Studio Wildcard revealed today at the Game Developers Conference 2017 that it has launched the ARK Sponsored Mods program, which will provide both financial support and development advice to select modders of ARK: Survival Evolved. The program’s goal is to give a boost to the vibrant ARK modding community by selecting 15 projects each month to each receive $4,000 towards the modders’ ongoing development costs. Completed mods may also be considered for integration into the final retail release on PC and Consoles of ARK: Survival Evolved.
Cedric Burkes, Community Manager and Technical Liaison at Studio Wildcard, said:
“We know how expensive it can be to make and distribute a great mod, and through the new Sponsored Mods program, we want to reduce some of that financial burden, while offering development support to modders. We believe this program is the first of its kind, where modders earn money to complete their projects, and we hope it catches on in the industry, perhaps even becoming a standard.”
Jeremy Stieglitz, Co-Founder and Lead Designer & Programmer at Studio Wildcard, added:
“ARK Mods have contributed mightily to the game’s longevity & variety, and we’re very grateful to the talented content creators who make them. With the new ‘ARK Sponsored Mods’ program, we aim to be able to support some of the most promising authors directly, and continue to attract the world’s most talented Modders to build amazing new content for ARK.”
Over the course of sponsorship, the modders will be working with Cedric Burkes (Creator of Primitive+ and Studio Wildcard Mod Liason) to see how they progress over the month. They will go through reviews to make sure that bug reports players have made are being resolved, and that their projects are progressing and developing. Sponsorship can end for a mod if progress isn’t being made, and Studio Wildcard is keeping its eyes open for other modders who it can potentially work with.
Below are the first 15 mods that are taking part in the Sponsored Mod program. Every month going forward, new Mods may be added to the program.
NPC Bush People by Swords
Scorched Earth Decor, RP Decor, eco In Wonderland, and ecoTrees by eco
Ragnarok by Excited Kangaroo
Structures Plus, Platforms Anywhere, Platforms Plus by orionsun
Steampunk Mod by iSpeZz
Roraima by Jeff
Castles, Keeps, and Forts Architecture by enc | ExileAcid
Survival Plus by Tao
Ark Moon Survival by DavidBC
Shigo Islands by Exilog
Madagascar Evolved by Hey my team rules!
Thieves Island and Skies of Nazca by Tkat5200
MRRadTools.Inc by MRRadioactiv
Ark Postal Service and Offline Raid Protection by jslay
Advanced Admin Command Menu by Woeful Macabre