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  • Announcing: ARKaeology Event!

    A short while ago we announced a special countdown timer that was featured on the front page of our forums counting down to a reveal, and today is that day. We are very excited to announce we are launching a new in-game event: ARKaeology!

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    The event will run beginning today on all platforms until July 15th. As you traverse along the ground on any of the maps (the Island, The Center, Ragnarok, Aberration or Scorched Earth) you will come across fossil mounds which you are able to excavate. Inside the mounds, you'll find a few bones and if you're lucky you'll even find extra loot inside of one (signified by a special particle effect)! After you collect enough bones you’ll be able to craft several skins with the use of a Cooking Pot.

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    There are four brand new skins to collect:

    Brachiosaurus (Brontosaurus Costume)

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    Stygimoloch (Pachycephalosaurus Costume)

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    Styracosaurus (Triceratops Costume)

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    Dilophosaurus Mask (Hat Skin) 

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    There are returning skins, the skeleton bone dino costumes: 

    • Rex Bone Costume
    • Carno Bone Costume
    • Raptor Bone Costume
    • Bronto Bone Costume
    • Stego Bone Costume
    • Trike Bone Costume
    • Giganotosaurus Bone Costume
    • Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume
    • Jerboa Bone Costume
    • Wyvern Bone Costume

    The ARKaeology event also brings with it a bionic battle beast - the Tek Rex - for survivors to tame, ride and breed!

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    The Tek Rex is, as the name implies, a rare, specially armored wild T-Rex that can achieve a higher level than its standard brethren. Previously isolated to just a cosmetic skin, these wild creatures will be roaming the ARKs (on maps where normal Rexes are present) and are yours for the taming, if you can handle it! 

    During this event all wild dinos have a chance to spawn with additional mutation colors: White, Yellow, Grey, and Black!

    Patch Notes!

    Patch Notes for PC Version: v280.114

    ARKaeology Event!
    Scavenge fossils from the various mounds that spawn on every map, be on the lookout for special mounds that contain items and use fossils to craft special skins!

    The event will run automatically from 15th of June to 15th of July on Multiplayer and Single Player. If you're using a non coredata mods, or a custom map, you can activate the event with the following commandline:

    -ActiveEvent=ARKaeology

    you can also run that commandline after the designated period to have the event continue, or opt-out using:

    -ActiveEvent=None

    The skins added to the event, are the following:
    - Brachiosaurus (Brontosaurus Skin)
    - Stygimoloch (Pachycephalosaurus Skin)
    - Styracosaurus (Triceratops Skin)
    - Dilophosaurus Mask (Hat Skin)
     
    Bone Skins!
    - Rex
    - Carno
    - Raptor
    - Bronto
    - Stego
    - Trike
    - Giganotosaurus
    - Quetzalcoatlus
    - Jerboa
    - Wyvern

    Fortitude rework[
    - The threshold for being knocked out increases with fortitude increases
    - Increased natural insulation from fortitude by 8%

    Small Tribe Server rule changes (PC ONLY)
    - 24 hr cooldown on tribe slot reuse
    - Disabled dino unclaiming
    - Disabled non-tribe pin code access to structures

    Tek Rex
    - 5% of wild Rex spawns are tex
    - 20% higher wild level
    - New breeding line

    Miscellaneous
    - Tek Tapajara saddle range reduced by 75%
    - Fix for server performance in certain situations
    - Many hole fixes across all maps
    - Ragnarok optimizations    
    - Rendering fixes
    - Fix emissive when moving the camera
    - Fix for ambient occlusion rendering issue
    - Max level has been increased by 1 to 131.

    Be on the lookout for hidden mysteries!

    ARK'S BIGGEST SALE!

    ARK and its expansion packs are currently on sale across all platforms at their lowest prices ever! Discounts may vary across regions and platforms. Check out the images and links below for more details!

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

    ARK: Complete Your Season Pass

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    2 minutes ago, Carpenterhound said:

    Will this event run as planned on rented nitrado servers?

    I asked this but no response yet also ps4 hasnt gotten their update yet so as usual Ark is letting me down and we are having are event time cut because we dont have the update

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    A countdown for skins? Seriously? Who the hell makes these decisions and who gives it the thumbs up? 

    You gave us Scorched Earth DLC when the game wasn't even completed which should have been warning signs there.

    The game is dying and losing more players every day, and this was your revival? 

    Rip Ark and personally...about time

    We wish Wildcard had the same integrity as other companies, surely it's not rocket science to listen to your dedicated players, but you have the money now so I doubt yous care

     

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    24 minutes ago, RenobandStit said:

    Well I am bummed out that we dont get new dinos but I am still excited to play ark some more.  Happy three years of Ark Wildcard!  You all have come a long way from what it used to be.  Ignore the haters and keep plugging away!

    Yeah ignore the people who gave you money for a game and code that doesn"t work

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    Well let me be the one billionth customer!! 

    To ask about this event and private servers...  Do I get a prize?!?!?!?

    Nitrado hosted private PS4 server? Any info about enabling this?

    Also why don't they just make things like this clear? Truly, I probably am the billionth person to ask today...

    Thanks for sharing, if anyone has any info!

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    Just now, TheyJustWantMoney said:

    Yeah ignore the people who gave you money for a game and code that doesn"t work

    Have a day off man it's a video game

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    Pff. what a big joke. i dont give any attention 4 ya announcements in future

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    1 minute ago, Lott0523 said:

    Well let me be the one billionth customer!! 

    To ask about this event and private servers...  Do I get a prize?!?!?!?

    Nitrado hosted private PS4 server? Any info about enabling this?

    Also why don't they just make things like this clear? Truly, I probably am the billionth person to ask today...

    Thanks for sharing, if anyone has any info!

     

    5 minutes ago, HectorHellious said:

    I asked this but no response yet also ps4 hasnt gotten their update yet so as usual Ark is letting me down and we are having are event time cut because we dont have the update

    PS4 is currently undergoing certification.

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    Just saw people complaining that it's skins and not fully new creatures. That's sad because creating skins is great ! If they make more skins of this kind we could have more wanted creatures (Carcharodontosaurus, tarbosaurus, pterodactyl, kronosaurus...)!! 

    Well done WC, keep working like this and forget those complaining guys, they'd ask for 36 tyrannosauroid as  fully new creatures if they can, when it's basically the same creature with a different shape at the end... 

    New creatures as skins is a very good idea, look at all the potential skins for sarco, rex, raptors and more ! go deinosuchus, deinonychus and tarbosaurus ! 

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    If i wasn't already so emotionally beaten down from playing on official servers for years now, I would cry.

     

    Needless to say Wilcard actually surprised me, I was not expecting something this pathetic at all. I assumed it would be the final dlc, or possibly 3x rates across all servers.

    rip

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    1 minute ago, VortexReapz said:

    Have a day off man it's a video game

    Cool, you buy a product that doesnt work and voice your opinion...Ill call you a hater and tell you to take a day off 😂

     

    People seriously cannot defend wildcard or this game anymore, absolute jokers

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    Just now, DarkRaptor13 said:

    Just saw people complaining that it's skins and not fully new creatures. That's sad because creating skins is great ! If they make more skins of this kind we could have more wanted creatures (Carcharodontosaurus, tarbosaurus, pterodactyl, kronosaurus...)!! 

    Well done WC, keep working like this and forget those complaining guys, they'd ask for 36 tyrannosauroid as  fully new creatures if they can, when it's basically the same creature with a different shape at the end... 

    New creatures as skins is a very good idea, look at all the potential skins for sarco, rex, raptors and more ! go deinosuchus, deinonychus and tarbosaurus ! 

    I like you already my dude

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    I literally made this account to express my disappointment with this update. I'm sure this will be a fun event to a select few, but it seems the majority of fans (including me) believed the new dinos to be just that: new dinos. (Especially with such a long timer.) Unfortunately, I, and many others ran this countdown for over a week on our computer and dealt with the website crash thereafter to only discover that we in fact waited so long for some admittedly high quality skins and a lackluster event. And that pains me more than anything, as the simple fact that these models look so beautiful and unique makes me quite sad seeing their potential wasted as skins. This feels rushed, and this feels corporate. You used to be an open, creative, and fun team. I just hope you still can be.

     

    EDIT: Turns out I can't even play with my friends like I have been all week. Since we all play on Xbox, and our server runs on Windows 10, we can't run it at all since the update won't release. Kind of adding salt to the wound, for my personal case.

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    All the hype for this event, would have better off doing a maturation event!

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    A countdown just for an event? are u serious WildCard?  1,1 GB just for skins ? what about our update prim plus? think twice before u post something special.... thought about DC, new map, TLC, Prim+ . and now this. bitcoin chart is more exciting then watching this countdown. 1354h for skins :D dislike

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    3 minutes ago, VortexReapz said:

    I like you already my dude

     

    4 minutes ago, DarkRaptor13 said:

    Just saw people complaining that it's skins and not fully new creatures. That's sad because creating skins is great ! If they make more skins of this kind we could have more wanted creatures (Carcharodontosaurus, tarbosaurus, pterodactyl, kronosaurus...)!! 

    Well done WC, keep working like this and forget those complaining guys, they'd ask for 36 tyrannosauroid as  fully new creatures if they can, when it's basically the same creature with a different shape at the end... 

    New creatures as skins is a very good idea, look at all the potential skins for sarco, rex, raptors and more ! go deinosuchus, deinonychus and tarbosaurus ! 

    I agree, I want more skins and custom stuff. (love adding more personality to my games) but I am highly disappointed that all this build up was for skins and nothing much else. I was hoping for Ragnarok to be finished with Prim+ Fixes and Structure+ added and lastly hints to either extinction or a new map like DragonPunk.

    P.s. add steampunk items to prim+

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    1 minute ago, Bradenoid said:

    I literally made this account to express my disappointment with this update. I'm sure this will be a fun event to a select few, but it seems the majority of fans (including me) believed the new dinos to be just that: new dinos. (Especially with such a long timer.) Unfortunately, I, and many others ran this countdown for over a week on our computer and dealt with the website crash thereafter to only discover that we in fact waited so long for some admittedly high quality skins and a lackluster event. And that pains me more than anything, as the simple fact that these models look so beautiful and unique makes me quite sad seeing their potential wasted as skins. This feels rushed, and this feels corporate. You used to be an open, creative, and fun team. I just hope you still can be.

    The countdown was maybe a mistake. Or they use it to see on the forums what we were expecting the much ? 

    By the way, I think that those skins are a big thing as it opens a new way of doing things: If you take a look at the forums, soooooo much species are expected. But, like those 3, they look like already in-game creatures. Now they've started adding new species as skins, they open the door for so much cool things ! Carcharodontosaurus (giga skin), Tarbosaurus (rex skin), Deinonychus (raptor skin, full feathered this time ?) and all the different relatives to sarco, mosa, parasaur, pteranodon... The potential is huge. And the time they saved doing skins instead of creatures, they could use it to work on new tlc, maybe pachy and bronto by the way ? 

     

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    I've been playing this game for almost three years now and I have never been more disappointed just sell the game to someone who actually cares and wants to add useful content and not waste all of our time. 😠

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    3 minutes ago, DarkRaptor13 said:

    The countdown was maybe a mistake. Or they use it to see on the forums what we were expecting the much ? 

    By the way, I think that those skins are a big thing as it opens a new way of doing things: If you take a look at the forums, soooooo much species are expected. But, like those 3, they look like already in-game creatures. Now they've started adding new species as skins, they open the door for so much cool things ! Carcharodontosaurus (giga skin), Tarbosaurus (rex skin), Deinonychus (raptor skin, full feathered this time ?) and all the different relatives to sarco, mosa, parasaur, pteranodon... The potential is huge. And the time they saved doing skins instead of creatures, they could use it to work on new tlc, maybe pachy and bronto by the way ? 

     

    He is right and i love the idea, just disappointed by the build up for not much

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    That countdown was just hype for the ark sale nothing more, the content that is included in this update is pitiful and won’t have even taken the 15 days the countdown was running to produce really disappointed was really hoping for something worth the hype and this isn’t close.

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    Wildcard i have been here for you sense toward the beginning. I bought the game way in early access when you were releasing dinos like every week. It was crazy and had me excited, you guys clearly loved your game. I literally melted my graphics card forcing my garbage 5 year old(back then) computer to run it despite it's protests. I then went to playing it on a friends computer while i waited to replace mine. I got impatient, bought a whole Xbox 1 instead from a friend for real cheap and bought the game for the system. I fell in love even back then when it was super simple. Then scorched earth dropped and i was beyond ecstatic, it looked amazing in the trailers and i had been hyped for the whole wait time. I checked the forums and it was people hating on it for being early access paid dlc. But hey, you guys worked hard on it, it added so much, i thought it was fine, i defended you back then too. But its been getting harder and harder. Aberation was AMAZING and definitely  refreshed the game in my eyes, allowing me many more hours of enjoyment. When i saw the 15 day countdown i immediately became so excited, but 15 days, 15 days of waiting and speculating to have a handful of skins and some in game stuff pop around? who ever thought to do this may need a stern talking to. I feel betrayed by a company i stood up for as others threw rocks at it. After teasing a new map on the world below the arks at the end of Aberation, waiting months, then putting a countdown, just to release a handful of skins and some item caches  how could you expect this to go over well? My only comfort i can draw from this is at least it is free. I sure hope the next DLC is worth the wait and dragging your fans through the mud, shaking more and more off your bandwagon with each blunder.

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    Really disapointed with this event. I was hoping it was the dlc we was told was supposed to have came in the spring that so many of us payed for oh so long ago. But yet another lame skin event.

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