Ark Survival Evolved doesn't have a traditional save button. Admin commands are required for saving the game in most scenarios, including on the console. This functionality is available only to players with admin access.
The game automatically saves progress as you play, but knowing how to manually backup the world is crucial for securing your progress after significant achievements, such as building structures or taming creatures.
Manual saving in Ark involves using console commands. The 'admincheat saveworld' command forces the game to update the save file immediately.
Steps for Saving on Different Platforms
To save the world file, locate the save folder in the game's directory, copy it, and store it in a backup location. Repeat this process for any other maps you wish to save.
To force save in Ark, use the 'admincheat saveworld' command. Adjust the 'AutoSavePeriodMinutes' option in the server's configuration files to change the automatic save frequency.
Loading a saved game is as simple as logging into the game with the correct files in the ShooterGame and Saved folders. Replace the current save files with backups if necessary, then launch Ark and select the desired map.