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    This week marked the grand debut of ARK: Survival Ascended on Xbox and Windows PC, accompanied by groundbreaking cross-platform mods. Hold tight, PlayStation survivors – your turn to embark on this epic adventure is just around the corner in early December!

    Dive into the rest of the Crunch and find out more about our annual ExtraLife event, CurseForge's ARKathon: Modding Contest that starts on December 5th, and a quick tease for ARK: Survival Ascended's bite-sized Turkey Trial!






    Introducing the first set of ARK: Survival Ascended Cross-Platform Mods available at launch on Xbox and PlayStation!

    Download & play new custom content created by players, including new maps, creatures, items, and game modes, through a dedicated new Mod-bowser directly within the game. Enjoy an endless stream of new ARK content as the creativity and talent of the community is fully unleashed for the first time ever across gaming platforms and stay tuned as we release more Cross-Platform Mods each week!

    Buy now for Xbox and Windows PC!







    Exciting news!  We're thrilled to share that we've given the green light to over 120 fantastic new mods for cross-platform play — what a leap from the ten approved just a couple of days ago! And guess what? There's more to come in the next few days!

    Here is the current list of approved cross-platform mods:

    • Additions Ascended: Archelon
    • Additions Ascended: Brachiosaurus
    • Additions Ascended: Ceratosaurus
    • Additions Ascended: Deinosuchus
    • Additions Ascended: Deinotherium
    • Additions Ascended: Helicoprion
    • Additions Ascended: Xiphactinus
    • Alfa Oceanic Plataforms
    • Any Colour Sets
    • AP: Death Recovery
    • Ark Primal Chaos
    • Arkitect Structures Remastered
    • ArkNav
    • ArkWarfare Community Mod
    • Ascended Server Tracker
    • AutoDoors
    • Automated Ark
    • Autorunner
    • Bangin Tranqs
    • basilisks
    • Better Chat
    • Better Elevators
    • Better Feeding Troughs
    • Better Forges
    • Better Oviraptor
    • Better Refrigerator
    • Chaos Creator
    • Cheat Death (Homing Pigeon reloaded)
    • Classic Glider Ascended
    • Cliffans Vanilla Weapon Skins
    • CliffPlatforms
    • Configurable Stack Mod
    • CrunkQoL
    • Death Inventory Keeper
    • Death Recovery Item Tool
    • Dino Auto Attack
    • Dino Kill Potion
    • Dino+ (Nanny, Hatchey)
    • DinoCloud (a Dino Storage Solution)
    • DKA Mod
    • Draconic Chronicles (ALPHA) (Wyverns and more)
    • Dwarven Builders Mod
    • Easy Pumps
    • Eclectic-Ascended
    • Element Harvesting
    • Empire Gaming Community Mod
    • EnglarkMod
    • Ez Engram Unlocker
    • Ez Grapple Crossbow
    • Ez Guns on Dinos
    • Ez Resource Vouchers
    • EZ Stacks
    • Flyer Seatbelts (Cross Platform)
    • Gaia: Elixirs
    • Gaia: No Fall Damage
    • Gaia: Spawn Shield
    • Gaia: Starter Pack
    • Glyph Transformations
    • Gnome's Early Tek Binoculars
    • Gnome's Enhanced Fridge
    • GoA_Mod
    • griffins
    • Gryphons
    • Improved Industrial Cooker
    • Industrial Dehydrator
    • Infused ARK Community Mod
    • Irradiator
    • Itens Alfa
    • Just Be Reasonable! (rhynio craving change)
    • KJ's Ark
    • Klinger Additional Boats
    • Klinger Additional Structures
    • Legacy Meat Spoiler
    • LoyaltyARK Community Mod
    • maewings
    • Managarmrs
    • Marvelous Spyglass
    • More Rideables
    • MuchStuffPack
    • Mystic Isles Community Mod
    • Nanite Owls Structures
    • Nanoh's Reusables
    • No Untameables
    • Pelayori's Cryo Storage
    • PhoenixARK Mod
    • Pirate Chests
    • Project Zodiac
    • Radical Storage
    • Rockwell's Smithy
    • RR-FantasyGliderWings
    • RR-Homedeco and more! Beta
    • RR-Potions
    • S-dino Variants
    • ScrappedAssets
    • Silent Structures
    • Simple Flat Map
    • Sinomacrops
    • Sodium Den Community Mod
    • Solo Farm Mod
    • Super Spyglass Plus
    • Super Spyglass/Super Binoculars
    • Surprise Machines
    • Survival Ambience
    • Svartalfheim
    • Svartalfheim Armory
    • TC's Odin
    • TC's Storage Box
    • tekbows
    • TG Stacking Mod
    • TG Stacking Mod 1000-50
    • TG Stacking Mod 1000-90
    • The Working Class
    • TPC Pike
    • Ultimate Tranqs
    • Unknown's test 3
    • Upgrade Station
    • Utilities Plus

    To browse all the mods, visit this page!





    Playstation certification is underway for Sony, and we're still hoping for an early December release. We will update the community as that progresses, and we appreciate your patience.

    We eliminated 95% of join errors for the official network on PC and Xbox this week and have a patch for Windows coming in the near future. If you historically encountered an error with 'unet' in the title and a slew of server information, rest assured that’s now solved! 

    The client-server list is currently not always updating server population. What does this mean for you? You may be attempting to join a full server that displays at, say, 64/70, to no avail. We're working on addressing it as soon as possible.

    Some players have misunderstood the new Auto Join feature as a Queue system. To clarify, it is not a queue but rather a tool that allows you to automatically attempt reconnection to a server, particularly useful when the server you're on is full. It operates similarly to manually joining but aims to streamline the process and save you clicks. However, you can still opt to join manually if you prefer.

    As far as requests for more Official servers go, we plan to roll out some more new servers on our Official Network as we assess stability, capacity, and demand. And, of course, we will add more fresh console servers with boosted rates to help players catch up when PlayStation drops! 

    We’ll continue to iterate on performance, crashes, bugs, exploits, etc, as we navigate early post-launch LiveOps and stay informed about our ongoing progress via the patch notes.

    Happy Thanksgiving from the holiday skeleton team! 







    We are excited to be going live from our Seattle office Saturday December 2nd at 10AM Pacific for 24 hours of entertainment, amazing giveaways, plushies, and much more! 

    If you are interested in donating or joining the team to raise donations, click on the button below! All donations go to the Extra Life organization and contribute to raising the Official Network rates for 24 hours!


    We will announce the giveaways and sponsors, along with all the final details in the Crunch next week. 

    Stop by and hang out out in our Twitch stream or Discord for an opportunity to win a cool giveaway from one of our amazing sponsors!

    More about Extra Life Gameday

    The Studio Wildcard Extra Life Team






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    As the aroma of Thanksgiving feasts fills the air, we're excited to share an update to our Event plans; Turkey Trial will be making a 2023 resurgence in abbreviated form! 

    Although we won’t be celebrating in true Turkey Trial fashion, we’re cooking up something planned to begin after Thanksgiving. As we want to be fully prepared, Turkey Trial will now commence on Friday, December 1st.



    • Bonnet Hat Skin
    • Dodo Pie Swim Bottom Skin
    • Dodo Pie Swim Top Skin
    • Dodorex Swim Bottom Skin
    • Dodorex Swim Top Skin
    • Dodorex-Print Shirt Skin
    • Meat Swim Bottom Skin 
    • Meat Swim Top Skin
    • Murder Turkey Swim Bottom Skin
    • Murder Turkey Swim Top Skin
    • Murder-Turkey-Print Shirt Skin
    • Pilgrim Hat Skin
    • Pitchfork Skin
    • Turkey Hat Skin
    • Turkey Leg Skin
    • Turkey Swim Bottom Skin
    • Turkey Swim Top Skin
    • Ugly Cornucopia Sweater Skin
    • Ugly Trike Sweater Skin
    • Turkey Costume Skin
    • Pumpkin Pie Hat *new*
    • Full-head Cooked Turkey Hat *new*
    • Wreath-like Forest Crown Hat *new*
    • Cornucopia-inspired Feeding Trough *new*
    • Turkey Deep Fryer Cooking Pot *new*


    • Belly Rub Emote
    • Food Coma Emote
    • Hungry Emote
    • Touchdown *new*
    • Friends Gesture *new*


    • Orange
    • Medium Autumn
    • Light Autumn
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Brown
    • Light Brown
    • Dark Magenta
    • Dark Violet
    • Vermillion
    • Red
    • Dark Red
    • Dino Dark Red
    • Midnight Blue
    • Black Sands
    • Dark Blue
    • Near Black
    • Black
    • Dino Darker Grey
    • Dino Albino






    CurseForge is calling all ARK modders and game studios!

    ARKathon is a massive ARK: Survival Ascended modding contest. Create and publish your best ARK: Survival Ascended mods for a chance to win big with $350,000 in rewards across two uniques tracks:

    • Modders Track:
      • Unleash your creativity to create new maps, skins, dinos, weapons and more.
      • Publish your mods cross-platform instantly
      • $50,000 worth of prizes
    • Studios Track:
      • It's time to dream big and aim high.
      • Curseforge is calling all studios to bring  their own content and IP to ARK in the form of DLC-level premium mods
      • 3 studios will win a $100,000 development grant each

    Submissions start on December 5!

    For more info, visit this page!








    ARKpocalypse servers have been wiped today!

    What are ARKpocalypse?

    • ARKpocalypse are monthly-wipe servers with higher than usual rates.

    Next wipe: December 22nd 2023

    • Additional servers will be added at the same time.
    • Going forward they will all wipe at the same time every four weeks.

    You can join them by searching in the server browser! Happy Surviving!






    Genesis Part 2 for Nintendo Switch will now be releasing in early 2024. We thank all of our loyal Switch players for their patience and can't wait to bring you the conclusion of the Genesis saga. We'll be back with a firm release date in the new year.




    Now through December 3rd, players can enjoy a Black Friday sale for these titles:

    • ARK: Ultimate Survival Edition for 50% off
    • ARK: Ultimate Survival Upgrade for 50% off
    • ARK: Dinosaur Discovery for 75% off

    Get them on the Nintendo eShop now!




    Fan Art Gallery | Screenshot Gallery | Artist Feedback Form

    Help us discover your talent by tagging your art with #ARKPhotoMode or #ARKFanart on social media!



    Creator: Raasclark

    Raasclark builds a water pen and attempts to speedrun two artifacts caves!


    Creator: Etholdir

    Etholdir rebuilds from The Island's ruins. Join him as he revisits his previous renovations and creates new expansions.




    I want to meet the island's reliable Argen as soon as possible by @maMe_buDo



    Kahuere's lunch by FrancoisL-Artblog



    Sparkle by LeoMitchell



    ARK comic - page 3 by BonnieFoxxx



    ARK Fanart: Protoceratops, Sitting by Sonne-Spiritwind



    River Queen by XantheDoodles



    Ark Fire Wyvern by GraceH-09




    Welcome to the ARK Xbox players!  by @bluedragonark



    Dude the photo mode is just too good  by @VenoEdit



    #LandscapeMonday by @NovA1990



    PhotoMode by @thommoretti



    It asks for a hug by @EgoSilentium



    Enjoy your weekend!
    Studio Wildcard

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    Discord: discord.com/invite/playark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
    Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Threads: threads.net/@survivetheark
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    How bout we do Thanksgiving at Christmas, and Christmas at easter?Easter?

    Annnnnnd extra life during a shortened Thanksgiving 🤦‍♂️

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    still having server issues, still having roll back issues, dinos still falling under map never to be seen againnnnn and eggs and dinos still falling under foundations / ceilings
    ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDD we cant even get an evo weekend to help recover losses 

    Edited by Templar92

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    Love to see all these mods for Xbox. But does anyone know whats going on with the Deinosuchus mod? It wont let me download it, as it says the mod version is "unavailable" I've download the other creatures Garuga has done but this one wont

    Edited by SaintSoulsborne

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    Pero digan la fecha de lanzamiento en PS5, porque si dicen que a principios de diciembre nosotros o la mayoría pensamos que 1° de diciembre es el lanzamiento 

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    The mess up thing is PlayStation's not even gonna get the extra life event because of these failures but they I hope they feel better about themselves. For you guys to hold a game from us is ridiculous.

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    4 minutes ago, SaintSoulsborne said:

    Love to see all these mods for Xbox. But does anyone know whats going on with the Deinosuchus mod? It wont let me download it, as it says the mod version is "unavailable" I've download the other creatures Garuga but this one wont


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    4 minutes ago, Marpezu said:

    Aber ich habe den Kaufpreis für die PS5 gelesen, weil ich denke, dass die ersten drei Monate des Jahres oder der Bürgermeister darüber nachdenkt, dass es am 1. Dezember der Startschuss ist 

    Mache dir nicht so viel Hoffnung,das ist nur eine weitere Verzögerungen für die PS 5 am Anfang Dezember.

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    Are u freaking kidding us? We miss turkey trial and you want to do extra life without playstation... This will be your medial Desaster for sure. And don't think playstation ppl will spend a cent. 

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    4 minutes ago, neutr0n said:

    Machst du etwa Witze mit uns? Wir vermissen die Türkei-Testversion und Sie möchten ein Extraleben ohne Playstation machen ... Das wird mit Sicherheit Ihr mediales Desaster sein. Und glaube nicht, dass Playstation-Leute auch nur einen Cent ausgeben werden. 

    So wird es passieren und gekauft wird trotzdem 💪🤔

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    Aggiungi server pvp orp

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    Hey @Dollie @complexminded.

    Does that community crunch means Turkey Trial will last only 1 day ? ( As Extra Life is 1 day after it )

    And if no, when will it end ?

    Another question about the rates, the servers have been extremely laggy and having boosted rates ( not the poor 1.5x ) would be amazing, but there is none in this post. Does that mean Turkey Trial won't bring any boosted rates ?


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    We want console only PVE SERVERS as it's stupid that your forceing us to only play on cross play servers,as it's stupid that we forced to play with PC cheater's 

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    Se que de seguro WILDCARD está demasiado centrado ahora en ASA, pero a los jugadores de mobile nos haría feliz que nos dieran al menos una información sobre el Ark Mobile renovado que prometieron en su hoja de ruta. Aunque sea prefiero que me digan que no se lanzará a que nos tengan así sin saber si es cierto o no... La incertidumbre destruye nuestra esperanza 😢

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    That Alfa Plataform mod really demonstrates to console players what kind of quality they've been missing this whole time.

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    In the extra life come information about the animated series?

    Please say yes wildcard

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    Haltet euch fest Playstation Überlebender,am Anfang Dezember seit ihr an der Reihe ,wieder enttäuscht zu werden,wir haben einen Fehler gefunden und versuchen ihn bis Ende des Jahres zu beheben,die Zertifizierung ist wieder fehlgeschlagen🍻 happy thanks irgendwas 

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    Worst game lunch ever! Online is unplayable due to rampant cheating, loads of bugs and horrible server quality/stability. Not to mention playstation still can't play. Your leadership team are a bunch of idiots that only care about make the company money asap, not putting out an amazing game. You should be ashamed of this mess! 

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    Me as a playstation user, before I go to sleep at night think, "Why does everything involving Playstation get delayed?" Then go to sleep and wake up the next morning oblivious. I really want to play asa but maybe their saving the best for last???? I know I'm being an overthinking optimist but... anything is possible?Spider-Man thinking Meme Generator - Imgflip

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    Can you guys approve "Custom Dino Levels" mod for Xbox? I'd like to stop finding level 5 apexes around every corner.

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