ARK’s Countdown Leads to Extinction

It was, indeed, a Countdown to Extinction. ARK: Extinction has been revealed at the end of the clock that has been ticking down at around the beginning of the month with an expansion that’s bringing players back to dangerously ravaged Earth.

ark: extinction

While firm details on just what this expansion is bringing are a bit on the slim side, ARK: Extinction does promise veteran players of the survival sandbox what sounds like a significant challenge. Earth is now an Element-infested landscape of organic and technical beasts and roaming Titans, where players are invited to discover the secrets of the past and the keys to salvation.

In the months running up to the arrival of Extinction, players of ARK can look forward to regular updates with Extinction-related Explorer’s Notes. Collecting all of these Notes will unlock new skins and spawn Tek-themed variants of several dinos on the ARKs themselves.

It all leads up to a final release of Tuesday, November 6th worldwide on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. So, y’know, there’s another countdown to extinction. In the meantime turn off the Megadeth and turn on the reveal trailer below.

Our Thoughts

It all certainly sounds intriguing, to be sure, but we’re definitely more curious on just what sort of new gameplay or systems this Extinction expansion will be offering ARK players. We’re sure to get more details as the months slide by.

Source: press release

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ARKaeology Event Brings Fossil Digging and a Robo T-Rex

Now allow me to explain when I write “robo T-Rex”. I don’t mean the T-Rex with some Tek armor on it. I mean, like, a literal full-sized T-Rex that is also a robot. That you can have. This is one of a number of rewards awaiting ARK: Survival Evolved players in the ARKaeology event.

arkaeology event

From now until Sunday, July 15th, players of ARK can go on expeditions around the game world to locate and dig up dinosaur bones. These bones can then be brought to a special cooking pot to cook up some unique items, including the popular skeletal skins from the Fear Evolved event and costumes for players and dinos alike.

Of course, the thing I’m personally invested in is the event’s addition of the Tek Rex. These titanic robotic thunder lizards are available on Arks where normal Rexes are found and can be tamed and leveled up just like their more organic brethren, though they can achieve higher levels than their boring old meatbag counterparts.

Details about this limited-time event can be read here and a trailer for the event is below.

Our Thoughts

Sorry for focusing on the robotic T-Rex, but I couldn’t help it. My inner 10-year-old was a bit too excited. On point, we hope that players of ARK: Survival Evolved enjoy their own robotic rexes or whatever else they go for during this event.

Source: press release

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ARK: Survival Evolved Arrives to Mobile June 14

War Drum Studios and Studio Wildcard have locked down a final ARK: Survival Evolved mobile release date and, to be honest, it’s a lot sooner than I personally expected. This coming Thursday, June 14th will see the dinosaur-loaded survival sandbox arrive to iOS and Android devices.

ark: survival evolved mobile release date

ARK: Survival Evolved will launch with over 80 different dinos to tame or avoid getting eaten by or trod upon. Gameplay offers the same mechanics as the full-on PC and console versions with crafting, gathering, building and exploration, all available solo or in online multiplayer with up to 60 people at once.

The mobile version will also introduce a new material known as Ancient Amber, which lets players build unique structures, resurrect a dead dino, and more. This new currency can be harvested from a variety of different sources, all of which are detailed in this blog post.

The mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved will be arriving as a free-to-play title, but those who want to remove ads can purchase a Primal Pass subscription, which will also provide reserved server slots, free gifts and other benefits for $3.99 a month.

For those who are interested in finding out more about ARK: Survival Evolved on mobile, head here.

Our Thoughts

So first thing’s first: we hope that the monetization of ARK Mobile will be fair, because nothing’s worse than predatory, aggressive and voracious monetization, and mobile gaming seems to be the hottest of hotbeds when it comes to these practices. Beyond that, we hope fans of ARK: Survival Evolved enjoy the mobile edition.

Source: press release

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ARK Celebrates its Third Early Access Birthday with a Retrospective and a Countdown

Even though ARK: Survival Evolved actually, legitimately released on Tuesday, August 8th, the devs have elected to celebrate the ARK third birthday by marking the time it entered early access for reasons that I’m not terribly clear on. Regardless, the game has offered a look back at where it came from and offered an enticing hint at what’s to come.

ark third birthday

A post on the game’s Steam page over the past weekend walks fans through the game’s pre-history to this point, from Ragnarok to Aberration to the release of spinoff titles like ARK Park and PixARK. The devs also provided a little nod in appreciation for fan-created content and some of the game’s mods.

As for what’s next, the game’s official page has a header with an ominous countdown and the words “Life Finds a Way”. The Steam post promises “epic discoveries with new content and challenges” coming soon and teased some big news to be revealed at some point in the middle of this month.

In the meanwhile, a new Community Crunch dev blog post has outlined a variety of changes that are in the more near-term for ARK, including changes to structure decay rules, adjustments to the game’s code of conduct, and the launch of Small Tribe Servers tomorrow. You can read up all the details here.

Our Thoughts

Seriously, why mark a birthday at the time of early access launch? Eh, whatever. We’re more curious about what this countdown and big reveal is leading up to. One certainly assumes some direct tie-in with Jurassic Park considering the quote, but on the other hand maybe it’s referencing dino life surviving some extinction-level event? We’ll just have to wait and see…

Sources: Steam, official site

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