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ARK Survival Evolved Crystal Isles PS4, Xbox, PC release times

ARK SURVIVAL EVOLVED UPDATE

Studio Wildcard have released their new update today.

At the time of writing PC users can jump in and enjoy everything new with the game, including the much anticipated Crystal Isles launch and the games Anniversary Event.

PS4 and Xbox One players should see the update launch in just under two hours, but as a reminder, the Crystal Isles features are strictly limited to PC players for the time being.

However, the anniversary event sounds like a good laugh. Here's what the developer has revealed in the games latest blog post to mark the occasion:

Anniversary Event

We couldn’t let our fifth anniversary pass without an in-game event to accompany it! Bring out your party hats, because from June 11th to June 24th, ARK will be celebrating the memories we’ve made along the way. In addition to Tropeognathus making its grand debut, we’ll be introducing 5 new chibi’s to collect. Looking to complete your chibi collection? A brand new feature for this event allows you to trade 4 for a new one in the forge.

Throw a surprise party for your tribe-mates with the new pop-out birthday cake structure and have a get-together with your tribe wearing party hat skins from prior events!

DONT FORGET – ITS FREE ON EPIC GAMES STORE!

on top of the above, the game is now free on Epic Games store.

For one week, players will be able to download a FREE copy of ARK for their personal library from the Epic Games launcher. Unlike “free weekends” the game will remain in your library for as long as you choose!

Other than modding, the Epic Store version of the game will operate like the Steam PC version and will be updated in full parity with our Steam updates.

Both platforms will support crossplay, which will be enabled on our Official Servers between Steam and Epic Games and Unofficial Servers can choose to opt-into enabling crossplay or not.

And for the next week, ARK: Survival Evolved content on the Epic Games store is also heavily discounted:

Scorched Earth (50% off), Aberration (50% off), Extinction (50% off), and ARK Season Pass (50% off)

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Original Story – It's been a long wait but finally, the gaming event fans have been waiting for since last week is set to arrive this Thursday.

No, we don't mean the countdown to the Sony PlayStation 5 reveal event, we're referring to the 5th-anniversary celebrations for ARK Survival Evolved.

Originally this next big update for the game was due to arrive last Thursday, but was delayed out of respect for the Black Lives Matter movement which gripped the world last week.

At the time, Studio Wildcard told fans: "Given the situation in the US, and the rest of the world right now, we will be rescheduling the ARK in-game celebration until Thursday, June 11.

"We understand that our community has much anticipated the ARK in-game party and the launch of Crystal Isles, and we're looking forward to sharing all we have prepared for you next week.

"We felt it would be inappropriate to celebrate milestones during the present time as there are bigger things afoot, and that outweighs any plans we otherwise had. We believe now is the time to be respectful and hear the voices of others."

A week later and it's time for the update to finally drop. And thankfully, we know exactly when its coming and what it entails.

Perfect timing as well since the game will be free to download and keep on the Epic Games Store.

ARK Survival Evolved Anniversary Event Explained

To mark Ark's 5th Anniversary, Studio Wildcard is celebrating with a special in-game event This involves a new dinosaur, and the first phase of a rollout for the games new "one-of-a-kind experience" in terms of the expansive 'ISO: Crystal Isles' map!

The Anniversary event is said to feature "Party Dodos, interactive cakes, new chibis & surprises, and dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbow".

PC players will also receive a new Crystal Isles map, but the same release on console won't arrive until later this Summer.

There's also a new Dinosaur in the form of the Tropeognathus, which comes to all platforms. More info on that further down.

ARK Survival Evolved Anniversary Event Release Times

Overnight the ARK: Survival Evolved official twitter account (@survivetheark) has confirmed when players can expect to see the new update arrive for PC and console players (PS4, Xbox One).

According to the developer, the new update will arrive on PC at 11am EDT and then on console at 4pm EDT.

For those in the United Kingdom, that means the update should arrive at 4pm BST in the afternoon on Thursday 11 June; with the update hitting PS4 and Xbox One by 9pm BST in the evening.

To really confirm everything, the Twitter account also told users:

"Tropeognathus will also be available on all platforms and the stunning Crystal Isles will drop along with the event on PC at 11am EDT. Stay posted for the Community Crunch in the morning for more info!"

So now you know what the event is and when it's coming, lets take a closer look at the new content, as shared by Studio Wildcard.

NEW DINOSAUR -TROPEOGNATHUS

" Wild – Up close, Tropeognathus mesembrinus is easily recognized by the keeled crests on its snout, but with wingspans of up to twenty-seven feet, you’re sure to spot it before then.

These large wings are not only ideal for catching air currents over its ocean hunting grounds, but they also let Tropeognathus draft off of other flying creatures by flying behind them. While not the fastest flyer on the Isles, when combined with its remarkable stamina, this makes Tropeognathus well suited for long distance flight.

Because it’s on the wing so much, Tropeognathus is best snared by those riding another flier. I've noticed the more clever tribespeople using chain bolas to capture them while airborne."

" Domesticated – Once tamed, Tropeognathus has proven quite useful to the people of the Isles beyond mere transportation. For example, its toothed beak can grind down many common goods to their base components, which is a great way to recycle items and gear! Well, so long as you have a rag handy to wipe off the spit…

That bite is punishing enough to crack armor and grind through it over time, and Tropeognathus can blow away flora and fauna alike with a gust from its wings. Air-to-air combat is where this creature really shines, though. And with the right tools, some survivors have managed to fit them with a saddle-mounted flak cannon and jet engine for maximum lethality.

Trust me, you haven't lived until you've ridden a jet-powered pterosaur into a dogfight. Saddle one up and see for yourself – you can be my wingman anytime!"

Crystal Isles Map

Crystal Isles is a stunning, other-worldly map filled with a vibrant display of teeming life scattered amidst its varied landscapes, awe-inspiring floating islands, and breathtaking biomes.

Ever since Crystal Isles launched as a mod in 2016, its fantasy appeal has secured its place as one of the most popular maps within the ARK community and we’re thrilled to bring it to players as a fully supported free DLC.

Crystal Isles will initially launch for PC on June the 4th, with an Xbox and PS4 launch coming later this summer as the team continues to hunker down and iterate on the console version.

We hear you on the Crystal Wyverns and they’ll certainly be making their tameable appearance on the Isles

Anniversary Event

And finally, we’ll be donning our party hats and celebrating with a time-honored in-game event commencing on all platforms on June 4, featuring Party Dodos, interactive cakes, new chibis & surprises, and dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbows. Yes, really!

It’s been an incredible journey over the last 5 years filled with so many unforgettable memories and we can’t wait to celebrate with you once more!

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