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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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    1 hour 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

    Well said I also agree 

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    you couldnt anounce the delay you know maybe amonth or two before you said you'd be releasing it? took time off work for this, and now its been delayed another full month. waste of my time. will be requesting a refun most likely as well. i appreciate your antimeshing work but its january 22.

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    Thanks devs for finally making a statement.  For those of us that have been around awhile we all knew it would be delayed.   I am glad it was delayed so you guys have enough time to iron out any bugs and I guess just as in previous dlcs you won't become aware of other bugs until it does release and most of us will be expecting that too,  because there is no way to test for every little issue until it is released.

    For all the people whinging and crying about it like spoiled little children....grow up and get over it.  Instead of just yelling and screaming about how bad the game and devs are just do us all a favour and go play something else.

    Yes ARK is still buggy here and there but overall it is an awesome game and probably one of the best games I have ever played so well done and thank you to all WC team :)

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    1 hour 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

    As much as I like your positivity I think you need to think from another point of view.

    A lot of people have purchased the DLC. They pre-order and hoped to get the game in December, per their announcement. 

    Imagine a simple but similar scenario:
    You made an online delivery Pizza order, made the payment, and then you wait and wait and wait for the delivery guy to come.

    You waited for few days without any information from the store. Few days later the store called and said "hey sorry we are still cooking your pizza, took longer than expected, theres few hiccups here and there but we'll make sure the pizza is going to be delicious, expect the delivery next month."

    I dont understand how is this kind of practice is allowed.

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    Glad to hear the Valentines event will still go on! 

    As it lines up with the Valentines event, it only makes sense to push it off. So that people can take advantage of the event that happens once a year for breeding.

    Hopefully they fix falling through the map on Aberration before this goes live. I quit playing last year around March and come back this month to fall through the map. Only been a known bug in the game for how long now... now you'll get accused of meshing if you fall through the map on ab.

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    This is huge. Late, but huge. 

    Thank you for communicating with us. 

    Now follow through and rock it out! 

     

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    good to hear dlc is being polished, and valentines wasn't cancelled afterall. As for people who are upset, they should have had the brains to know what they were spending their money on. They would also be the loudest complainers if the DLC launched in December full of bugs. 

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    1 hour ago, Avenge said:

    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. 

    SE --- you mean the DLC they dropped and made people pay for while the actual game was still in PRE-RELEASE?

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    maybe unpopular opinion 

    Guys honestly I’m would be more upset but I have to give to them if they say the meshing is going to fixed (I actually looked into what they’re talking about and I think it’s genius unless I’m wrong which I very well could be) the map looks amazing from the screenshots and I honestly don’t care how much extra time they need prep as long as it’s good and they give us a solid date

    im sort of impartial because I just stopped playing small tribes and I started playing official and I need time to set up before I can start prepping for genesis 

    P.S. ark devs please don’t let be bad I’m really like ark and I want to see it do well 

    also fix light bloom issues on ps4 and Xbox 

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    better that it works than it not and im happy we got new screenshots of genisis i just cant wait for giant turtle

     

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    Thank you Jesse and Jeremy! It's sad you guys have to spend so much time to keep european players from mass cheating in yet another video game. This is how CHEATING hurts a video game, you guys. They have to fix it to keep it fair and other things get put on hold. I know of a few friends who gave up waiting so they indeed for a fact, lose out on some money because of european cheaters.

    Why do I single out Europe? Go ahead and youtube cheats for any game, every video has a European accent or a heavy accent from some location near it. And I can guarantee you, that every cheating player in Ark is European.

    Plus come on, most of them are poor, can't afford good computers to get a steady fps, so they cheat to get the advantage, plain and simple.

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    3 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.  

    Okay, obviously you are over reacting. If you think about it, they said they are gonna make Genesis work properly as well as making sure all the coding is working. And they are also trying new things with the quests now. I am sure everyone else is upset about this as much as I am, but asking for a refund is just childish.

     

    Having said this I am so hyped now as we finally get some more looks at the boss as well as the lunar biome. Excited for the trailer release!!!

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    These are great news! I couldn't be disappointed by a delay more than by inability to play how I used to due to damages to the core game done by rushed new content. Take as much time as you need while you are working on the bugfree polished experience. The teleporting and no-killing setting is the best solution for my personal case as well. I feel relieved the game won't punish me for collecting sap on my own Aberration server.

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    I want to start off by saying that I loved the game from the first day I started playing it as a beta. And everytime a new dlc comes out I preorder without question. But now after this is happening  again and again and again and again. I won't be anymore... I'll wait to give Wildcard my money until y'all have it done and released. Maybe the community  should step back for a minute and stop giving y'all so much money to play with and maybe  the the job will get done. Because I know in my line of work if I had delay after delay after delay I would be fired.  And no one would trust anything I say. Like the community is losing faith in what y'all say.                                

    I normally never message. But this is the first time I've been this irritated that I had to message. We started with December then January and now February 25th. It might even be March or May who knows. And I normally feel bad for y'all when I read all of the backlash that some members of the community post.  But what do you expect when this happens EVERY SINGLE TIME. And it's sad to say but we all expected another delay because it happens every time. I understand the you can run into problems. But it always seems to be the same problems. Just like part 2 of Genesis not holding my breath for December it probably will be the same way then too. I'm not asking for compensation or a refund. And I'm not trying to bring the worst out of people. I would just like y'all to keep your word for ONCE! It's not my reputation riding on the the line it's y'all's. 

     

    Thank you for your time and letting vent. 

     

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    3 hours ago, whoareyou said:

    I'm really glad there is a delay honestly. Really don't need a repeat of the utter chaos when extinction was released. Extinction content is disgustingly OP and broken even today. 

    You forgot aberration mate. This map is still such a blue screener and still full of bugs.

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    You guys need to better to get things released on time as why do we spend money on game that can’t have dlc’s release on time I really hope you guys are going to put on more then 1 event to make up for this crap by delaying the release or what’s the point in playing a game that’s always broken and sometimes can’t even log in due to joining failed or connection time out especially when those of us are trying to raise baby dinos I mean we pay money for a game to be done right so why can’t you’s get it right the first I think the ark community should have more events or a massive evolution event for 2 weeks to make up for the disappointing news of the release of genesis as it’s not good enough. 

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    2 hours ago, Avenge said:

    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. 

    I didn't say SE had a release date, nor did I say it was delayed, I said "since SE" as SE was the smoothest launch they had and every DLC since then has had this issue.

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    Could we atleast get a new trailer for our patience. And also, this better be worth it, extinction on Xbox runs like ass, and has texture issues. Can genesis please be better

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    Delays, bugs, glitches, unoptimization, poor official dedicated server performance, duping, meshing, ddosing, the list goes on. This game has sold over 7 million copies on multiple platforms generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. All this company ever had to do was reinvest more of those profits back into the company by hiring additional staff to tackle the miriad of problems this game has been facing since day 1. If you look at their employee roster it is ridiculously small for a game of this size and a company that has made this much money. I genuinely feel sorry for everyone working at Wildcard having to be overworked like this, forced to wear the burden of delays because their bosses are too cheap to hire more people to get these jobs done in an effective, timely and efficient manner.
     

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    Ironic that the first dlc that didn't have a release date also was the smoothest launch y'all ever had and YOU RELEASED IT IN EARLY ACCESS. This is a joke, this company is a joke. I'm fuming that I can't get a refund for the content you consistently haven't fulfilled. All these people who claim its fine haven't played your game long enough or have the memory of an Alzheimer's patient because y'all at WC know that no matter how much QA you do, it's gonna release like a gilded turd anyway.

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    @WC_jellyknee I hope the meshing detection will ignore cases where server admins "ghost" themselves under the mesh to retrieve player's dinos that get pushed under by in-game mechanics.

    I went under the mesh (as admin, in ghost mode) to look for a player's dino that had been pushed under during a fight with dinos from an OSD.

    If your anti-meshing measures are not careful, they could punish server admins for trying to help.

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    C'mon guys lets be real here, we all would have been severely disappointed if they released it on time, many of us would have lost many a bet on this. Next question is will it be delayed again, start placing your bets. My money is on the 31st of March.

    Looks like we have a firm date now though. Personally am in  no rush at the moment, so much to do so little time. 

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