aberrant version of creatures to be transferred onto Aberration. For example, both Paracer and Aberrant Paracer can exist on Aberration

Going forward!

That's it for this update guys! We hope you enjoy the new changes and we can't wait to see your feedback. As mentioned previously, we're targetting a console release for this update in mid-April and will keep you posted about more accurate release dates once we get closer to submitting the patch. We'll need a bit more time to work on Primitive+, it'll have the missing engrams for the DLC as well as the latest Dino TLC content in an upcoming patch!

Now that TLC #2 has been released we will be turning our focus more directly on to bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements for the core game in the weeks ahead. Going forward, we'll be consolidating the patching process on PC. We will be leaning heavily on regular Tuesday (or Wednesday if needed) deployments unless critical fixes require patches outside of that regular patch day. These will become collective weekly bug and quality-of-life patching updates.

ARK: 2x Evolution Event Weekend!

Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from the 23rd of March at 1 PM EST until Monday at 3 PM. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate

Not to mention our current Evolution Event is still running until Wednesday the 21st at 3 PM EST!

That's it for this announcement guys! We hope you enjoy the new update! As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:


All the best,
Studio Wildcard

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March 19

Updated TLC Dossiers & Mod Workshop #1!

With TLC patch #2 just around the corner (tomorrow!) we're excited to share with you the new dossiers for the 6 creatures that will be receiving changes this patch. This includes the Argentavis, Parasaur, Raptor, Sarcosuchus, Spinosaur, and Triceratops. Take a look!

And here is a bonus peek at the Argent and Sarco in-action!

Check out those chompers but don't get too close!

Mod Workshop #1 & Tutorial Contest #2!

Hello everyone, Zen here!

This week I've got something special for the modding community. Remember when I said I was going to start bringing tutorials to the community? Well, that starts today and it's called Wildcard Workshop!

The first video is for completely new modders and those that are interested in starting. Check it out! In the next episode, we start getting into the gritty work with our first mod ;)

We've also got another modding tutorial contest! We're going to do something a bit more fun this time and look at a topic that will show an interesting way to make the game look more dynamic by having materials be affected by the time of day in-game! I expect to see some pretty interesting results from this contest.


To read the rest of the Community Crunch this week, check out our announcement post on survivetheark!

Keep on surviving!
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About This Game

As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!

Dinosaurs, Creatures, & Breeding! -- over 100+ creatures can be tamed using a challenging capture-&-affinity process, involving weakening a feral creature to knock it unconscious, and then nursing it back to health with appropriate food. Once tamed, you can issue commands to your tames, which it may follow depending on how well you’ve tamed and trained it. Tames, which can continue to level-up and consume food, can also carry Inventory and Equipment such as Armor, carry prey back to your settlement depending on their strength, and larger tames can be ridden and directly controlled! Fly a Pterodactyl over the snow-capped mountains, lift allies over enemy walls, race through the jungle with a pack of Raptors, tromp through an enemy base along a gigantic brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex! Take part in a dynamic ecosystem life-cycle with its own predator & prey hierarchies, where you are just one creature among many species struggling for dominance and survival. Tames can also be mated with the opposite gender, to selectively breed successive generations using a trait system based on recombinant genetic inheritance. This process includes both egg-based incubation and mammalian gestation lifecycles! Or put more simply, raise babies!

You must eat and drink to survive, with different kinds of plants & meat having different nutritional properties, including human meat. Ensuring a supply of fresh water to your home and inventory is a pressing concern. All physical actions come at a cost of food and water, long-distance travel is fraught with subsistence peril! Inventory weight makes you move slower, and the day/night cycle along with randomized weather patterns add another layer of challenge by altering the temperature of the environment, causing you to hunger or thirst more quickly. Build a fire or shelter, and craft a large variety of customizable clothing & armors, to help protect yourself against locational damage & extreme temperatures using the dynamic indoor/outdoor insulation calculation system!

By chopping down forests full of trees and mining metal and other precious resources, you can craft the parts to build massive multi-leveled structures composed of complex snap-linked parts, including ramps, beams, pillars, windows, doors, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes, faucets, generators, wires and all manner of electrical devices, and ladders among many other types. Structures have a load system to fall apart if enough support has been destroyed, so reinforcing your buildings is important. All structures and items can be painted to customize the look of your home, as well as placing dynamically per-pixel paintable signs, textual billboards, and other decorative objects. Shelter reduces the extremes of weather and provides security for yourself and your stash! Weapons, clothing & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.

Pick seeds from the wild vegetation around you, plant them in plots that you lay down, water them and nurture them with fertilizer (everything poops after consuming calories, which can then be composted, and some fertilizer is better than others). Tend to your crops and they will grow to produce delicious and rare fruits, which can also be used to cook a plethora of logical recipes and make useful tonics! Explore to find the rarest of plant seeds that have the most powerful properties! Vegetarians & vegans can flourish, and it will be possible to master and conquer the ARK in a non-violent manner!

By bringing sufficient rare sacrificial items to special Summon locations, you can capture the attention of the one of the ARK’s god-like mythical creatures, who will arrive for battle. These gargantuan monstrosities provide an end-game goal for the most experienced groups of players and their armies of tames, and will yield extremely valuable progression items if they are defeated.

Create a Tribe and add your friends to it, and all your tames can be commanded by and allied to anyone in your Tribe. Your Tribe will also be able to respawn at any of your home spawn points. Promote members to Tribe Admins to reduce the burden of management. Distribute key items and pass-codes to provide access your shared village!

All items are crafted from Blueprints that have variable statistics and qualities, and require corresponding resources. More remote and harsh locales across the ARK tend to have better resources, including the tallest mountains, darkest caves, and depths of the ocean! Level-Up your player character by gaining experience through performance actions, Level-Up your tames, and learn new "Engrams" to be able to craft Items from memory without the use of blueprints, even if you die! Customize the underlying physical look of your character with hair, eye, and skin tones, along with an array of body proportion modifiers. As you explore the vast ARK, you'll find clues left by other Survivors who have made the ARK their home in ages past, in the form of collectible detailed 3D "Explorer Notes". By uncovering all of these, you can begin to piece together the true nature of the ARK, and discover its purpose!

Everything you craft has durability and will wear-out from extended use if not repaired, and when you leave the game, your character remains sleeping in the persistent world. Your inventory physically exists in boxes or on your character in the world. Everything can be looted & stolen, so to achieve security you must build-up, team-up, or have tames to guard your stash. Death is permanent, and you can even knock out, capture, and force-feed other players to use them for your own purposes, such as extracting their blood to for transfusions, harvesting their fecal matter to use as fertilizer, or using them as food for your carnivorous tames!

The mysterious ARK is a formidable and imposing environment, composed of many natural and unnatural structures, above-ground, below-ground, and underwater. By fully exploring its secrets, you’ll find the most exotic procedurally randomized creatures and rare blueprints. Also to be found are Explorer Notes that are dynamically updated into the game, written by previous human denizens of the ARK from across the millennia, creatively detailing the creatures and backstory of the ARK and its creatures. Fully develop your in-game ARK-map through exploration, write custom points of interest onto it, and craft a Compass or GPS coordinates to aid exploring with other players, whom you can communicate with via proximity text & voice chat, or long-distance radio. Construct & draw in-game signs for other players to help them or lead them astray... And yet.. how do you ultimately challenge the Creators and Conquer the ARK? A definitive end-game is planned.

On the 100+ player servers, your character, everything you built, and your tames, stay in-game even when you leave. You can even physically travel your character and items between the network of ARK's by accessing the Obelisks and uploading (or downloading) your data from the Steam Economy! A galaxy of ARKs, each slightly different than the previous, to leave your mark on and conquer, one at a time -- special official ARKs will be unveiled on the World-map for limited times in singular themed events with corresponding limited-run items! Furthermore, you can now design or randomize your own unique 'Procedurally Generated ARKs', for infinite replayability and endless surprises.

You can play single-player local games, and bring your character and items between unofficial player-hosted servers, back and forth from singleplayer to multiplayer. Mod the game, with full Steam Workshop support and customized Unreal Engine 4 editor. See how we built our ARK using our maps and assets as an example. Host your own server and configure your ARK precisely to your liking. We want to see what you create!

The over-the-top hyper real imagery of the ARK its creatures is brought to expressive life using a highly-customized Unreal Engine 4, with fully dynamic lighting & global illumination, weather systems (rain, fog, snow, etc) & true-to-life volumetric cloud simulation, and the latest in advanced DirectX11 and DirectX12 rendering techniques. Music by award-winning composer of "Ori and the Blind Forest", Gareth Coker!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 60 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space

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