Over the past few weeks we have been working very hard with our partners to launch something special for everyone involved in ARK! Today we are excited to announce plenty of exciting news, including a new game mode, the updated development kit and the modding contest!
ARK Development Kit
As of today we have now released an updated development kit, with a streamlined version of the UE4 Editor to simplify the creation and sharing process of ARK: Survival Evolved mods! You can download it for free via the Epic Games launcher here!
The updated tools will include everything in the game thus far, as well as provide the players with the own ability to make their own changes, introduce their own weapons, creatures and items into their own version of ARK!
For further instructions, checkout our workshop page.
Be sure to share your mods on the workshop and for all the extra details check out the Unreal Engine 4 ARK Survival Evolved forums!
Modding Contest with Alienware
With the updated development kit, we are also so very excited to announce the ARK: Survival Evolved Modding Contest in partnership with Alienware!
Have you created a diverse island? brand new structures? your very own dinosaurs? We want to see it all and we’ve got over $25,000 in prizes for the best of the best!
The contest objective is to use our development kit and create your very own ARK Survival Evolved mod! The more creative and in depth the mod can be, the better it is!
And for those who enter the contest, here’s what you have a chance at winning!
Grand Prize (1st Place)
$15,000 USD, Alienware Area-51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI Graphics Card
$5,000 USD, Alienware X51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
$2,500 USD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
So good luck to all those enter and we cannot wait to see what you come up with!
For those extra details, click here!
New Game Mode: ARK Survival of the Fittest
With the release of our new development kit and modding contest, we are also pleased to finally officially announce the ARK Survival of the Fittest (SotF) game mode! This is a mode which was created using our new total conversion game system and now available to download via the Steam Workshop!
SoTF was first debuted worldwide on August the 1st where we gathered up your favourite content creators to host a 70-survivor slaughter fest of a tournament! The event was a great success and since then we have been working on bringing the game mode to the public in the form of a new mod type.
Each SotF battle takes place on a modified version of the ARK Island, with the objective being to eliminate all other survivors before they can eliminate you. The map is covered by a dome-shaped forcefield that shrinks as the match progresses and there have been many alterations made to the core-game which effect leveling, taming, gathering to ensure that players are able to reach the end game before the dome completely shrinks. Survivors not only have to worry about each other and the elements, but also the mysterious ‘Evolution Events’ which take place every 30 minutes and can have a major impact on the game, such as drastic weather changes, or predators falling from the sky.
With the release of the Survival of the Fittest game mode within the Dev Kit, also comes the full source content so aspiring mod creators can see how this game-changing “Total Conversion” has been put together and make it their own!
And finally in celebration of the contest, the new game mode and the updated dev tools, ARK will be on sale at a discounted rate! You can pick it a copy for yourself or a friend from Steam which will be hosting a 20% reduction, or grab it from Amazon with their 25% discount!
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support of our game, we’ve still got loads more in store for this month, plenty for you to take part in and hopefully we shall continue to grow together to make ARK the best it can be! Good luck to all survivors in their first SotF runs and may the odds forever be in your favour!
All the best,
Wildcard Jat and the ARK Survival Evolved Team!