Community Crunch 122: Dino TLC, Extended Evo Event, & What's Coming Next!
Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!
TLC #2 Preview - Parasaurolphous!
Everyone's favourite early tame, the Parasaur, won't be receiving a visual update but will be receiving some handy ability upgrades to make it more useful for beginner survivors in TLC #2.
The Parasaur has found its voice in the form of a loud vocalization capable of notifying the player of surrounding danger and is even able to scare away smaller creatures when doing so. The call can be separated into the same categories as other creatures with a type of "turret mode" as well as the call can be done on command by the player, just like a roar.
Have issues with annoying Pegomastax or Ichthyornis stealing from you constantly while you're just trying to stroll down the beach? Got a Raptor pack hot on your heels? Have a Parasaur tag along with you and when of these pesky critters gets too close, your Parasaur will keep them at bay.
While riding your Parasaur, the Parasaur can send out a kind of echolocation that gives the player notice of where enemy players, tames, and wild dangers are around them, even when they are out of line-of-sight. In combination these abilities make the Parasaur a very strong ally during those early days on the beach and ongoing. They are able to alert survivors when someone is trying to sneak into their base by acting like a living tripwire alarm!
On top of these new abilities the Parasaur will also have increased base carry weight which will allow it to carry even more of your belongings as you explore the Island and try to find your way around the ARK, and the ability to attack while running which it previously was not able to do.
Here are some other in-game images of what you can expect next week!
What's Coming Next?
Now that we've shared the changes to the Parasaur that wraps up what is coming in TLC #2. The patch includes the Sarco, Spino, Argent, Raptor, Trike, and Parasaur, and is looking on schedule to go out early next week with a console release planned for mid-April. We will keep console players updated about more accurate release dates as we get closer to submitting patches.
Going forward, Wildcard is will be consolidating our patching process on PC. We will be leaning heavily on regular Tuesday (or Wednesday if needed) deployments unless critical fixes require patches outside of that regular patch day. These will become collective weekly bug patching updates rather than separate updates for each bug fix that in the past resulted in multiple patches a week.
After TLC #2 is released we will also be turning our focus more directly on to bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements in the weeks ahead. There are some issues that have been brought to the attention of the team by an artistic movement created to highlight the issues that affect players negatively the most. In tandem with development on TLC #2 these issues have been documented for future analysis, and after TLC #2 is released we will begin investigating and addressing these issues as one of our main focuses.
On Friday we completed our removal of low population Legacy servers. Over the weekend and into today we have been in the process of onlining new servers based on popularity and usage. If you're looking for a fresh server to play on, here is a list of some of the new servers that are now available!
NA/EU PVE/PVP 327-389
OC PvE 390-394
NA ORP CrossARK 6
EU PVP CrossARK 11
NA PVP CrossARK 12
EU PVP CrossARK 13
NA/EU PVE/PVP 829-888
NA ORP CrossARK 13
NA ORP CrossARK 14
NA Prim+ PVE CrossARK 4
OC PVE 889-893
NA/EU PVE/PVP 859-921
NA PVP CrossARK 12
NA Prim+ PVE CrossARK 5
NA ORP CrossARK 6 *currently investigating some listing issues with ORP
EU CrossPlay PVP 922-926
OC PVE 927-931
If you are a PC player looking to download a copy of your now deprecated official server you can do so at the link below. Save files for Xbox and PS4 deprecated legacy servers will be available to use via Nitrado tomorrow through their server admin panel so stay tuned for that.
Mod Tutorial Contest!
Every other week, as part of the community crunch, the newest member of our team ZenRowe will be doing mod spotlights and giving tips, tutorials, and best practices. We are also going to start hosting a Mod Tutorial Contest every other week. The goal of this contest is to encourage mod authors to share knowledge and increase the skill level and understanding of mod authors that are new or trying to acquire new skills. If you'd like to participate in our first Modding Tutorial contest check out the post below:
Extended 2x Evo Event!
Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend and into next week! Over St. Patrick's Day an Evo Event will be active from Friday the 16th at 1pm EST until Wednesday the 21st at 3pm. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:
2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate
Fan Building Contest!
Survivors, Firespark81 & GGFizz are currently hosting a building contest for fellow PC Survivors. They are doing both a vanilla and modded contest.
If you're a budding arkitect and interested in the competition, check out the video above. They also have a list of rules and a sign-up form if you'd like to enter.
Contest Rules & Info: https://sites.google.com/view/buildconrules/
Be sure to get in touch with them if you're interested in participating, and good luck!
NVidia Ansel Photography Contest
ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.
Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.
Now let’s get to the contest!
There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:
*NEW* Freestyle: These can be images or videos taken using NVIDIA's new Freestyle filters! If videos are submitted, they must have a maximum duration of one minute.
Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.
Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution, in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.
Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!
And now without further ado, here are your entries!
StateofMynd42 - Flight of Dragon
pitsmat - Prosper
Ego - Yin Yang
Morgengrau - Soul Eater
Wolf Amaterasu - Pachy in Waiting
Wolf Amaterasu - Liquid Color
Valoule - Raptor leap
StateofMynd42 - Tundra Throwdown
StateofMynd42 - Shipwreck
StateofMynd42 - Sharptooth
StateofMynd42 - Pine Tree State
roguewolf91 - Stand Your Ground
StateofMynd42 - Peaceful Falls
StateofMynd42 - Para-dise
Rahthos - Hot Streak
Rahthos - Dark Monarch
pitsmat - Surprise
pitsmat - Forgotten
Morgengrau - Facing Death
Morgengrau - Eye for an Eye with the Predator
Morgengrau - Duel
F1r3fly - Skull Island - Kong Filter
Ego - How to train your Dragon
Ego - Home
Ego - Crystal hearts
BlueDragon - Vertebra
BlueDragon - Something blue
BlueDragon - Ice Ice Allo
pitsmat - Purpose
pitsmat - Oasis
pitsmat - Glare
Rahthos - Bloodfall's Hallow
ZoaLive - The dream of far away galaxies
Ego - Shadows of fear
Ego - Mouth of the volcano
Ego - Fairy tale
BlueDragon - Strike!
BlueDragon - Rivalry
BlueDragon - Desert Ravager
pitsmat - Indominus
ZoaLive - That´s MY rock!
ZoaLive - On the hunt
ZoaLive - Let´s shine
ZoaLive - I have a feeling there is someone behind me
ZoaLive - Grumpy Town during High Noon
ZoaLive - Colorful beauty
ZoaLive - Breath of the wild
ZoaLive - Angry Chalicotherium
Wolf Amaterasu - Obelisk Background Liquid Rex
Wolf Amaterasu - Liquid Wyvern
Wolf Amaterasu - Icy Fire Red Dominant
Valoule - Micro horizon
SgtWest - True King of the Hill
SgtWest - The Hunting Crow
SgtWest - The Bionic King
roguewolf91 - The One That Got Away
Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!
Wolf Amaterasu - The Great Valley
Wolf Amaterasu - Twin Falls
Wolf Amaterasu - Surrounded
Wolf Amaterasu - Ruin on the Lake
Wolf Amaterasu - Play Lake
Wolf Amaterasu - On the Log
Wolf Amaterasu - Fishing Retreat
BlueDragon - Tek and Nature
Valoule - Escape the T-rex
StateofMynd42 - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls
StateofMynd42 - Canyons
roguewolf91 - Waters of Life
F1r3fly - Set Yourself Free
Wolf Amaterasu - ARK Snake Pass
Wolf Amaterasu - Burn Blue (4 Mirrored Liquid Wyvern Breath Images)
Dragonarcwar - When Dinner Tries To Fly
This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!
And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 122 is...
Ravager Time by starwolf23!
This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!
The ARKitect for Community Crunch 122 is…
Zelda map (link's awakening) in ARK by Valoule!
We would also like to announce two runners up this week for their equally as fantastic builds:
Ark Tripod by MissyPrime!
and How-To Build a Functional Zodiac Raft by Tlc138!
If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:
Ark Aberration - Twisted Reality by lavitaebella1279
StoryTime: George the Conqueror Ep 1 by lavitaebella1279
How To Build an Otter Shop :: ARK: Building w/ Fizz (No MODS) by GG Fizz
Epic Roof Design by Virgil Gaming
Holiday Home by Mad1
Project Pandora Tour - Ark S+ PvE by Darkling NZ
Mistake by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl
Clear Skies of The Center by Violet
misplaced your structure? tame this! by mateaperic51
the small one for taming by mateaperic51
sea thing by mateaperic51
Thylacosmilus by Laelamcpitty
Red Fox Dire Wolf by Sharkcat
Monolo by milokamilo
Pyria: Mythos Evolved Official Dossier: Water Wyvern by Shadlos
Additional Creatures Official Dossier: Palaeoloxodon by Shadlos
That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:
All the best,
Edited by Jen