If I might been requested this morning to guess what’s been occurring in Ark: Survival Ascended, the survival game with dinosaurs, and my choices have been “they added some new dinosaurs” or “they made a Mickey Mouse sidescroller in it,” I positively would’ve been improper.

This week, Studio Wildcard up to date the Ark Improvement Package mod instruments with a “highly effective, versatile framework that permits creators to construct fully new video games from scratch within Ark,” and has demonstrated that framework with the video above, which features a straight-up Steamboat Willie platformer.

The studio additionally added a “Customized Cosmetics” system and a few Steamboat Willie seems to be to go together with it. (If you happen to missed it, the primary Mickey Mouse cartoon lastly entered the general public area this yr.)

“Now Survivors can dynamically apply player-generated costumes to gamers and dinos, skins to armors and weapons, and skins to all of the game’s buildings including each visible selection and useful enhancements,” says Studio Wildcard. “These might be dynamically added onto any server, together with Official Servers.”

The up to date Dev Package, in the meantime, allows the creation of “customized maps,” “game modes,” and as evidenced by the Mickey Mouse demo, “fully new experiences” that work on each PC and console.

The source for “Tremendous Steamboat Willie,” as they’re calling the Mickey sidescroller, is included within the Dev Package as “an illustration of the inventive flexibility and freedom” of the Easy Game Framework, “and a small instance to jump-start new inventive creations in Ark: Survival Ascended from the modding neighborhood.”

I am undecided whether or not Ark’s going to turn out to be a giant platform for distinctive user-made video games like Roblox, however I am going to by no means say no to highly effective mod instruments. The Ark Dev Package might be downloaded from the Epic Video games Retailer—it is a “customized model of the Unreal Engine 5 Editor,” which is why you may discover it there and never on Steam.

“The sources we devoted to this method? Value each byte,” Studio Wildcard mentioned of its up to date mod instruments in a publish on Thursday. “Now, these sources are again on Ark: Survival Ascended, and we’re laser-focused on getting Scorched Earth to you in April!”

The Scorched Earth desert map is about to launch on April 1. 

This week’s update additionally added official transfers: “Now you can move objects, creatures, and characters onto the map with out restriction!” exclaimed the devs. The function is offered on sure official servers, with unofficial server assist to return.