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Community Crunch #63, NVIDIA Ansel Photography Contest Results, and Primitive+ Dev Blog!

Hello Survivors,Welcome to your latest edition of the Community Crunch!NVIDIA Ansel Photography Contest


Super Resolution Version:http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

Last week we had our first NVidia Ansel Photopgraphy contest, with a ton of great entries and some amazing winning shots!

Initially we had only planned to do 3 winners, but because of how fantastic they’ve been – we’re going to change up a few things. First of all, we’re going to introduce a runner up category. Those placing in this section will receive 50$ for placing as a runner up! The next change we’re making is that if you place more than once within a single category, you can only claim one prize in that category, so we’ll be able to make sure that more survivors are able to get prizes for their entries :)

Now let’s get to the contest!

There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

Three Categories

  • Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
  • Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.
  • Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose a shot from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.

And now without further ado, here are your entries!

Super Resolution!

You’ll want to click on the image title to be able to download the maximum size image, we’ve resized them for display purposes ;)


Taylor – Assassin Mantis


Taylor – A Team


Naked Zombo – The Encounter


Roro – A Song of Fire and Ice


Roro – It’s hot up here


Roro – The Hunt


Runner Ups!

Naked Zombo – Lightning Wyvern


Roro – Swamp Cave


DellaDriggs – Titanoboa


Honourable Mentions!

GamerPerfection – Manticore


KishK0 – Cave Landscape [8x]


KishK0 – In The Dragon’s Lair [8x]


KishK0 – Midnight at Scorched Earth [8x]


KishK0 – Ice Palace [8x]


Namachan – Upon Mega Mountain


Taylor – Hot Monkey




KishK0 – ARK From Above [8x]


KishK0 – Shooting Stars [8x]


Namachan – Dodo


Namachan – Dodorex Jr


Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


Naked Zombo – Lightning Wyvern


GamerPerfection – Manticore


Runner Ups!

KISHK0 – Snowy Mountains [360 Stereo]




Honourable Mentions!

KISHK0 – Redwood at Midnight [360 Stereo]




Jynn – Dinner Time


Runner Ups!

Christopher Warburton – Sunrise


Jamie Weaver – Sword Man


Joe Lally – Silent River


Squidge Meister – Lymantria vs Jerboa v1.2


Honourable Mentions!

Jaime Weaver – Warrior


KISHK0 – Flashbacks [Freeform]

large-57dd4e18bdff7_kishk0-flashbacksfreeformA lot of brilliant entries everyone!. Remember, this is an ongoing contest! So looking forward to what everyone has to share next week :)!

Community Contests!


This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

And without further ado, the ARKitect for Community Crunch 63 is…

It’s a tie! So let’s give a huge congratulations to

Valoule and their Wyvern Castle!




and you can check out his full album here: http://imgur.com/a/V4Zso

KISHK0 – Tower Base!

Now, last week we had placed KISHK0 in the ARK Video section, frankly we weren’t sure which was more fitting. As it was a first of it’s kind, it was definitely fitting in that post, but going forward we’re likely to include such video in the ARKitecture section of the Crunch, based on the build itself, so congratulations KISHK0! Awesome way for players to learn about building towers too :)


This contest is open for all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 63 is…


We definitely did enjoy watching that ;)

Thanks for all your entries this week guys!

Fan Feature

“They DO move in herds!” A Jurassic ARK Cinematic! By Rewind Forward

Lesser Antidote Tv Commercial | Ark Survival Evolved by GramofMayo

ARK Build Battles #2 |VILLAGE| [Timelapse/Cinematic/Epic Graphics] by KISHK0

HOW NOT TO SUCK! MY TOP 10 TIPS – Ark: Scorched Earth (Ark: Survival Evolved) by ThickFreedom!

RANGER CHRONICLES #15 – MYSTERY of the GERBIL-BOA by ranger1presents

Ark: Scorched Earth || REX vs ROCK ELEMENTAL || EPIC ARENA BATTLE by Squidge Meister

Ark: Scorched Earth – Adobe Base Build Time by C8sun

ARK Molten Iron Ep 5: Paracer Caravan Platform Build by Arahli

Ark: Scorched Earth – How To Caught A Wyvern by C8sun

Ark: Scorched Earth || SQUIDGE’S SURVIVAL BASE SHOWCASE || Adobe build by Squidge Meister

Dododex Stickers!


For further details, check out the full post:


Lightning Wyvern by Tee Kay


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=763762884

Through the Desert by Fubukii


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=761755323

A Stroll in the Forest by Nikout


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=763913338

Buurd by Nikout


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=762865839

Eye for an eye by Morgengrau


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=760702656

Thorny Dragon by TheMightySaurus


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=758332857

Tapejara Fanart by SurvivalArtist


Allosaurus & Jerboa RWBY by Shadlos



Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=751932518
Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=762866286

Fanmade Dossier: Armadillosuchus by Shadlos


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=761964157

Fanmade Dossier: Protoceratops by Dinossword


Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=761519375

Primitive+ Developer Blog!



Hello to all Primitive Plus survivors out there!!

It’s Ced here and I wanted to update you on a few things going on with Primitive+ and a look into what the future holds for this game mode.  Over the past few weeks there have been a range of bugs plaguing both PC and XBOX.  While some of these existed in the mod version, a bulk of them arise from complications with new updates.

Something important to know about Primitive Plus is that it will always be slightly behind the main content for the game.  One of the reasons for this is to separate core ARK issues from those that are specifically related to Primitive Plus.  Often when we release updates for main content, there are issues that arise which warrant minor patches to ensure functionality and compatibility.

Adding those items to P+ before they are finalized would result in complications in diagnosing where the issue is stemming from.  For this reason, there will always be a minor delay when implementing new content from the game.  I don’t expect that (in normal situations) for that delay to span past a week.



In terms of the current state of Primitive Plus – the current focus is to make sure that everything in the game now functions as it’s intended to. Normally there would be more teasers of content coming in the future but I’ve slowed down on the roadmap to focus on squashing any existing bugs.  The voice from the community has been heard.  You’ve let me know that you want better communication and better testing on patches before release.

@itsr2ghgaming, an active member in the ARK community, has offered his time to be the community manager for Primitive Plus.  You can expect to hear from him a lot more as we gather feedback on the existing builds and get ideas for content to add in the future.  He will also be reaching out to those who have expressed interest in being on the QA team for Primitive Plus.  I’m extremely excited to have him on-board and he brings a wealth of knowledge about the development kit and Primitive Plus.  Rest assured that both communication and testing are big concerns.

In addition to communication and testing, I’ve taken efforts to consolidate the current bugs by taking advantage of our internal bug tracker here at SurviveTheArk.  A big thanks to Jimmy NoShoes for all the work he’s done maintaining the bug thread in the Primitive Plus forums!  I thought I’d take it a step further and put it into the bug tracker system for better visibility.  Our QA testers will have access to this system which includes adding bugs and checking on the status of bug fixes.



Speaking of bug fixes, I’ve been working through the issues over the past 2 days and have a status update to share with you.  It’s important to know that these issues will be fixed across platforms (if it exists).  Here’s what I’ve been able to fix so far:

  • Obsidian Pickaxe harvest rates – Rates are now much more generous and should provide an adequate amount when harvesting
  • Lumber Gate icon added
  • Fishing Lootables adjusted – No more non-primitive items
  • Brick Gate engram restored
  • Apiary bee duplication – Harvest rates have been increased on bees.  The queen and drone are now consumed when making worker bees.  This system will be improved in the near future.
  • Custom weapons balancing – Custom weapon damage amount has been balanced across all ARK weapons.
  • Taming balance pass – Custom consumables have been re-aligned so that no custom consumable is better than prime.  However, they are all better than plain meat and have the advantage over prime by being able to stack in groups of 5.
  • Reduced weight of dried rice
  • Ground cashew duplication – Engram is no longer duplicated in the handmill
  • Brick Gateway Placement – Brick dino gateway can be placed.
  • Allo kibble crafting fixed
  • Cashew Milk Consumable – Cashew milk can now be consumed for replenishment.  Will be used for recipes in the future!
  • Feeding Trough Bug – Various items that were acting as feeding troughs have been fixed.
  • Fermenting barrel description – Revised to be more informative.
  • Custom arrow balance – Custom arrows damage has been balanced to offer distinct advantages for each arrow type
  • Water tower snap points – The water tower can now be attached to pipes to provide the same advantage as water reservoirs.
  • Cigarettes – A glitch allowing for unlimited cigarettes have been corrected

There is still a ton of work being done and I plan on working through the weekend in hopes of releasing a patch early next week to resolve problems for both platforms.  Keep an eye on my twitter and the SurviveTheArk forums for updates on the status!  If you are interested in being on the QA team for Primitive Plus, please reach out to @itsr2ghgaming or myself!



For concerns on what happens to Primitive Plus in the future and if it will receive updates along with the core game – the answer is yes :). There are no plans to stop or halt development on the game mode that help me accomplish a childhood dream.  I am forever indebted to the community for your support of Primitive Plus because of that.  As we get closer to ironing out the existing bugs, I will begin posting more teasers from the drawing board.

Much love!

Golden Joysticks Award!


Brilliant news survivors! ARK has been nominated to win a Golden Joystick as possibly the Xbox Game of the Year! This is in no small part due to the amount of support you guys have shown us and the feedback you have provided in making ARK as good as it can be. We are very honoured to be considered a nominee and if you’d like to show your support, you can vote for ARK :).


There a ton of other great games up for multiple awards, so check it out and vote for your favourites to win!


And that’s it for this post guys!

As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

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All the best,

Wildcard Jat and the ARK: Survival Evolved Team!


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