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Developer Wildcard has unveiled Genesis, a new two-part expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, and it's coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, starting in December. Genesis will ultimately deliver Ark's fourth and fifth paid expansions - following on from Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction - and will form the game's second season pass. Those with good memories may recall the controversy surrounding Ark's first season pass, which arose when Studio Wildcard opted to introduce paid DLC into the game well before it had left early access. It remains to be see if the community will be more accepting of a new season pass with Ark: Survival Evolved now approaching its second year as a full release. As to what Genesis will bring in terms of specifics, that's a little harder to gauge right now. Despite being unveiled in a 50-minute livestream, the bulk of the expansions still remain firmly under wraps. What we do know, however, is that both parts will include a "really cool map", with the first map set within a simulation, enabling Wildcard to do things that were "even too crazy" for previous expansions. Read more

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Ark: Genesis was announced by Studio Wildcard—a two-part expansion pack for the multiplayer dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved. We've seen the announcement trailer and some screenshots, and we talked to Studio Wildcard to learn a few interesting details about the upcoming expansion. Here's everything we know about Ark: Genesis. Ark: Genesis release date There are two parts to the Ark: Genesis expansion.  We don't have solid dates for either part yet, but as the announcement trailer above shows, we know Part One is coming in December of 2019. Part Two will follow in Winter of 2020. Where and when does Ark: Genesis take place? The name Genesis would seem to indicate that this expansion could be a prequel of sorts. An interesting detail from the teaser could hint at that: The wrist of the player isn't embedded with the specimen implant we've always seen in Ark. However, the presence of Helena and the fact that this appears to link up with the ending of Ark: Extinction, the previous expansion, contradicts the idea of Genesis as a prequel. In other words, we don't really know where this fits into the Ark timeline. Feel free to speculate! As for the map

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Multiplayer dinosaur-riding island-surviv-a-thon series Ark: Survival Evolved has taken inspiration from my fever dreams and will be introducing giant sea turtles who double as islands which then double as an open construction site for your future home. The next chapter in the ongoing Ark saga, known as Ark: Genesis, will be made up of two hefty expansion packs. These will introduce tameable albeit shapeshifting animals – new biomes, and something that’s being referred to as “mission-based game mechanics” which I can only assume is a genetically mutated version of story-based missions. But frankly, it’s all about my future tortoise island paradise. (more…)

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"This is not Ark 2." That secret message, decoded by some clever fans, was embedded in an Ark: Survival Evolved teaser page, and it's now been confirmed. There's no Ark: Survival Evolved sequel coming (yet, anyway), but Studio Wildcard has announced two new expansion packs collectively called Ark: Genesis. The first Genesis pack will arrive this December, and the other is planned for the second half of next year. You can watch the announcement trailer further down the page. In addition to a new map, a new story, and some cool new creatures—including a giant sea turtle you can build a damn fort on—Ark: Genesis is adding something that's not a something. It's a someone. "For Genesis, we're actually introducing our first speaking character to Ark who's with you throughout the game, in the form of HLN-A," said Jesse Rapczak, technical art director and co-creative director of Studio Wildcard, when we talked earlier this week. HLN-A (an acronym for Human Learning Neural Aid) is a fully-voiced floating AI companion who follows you around, talks, gives you missions and goals, and brings the story of Ark to the forefront instead of concealing it in scattered explorer

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Community Update Hey Survivors, We're excited to announce we'll be streaming on August 8th at 10am PST to talk about some exciting news concerning the future of ARK. You don't want to miss it! We've created a VR countdown to get ready for the moment. It's filled with images and clues that hint at what's to come. Check it out below: Countdown To Live Stream Mod Contest Over the last two months, mod authors have competed for massive cash prizes. They have spent countless hours debugging, polishing, and preparing their projects in hopes to win a grand prize of $10,000! Here at Wildcard, we selected the finalists across two categories, maps and mods. It was a tough decision and there were a lot of great projects. In the end, it was you that chose the final winners of the contest. If you would like to see all of the entries for the contest you can find them here: Maps Mods And now we are happy to introduce the winners of the 2019 ARK Modding Contest! Map Winners 1st Place - $10,000 USD: Olympus https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970855993 2nd Place - $5,000 USD: Faith https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1744345732 3rd Place - $2,500 USD: The Chasm https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1484748491 Mod Winners 1st Place - $10,000 USD: Castles, Keeps, and Forts https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=764755314

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