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Community Crunch #156: Extinction Release Info, Free Week, & Extra Life 2018!

Extinction Server Information!

As we all know by now ARK: Extinction will be launching tomorrow on November 6th on Steam (Nov 13th for consoles). We are expecting the download to be approximately 10-20gb in size for PC. The information below pertains to PC ARK servers that will be brought online tomorrow at approximately the same time as the expansion pack becomes available.

On launch you’ll be able to transfer your existing character from your current server into Extinction. You will not be able to transfer items or tames. You can however transfer characters, items, and tames out of Extinction onto other maps. If you were around for the release of Scorched Earth or Aberration this is the exact same process those servers underwent.

There are no disabled engrams in Extinction like there was at Aberration’s launch, meaning things such as Tek Teleporters are allowed. Creatures like flyers are also enabled on Extinction.

We will be introducing North American and European Extinction servers first. We will be releasing an initial start batch of servers, and bringing more servers online as needed so please be patient for us during this period. The servers will be the standard 70-player cap. Extinction will be included in all CrossARK clusters (except ‘TheHundred’), as well as Conquest and Small Tribes servers. Extinction will not be supported in Primitive Plus on launch, but it is something we will consider looking into at a later date. Extinction will also not have NoTek/NTek-NoTaming, Primitive, or TheHundred servers for those currently playing on those subsets of gamemodes. The legacy network will get a few servers, however they will be in small supply.

ARK: Survival Evolved will be free to play for a week, starting November 6th through November 11th! On-board your friends and family who have not experienced to give them a taste of The Island, Ragnarok, or The Center yet for no cost during those few days. And consider buying it if you enjoyed your time on the ARK to keep on surviving!

Extra Life 2018!

25-hours later, our Extra Life charity stream has come to a close and thus another chapter of our Extra Life journey does as well.

There were so many great and funny moments throughout the stream. Members of the ARK dev team battled it out in several games that resulted in the loser receiving a penalty. There were wigs, there were hats, there were costumes and hair adornments. There were a special unicorn that managed to steal the show on multiple occasions as well.

There were also special previews and discussions regarding our upcoming expansion pack, ARK: Extinction. We showed off taxidermyIce Titan tamingCryopodsOrbital Supply Drop gameplay, and a few creatures that you’ll be able to get your hands on soon.

This is our fourth year participating in this event and it also happens to be the 10th anniversary for Extra Life as a whole. We were thrilled to learn that on this 10th anniversary we were able to surpass our total donations raised in the past four years to over $100,000! As an individual member (not including team member contributions) we’ve reached $112,246.44 and counting! As a team we have raised $188,782.75 over the last 4 years (and counting as today is still on-going!).

This year was our highest ever personal amount raised. Previously our record was $23,805 and we are sitting at $45,122.27 at the time of writing this post. This was also our highest ever team goal. Previously we had raised $62,004.01 and right now we’re sitting at $76,536. Our original goal when we began the stream was hoping to reach $30,000 and we more than doubled that amount, with $11,000 raised before the stream had even begun at 9AM. With all of those numbers, we’re currently sitting at rank 7 globally as an individual and rank 6 globally as a team for donations to Extra Life this year!

We would like to give special recognition to our top streamers and top individual donators who were a big help in assisting us to our goals this year. We could not have done this without you!

Top Streamers (in order of amount raised):

Top Donators:

  • Pavan
  • Fred316
  • vl_darkangel_lv
  • Helldiver,
  • Anthomnia
  • SurvivalServers.com
  • Eric K.
  • Jerryn
  • tribe of bozo
  • JustPixie
  • Pac-Man443 family
  • KageRamen
  • Pip, Acidic
  • songtao ke
  • Eric P.
  • Jesse P.

If you want to contribute to the campaign it’s not too late, you can do so right here!

Congratulations and thank you again to all of the survivors who joined us at any point during our stream. We’ll see you again next year!

Modding Community Updates!

If you didn’t catch it during the Extra Life stream we played some of “The Hunt“, it was a ton of fun and it will be interesting to see how this mod continues development.

The winners of the contest were also announced last week, with “Valguero” taking first place and securing a grand prize of $15,000! There was a ton of feedback that came out of this contest and we will be taking all of it and reviewing the system before the next one to see where we need to make adjustments.

We also had two new mods enter the sponsorship program, “Malfunktion” and “ARK Additions“.

Lastly, I’m sure the modding community is on the edge of their seats to hear about any new mod functionality in Extinction that they will get to play with. There some goodies that I think everyone will like and I will try to cover them with new tutorials once a devkit update is ready with all of the new content.

Fanart of the Week!

Amazing artwork from Jamiegogo!

Evolution Event Update For This Weekend!

There will not be any Evolution Event on PC this weekend due to the massive rates awarded by Extra Life, the launch of Extinction, and the free week that begins tomorrow. We’ll be back with more Evo very soon though!

Console survivors will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 9th of November at 1 PM EST until Monday the 12th of November at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rates
2x Taming Rates
2x EXP Rates

That’s it for this post guys!

All the best,
Studio Wildcard


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