Community Crunch 249: Winter Wonderland 5 and More!

Posted on December 14th, 2020 09:25 PM EST
Winter Wonderland 5

Winter Wonderland will be making a triumphant return for the fifth time with new presents and goodies for ARK survivors. The winter-themed holiday event begins on December 17th at 10am PST for PC, XBOX, and PS4 and will last until Tuesday, January 7th. All maps will receive Winter Wonderland and all its content including RaptorClaus and GachaClaus.

Our very recognizable helper, RaptorClaus, is returning to drop off holiday gifts filled with loot, event items, mistletoe, and lumps of coal for all those naughty survivors. You'll be able to catch RaptorClaus flying across the skies at midnight (game time) on all maps.

GachaClaus is also making a come-back to help RaptorClaus spread the holiday cheer! GachaClaus will be roaming all maps in true holiday spirit while sporting holiday-themed colors. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday-themed items, or you can trade-in your mistletoe and coal for a chance at event items. weapons, armor and 7 brand new Chibis!

Event Details
This event can be manually activated with the server arg parameter: -ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland

December 17th to January 7th

  • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
  • 2X Player XP
  • 2X Harvesting

Event Creatures
  • RaptorClaus
  • GachaClaus

Event Skins
  • Rex Sweater Skin *NEW*
  • Carolers Sweater Skin *NEW*
  • Bulbdog Sweater Skin *NEW*
  • Blue-Balled Winter Beanie *NEW*
  • Purple-Balled Winter Beanie *NEW*
  • Green-Balled Winter Beanie *NEW*
  • Male and Female Noglin Swimsuit Skin *NEW*
  • Male and Female Yeti Swimsuit Skin *NEW*
  • Candy Cane Club Skin
  • Christmas Bola Skin
  • Nutcracker Slingshot Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swim Bottom Skin
  • Dino Ornament Swim Top Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swim Bottom Skin
  • Jerboa Wreath Swim Top Skin
  • Ugly Bronto Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Carno Sweater Skin
  • Ugly Chibi Sweater Skin
  • Gray-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Purple-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Red-Ball Winter Beanie Skin
  • Felt Reindeer Antlers Skin
  • Santa Hat Skin

Event Chibis
  • Shinehorn *NEW*
  • Featherlight *NEW*
  • Glowtail *NEW*
  • Bulbdog *NEW*
  • Top-hat Kairuku *NEW*
  • Reindeer *NEW*
  • Gacha Claus *NEW*

Event Items
  • Festive Dino Candy
  • Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Stocking
  • Holiday Tree
  • Gift Box
  • Snowman
  • Wreath

Wild Creature Colors
  • Jade *NEW*
  • PineGreen *NEW*
  • SpruceGreen *NEW*
  • DarkMagenta *NEW*
  • Glacial *NEW*
  • PowderBlue *NEW*
  • Teal *NEW*
  • DarkViolet *NEW*
  • Red
  • Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Red
  • Dark Green
  • Dark Red
  • Dino Light Red
  • Dino Light Green
  • Dino Medium Green
  • Dino Albino
  • NearWhite

ARK II & ARK: THE Animated Series

ARK II, Sequel to the Multi-Platinum Dinosaur Franchise has been announced with major moves to expand the iconic survival universe! We’re so excited to share the trailer with you!

ARK II thrusts players into a brutal new world of primitive survival against both beast and man, facing down the ever-present threats of hyper-realistic intelligent dinosaurs, aggressive alien fauna, and the exotic environments of an unearthly planet. Survivors will continue ARK's dramatic eons-spanning story of humankind's evolution, in this next-generation sandbox survival experience!

Catch the Official full length high-resolution trailer featuring Vin Diesel as the hero protagonist, Santiago

Finally, here's a special treat from Gareth Coker, the first two Official tracks from the ARK II soundtrack!

ARK: Animated Series

Studio Wildcard has partnered with acclaimed director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) to executive produce and co-showrun an original animated television series based on the hit video game ARK: Survival Evolved.

Created and executive produced by the game’s creators Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak and associate produced by the game’s product managers, Jatheish K and Ihriel E, ARK: The Animated Series is currently composed of fourteen 30-minute episodes and has two seasons currently in production in anticipation of a 2022 launch.

Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman, DC’s Bombshells, Batman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Josie and the Pussycats) and Kendall Deacon Davis (Halo 4, The Wolf Among Us, Honor of Kings) are the lead writers for ARK: The Animated Series, which features an extraordinary voice cast!

Voice talent and character descriptions, in alphabetical order:
  • Gerard Butler plays General Gaius Marcellus Nerva, a brutal ancient Roman despot.
  • Devery Jacobs plays Alasie, a peppy 17th century Inuit teenager, now finding her place on the ARK.
  • Cissy Jones plays The Gladiatrix, a formidable commander in Nerva's army.
  • Madeleine Madden plays 21st century Australian paleontologist Helena Walker, newly awoken on the ARK.
  • Deborah Mailman plays Deborah Walker, a 21st century Aboriginal Australian activist, and mother to Helena Walker.
  • Zahn McClarnon plays Thunder Comes Charging, a 19th century Lakota warrior who leads a thriving community on the ARK.
  • Malcolm McDowell plays Senator Lucius Cassius Virilis, a manipulative aristocrat during the reign of Caesar Augustus.
  • Juliet Mills plays Chava, a wise healer and village councilmember.
  • Elliot Page plays Victoria Walker, an idealistic humanitarian aid worker, and wife of Helena Walker.
  • Ragga Ragnars plays Queen Sigrid, a bellicose 10th century Viking warlord.
  • David Tennant plays Sir Edmund Rockwell, an egocentric 19th century scientist harboring dark ambitions.
  • Alan Tudyk plays The Captain, a crusty buccaneer who profitably sails the dangerous waters around the ARK.
  • Karl Urban plays Bob, a recent square-jawed ARK arrival.
  • Jeffrey Wright plays Henry Townsend, an 18th century American watchmaker and Patriot spy.
  • Michelle Yeoh plays Meiyin Li, a 3rd century Chinese rebel leader, known on the ARK by her reputation as the formidable “Beast Queen.”
  • Ron Yuan plays Han Li, a 3rd century Chinese rebel leader and brother to Meiyin.
  • With Russell Crowe playing Kor the Prophet, an eccentric ‘dino-whisperer’ hailing from a time before recorded history.
  • And Vin Diesel playing 24th century ‘Mek’-pilot, gearhead, & freedom-fighter Santiago.

Vin Diesel has joined Studio Wildcard as President of Creative Convergence and will act as executive producer of both “ARK II” and “ARK: The Animated Series.” Diesel will also lend his voice talents as Santiago, a fully rendered hero protagonist, who will cross over from the newly announced video game sequel to the animated television series.

From cutting-edge animation studio Lex + Otis and with music composed by Gareth Coker (Ori and the Will of the Wisps), ARK: The Animated Series chronicles the story of a mysterious primeval land populated by dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, where people from throughout human history have been resurrected. When 21st century Australian paleontologist Helena Walker awakes on the ARK after tragedy, she must learn to survive and find new allies, or die again at the hands of ruthless warlords -- all while trying to uncover the true nature of their strange new world.

ARK fans will recognise many aspects of the lore and witness new depth and development to familiar characters. We can’t wait to share more as we near the airing!

To celebrate our latest news of ARK II and ARK: The Animated Series, we've created some special skins you can obtain in-game. Be sure to view the trailers from the ARK main game menu to get your hands on a cool anime raptor inspired from the animated series, or a hatchet and spear skin inspired from ARK II!

Official Network PC Server Maintenance

The Official PC Network will be undergoing maintenance at approximately 10PM on Wednesday, December 16th. We are expecting up to 3 hours of downtime during this maintenance period. We are scheduling this downtime so that it impacts the least amount of players.

If there are changes to the proposed maintenance window timeframe, we'll provide a more specific timeframe prior to the maintenance period.

EVO Event

Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event as part of Winter Wonderland! It will be active from Thursday the 17th of Dec at 1 PM EST until Thursday the 7th of January at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:
  • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
  • 2X Player XP
  • 2X Harvesting

Fan Art

ARK: Survival Evolved by EdenStarInc

Giga in ARK 2 by Robinson Vronti (Discord)

The Dragon by MoltenElement

Feeling Nostalgic by naeriie

Griffin by Toxin

Yuty by Amberghini

ARK 2[] by AdamsAlive4kids

Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays!
Studio Wildcard

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