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ARK: Survival Evolved Gets a Dev Kit for Mod Development

Players on ARK: Survival Evolved were given an interesting gift today which could open the game up in new interesting ways. That is, if you are a gamer interested in modding.

Released today, the ARK Dev Kit is a streamlined version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor. It simplifies the development and sharing process of mods created for ARK.

With this release Studio Wildcard, the developers of the game have also started a contest, which also starts today. The competition is sponsored by Alienware and is designed “to celebrate the best in the modding community.”

The prizes from the competition are:

  • Grand Prize (1st Place): $15,000 USD, Alienware Area-51 Desktop, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card
  • 2nd Place: $5,000 USD, Alienware X51 Desktop, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
  • 3rd Place: $2,500 USD and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

Terms and conditions for the competition, as well as more details of what is involved can be found here.

Players will be able to submit island maps, underground environments, new structures and items for the game. The aim is to see just how creative the modding community can be when it comes to the Dinosaur based survival game.

ARK: Survival Evolved is a game in which you are stranded on an island with little chance of survival. You must gather resources, hunt, craft items, grow crops and research technologies that will help you to survive and grow stronger, ready to do battle with not only the dinosaurs that inhabit the island, but also other players who have started off in the same situation.

Initially released through Steam Early Access, it was recently revealed at Gamescom to be moving onto the Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program.

With the new modding tools and contest it will no doubt get more attention from gamers, and modders looking to show off their skills.

Are you a fan of ARK: Survival Evolved? Will you be trying out the new modding tools? Let us know your thoughts below.