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About Ark: Survival Evolved
Loved Jurassic park? Well, if you did, Ark: Survival Evolved may be one of those games you may want to try your hands on. Ark: Survival Evolved is an action-adventure video game that revolves around the concept of surviving and taming prehistoric creatures, including Dinosaurs to help you with the countless quests as the game progresses.
The game was first released in August 2017 for multiple gaming platforms including Microsoft Windows, PlayStation and Xbox. The Android and iOS version of the game was released the subsequent year. The developers released the Downloadable Contents expansion packs of the game which helped the game gain massive popularity in the community.
In fact, ARK was one of the most popular action-adventure games by November 2018. Nearly 2.4% of the total PC gamer population were actively playing ARK and was also ranked as the most popular game in Germany. The unique gameplay, immersive graphics and the DC expansion versions are one of the core reasons why the game has become such a huge hit amongst the PC gaming enthusiasts.
The gameplay of the Ark: Survival Evolved is primarily focused on surviving on a fictional land called ARK filled with prehistoric creatures. The game follows an open-world navigation mechanics. The players can roam around the land either on foot or by riding a dinosaur or any other prehistoric creatures available at their disposal. The game can either be played from a first-person or a third-person perspective.
The game can be played either as a single-player mode or multiplayer mode as well. The fundamental concept of the single-player mode involves taming and feeding the creatures to help you complete some specific tasks, build bases or attack other player’s base. Players can get access to a wide range of improvised weapons and firearms to defend their base against the attacks from other players.
At present, the game has about 176 creatures. Although the game initially consisted of only prehistoric creatures and dinosaurs, the number of creatures and animals grew as the game progressed. The game developers later on added some of their original signature creatures and also some mythical creatures such as phoenix and wyvern to the game rank.
In multiplayer mode, the players can join together and form “tribes.” These tribes can protect or assist each other in attacking other tribe base or defending their base as well. The maximum allotted number of tribe members varies with different servers.
There is (of course) the PvP game mode that allows players to fight each other. However, there is also a PvE game mode where the players are immune to each other’s attacks or simply barred from attacking each other’s base. Other than that the other available game mods on multiplayer mode are –
- PvX mod (specific for mobile platform)
- Survival of the fittest
How To Install Mods on An Ark Server
Ark: Survival evolved is all about an open-world survival, and it is even better when it is multiplayer. There are the tribes, the construction, hunting, and so many things only limited by imagination. The ability to create custom servers truly creates a great an excellent experience for players too, but to truly create a great and unique experience, Mods are the way to go. This can be a very confusing task, especially for new players. So here is a tutorial on how to install mods on ARK: Survival evolved servers.
Backup and Update the game
Backup the entire Ark server files. This is useful in case of mistakes, or to restore any changes made, and so on. The Server files should come up around 42 GB of space. After that, update Ark: Survival Evolved server into the latest version available to avoid any complications as well.
Backup Server with Steam CMD (or Steam Command Prompt)
The Steam CMD is a useful tool for updating dedicated servers. Running it the first time will download any and every necessary file for the game son Steam. Once that is done, create a new document file as a .bat file.
Open the .bat file through an edit and copy the following dialogue:
Start “” steamcmd.exe +login username password +force_install_dir “G:\steam\ARKServer” +app_update 346110 validate +quit”. Use actual username and password for the login details in the .bat file. As for the last line, it is where the downloaded data files are stored.
Run the .bat. The file will require an authorization. Once that is complete, the .bat file will download any necessary applications. This can also be used to update the servers when available.
After that, go to Arkserver>shootergame>binaries>windows64. Create another .bat file here. Name it as StartServer.bat and copy the lines “start ShooterGameServer.exe TheIsland?SessionName=ATestServer?Port=27015?QueryPort=27016?listen”. change the “Session name” with the server name.
The Query Port forwarding is essential in order to allow other players to find and join the server. Go to portforward.com to set up port forwarding. Once the router is selected, the instructions for set up will follow. Go to setuprouter.com to find your router.
After the set-up is complete, run the StartServer.bat.
After that, there will be a new folder under “shooter game” folder. Open Saved>config>Windows Server. The GameUserSettings.ini is the file where various parameters for the servers can be edited, such as password protection, max player levels, and so on.
Include the parameters under a new line [server settings]. This is not recommended for new modders.
Go to arkservers.net to check whether or not the server is running. The website will display every active server online. However, one can use the search bar to find the specific server with the help of the server name that was configured.
Installing mods using Ark Server launcher
The Ark Server launcher is a simple server managing tool. It also downloads mods, and it provides an auto download of mods when other players join the server. Thus, players do not need to download the mods themselves.
Firstly you need to download the Ark Server Launcher. The Ark server launcher should come in three files: a folder called “Default,” the server launcher and am updater. Run the launcher, and set the installation to Local. Click on “Browse”, and select the folder where the ark server files are located. Click next, and the launcher should auto-install and set up.
After the file is downloaded, click on Mods in the program menu. A search box should appear, along with a list of mods. Just click on the preferred mod, and click on “add” and the mods should appear on the left side of the screen. Click on the mod that was added, click on activate. After a checkmark appears, click on “install and update,” and the mod will be installed to the server automatically. After that, start the server.
Installing Ark Server mods from Steam
Locating the Mods:
Now another way to install Mods is directly through Steam. Subscribing to a mod should automatically download that mod onto the directories. The Mod files should be located under steamapps\common\ARK\shootergame\content\mods.
Installing the Mods:
The next step is to install the mods onto the server. The server has to know what to do with the mods, but that comes later. First of all, log into the Server’s FTP. Just navigate into the local site directories and go to the location of the mods. When found, click and drag towards the remote site. This will automatically add the mods onto the server.
To avoid any complication, it is best to install mods with a clean slate. Before installing new mods, make sure that the server is fresh of previous or old files. If DLC items are included, however, do NOT remove them. Once the files are uploaded onto the servers, there are a few last things that need to be done:
- Run the server first and close it again. This will generate a saved folder.
- Open the command center and from there, go to the files tab, and look for a gameusers.ini file. This will be found in the config folder under “saved.” Open the file and look for the line “ActiveMods=.”
- To tell the server to run the mods, type in the name of the mod, save and exit the file. In case of multiple active mods, do the same with commas to separate.
- Now, after that, restart the server. If the instructions is followed to the letter, there should be no problems. The server will run with the mods active.
Common Problems and fixes:
One of the most common errors with Ark: survival evolved server mods is the mismatch error. Mod version mismatch error usually happens when client’s server and the players have different versions of the mods. The problem can easily be solved by removing all prior mods, and then reinstalling them again.
If the server-client is run through Ark Server launcher, this will not be a problem. The launcher will automatically provide the files as a download directly.