Interview with Jordanisgreat
Today we’re giving you a little peek into an ARK modders life. Let’s meet Jordan York Gregory, also known as Jordanisgreat!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Age, where you’re from. Interests, hobbies, etc.
I have been modding since I was 12 years old in 2016 (I am 17 now and will be 18 on November 7th) I love dinosaurs, Sharks, and Dragons and I love video games like Halo, ARK, Battlefront 2, and more. I am from Ontario Canada.
How did you get started on your projects?
I started modding ARK because in the past I made Minecraft shark mods to add sharks to Minecraft. I wanted to add Jurassic world creatures to ark since I loved JWTG at the time and played it like crazy. That started the great journey to making my ark mods. The main 4 mods you will find in my collection are DragonARK, JurassicARK, Saurians Evolved, and KatianARK.
What is/has been your inspiration?
DragonARK was something I wanted to do because after I had a personal issue happen and I had gone to a hospital in 2017 I fell in love with dragons. I wanted to add dragons I found in this how-to-draw dragon book and the hospital staff printed out pictures of Rock Drakes and stuff for me to draw and I started making a Water Wyvern.
For Saurians Evolved a friend of mine, sid, made the original first mod and I offered to help him update it for a sequel, and like with most of my collabs I did all the work without the person I was collaborating with. I did most of it and it became kind of my own thing and then I got help from many other mod creators such as hydragonofdeath, gigaraptor, prome, trainspotting vagabond, and more.
For KaitanARK it was just a mod that was used for commissioned Kaiju’s on Fiverr that ended up becoming a personal project because I and hydragonofdeath loved the mod so much we made our own creatures for it.
I have other mods too but they are either DLC’s or standalone commissions for my orders on Fiverr.
Is this your first ARK-related project? Have you worked on anything similar before?
After modding ARK I started to make Halo mods. I made a Halo 3 ODST mod, I made a Battlefront 2 mod. Hell, I even make animations in SFM and even Unreal Engine FNAF fan games and Sonic fan games with all the modding skills I learned over the years.
Outside of the ARK world, have you any other experience with any type of modding or coding?
Like I said before I have done stuff for Minecraft, Halo, Battlefront, SFM, and UE4. My most successful even more than my ARK mods are the Five Nights at Fredbear’s games. They have such a big audience and I have to work on them sometimes but ARK modding is my main job at the moment too.
Do you have any tips and tricks for other people that either are doing this or want to get into it?
I suggest watching modding tutorials. I got to edit and re-release the updated version of mine (the old one is gone due to my old channel being falsely taken down) or just asking me cause I’ll always be able to help with any creature-related stuff. Or even join the modding discord for help!
Do you have any plans or spoilers for your project you’d like to share?
Well. I have such a big list I probably can’t put it here. I dream a lot and I always have so many ideas. I will give you the rundown.
DragonARK is gonna get a massive update that adds a lot of new variants of dragons. I am gonna add Perfect Chaos from Sonic Adventure into the mod cause why not?
Saurians Evolved 2 is getting tons of fixes and updates that will help make it into a better mod. I plan on adding new food like rice. Also, guns, armor, and I will be expanding on arks vehicles to add more. Very Halo-inspired stuff.
Jurassic Ark will be getting updates to fix things and make it good.
My Fiverr commissions will be coming out more and more for people to play around with. Such as SCP and Godzilla.
Finally, The main big thing is, Saurians Evolved Primordial. Completely custom creatures that all serve different uses. This will be my best mod yet and I cannot wait to release it.
Anything you’d like to add?
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me. I don’t think I ever got the chance to credit them cause I am not active outside of Discord on my Steam pages. Thanks to prome, Hydragonofdeath/ghdoirah, Trainspotting Vagabond, Stupid Sid, Giga Raptor, Rexcore, Unknown, UGZ, Mystic Academy, Rogue, Shoplifter, Lord nordic, Skully, Denise, Red Dragon, r2-d3po, The canadian thats secruly amercian, DakoTako, Doomguy, Savag3Calib3r, EverynightXriot, AxeMan, Mister Ecks, barroth and all my Fiverr customers for all helping me in some way or form.
I might be forgetting some people and that’s only because my journey has been years long and I have been very good. I hope that you enjoy this interview. I am glad that I can share my stuff as at times I forget to really interact properly due to how busy I am. I am glad to spend my time writing this.
Thanks to Jordanisgreat for taking the time to talk to us and share his experiences!