ARK: Survival Evolved (Studio Wildcard)


Development Info

Features

Role: Writer
Genre: Open World Survival
Players: 1-70
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platform: PC, Xbox One and PS4
Time on Team: May 2016 – January 2017
  • An online, open world survival game with hardcore mechanics and RPG statistics
  • A wide variety of dinosaurs and other creatures that can be fought, tamed and bred
  • A deep crafting system that includes structure building, farming and more
  • The ability to form tribes with other players and conduct large scale PvP battles

Game Overview

As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate… and escape!

Responsibilities

  • Wrote over 350 in-game journal entries or “Explorer Notes” for multiple characters in ARK: Survival Evolved, ARK: Scorched Earth and ARK: Aberration
  • Used said journal entries to craft a cohesive and coherent narrative for ARK and expand on its lore
  • Wrote “Dino Dossier” in-game and promo documents describing new creatures that were being introduced to the game and its expansions

Explorer Notes


Players can find various Explorer Notes across the map in ARK: Survival Evolved and its expansions, Scorched Earth and Aberration, which tell the stories of a diverse cast of characters who arrived on the ARK from a various points in human history. I originally wrote all of them in English, and some are in that language by default. Others initially appear in a foreign language or stylized font for the sake of immersion, but players can read them in English by turning on subtitles. The text from them is also available on the ARK wiki, but please note that these were transcribed by fans, so there may be typos or minor inaccuracies that did not exist in the original text. Click here to read them on the wiki, or scroll down to see some examples of how they appear in-game.

Helena Explorer Note
Dahkeya Explorer Note
Rockwell Explorer Note
Mei-Yin Explorer Note
Nerva Explorer Note
Raia Explorer Note

Dino Dossier Examples


The Dino Dossiers were written by Helena, one of the characters above, and can be collected by players in the same manner as the journal entries. However, many of these were completed before I joined the team in May, 2016. I am only responsible for the ones released after that point in time, including all the dossiers from the Scorched Earth expansion.

Jerboa Dossier
Wyvern Dossier
Giant Bee Dossier