Back when the ARK: Survival Evolved Dev Kit launched in August, I don’t think anyone could have anticipated the amount of participation we would see or the sheer creativity that would be displayed in mods. Yet, here we are two mod contests later, looking at a phenomenal display of talent. From mods that allow you to survive in outer space, to NPC characters that live in the wild, to huge new maps that put an alternate twist on ARK’s environments, there is no shortage of imagination and ingenuity.
When I first opened the development kit and began creating Primitive+, I only had one goal in mind: Provide people with a more immersive experience by expanding upon the primitive nature of the game. Little did I know it would present an opportunity of a lifetime – to have my work seen and played by millions of people. A lot of my childhood dreams were realized simply by opening up the development kit.
Like me, there are others who have these dreams of seeing their work on a large platform. I am happy to announce Ben Burkart’s excellent “The Center” map will be the next to realize this dream. “The Center” is a fantasy themed map that literally doubles the size of the game. It includes a ton of new stuff including biomes, dungeons, ancient ruins and floating islands.
In May, it will become an official alternate map for ARK: Survival Evolved on Xbox One and PC! Later in the year we will also be bringing Primitive+ to the Xbox as our first official mod on the console. This allows for the potential of other mod authors to realize the same feeling of fulfillment I had when I saw Primitive+ go from a concept in my head to something that will reach every Xbox One player.
All of us at Wildcard are so excited to bring excellent community creations to Xbox One players, giving them tons more content than we ever anticipated. Visit us at www.survivetheark.com to join in the fun, and if you’ve ever been curious or interested in modding, now would be a great time to grab the ARK Dev Kit and start learning.
We’re looking forward to hopping in the game with you, having fun exploring the new content, and hearing your feedback!