The Stream Team: Chest-birthing critter companions in ARK

So, there’s this thing in ARK… a different thing. A thing where you birth your own pet. Yes, you read that right. Possibly one of the most unique critters to tame in this survival game is a reaper, which must be born from inside your own body. Massively OP’s MJ is going to go and try to convince a Queen Reaper to allow her to incubate one of her little ones. Because nothing could go wrong there! Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for a truly Aliens experience.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 14th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Cave diving for ARK glowtails

The last big ARK expedition Massively OP’s MJ took was to the surface. What goes up, must also go down, right? So this time, she delving the depths of a cave. The gang is on the hunt for new light pets, the elusive glowtail lizards. Will this journey end better than the first time MJ wandered into this cave? (Hint: She was lured to her death by a once-trusted tribe member!) Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see how successful this second trip into the cave is.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 17th, 2018

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The Stream Team: ARK Aberration surface expedition

Have you seen the surface of ARK: Aberration? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t, and she’s excited to go. Today she and the team are gearing up for a quick surface expedition — even though she is assured it is most certainly a suicide run for most of the gang. With any luck, at least someone will make it back with some sort of treasure. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for MJ’s first run topside.

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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The Stream Team: Another first day in ARK: Aberration

When ARK’s latest patches didn’t fix the video card issues, Massively OP’s MJ was not able to have a full first look at the new Aberration expansion. Now that it is all updated on her laptop, she’s diving back in to give the cave world another spin. maybe this time she’ll be in long enough to get eaten! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for a second first look at…

What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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ARK: Survival Evolved comes to Windows 10, adds Xbox One cross-play

Like a stampeding triceratops, there’s no slowing down ARK: Survival Evolved these days. Studio Wildcard announced that it brought the game to Windows 10 and activated crossplay between Xbox One and PC crowds.

This means that fans can find the title as an “Xbox Play Anywhere” game and meet up with friends no matter which of the two platforms they are using. In fact, players can even use the same account and characters between both the Xbox One and PC, swapping at will. In addition to crossplay, the Windows 10 version allows the purchase and access to the Scorched Earth and Aberration expansions.

“For those wanting to jump into the crossplay experience immediately, you can do so by browsing our official server network for matches titles ‘crossplay,'” Studio Wildcard said. “We’ve launched 24 servers, a mixture of PvE and PvP, clustered by region available to play right now!”

The studio said that over 12 million players have enjoyed the game to date.

Source: ARK


ARK Survival Evolved’s paid Aberration expansion has launched

The delays are in the past: Aberration truly launches for ARK Survival Evolved today on both PC and console, marking the game’s second expansion pack and the first since ARK officially launched. Merry Christmas, here’s your “irradiated hellscape” to play in!

“Waking up on ‘Aberration’ – a derelict, malfunctioning ARK featuring an elaborate underground biome system filled with new challenges unlike those found on prior ARK maps. Extreme radioactive sunlight, earthquakes, and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, fantastical creatures like the Rock Drake and Basilisk, and more await survivors throughout these vast caverns. Beware the ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids, which have evolved into vicious light-hating creatures, and the Reapers, massive alien monstrosities which can impregnate foes to spawn their offspring!”

As we’ve previously previewed, the expansion includes new genetically mutated creatures to tame and slay, 50 new craftable items (who doesn’t need her very own custom hazmat suit?), and new environmental hazards, like earthquakes, gas leaks, and radiation exposure (ah, a use for that suit!).

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ARK: Aberration targets a December 12 release

Following at least two delays, ARK’s next expansion finally has a release date of December 12th.

Aberration will take players spelunking in the most terrifying environment possible, although the promise of new tech and sights is enough of a lure to overcome the obstacles. We hope.

In this realm, players will deal with a malfunctioning ARK, tame new types of creatures (such as a Lantern Pug), craft dozens of helpful items, and use ziplines and wingsuits to explore this strange new place.

The expansion pack will retail for $20 and is included in the season pass. Check out the trailer after the break and try to put all thoughts of a sequel out of your mind!

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The Survivalist: ARK Aberration has already been delayed, but here’s what to expect

Surprise! ARK: Aberration, the survival sandbox’s next expansion that was slated to launch this month, is delayed. Shocking, I know. Actually, if any fans were actually surprised, they obviously haven’t been following ARK: Survival Evolved very long. The delay, along with a other news, was announced during Twitch Con 2017; Studio WildCard showed off the expansion to a host of streamers who, in turn, showed the game off to the rest of us. Fans got to see hours of Aberration gameplay, learning little tidbits about the world and its unique flora and fauna as streamers experienced the malfunctioning ARK for the first time. And the world does look fascinating!

Besides the delay and the peek into the underground world, we learned that the Structures Plus mod will be officially integrated into the game. This is fabulous news for builders who’ve been waiting a long while for this feature to get some attention. And for those who want some real-world ARK goodies, the ability to purchase the The Collector’s Edition of ARK: Survival Evolved sans game and expansions was also announced. Also, ARK itself and the expansions are on sale this weekend only.

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TwitchCon 2017: Get sneak peeks of ARK’s Aberration today

Are you eager to learn more about ARK: Survival Evolved’s upcoming underground expansion? How about watching some gameplay live? Three streamers at TwitchCon are sitting down with devs today and exploring Aberration. We’ve already gotten to see the giant crab that can be tamed and used as a mount, and we discovered that the Reaper Queen can impregnate characters. What else is different? Day/night cycles are random, and the massive Rexes and Gigas will not be present.

There’s a ton of info being revealed, so don’t miss out on learning more secrets of this cave realm. Tune in tonight and watch live.

If you miss the streams live, that doesn’t mean you miss out completely. We will be adding finished videos as they become available.

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PAX West 2017: ARK Survival Evolved on optimization, the Aberration expansion, and future development

This past summer, ARK: Survival Evolved finally officially launched, ending its stint as an early access game just three days before PAX West, then promptly announced its second expansion on the first day of the convention. There wasn’t even a week between launch and the second expansion’s unveiling, and there will be fewer than two months between the two launches; Aberration is scheduled to launch in October.

While at PAX, I sat down with Studio Wildcard Senior Producer Navin Supphapholsiri, who thanked fans for supporting the game: “We really appreciate the support for the past two years. Just to see how far we’ve come along, it’s all thanks to the community.” Then we talked about the launch, about Aberration, and about the team’s focus going forward.

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PAX West 2017: ARK announces underground Aberration expansion with ziplines and spelunking

With an expansion and official launch released in that order, ARK: Survival Evolved is busy at work on its next expansion. Announced at PAX West this weekend, ARK: Aberration will take players to a dangerous underground biome replete with new enemies, 50 additional recipes, leaking radiation, sci-fi themes, ziplines (whee), wingsuits (double whee), and lots of spelunking gear.

Waking up on ‘Aberration,’ a derelict, malfunctioning ARK with an elaborate underground biome system, survivors face exotic new challenges unlike anything before: extreme radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, cave dwellings, charge-batteries, and far more, along with a stable of extraordinary new creatures await within the mysterious depths. But beware the ‘Nameless:’ unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids which have evolved into vicious light-hating monstrosities! On Aberration, survivors will uncover the ultimate secrets of the ARKs, and discover what the future holds in store for those strong and clever enough to survive!

Aberration is coming to all platforms in October and will retail for $20 if you don’t have a season pass. Massively OP will be talking with the ARK team about the game and this expansion at PAX West, so stay tuned for more info!

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