The open world dinosaur-survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved, has been doing very well since it launched in early access on Steam a month ago. In 30 days it has racked up over 1 million sales and for a large section of the community it’s about to become even more appealing as Studio Wildcard and Epic Games have teamed up to promote modding for the game.
Speaking of the decision by Studio Wildcard, Tim Sweeney of Epic Games said that “ARK provides a brilliantly creative universe for modding, and a wealth of beautiful environments and dinosaur content to build upon” adding that “Many of us here began in the mod community, so we’re grateful to see Studio Wildcard open up their creative work to a new generation of programmers, artists, and designers.”. Epic and Studio Wildcard will be taking to Twitch tomorrow at 11AM PST / 2PM EST / 6PM GMT to guide the community through the modding process and if you’re interested you can find that at Twitch.tv/UnrealEngine.
Players who have already purchased Ark can begin modding immediately and Studio Wildcard have provided an ARK Dev Kit then can be downloaded via the tools section of the Steam Client. They’ve also provided a Mod Tutorial and set up an official ARK modding forum where interested parties can ask for help or share ideas. “As we’ve opened up the world of ARK to everyone, we’ve been seriously on the edge of our seats with anticipation. The amazing gameplay ideas lighting up the forum conversations can be turned into reality right away,” said Jesse Rapczak, Studio Wildcard co-founder and co-creative director. “The UE4 mod tools that we’re providing are phenomenal, and we can’t wait to see the limitless creativity of our fans come to life in fantastic new ways.”
Nothing brings more longevity and replay value to a game quite like a healthy modding community and this move is likely going to see ARK continue to grow in popularity for the foreseeable future. This will be a game to watch with interest and you can expect to see some great mods coming out for it further down the road.