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    A Message from the Founders

    Hello Survivors,

    Jesse and Jeremy here! We know things have been a bit quiet on Genesis news for the past few weeks, even though there is much more to show you, we’ve been deeply immersed in the pre-release development process. That being said, we’re writing today to tell you that the final release date for Genesis Part 1 is now February 25th, 2020 simultaneously on all platforms.

    This additional delay will no doubt come as a disappointment to everyone who is eagerly awaiting Genesis. We’re extremely sorry to push it back an extra month, but as we have been heads-down with the rest of the team polishing, balancing and putting the final pieces together, we really felt that the extra wait will be worth it both for the quality of the base game and the ambitious new expansion.

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    The live ops team is taking advantage of the scheduling change by making sure we have a really fun Valentine’s event in store for you (something we originally planned to skip because it followed so closely behind the launch of the new expansion). Plus, we’ve just deployed an initial anti-meshing patch, and next week we will be rolling out a definitive anti-meshing logic overhaul that should fundamentally address those long-standing issues. As we look forward to a successful cross-platform launch of Genesis, all of this will make ARK substantially better for everyone who plays PvP and PvE.

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    On behalf of the broader Wildcard team, we thank you so much for your passion, creativity, feedback, and support. We are extremely thrilled to bring ARK’s next chapter to you, and are looking forward to a hugely exciting 2020! Meanwhile, here are some tasty new screenshots from ARK: Genesis Part 1!

    Jesse and Jeremy
    Studio Wildcard


     

    Anti-Meshing Efforts

    Hey everybody! I’m WC_jellyknee, the lead Live Ops Engineer on the ARK team.
     
    I wanted to tell you about our efforts to prevent cheating in ARK in general, and our continuing efforts to defeat undermeshing specifically. We're excited to get this post out in order to address the issue of meshing with the community and, also, to share news on how we will be countering meshing more aggressively moving forward via technical solutions. I'm going to start off by quoting from a previous developer diary:

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    Undermeshing refers to the ability to get to where you aren't supposed to by moving outside of the playable space. Almost every game is susceptible to undermeshing in some form. Most speed runs rely on undermeshing, for example. It's effectively impossible to solve completely, at least automatically. The approaches taken to prevent it are usually a tradeoff between how much freedom you want the player to have, how complex your world is, and how much processing time you can afford to spend on physics. Generally, when there's an instance of meshing, it's caused by bad collision setup, improper level geometry (holes), or a problem with the algorithm used to move the character through the world. In some instances, you place kill volumes in locations that you want to guarantee that the player doesn't end up, but that isn’t a global solution.

    When we lay out our levels - we construct them in the way that is interesting and optimize them for efficiency so that we can maximize quality and quantity. What that means is generally the world outside of the space you're meant to play in is empty - we spend our resources on the spaces where players are at. In addition - we reuse assets many, many times - rotating a rock different ways to make it look different before shoving it into the terrain at various depths to mask the reuse and keep it visually pleasing. Technically, the physics for these objects overlaps, and if you get past the surface of one, you'll stand on the next one down. While that sounds like it would help, it’s actually the meat of the problem. Adding more meshes doesn’t help, because once you can get past one, you can get past the next one. That said, there have been many instances where we’ve flagged the collision on an object incorrectly, or left a minute hole that we can and do address through Level Design.


    You can read the rest of the developer diary here:


     
    Undermeshing has been a thorn in the side of both players as well as the enforcement team, and a serious concern for the development team. To help mitigate this, we have further upgraded our anti-undermeshing system in order to help the enforcement team track down problematic map areas, as well as tracking down people who are breaking the ARK Code of Conduct.
     
    This underlying system has been in place for a while now, gathering useful data, and we have been testing it to make sure that it works reliably. We wanted to make sure that it minimizes the amount of false positives - we don't want it to flag locations where players can get to during normal play

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    Now that this system has been proven to be effective, we've now built another layer on top of it to take advantage of this data. I don't want to give specific numbers here because it can only help bad actors try to find new exploits, but I'll explain how this system works:
     
    1) If we detect a player undermeshing for a certain amount of time, it will teleport them to a valid position that they were previously at. It will then monitor that player for an amount of time.
    2) If the system finds that player undermeshing again within that time, or if it's not able to teleport the player to a previous position, then the player's character will die. Any items being carried will remain at that location.
    3) The system is aware of what the character is doing, and will take certain actions into account to help prevent player frustration.
     
    The system, whilst in a state we’re confident will have an impact on limiting meshing, is in a state of ongoing development. We will continually make improvements and updates,  along with rolling out more definitive undermeshing-resolving changes in the next week.

     



    While we continue to introduce new content and experiences to fans of ARK we will remain focused on ensuring that everyone has a fair playing experience on the Official Network.

    By default, the anti meshing system will be on for the Official Network
    
    For Unofficials, these launch parameters can be used:
    -noundermeshchecking // Will turn it off the anti meshing system entirely
    -noundermeshkilling // Will turn it off the anti meshing player kills (but still allow teleporting)

     

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    20 minutes ago, Cybercon said:

    I know you ARK Devs get a lot of backlash when you have to delay the launch of another DLC, but if that means that we get a less buggy release AND simultaneous launch on all systems, I believe that it is worth it.

    Having seen what's been happening with the last several patches and events what makes you believe the delayed release will be "less buggy"? LOL!

    They have crashed the entire network of servers including all platforms AND official servers and had them unplayable for extended amounts of time with event releases --- this is a huge DLC release. So, release some time on the 25th followed by hourly, then daily, patches for a week or more so everybody can actually play the game again.

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    47 minutes ago, Uzo said:

    Are you serious? You Say you are releasing it December then you go onto say that you delay THEN you dont say anything for a whole month and THEN DELAY IT ANOTHER MONTH. You said that It was delayed a month 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE HOW IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TIME. 

     

    I am Demanding a refund from this dlc. Absolutely Ridiculous.  

    Good please leave, the rest of us will wait patiently. Your reaction is ridiculous, grow up. 

    I understand your frustration, but keep it to yourself. Thank you.

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    43 minutes ago, harrington said:

    My personal favourite update/fix and many others agree. Not too concerned about Genesis release, thanks for the mesh fix!

    Its just lies to get more people to buy the dlc

     

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    3 minutes ago, Pwill1998 said:

    Good please leave, the rest of us will wait patiently. Your reaction is ridiculous, grow up. 

    no we will not, and everyone is free to their opinion, you dont like that kind of reaction, close your browser :D

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    Just now, Pwill1998 said:

    Good please leave, the rest of us will wait patiently. Your reaction is ridiculous, grow up. 

    I understand your frustration, but keep it to yourself. Thank you.

    While caps locking it wouldn't be my approach, honestly, their reaction is understandable and they're allowed to feel that way. This has happened so so many times it's honestly unreal. People can be optimistic and say "Take as much time as you need, I'd rather a polished DLC" but it just goes to show they haven't been around for long as even with this extra time the DLC will surely have big issues. I understand WC struggles and must be stressed, but after an absurd amount of delays, as long as people aren't downright nasty, I think anger is 100% understandable.

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    4 minutes ago, PhorceOne said:

    Having seen what's been happening with the last several patches and events what makes you believe the delayed release will be "less buggy"? LOL!

    Yes, they have had some difficulty with the last few patches that sets things back, including the release of Genesis. That doesn't mean they can't learn from it. If the Devs believe that the DLC is too buggy to be released in its current state, then I can trust their judgement. 

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    1 hour ago, Uzo said:

    Are you serious? You Say you are releasing it December then you go onto say that you delay THEN you dont say anything for a whole month and THEN DELAY IT ANOTHER MONTH. You said that It was delayed a month 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE HOW IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TIME. 

     

    I am Demanding a refund from this dlc. Absolutely Ridiculous.  

    Yes because we want wildcard to continue to release content way before it’s ready to be released filled with glitches and bugs like they have been in the past, honestly if they are finally actually fixing their stuff up and making a polished dlc i am 100% okay with waiting rather then going on a map just to crash or other bs issues occur making it not playable. 

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    Thank You Wildcard for Pushing it back one month, really thank you. :Dif it takes 3 months or even 5 its no problem at all but please please please try to release it without critical issues, bugs, crashes ... you released previous dlc with.

    Im only speaking for me and there is no sarcasm in this post i really hope it will be the first time that you bring an official dlc that has no problems at all right from the beginning like Valguero for example (smoothest release ever) im sorry to say but youve never released a dlc that was running that smooth from day One. And i think thats an important point many Companies didnt see they are trying to push, push again and then they try to push harder just to release it right in time but a modder is doing it because of his or her heart, because they like to produce that content for the Game they like and Companies ofc they need to make Money but People that get a product they are happy with usually buy more products of the same company and they will recommend to their friends, family ... pls think about that. A fast release of a dlc brings in fast cash but a good dlc keeps the company not even running it keeps the Company growing. And back to the main thing this post is about, thank you for not releasing it in january and please think about how a release would be for (y)our Community if they can enjoy it from day one? I think the Name Genesis is worth that effort. Maybe Genesis will be the thing the People will remember you in Years and its your decision how they will remember about it ;) Keep on doing the good Work #PositiveVibes


    and im pretty sure there are more People outside that are thinking like this, i mean Ark is a longterm Game i know some People (me Included) that have more then 10k hours on your Game we wouldnt play that Game if we wouldnt enjoy at all but i saw many People leaving Ark and ALL of them because of the Issues your Game has and Server Lags. Im sorry to say but its the truth. So please take all the Time it needs but please Fix Genesis until its running smooth maybe even do another open beta test and listen to your Community whatever but please take all the Time it need to bring us a Genesis we will like and enjoy and after that please Fix the Rest of Things that are still Broken in Game like Tek Bridges that cant snap to structures and decay after 12 hours as a lil example. Sorry thats a Long Text i wrote here and i think many are to lazy to read it but please think about it if you are one of the Team from Studio Wildcard that is reading that text and if you are just another Gamer that likes this Game like i do and agree with me and what i wrote here pls give me a thumbsup Emote to Show them there are more in the Comunity then just the People who say release release release, come on Wildcard release it tomorrow or better right NOW, ... And please Remember thats the same Group of People that will Cry after you released because it has so many bugs ... Some People will never be happy, but some are if you get them a good and enjoyable Ark again, those are with me pls give me a like (not just for me, i know there are more out there thinking like me, i mean for the Devs so that they will know.

    Sorry for my english and that this Text is that long but please read it! #PositiveVibes :D

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    This is f**king ridiculous. Been waiting months already. I been playing ark long enough to expect this to happen cuz it does everytime. That dont mean i have to like it. I'm so aggravated now. This guy ^^^^ is 100% correct. Its going to be poop regardless of how long u make us wait. Just release it and let us help u! 

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    1 hour ago, Uzo said:

    Are you serious? You Say you are releasing it December then you go onto say that you delay THEN you dont say anything for a whole month and THEN DELAY IT ANOTHER MONTH. You said that It was delayed a month 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE HOW IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TIME. 

     

    I am Demanding a refund from this dlc. Absolutely Ridiculous.  

    cut the guys some slack, they are doing this for us. It’s a pain to get delays, but what, you are just gonna buy it again aren’t ya

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    so im getting a refund thanks, 2 month delay bruh... i love the game ark but i wish wildcard wasn't behind it..god just image if a competent studio had this game smh.

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    That’s why you don’t pre order anything from these guys! They never get any date on time,!and they acting like it’s a one month push back when I’m sure it was originally supposed to be out in December or early January now end of February lmao wow what jokes

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    That’s why you don’t pre order anything from these guys! They never get any date on time,!and they acting like it’s a one month push back when I’m sure it was originally supposed to be out in December or early January now end of February lmao wow what jokes

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    42 minutes ago, 2x3m said:

    Thank You Wildcard for Pushing it back one month, really thank you. :Dif it takes 3 months or even 5 its no problem at all but please please please try to release it without critical issues, bugs, crashes ... you released previous dlc with.

    Im only speaking for me and there is no sarcasm in this post i really hope it will be the first time that you bring an official dlc that has no problems at all right from the beginning like Valguero for example (smoothest release ever) im sorry to say but youve never released a dlc that was running that smooth from day One. And i think thats an important point many Companies didnt see they are trying to push, push again and then they try to push harder just to release it right in time but a modder is doing it because of his or her heart, because they like to produce that content for the Game they like and Companies ofc they need to make Money but People that get a product they are happy with usually buy more products of the same company and they will recommend to their friends, family ... pls think about that. A fast release of a dlc brings in fast cash but a good dlc keeps the company not even running it keeps the Company growing. And back to the main thing this post is about, thank you for not releasing it in january and please think about how a release would be for (y)our Community if they can enjoy it from day one? I think the Name Genesis is worth that effort. Maybe Genesis will be the thing the People will remember you in Years and its your decision how they will remember about it ;) Keep on doing the good Work #PositiveVibes


    and im pretty sure there are more People outside that are thinking like this, i mean Ark is a longterm Game i know some People (me Included) that have more then 10k hours on your Game we wouldnt play that Game if we wouldnt enjoy at all but i saw many People leaving Ark and ALL of them because of the Issues your Game has and Server Lags. Im sorry to say but its the truth. So please take all the Time it needs but please Fix Genesis until its running smooth maybe even do another open beta test and listen to your Community whatever but please take all the Time it need to bring us a Genesis we will like and enjoy and after that please Fix the Rest of Things that are still Broken in Game like Tek Bridges that cant snap to structures and decay after 12 hours as a lil example. Sorry thats a Long Text i wrote here and i think many are to lazy to read it but please think about it if you are one of the Team from Studio Wildcard that is reading that text and if you are just another Gamer that likes this Game like i do and agree with me and what i wrote here pls give me a thumbsup Emote to Show them there are more in the Comunity then just the People who say release release release, come on Wildcard release it tomorrow or better right NOW, ... And please Remember thats the same Group of People that will Cry after you released because it has so many bugs ... Some People will never be happy, but some are if you get them a good and enjoyable Ark again, those are with me pls give me a like (not just for me, i know there are more out there thinking like me, i mean for the Devs so that they will know.

    Sorry for my english and that this Text is that long but please read it! #PositiveVibes :D

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    hell ya!!! im hyped …. forget these haters wc team !!!! ill take all the bugs and rollbacks/updates!!!! because I love this game!!!!!! with love from legacy....keep up the great work

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    Appreciate the communication! Stoked for Genesis!! The valentines event should have been skipped as these events are cool but should be last on the priority list. Glad to see the efforts to improve the base game and prevent meshing is improving. Love this game and will continue to support. Thanks again for the communication!

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    So we all should be able to access the content this time? Because I pre ordered it August 8th and haven't been able to access anything of it, Microsoft store says I still have to pay for it even though I have a transaction showing I paid. 

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    2 hours ago, Uzo said:

    Are you serious? You Say you are releasing it December then you go onto say that you delay THEN you dont say anything for a whole month and THEN DELAY IT ANOTHER MONTH. You said that It was delayed a month 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE HOW IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TIME. 

     

    I am Demanding a refund from this dlc. Absolutely Ridiculous.  

    if u played the base game 2 hrs... there will not be a refund so be patient .because

    genesis is coming!!!!

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    2 hours ago, Thalana said:

    While I knew this was coming it's ridiculously absurd how this has happened every time since SE.

    SE didnt even have a release date they just released it to the public as a surprise. Check your facts before you make such an absurd post. 

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    7 minutes ago, Lycan187u said:

    if u played the base game 2 hrs... there will not be a refund so be patient .because

    genesis is coming!!!!

    Y'all should learn from this guy. He's been playing legacy for so long and still hyped for the new dlc without complains. He just loves the game.

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    2 hours ago, Lostmymarbles said:

    So another Delay  for Genesis   this seems to be a pattern Wild Card  delay delay delay

    take peoples money delay delay delay      the people who already paid for it should get some compensation for delays in saying it was to be in december now its end of Feburary instead    #anotherfailedDLCrelease

     

    2 hours ago, Uzo said:

    Are you serious? You Say you are releasing it December then you go onto say that you delay THEN you dont say anything for a whole month and THEN DELAY IT ANOTHER MONTH. You said that It was delayed a month 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE HOW IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TIME. 

     

    I am Demanding a refund from this dlc. Absolutely Ridiculous.  

    Y’all must be new to wildcard if you didn’t expect this they’ve been at this for 5 years . 

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    Omg some people just need to grow up. Its just a game. Stop bitching and moaning like babies, wild card have their priorities just like you have. If you paid for the DlC already good on you that means it gives others a chance to buy the dlc end of January and be on the same level as the rest when the dlc comes out. 
    I’ll wait a year if I have to as long as the release is smooth and not glitchy with all the patches and downloads we had with other DLC releases. 
    Then major thing I think wild card need to address to now is the kitting on extinction servers pve official and give teleporters the option for alliance, public and closed. These options would help. 

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