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    Aberration Release, Turrets, PlayAnywhere, Holidays, and Black Friday!

    Happy Tuesday, Survivors! Normally our news posts go out on Friday, but we've got some exciting and also important news to share today. Let's go!

    Aberration Release Date!

    We are excited to announce we have a release date for Aberration: December 12th of this year. 

    All of us here at Studio Wildcard have been working diligently to progress through the Aberration workflow in anticipation of getting it into your hands. Aberration will be an ARK experience unlike anything survivors have seen so far. We hope you are all as excited as we are for its release!

    Update on Turrets

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    A few days ago we announced a big change to the game wherein we would be limiting the use of turrets within a radius on our Official Servers. We have been keeping track of all the feedback, reading all the threads, and we understand that this is an important change. Therefore, we'll be making some modifications to our initial plan in order to deal with the concerns that have arisen, as well as ensure a smoother transition to the new turret system for all players. Here's what's going down:

    We are no longer hard-limiting turrets on the 5th of December, that timeline has changed. We still plan to hard-limit them, but it'll be pushed further out now that we'll be introducing a new kind of turret into the mix. Here's the new plan:

    PC players can expect the new "Heavy Turret" on the 27th, it will launch with an active server-side turret limit specifically for "Heavy Turrets". We'll take the time to monitor player feedback and our official servers to see if there's anything that we missed, so then we'll have time to consider how to fix and address those concerns. This means that if you're over the visual limit on your regular Auto Turrets, you'll be fine (for now). However, you won't be able to place the Heavy Turrets, unless you're within the limit. We recommend taking advantage of this time to slowly transition your base to using the new Heavy Turrets over the old ones. 

    When Aberration releases on the 12th December, it will have the turret hard-limit enabled on that map from the get-go. This means that neither regular Auto Turrets or Heavy Turrets can be placed on Aberration above the limit. After some time -- likely in the latter half of December -- this change will be enabled on the other maps, however, we'll be providing 2 weeks notice beforehand so you can make any adjustments as necessary. The idea is that you can immediately use the Heavy Turrets in the meantime to prepare for the change while ensuring your base remains well-defended.

    Console players can expect to see the arrival of the Heavy Turret when the Aberration launches. By this time, the Heavy Turret would have gone through multiple balance passes. The reason we opted to take this route is that we want to make sure it's in a good state before it went live on the console. Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to rapidly iterate as we do on PC, due to the cert process. Console will ultimately follow the same hard-limit activation as PC, albeit several weeks after the hard-limit is activated on PC.

    For those who hadn't seen some of our previous dialogue on the change, you can check out this short blurb post by Senior Technical & Gameplay Designer, Kayd Hendricks (aka TheRightHand). He covers what are our current thought-processes are, as well as shares some information that we had discussed previously.

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    Turrets 3: The Turret... ening.

    So, more stuff to talk about with regards to turrets. It's a party and everyone is invited!

    We've had a couple of pow-wows and hammered a few more things into stone, I just want to share them in kind of an official capacity as well as do a round-up of everything you need to know if you're just tuning in:

    - We found and identified that super dense clusters of turrets have been causing our servers to literally grind to a halt. In the worst of cases, a base full of turrets was causing a 400-500ms per tick delay on the server. (The entire rest of the game only takes up about 240-250ms in the worst cases. This means the turrets were costing up to twice as much as the entire rest of the game per server tick.
    - We're implementing a limit on the number of turrets you can have in a given radius. This radius is 10,000 Unreal Units (Which is about 100 meters). Picture attached shows a 10,000 uu sphere for visualization.
    - New BobCorp Automated Laterally Attenuated Nano-Cell Electronic Defense system will be available on the 27th of this month on PC, to allow players to start replacing their existing turrets.
    - Heavy Turrets will require normal turrets to craft.
    - Heavy Turrets are currently designed to be about 4-5x as powerful as a normal turret.
    - Stego Armor Plating is being made much less effective.

    The above are things that are guaranteed to be happening when we roll out these turret limiting changes.

    Here is stuff that's on our list to test and consider further:

    - Veggie Cake balancing.
    - Tek Turret needs to remain top-dog turret.
    - Is there anything we can further do to lower the cost of each turret to allow us to safely increase the number that players can place.
    - Knockback for some/all of the bullet-firing turrets?
    - % health damage on tick for Plant Species? (Slow poison? Prevent healing?)
    - Throwing explosives from the backs of dinos? 
    - Can we further weaponize bees?

    We're still reading all of the threads that are up and as we decide we're /definitely/ going to do stuff, I'll write up another post about it. 

    Expect the new turret on the 27th, and then all of our intrepid community members can make builds with them and if there's anything that they find that we missed, yay we'll have time to consider how to fix those things as well.

    Note: Xbox and PS4 will not be receiving these turret changes until after Aberration has been released.

    I know it's not a big post but I figured I'd be consise. 

    You can see more details in my other threads:

    WHY:

    WHAT:

    Keep on surviving!

     

    Additional News!

    PlayStation 4 SIEA (Americas) Season Pass Skins

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    Great news guys! Sony has enabled the skins on the backend and they should be available for players to acquire in game! As Sony marks the Season Pass bonuses as DLC, players will need to head into the PlayStation Store via their console dashboard and download them (they're free!).

    Xbox Play Anywhere

    In addition to the Aberration update, barring any cert issues, Xbox will receive the Play Anywhere update on December 12th. This update will allow crossplay between the Windows 10 version of ARK and the Xbox version. Survivors will be able to choose to allow crossplay on their unofficial servers or non-dedicated sessions with a simple checkbox on the host menu. 

    Holiday Events!

    We'd like to wish all survivors out there a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that have a great weekend! As for our plans, we will not be hosting an event for Thanksgiving this year due to our efforts being focused on Aberration and getting it out in December. We apologise for the lack of event this time of year, we love hosting holiday events, but unfortunately, we just didn't have the time to do so. Though, with Christmas around the corner, you won't have to wait long for a special Christmas themed Holiday Event!

    Black Friday ARK Sales!

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    With Black Friday coming up, ARK: Survival Evolved will be having multiple sales across retail and digital for all platforms!

    The following prices will be in effect this Friday in North America:

    Wal-Mart (US Stores) - $29.99 USD (a discount of $30)

    GameStop (US Stores) - $34.99 USD (a discount of $25)

    EB Games (Canadian Stores) - $39.99 CAD

    ARK is also currently on sale in the Xbox Digital Store until 11:00 AM GMT on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017:

     ARK: Survival Evolved - 25% off

    Scorched Earth - 35% off

    Explorer's Edition - 30% off

    Season Pass - 25% off

    ARK is also available on sale now with early access for PS+ members and will be on sale on the 23rd of November for everyone else until Black Friday (27/11). Please note that the discounts may vary based on your region.

    ARK: Survival Evolved

    Scorched Earth

    ARK: Explorer’s Edition
     
    ARK: Season pass
     
    Complete your ARK Season Pass

    ARK will also be participating in this year's Steam Autumn Sale! It'll run from now until 6 PM on the 28th of November!

    ARK: Survival Evolved

     ARK: Season pass

    That's it for this post guys! As always if you want to keep up with the latest news be sure to follow us on:

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    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    20 minutes ago, GP said:

    If you are wanting to run your own unofficial server then yes you will need to rent from a Host like Nitrado.

    So whether you consider the feature is free or not depends on how you look at it. But I don't believe it was ever stated that you can self host on a home PC

    What is the difference in terminology here between 'unofficial server' and 'self host on a home PC'? It's confusing - surely both are unofficial?

    It absolutely, categorically was stated that you'll be able to "self host on a home PC" - albeit in slightly different terms to your sentence. With the Windows 10 version, you just host a server on that and other Windows 10 and Xbox clients can connect to it. This is the "cross play" element although as I stated earlier, it's only kind of cross play because it's really technically all on the same (Microsoft) network. A PC running the Windows 10 version is no different to having a second Xbox and hosting a server that way.

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    Why can't pve official be cross play? I get pvp may give an advantage, but that doesn't matter in PVE (unless I'm missing something). Been waiting for my son to be able to play at the same time as I play. Guess we will have to find a host and play on the side of our main official characters.

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    Question. Will we be able to host an unofficial server on pc and play it on Xbox? Really just looking for the tethering to be gone. 

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    4 hours ago, Aednat said:

    Question. Will we be able to host an unofficial server on pc and play it on Xbox? Really just looking for the tethering to be gone. 

    Not on your own PC. Only hosted through Nitrado at the moment. 

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    On ‎11‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 9:32 PM, BTrickshot said:

    Ok WC........., if you guys delay aberration at the last second ONE MORE TIME I swear Im completely giving up.

    Probably will, look at ragnarok. wildcard, why don't you call it an ESTIMATE not a RELEASE DATE to anger less people:Jerbmad:

    just saying, ive seen similar comments

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    4 hours ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    Not on your own PC. Only hosted through Nitrado at the moment. 

    Dude, are you still going to keep on with this without even addressing what I brought up earlier? What exactly are you defining as "unofficial" here?

    If Aednat means "can I use the Windows 10 Play Anywhere version of the game to host a server that Windows 10 and Xbox players can connect to" then as I stated - what @Jen, @Jatheish etc have posted numerous times already makes this as clear as day - the answer is yes. It'll be no different to having a 2nd Xbox and hosting a server on that.

    1 hour ago, Aednat said:

    Dangetttttt. Thank you. 

     

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    1 minute ago, TranqRex said:
    4 hours ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    Not on your own PC. Only hosted through Nitrado at the moment

    Dude, are you still going to keep on with this without even addressing what I brought up earlier? What exactly are you defining as "unofficial" here?

    If Aednat means "can I use the Windows 10 Play Anywhere version of the game to host a server that Windows 10 and Xbox players can connect to" then as I stated - what @Jen, @Jatheish etc have posted numerous times already makes this as clear as day - the answer is yes. It'll be no different to having a 2nd Xbox and hosting a server on that.

     

    Just want to point out that you are talking 'future" while Joebl0w13 is talking "present".

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    43 minutes ago, invincibleqc said:

    Just want to point out that you are talking 'future" while Joebl0w13 is talking "present".

    You're kidding, right? ;)

    Because I'm sure that if you went back a page and saw Aednat's original question (the one that starts with "will" implying future) that I responded to (to which Joebl0w13 then responded to) and the following posts, and put it all into the context of the original post that we're responding to... Then I really doubt a mod would be as unhelpful as to not say "not right now, but in just under 3 weeks you can".

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    2 hours ago, RoGCody120039 said:

    What happens when this turret change happens and the lag isn't fixed??????? What excuse will Wildcard devs throw out then??

    Lag is caused by many things, not just turrets. Don't expect lag to magically disappear just because of the turret change. It should improve it, but lag will still be an issue.

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    1 hour ago, TranqRex said:

    Dude, are you still going to keep on with this without even addressing what I brought up earlier? What exactly are you defining as "unofficial" here?

    If Aednat means "can I use the Windows 10 Play Anywhere version of the game to host a server that Windows 10 and Xbox players can connect to" then as I stated - what @Jen, @Jatheish etc have posted numerous times already makes this as clear as day - the answer is yes. It'll be no different to having a 2nd Xbox and hosting a server on that.

     

    As far as I understand you will not be able to host on a home PC next month. I can't recall what has been posted before, but my recent understanding is that to use PC hosting for Xbox will only be through game server providers, currently Nitrado, and in the future i'm sure will be others like PS4.

    I suspect at some point in the future home hosting will be possible, but it is very unlikely that it will be next month when PlayAnywhere/CrossPlay is released.

    In regards to "unofficial" we refer to EVERYTHING that is not an official server run by Wildcard hosted on Nitrado servers that is supported by Wildcard.

    Edited by GP

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    45 minutes ago, GP said:

    As far as I understand you will not be able to host on a home PC next month. I can't recall what has been posted before, but my recent understanding is that to use PC hosting for Xbox will only be through game server providers, currently Nitrado, and in the future i'm sure will be others like PS4.

    I suspect at some point in the future home hosting will be possible, but it is very unlikely that it will be next month when PlayAnywhere/CrossPlay is released.

    In regards to "unofficial" we refer to EVERYTHING that is not an official server run by Wildcard hosted on Nitrado servers that is supported by Wildcard.

    OK, I'll go back through various news/crunches now and dig out the quotes - because either 1) you understand wrongly, 2) you have been told something that the rest of us haven't or 3) WC have completely led us up the garden path for over a year regarding Play Anywhere. It has been explicitly asked and confirmed multiple times that we could just replace hosting a player dedicated server on a second console with the Windows 10 version. Given you can already host a home server using a second console and I see absolutely no reason for the Windows 10 version to differ from this in any way.

    Edit: here's a good example of what I'm saying:

    On 8/24/2017 at 4:33 AM, Jen said:

    While I have you here, I have some Xbox news to share as well!

    Originally our plan was to go out with Play Anywhere on our launch day but unfortunately that has now been pushed back until mid-September. However I do have some exciting news to share: with the use of Xbox and Windows 10 PC Crossplay (UWP) you can host your own server without needing an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it! (Though it is important to note that you will still be able to host a Player Dedicated server this way.) If you own ARK on Xbox, you get the Windows 10 PC version as well as the Xbox One X version for free and you can play with all your Xbox friends from your PC or either console. 

    I'm not sure how that can be read as anything other than what I've said previously in this thread, but if it is not the case then some official, final, categorical confirmation from Wild Card staff would be good. I know people (myself included) who have sold their second consoles in anticipation of this Play Anywhere release because it seems crystal clear from the above that we can use our Windows 10 PC's.

    Edit 2: and another recent example, from @Jatheish:

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    ARK Play Anywhere!

    This is just a brief update on ARK: Play Anywhere, as we know a lot of you are excited about it (as are we!). It will be entering final submission this week for Xbox One (OneX) and Windows 10. We are expecting to complete the cert process in December for a release alongside Aberration. Alongside this, we plan to launch some Official Servers which will support CrossPlay but will not be enabling it for our entire network, due to anti-cheat mitigations. Unfortunately, TruePlay is not quite ready yet but we are hopeful that BattlEye will be able to make it onto the platform, until then we won't be doing much crossplay on our Official Servers, however, players will have the option to enable crossplay on their servers, be it hosted on an Xbox, PC, or rented through Nitrado.

    Again - seems pretty clear to me.

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    23 minutes ago, TranqRex said:

    OK, I'll go back through various news/crunches now and dig out the quotes - because either 1) you understand wrongly, 2) you have been told something that the rest of us haven't or 3) WC have completely led us up the garden path for over a year regarding Play Anywhere. It has been explicitly asked and confirmed multiple times that we could just replace hosting a player dedicated server on a second console with the Windows 10 version. Given you can already host a home server using a second console and I see absolutely no reason for the Windows 10 version to differ from this in any way.

    Edit: here's a good example of what I'm saying:

    I'm not sure how that can be read as anything other than what I've said previously in this thread, but if it is not the case then some official, final, categorical confirmation from Wild Card staff would be good. I know people (myself included) who have sold their second consoles in anticipation of this Play Anywhere release because it seems crystal clear from the above that we can use our Windows 10 PC's.

    Ok lets take a look at that quote.

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    Originally our plan was to go out with Play Anywhere on our launch day but unfortunately that has now been pushed back until mid-September. However I do have some exciting news to share: with the use of Xbox and Windows 10 PC Crossplay (UWP) you can host your own server without needing an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it! (Though it is important to note that you will still be able to host a Player Dedicated server this way.) If you own ARK on Xbox, you get the Windows 10 PC version as well as the Xbox One X version for free and you can play with all your Xbox friends from your PC or either console.

    The part you bolded doesn't state home hosting, that would relate to provided hosting for example with Nitrado where you wouldn't need an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it.

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    15 minutes ago, GP said:

    Ok lets take a look at that quote.

    The part you bolded doesn't state home hosting, that would relate to provided hosting for example with Nitrado where you wouldn't need an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it.

    This seems to be your take on it. I on the other hand put it with the other available information (see my 2nd edit) from over a year of asking about Play Anywhere and conclude differently.

    As I said, there are 3 options and I sincerely hope (with all due respect!) that it is option 1 and you are just mistaken.

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    @GP @TranqRex

    Ok so since this seems to be going backwards and forwards, can we ask the assistance of the WC Devs @Jatheish @Jen for clarification on this matter?
    I assume this should be pretty straight forward for them to resolve this dispute. As I see where you are both coming from. Maybe the wording of some of the things WC have stated weren't worded correctly or plainly enough, or maybe they are 100% as stated, but on that note, again, we need some answers from Jen or Jatheish.

     

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    8 hours ago, TranqRex said:

    Dude, are you still going to keep on with this without even addressing what I brought up earlier? What exactly are you defining as "unofficial" here?

    If Aednat means "can I use the Windows 10 Play Anywhere version of the game to host a server that Windows 10 and Xbox players can connect to" then as I stated - what @Jen, @Jatheish etc have posted numerous times already makes this as clear as day - the answer is yes. It'll be no different to having a 2nd Xbox and hosting a server on that.

     

    Just realize that this company well tell whatever people wanna hear so they can sell more copies.

    Win10 Cross-Play was supposed to be on release, then September and is now scheduled for December 12th. 

    As it was promised there will be no extra cost attached to it, and now its seems Nitrado is the only company getting the money for the feature. Notice, that's the case for PS4 aswell, so I wouldn't expect much. 

    So, just realize who you dealing with and decide if you wanna keep giving them the money or not.

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    21 minutes ago, powerstuck said:

    Just realize that this company well tell whatever people wanna hear so they can sell more copies.

    Win10 Cross-Play was supposed to be on release, then September and is now scheduled for December 12th. 

    As it was promised there will be no extra cost attached to it, and now its seems Nitrado is the only company getting the money for the feature. Notice, that's the case for PS4 aswell, so I wouldn't expect much. 

    So, just realize who you dealing with and decide if you wanna keep giving them the money or not.

    It's not the same for PS4, not anymore anyway, there are other server providers besides Nitrado that rent servers for PS4.

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    6 hours ago, GP said:

    Ok lets take a look at that quote.

    The part you bolded doesn't state home hosting, that would relate to provided hosting for example with Nitrado where you wouldn't need an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it.

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    Originally our plan was to go out with Play Anywhere on our launch day but unfortunately that has now been pushed back until mid-September. However I do have some exciting news to share: with the use of Xbox and Windows 10 PC Crossplay (UWP) you can host your own server without needing an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it! (Though it is important to note that you will still be able to host a Player Dedicated server this way.) If you own ARK on Xbox, you get the Windows 10 PC version as well as the Xbox One X version for free and you can play with all your Xbox friends from your PC or either console.

    You can spin it the way you want, in every dictionary in the world, in every language in the world...those words mean the same thing. 

    YOU doesn't mean nor define Nitrado or any other server provider but me, you, and everyone else as an individual person. 

    YOUR OWN doesn't mean nor define that the owner is Nitrado or any other server provider but the individual. 

    YOUR OWN doesn't mean mine if I say it, it means yours. 

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    8 hours ago, GP said:

    Ok lets take a look at that quote.

    The part you bolded doesn't state home hosting, that would relate to provided hosting for example with Nitrado where you wouldn't need an extra copy of the game or a second console to do it.

    Surely at this point it would be easier to admit you’ve made a mistake on your interpretation of the information given instead of insisting that everyone else is wrong?

    The devs have made it abundantly clear that we can host our own dedicated server on a PC instead of a secondary console through UWP cross-play.

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    3 minutes ago, DJRone89 said:

     

    Surely at this point it would be easier to admit you’ve made a mistake on your interpretation of the information given instead of insisting that everyone else is wrong?

    The devs have made it abundantly clear that we can host our own dedicated server on a PC instead of a secondary console through UWP cross-play.

    It's not a case of it being easier, I mean there's nothing hard right now so what is easy?

    I'll be happy to admit I made a mistake when i'm proven wrong, and if I am proven wrong then that will most likely be on Dec 12th when someone tries to set up a server on their home PC and gets Xbox players to join the server. If that works then i'll happily admit I was wrong. I have no shame in admitting i'm wrong, if/when I am wrong.

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    4 minutes ago, GP said:

    It's not a case of it being easier, I mean there's nothing hard right now so what is easy?

    I'll be happy to admit I made a mistake when i'm proven wrong, and if I am proven wrong then that will most likely be on Dec 12th when someone tries to set up a server on their home PC and gets Xbox players to join the server. If that works then i'll happily admit I was wrong. I have no shame in admitting i'm wrong, if/when I am wrong.

    Wouldn’t it have been better to have said from the start, “I don’t know if it’s possible until launch” instead of telling people it’s only possible through Nitrado?

    Everyone on every thread that I’m aware of has interpreted “You can host on your own PC” as you can host your own dedicated server on your Windows 10 PC through UWP.

    Nothing wrong with being unsure but it’s better than spreading misinformation.

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