Studio Wildcard is offering $60,000 to modders who introduce new “mods,” “maps,” or “total conversions” to ARK: Survival Evolved.
The website defines a mod as an extension of gameplay. A map is pretty self-explanatory-new islands! And a total conversion is a total gameplay overhaul of ARK: Survival Evolved. They’re encouraging modders to put some polish on existing mods and turn them in-the mod doesn’t have to be completely new. It just had to change the game meaningfully.
Mods can be turned in anytime from today (January 14) until March 15, 2016. 5 prizes will be awarded for each category. Find more details about the contest, and the entry form, here. Contest entries will be whittled down by Studio Wildcard, and then put to a community vote.
ARK: Survival Evolved is currently in Early Access on Steam. The ARK Dev Kit is available through Unreal (just scroll down to the Studio Wildcard section).
Studio Wildcard also added two new creatures to gameplay today: the dimetrodon and the dung beetle. Please watch this fantastic video about these critters.
The chill dimetrodon and the diligent dung beetle are both relatively friendly to survivors. The dung beetle will even clean up after you. But I’m pretty pumped about the dimetrodon, which seems like a ginormous dog that just happens to have a big back-sail.
This update to ARK: Survival Evolved also includes craftable beer kegs.
ARK: Survival Evolved will be released for PlayStation 4 in June 2016. The Early Access version is available on Xbox One as well as PC.