It’s been five years since the first survivors awoke, naked and starving on a mysterious island, encountering doddering Dodo birds and vicious velociraptors. Today, ARK: Survival Evolved is marking this anniversary with a special in-game event, a new tameable pterosaur Tropeognathus, and the release of the fantasy-themed “Crystal Isles – ARK Expansion Map,” available now for free to all ARK owners on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store!

The ARK party starts NOW! Today through Thursday, June 18, survivors on all platforms can celebrate the Anniversary Event with Party Dodos, interactive cake, new chibis and surprises, and dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbows. To honor the occasion, all breeding rates will be 2x, and 4x bonuses for taming, harvesting, and XP rates until the party is over!

Haven’t yet ridden a dinosaur? For one week, the ARK: Survival Evolved base game is available for free download on the Epic Games Store and 80% off on PlayStation 4.

”Crystal Isles – ARK Expansion Map” was also added to ARK’s official servers as a free download for PC players. The brand new map contains 150 square kilometers of colorful scenery and awe-inspiring biomes teeming with life. Build your bases high in rainforest canopies and mysterious floating islands, then dive deep into undersea caverns in search of resources. Crystal Isles will be available for free on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall.


Additionally, ARK’s newest dinosaur Tropeognathus will be released today for players on all platforms (PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Win10). Tame and saddle this flying pterosaur then take it on a dizzying jet-fuel-powered ride into combat, complete with a powerful mounted flak cannon.

On June 2, 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved launched onto Steam’s Early Access program and since that time has amassed more than 30 million players across all platforms!

The ARK: Survival Evolved Crystal Isles Expansion Map is a free downloadable update available now on Steam & the Epic Game Store, and will also be available to download on the PS4 and Xbox versions of ARK this Fall.

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