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Ark: Survival Evolved Releases First Sponsored Mod

Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard recently announced that its first Sponsored Mod is now live on the game's Steam version. The Sponsored Mod, called Ragnarok, offers an entirely new expansion-sized map to play on, with new biomes such as cold mountains and an active volcano. The full feature list as announced follows:

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Ark: Survival Evolved's Sponsored Mod program was announced back in March, as an initiative by Studio Wildcard to develop a healthy long-term modding scene for the survival game. Each month, the Sponsored Mod program selects 15 modders who will be paid a $4,000 stipend to work on their Survival Evolved mods. After that month is up, Studio Wildcard evaluates the state of each mod to decide whether the mod should be released, or the modder should continue receiving payment, or if the quality is not what is expected and another modder should take their place.

Studio Wildcard's co-creative director, Jeremy Stieglitz, said of the Sponsored Mod at the time:

"The hope is that with this kind of stipend, these authors, who really are hobbyists and have day jobs so they can't really afford to spend as much time as they'd like on modding, that this will let them spend more time on modding, and ideally, hopefully, take some of these mods to completion."

Ark: Survival Evolved and its Ragnarok Sponsored Mod are now available on Steam, and will release in full for Windows, Mac, Linux, along with Xbox One and PlayStation 4, on August 8 this year.

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