ARK: Survival Evolved

Studio Wildcard is dropping the New Year's Eve Ball in Ark: Survival Evolved, and when it touches down at midnight EST, everyone at the party will be given a fantastic surprise. But the real fun is the addition of a new creature called the Procoptodon, which is essentially a huge, prehistoric kangaroo with a gun in its pocket and look of perpetual annoyance on its face.

The largest of the real Procoptodon, according to Wikipedia, was P. goliah, which stood well over six feet tell and could weigh more than 500 pounds. The Ark version is even larger, capable of rapidly covering great heights and distances while carrying two passengers, one of whom—the one in the pouch, naturally—can make full use of all weapons while on the move. It's basically a drive-by-capable mega-marsupial, which as videogame ideas go isn't the worst I've ever heard.

The update also adds a new Tribe Alliances option to the game, enabling multiple tribes to officially band together to take on larger, more powerful outfits. Full details on the update (although between the dropping ball and the dino-roo, we've pretty much covered it all) are available on Steam. Speaking of which, Ark: Survival Evolved is currently on sale for 40 percent off—that's $18/ 14—as part of the Steam Winter Sale, which runs until January 4.

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Spotlight: Procoptodon

The ARK is getting a unique new denizen today: the hip hopping Procoptodon, essentially a gigantic prehistoric Kangaroo. Carrying up to TWO passengers, in a first for ARK creatures, the Procoptodon is able to cover great distances and leap over obstacles with ease, while the pouch-bound passenger is able to make fully effective use of all weaponry while riding!





ARK: Happy First (Half) Year! Event

In addition, ARK: Survival Evolved Steam players are invited to ring in 2016 on the ARK! Starting today at 12 PM EST a gigantic New Year’s Eve ball will descend from the heavens through to January 1 at midnight EST. When it finally hits the ground, a fantastic surprise will be revealed for all Survivors who are on their ARK at that time! It's been a thrilling six months on the ARK, and Studio Wildcard wishes all Survivors a Happy New Year! Thank you to all our players and content creators for helping to make ARK such a success!

ARK: Survival Evolved

Studio Wildcard is bringing the holiday spirit to Ark: Survival Evolved with festive home decor, Raptor Claus, and for the bad girls and boys, possibly even a DodoRex, complete with a cheery red hat.

"Raptor Claus will dart across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end Loot Blueprints (or Coal for naughty Survivors)," according to today's announcement on Steam. "We suggest following him around to stock up, including on rare dropped Ark Gift Codes! Survivors also can earn Reindeer Costumes, Candy Cane Club Weapons, Santa Hats, and if they collect enough Coal, they might even be able to summon the elusive holiday-themed DodoRex to do their bidding for a limited time!"

I'm guessing that chasing around after Raptor Claus to scoop up his drops will also lead to the occasional bumping of heads, exchange of words, and perhaps a massacre or two, but hey, if you're not killing people, you're not trying hard enough, right? It's all part of the fun. Speaking of which, Studio Wildcard also announced the final Survival of the Fittest battle of 2015, which will pit two teams of 100 players against each other in a "Naughty or Nice" elimination battle. The players of the winning tribe will be given $10,000 to divide and donate to the charities of their choice.

The Survival of the Fittest Naughty or Nice Event kicks off at noon EST on December 29, and can be seen on Twitch. Ark: Survival Evolved is currently on sale for $18 as part of the Steam Winter Sale.

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It's a Christmas miracle!

Only two doors remain closed on the Advent calendar (I’m saving today’s choccie for a filling afternoon snack) and tension is mounting. What will these final two doors reveal? Will my fun-size Mars bar come in a festive wrapper? Will it have a picture of a raptor Santa? Wait, no, that’s Ark: Survival Evolved [official site]. The Early Access survive ‘em up has launched its Christmas update, and Santy Claws is feeling giving.

… [visit site to read more]

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Greeting Survivors!

ARK: Winter Wonderland



Glistening snow blankets the ARK as the ambient temperatures drop, but Survivors can stay warm in their festively decorated homes with the new Holiday Lights, Decorative Christmas Tree, Wreaths, Wall-Stockings, Snowmen, and Giftable Loot-Containing Presents!



In place of Santa, Raptor Claus will dart across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end Loot Blueprints (or Coal for naughty Survivors). We suggest following him around to stock up, including on rare dropped ARK Gift Codes! Survivors also can earn Reindeer Costumes, Candy Cane Club Weapons, Santa Hats, and if they collect enough Coal, they might even be able to summon the elusive holiday-themed DodoRex to do their bidding for a limited time!





ARK: Survival of the Fittest Naughty or Nice!

And just in time for the years end, we'll be hosting one last massive Survival of the Fittest battle to close out 2015, this time for charity! 

The "ARK: Survival of the Fittest Naughty or Nice Event" pits Survivors against each other in a 100 versus 100 battle, including streamers, past Tournament Players in a massive two-team elimination battle the likes of which has never been seen before! The 100 players on the winning Trbe -- either Tribe "Naughty" or Tribe "Nice" -- will get to divvy up $10,000 to donate to which charity they choose. Tune into www.twitch.tv/survivetheark on December 29th at 12PM EST to watch the epic three-hour event and cheer for your favourite Survivors!

Steam Winter Sale!

For this Holiday season, ARK: Survival Evolved will be on sale for 40% off (now $17.99) through til 10AM PST on Monday the 4th of January! Perfect time for new survivors to fill up their stockings with kibble, candy cane and much more!

We wish you a Happy Holiday period Survivors!

All the best,

Wildcard Jat
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Dino Dossier

A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favourite resource-rich ocean dweller, the Ammonite!
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We’re excited to finally announce the winners of our Alienware ARK Modding Contest! It’s been a few months and we had a lot of entries who all worked very hard on their mods. It was pretty difficult to narrow it down to a top 3 from our initial top 10 and the results were incredibly close, but without further ado let’s give a big congratulations to our finalists!

Here are the winners as announced by Alienware!

3rd Place: ARK Pirate World!



http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=547377246

Congratulations! ARK Pirate World takes home the third place prize of $2,500 USD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card!

We spoke to the developers of the mod a little whilst back and featured them in a Community Crunch which you can check out here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/7/485622866438500109/

2nd Place: Valhalla



http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=504122600

Congratulations! Valhalla takes home the second place prize of $5,000 USD, Alienware X51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

We spoke to the developers of the mod a little whilst back and featured them in a Community Crunch which you can check out here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/7/490124466457799751/

1st Place: Primitive+



http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=504360469

Congratulations! Primitive+ takes home the grand prize of $15,000 USD, Alienware Area-51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI Graphics Card

We spoke to the developer of the mod a little whilst back and featured them in a Community Crunch which you can check out here:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/7/517142253862766775/

We’ll be announcing the details for an upcoming mod contest soon in which everyone will be able to enter! Stay tuned for more details :)

ARK Digest 24

And the latest ARK Digest has just been posted which you can check out here:

http://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/ark-digest-24-r50/
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A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favourite powerful pouncing predator, the Thylacoleo!
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Dino Dossier

A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite wall-climbing varanidae, the Megalania!
ARK: Survival Evolved

Being a dinosaur must have been hard. It's especially hard in the Ark: Survival Evolved universe, where annoying little creatures known as 'humans' threaten either death or enslavement. Fighting off extinction is about to get harder too, because the Oviraptor is coming to steal all the eggs.

"Despite being a carnivore, Oviraptor s primary source of food is eggs, which it steals from nests," the official update for the Oviraptor reads. "Unlike any other creature, Oviraptor seems to be able to surreptitiously steal these eggs usually without attracting the attention of an irate mother. 

"In an incredible feat of natural selection, Oviraptor seems to emit a chemical pheromone that affects many creatures as an aphrodisiac. Mated creatures are much more likely to… 'create' new fertilized eggs while Oviraptor is around, which allows the Oviraptor to go about its business unperturbed. They also make quite adorable sounds, so many children simply like to keep them as rather strange companions."

So there you go: a dinosaur that encourages breeding only to capitalise on the spoils. Seems kinda mean, doesn't it? Dinosaurs just can't catch a break. You can see the little terror in the video embedded below, and read more about him here. Better yet, here's a collection of the best Ark mods for your perusal.

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