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Raptor Claus is Comin’ to Town in ARK: Survival Evolved

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The dinosaur-filled world of ARK: Survival World is getting festive with a seasonal Winter Wonderland holiday event. The event is live now on every single and multiplayer server. Look up in the sky between midnight and 2 am in game time to find Raptor Claus flying overhead in his sleigh, dropping down high-level loot, as well as mistletoe and coal.

This year adds his partner Gacha Claus, who roams the land in a Santa-themed outfit. Gacha Claus cannot be tamed and spawns as a Parasaur with holiday colors and a Santa Hat.

You can give Gacha Claus the coal and he will exchange it for holiday-themed items. Items include holiday lights, Christmas trees, stockings, and snowman to bring some festive cheer to your homes.

You can also trade in mistletoe to Gacha Claus for weapons and armor. There’s a random chance that Gacha Claus will reward you with a special dino holiday candy, which can give a dinosaur a festive makeover.

During the event all dinosaurs have a 20% chance of spawning with holiday colors.

The event comes with a patch that includes lots of balance changes and fixes. Find the full patch notes here.

The Winter Wonderland event is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It ends January 7, 2019. ARK: Survival Evolved is rated T for Teen.

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Dino-Rider ARK: Survival Evolved Headed to Switch

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During the Game Developers Conference this week, Studio Wildcard announced ARK: Survival Evolved is headed to the Nintendo Switch. It’s launching this fall.

“The Switch’s handheld mode provides a fantastic new capability for survivors who want to fully immerse themselves in the vast worlds of ARK,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, lead designer and director at Studio Wildcard. “With this new version, Switch players can go directly from hunting and taming while sitting on the couch, to forming online tribes and searching out new conquests when on the bus, waiting in line, or wherever they happen to be.”

The Switch port is co-developed with Abstraction Games to bring the full ARK experience to the Switch, with over 100 prehistoric and fantastical creatures roaming on a shared island world.

The announcement comes just one week after Studio Wildcard announced that ARK: Survival Evolved is also headed to mobile devices. The mobile port is developed by War Drum Studios. Closed beta invites for iOS players have begun to go out. GDC 2018 attendees can be among the first to play the iOS version in the Epic Games booth on the show floor (ARK runs on the Unreal engine).

ARK: Survival Evolved originally launched via Steam Early Access in Summer 2015. It officially launched last fall on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The survival-crafting game has been praised for its visuals, depth of content, and consistent updates and patches. It’s been criticized for its time requirements, reliance on grinding, and obtuse designs.

Both the mobile and Switch ports should be out later this year. ARK: Survival Evolved is rated T for Teen with Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, and Alcohol.