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    ARK at TwitchCon 2017!

    Hey Survivors! :Jerbhi:

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    We’d like to start off by giving a huge thanks to all of you who participated in ARK’s first ever Twitch Con! Whether you attended the show, tuned into our streams, or took part on social media, we are grateful for all the support and engagement!

    For those of you who didn’t have a chance to catch us at the show, or watch the streams, worry not! We’ll be using this post to recap the news that went out, as well as sharing some of our favourite moments from the show, as well as details to where you can watch all the livestreams.

    Tradeshows are always special occasions for us, as we always want to take the chance to show off something different for our fans, and this was no different. At this event, we were able to present the first ever glimpse of our upcoming expansion pack, ARK: Aberration. 

    For those not familiar with ARK: Aberration; survivors will find themselves waking up on a derelict, malfunctioning ARK with an elaborate underground biome system, where they will face exotic new challenges unlike anything before: extreme radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, cave dwellings, charge-batteries, and far more, along with a stable of extraordinary new creatures await within the mysterious depths. But beware the ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused humanoids which have evolved into vicious light-hating monstrosities! You’ll uncover the ultimate secrets of the ARKs, and discover what the future holds in store for those strong and clever enough to survive!

    You can check out the trailer and read more details about the expansion pack here:

    Over the course of the weekend, we had many of you come to the booth and check out our demo, as well as having the demo-experience being streamed by your favorite influencers. 

    Here are some of our favourite moments from the weekend:

    If you want to check out the full VODs, for a more detailed insight into ARK: Aberration, check out the following videos!

    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/183724747
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    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/183784002
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    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/184300105
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/184317507

    During the event, we also had some very important news to announce, starting with the most important piece of information, ARK: Aberration will not be launching in October 2017. The expansion pack has been delayed by some weeks due to some necessary development work needing to be done. It will be coming out this year, with more features thanks to feedback we've received from our demo.

    Aberration is our best piece of work yet, there will be a ton of new content, features, creatures, and a vast explorable map for you to enjoy. We know waiting sucks, but it won’t be for long, and we’ll be sure to do it justice by providing you with a high quality expansion pack.

    In addition to that, we’ll also be releasing new skins for our season pass holders. They will shortly be making their way to PC, PS4 and soon thereafter on Xbox. You can check out the new cosmetic goodies here:

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    The Reaper Helmet, depicting the frightening visage of these dangerous behemoths that roam the Element-infused depths and irradiated surface of Aberration, and the Bulbdog Mask, representing the cheery demeanor of this loyal ward against the Nameless.

    Structures Plus Official Integration!

    We were also very excited to announce the Official Integration of the Sponsored Mod, Structures Plus (S+)! A long time favourite of the ARK player base and known as the ultimate building mod, S+ adds a range of functionality to ARK’s building, through the use of new structures, changes to core building/structure systems, additional features and more.

    We’ll be working with the creator, Orionsun, and begin carefully integrating his mod into the game. Right now we’re still in the conceptualising phase, deciding which features we’ll be bringing over, which will be locked into custom settings, how we’ll be implementing it, and there are important factors we’ll need to consider regarding the mod and it’s impact on the balance of the game etc. It is a very large and in-depth mod, and we want to ensure that we get it right. 

    Collector's Edition

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    The Collector's Edition of ARK: Survival Evolved is now available for purchase without the game or seasons pass included, for those who already own the game. Thanks for your patience on this, and we're excited to finally get those items out to you guys:

    - HANDCRAFTED, LEATHER-BOUND EXPLORER'S NOTEBOOK: featuring the Dossiers of every creature you'll encounter in "ARK: Survival Evolved", with tips on capturing, taming and training them. With 100+ creatures in the game currently, there's plenty to read up on in this fantastic tome.
    - THE OFFICIAL ARK LOGO NECKLACE: to show your dedication to being a Survivor.
    - A CLOTH MAP OF THE ARK ISLAND: so you'll always know where you are!
    - COLLECTOR'S EDITION CHEST: All of this Ark-themed booty comes packed in a faux-wooden chest that will impress your friends and fellow players!
    - A POSTER FEATURING THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM BEHIND ARK
    - ARK OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK CD

    You can purchase it today on our website: playark.com

    Xbox Rentable Servers Update

    Xbox Rentable Servers may not be launching later this month as originally planned. The update which allows players to connect to these servers is currently being held in Microsoft certification. They have noticed an issue which has so far only occurred at their offices, and due to regulations, remote debugging is not possible. In order to address this we are flying out our engineers today to work with them on the issue directly. Unfortunately, this is going to hold up the final build for a little while as we work out the problem with them, and it will then have to re-enter the certification process. We expect that the update will be available in early November, and we will do our best to speed up the process as much as we are able to.

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    I know it will be delayed again, why? Here's my guess: Staff Flew away for The Holidays (Thanksgiving) :-) GG At least the Shady devs at Digital Extremes (Warframe) Deliver on promises.

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    3 minutes ago, X111 said:

    they shouldn't announce any new DLC or updates UNTIL its passed CERT.

    WC reminds me of Heihei, that cokerel in Moana. Unable to remember mistakes and keeps on swallowing that stone or walking into the side of the raft not learning from the first time round

    How would they generate hype over constantly delayed content if they didn’t announce it at these conventions? 

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    1 minute ago, Rickyh24 said:

    How would they generate hype over constantly delayed content if they didn’t announce it at these conventions? 

    sorry, I should have been more clear in that they should only confirm release dates after cert, my bad

    by all means they should have a confirmation of something coming soon but DO NOT confirm the release date until after Cert.

    also I would love to have a DLC released where it is a COMPLETE mystery. no spoilers as to animals, locations, tech, abilities etc.

    imagine the excitement at finding out everything the map has to offer to you without any spoilers. make it a truly explorative situation. this isn't survival evolved when the manual to everything is provided before the release of the DLC

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    2 minutes ago, X111 said:

    sorry, I should have been more clear in that they should only confirm release dates after cert, my bad

    by all means they should have a confirmation of something coming soon but DO NOT confirm the release date until after Cert.

    also I would love to have a DLC released where it is a COMPLETE mystery. no spoilers as to animals, locations, tech, abilities etc.

    imagine the excitement at finding out everything the map has to offer to you without any spoilers. make it a truly explorative situation. this isn't survival evolved when the manual to everything is provided before the release of the DLC

    They sort of did that with scorched earth. they didnt release much info and then just dropped the dcl on us. and it was proboably the only thing they have done the right way so far.

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    I guess WC misses all deadlines due to:

    - bosses setting up very unrealistic and overambitious goals. In result studio is in constant feature creep mode. There is no time left for polishing exsisting features. 

    - understaffed studio with overambitious plans for the game. 

    - everyone knows each other at WC quite well, therefore no one is being punished for missing his deadline or messing sth up accordingly. In result employees are not kept in line and deadlines are missed constantly.  

    All in all, I think current chaos and problems around ARK are caused by lack of proper project management at studio. 

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    It was so awesome seeing ARK at TwitchCon and being able to try out the new Abberation! These peeps were super nice and I was so excited when i saw their booth!

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    It was actually shown in one of the streams that proxy went on the surface of aberration and basically nothing was there, the reason for the delay is probably to finish the surface.

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    22 minutes ago, Cirilla227 said:

    when do you guys think aberration will be released? I'm thinking start of November or mid November.

    some time in November but with  no set day or time and to tell you no lie I think thay going to delay aberration again lol thay give us ragnarok half done so why not this one

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    45 minutes ago, Gummyball said:

    some time in November but with  no set day or time and to tell you no lie I think thay going to delay aberration again lol thay give us ragnarok half done so why not this one

    you do know Ragnorak is not is a mod map turned official by them? the rag devs are the ones you need to talk to about that yes they delay things but the completion of the Ragnorak map is up to the people who are making it. They even stream working on it which is fun to watch. separate people working on different maps. The Center is another map that they didn't finish cause they could not cause the guy doing it stopped. As for aberration, I think honestly it will be out in November. Its not that far from being done from watching the streams. I can see why it would never had made the October date they should have said thanksgiving honestly.

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    4 minutes ago, Cirilla227 said:

    you do know Ragnorak is not is a mod map turned official by them? the rag devs are the ones you need to talk to about that yes they delay things but the completion of the Ragnorak map is up to the people who are making it. They even stream working on it which is fun to watch. separate people working on different maps. The Center is another map that they didn't finish cause they could not cause the guy doing it stopped.

    oh I very much know that its just if thay can give us a half done game and half done dlcs thay can do the same with aberration., not that I want  aberration to be full with bugs but its just there was so much things thay had us excited for and so much things that had been ivor delayed or cancelled it just sucks in so many ways but even after all that I'm still going to support them^_^ 

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    1 minute ago, Gummyball said:

    oh I very much know that its just if thay can give us a half done game and half done dlcs thay can do the same with aberration., not that I want  aberration to be full with bugs but its just there was so much things thay had us excited for and so much things that had been ivor delayed or cancelled it just sucks in so many ways but even after all that I'm still going to support them^_^ 

    yeh ill play it since I can run the game fine without lag I just hope that they do get it to us this next month because those streams made me want to play even more. Ark needs this new DLC to bring people back and most of us are waiting on it and are not playing till then. lets just all hope we get some news this weekend in the weekly news update.

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    8 hours ago, Cirilla227 said:

    when do you guys think aberration will be released? I'm thinking start of November or mid November.

    No chance of it before late Nov. When they give a date, the last possible part of it is your only chance but most likely it will be here Dec/Jan

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    I have removed some off-topic convo that is starting drag this thread away from its intenet.

    If you want to discuss Twitchcon, Aberration, S+, or Xbox hosting, have at it.  For the other topics, plenty of open threads around the forums for you to give your input.

    Also, let's keep out the rude comments; they reflect more poorly on you than the person you are insulting.

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    AWESOME! I like delays. It means you guys care more about quality then the potential fallout of angry fans. I also know how difficult it is to meet deadlines especially when you get overambitious. And overambitious means cooler games! Perhaps stop giving eta though? Let people whine in anticipation and then just or it or on the shelves. That would be a fun surprise! It's what I think you should do with updates too!

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    21 minutes ago, Ingridy said:

    Server rentable for xbox... It's myth  . I Don't buy...Took too long.

    My 2 pre ordered servers say otherwise... 😉

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    On 24/10/2017 at 3:31 PM, Sinj said:

    I am angry that I have to wait for my new toy! Waaaah!

    When you’ve waited 2 months for something that other platforms have had access to, and then 2 days before the releae date (not an ETA) you get told it’s been delayed again (regardless of cause), you every right to be annoyed.

    So no, your sarcasm is not wanted here.

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    Question about the collector's edition: Is there any way of buying it when you live in Belgium? Can't choose anything else than USA as country? Or will we be able to buy it later on? Or will we never be able to buy it?

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    13 minutes ago, Crazyheads36 said:

    Question about the collector's edition: Is there any way of buying it when you live in Belgium? Can't choose anything else than USA as country? Or will we be able to buy it later on? Or will we never be able to buy it?

    As stated in this thread, better rates for international shipping are still being negotiated.

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    The priced difference for xbox players is not right no matter how you want to look at it.  And regards to ps4 getting everything before xbox is rediculous that this is still happening.   It's not right.  It's not our fault that Sony didn't want it for so long.  

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    13 minutes ago, jonin said:

    if people can play it at the twitch event then why can't it be released?  .w.; 

    The build that was available to play at Twitchcon is still under development. The map is a fraction of what the entire expansion will be, not all the creatures were present, and the balance for the taming mechanics haven't been finalized yet.

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    On ‎10‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 3:05 PM, Bloodwing1976 said:

    I would like to know if the people who pre-ordered there servers are going to get there full amount of time paid for them. i only purchased a month's time but if there delayed i would like my month to begin on the day the server will open and not get charged for another part way through the month.

    Nitardo already stated that if you bought a server early, they will give the time it cant run because it hasn't been released yet free. So if you wait 1 or 2 weeks, you get 1 or 2 weeks free plus the month that you pay for.

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