Studio Wildcard, the studio that never sleeps, announced today an official mod program for ARK: Survival Evolved that will see the best community mods and maps considered to become official content and added to the main game on Xbox One and PC. Next month will see the first new map, The Center, arrive in-game which will more than double the content within the dinosaur survival adventure, The popular Primitive Plus mod was also chosen for inclusion later this summer. While ARK players on Steam may already have played these popular community mods, this is a first for Xbox One gamers.
In combination with the Official Mods Program and the increased content, Studio Wildcard announced today that ARK: Survival Evolved has now sold more than 1 million copies since its December 2015 launch on Xbox One and nearly 4 million copies on Windows PC. ARK is scheduled for a full release in holiday 2016 for all platforms (Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4).
“ARK’s success has increased our content goals and Early Access players have helped us raise our ambitions with their invaluable feedback,” said Jesse Rapczak, co-founder, co-creative director, Studio Wildcard. “When we first announced, we said 70 dinos, now we’ll have over 100. We never anticipated adding modding, local multiplayer, split screen, or numerous other upcoming features. The game at launch will be far more robust than originally conceived, but it takes a little extra time to wrap it all up.”
Designed by community member Ben Burkart, The Center adds an over-the-top, fantasy-themed map that doubles the size of the current game and is more varied than the original ARK map, with tons of new biomes, dungeons, floating islands, end-of-the-world waterfalls, massive ancient ruins, along with other wonders to explore and secrets to find. Drawn completely by hand without any auto-generated content, The Center is a massive increase in the game’s official playable content and is free to both PC and Xbox One players.
In the case of Primitive Plus, players are challenged to use only wood and stone without the benefit of advanced metals to create weapons such as guns. A whole new set of items and detailed new mechanics focus the player on ‘primitive’ survival, which fits snugly in the world of ARK. Primitive Plus will be playable as a functionality mod on all official ARK maps.