Community Crunch 126: Console Update, Server Maintenance, Contests and more!
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!
Console Transfers and TLC2!
We're targetting a console release for this update in mid-April (week of 16th April) and will keep you posted about more accurate release dates once we get closer to the date! With this update, we'll also be:
- Enabling item transfers and the vanilla-version of aberrant creatures to be moved to Aberration servers. This means that you'll be able to take over your regular Spino to an Aberration server.
- Preventing people from building within the Ragnarok Puzzle cave, so if you store any structures or creatures down there, make use of this time to relocate them ASAP as once this update goes live on console, that will no longer be possible.
It is important to note that the Turret Update will not go live on console with this update, but instead a future one.
Upcoming Maintenance for some NA PC Servers!
The maintenance will take place on Wednesday, April 11th at 2 pm Eastern. The maintenance will take approximately 2 hours to complete. During this time the servers will be shut down and the save data transferred. Once the transfer is complete, the servers will be brought back online. These servers will no longer appear in your Favorites due to an IP address change, therefore, you will need to search for the server again and re-favourite your server.
You can find the list of servers in this thread:
ARK: Evolution Events!
We will not be running an Evolution Event this weekend. Our next Evolution Event will take place from the 20th of April at 1 PM EST until Monday the 23rd at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:
2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate
Easter Egg Contest!
During the Eggcellent Adventure Easter Event, we ran a little egg painting contest! Survivors were tasked to collect their Easter Eggs and decorate them! We had two categories, one for in-game submissions, and the other was for real life egg painting. With the conclusion of the event, we're excited to announce our winners! Let's give it up for the following survivors and their eggcellent painting abilities!
Rex Hatching Egg by Mitharen!
Bunny Dodo Egg by Hosscat!
Bunny Plesiosaurs Swimming Egg by wenkula!
We'll be in touch via email for your prizes!
We hope you guys enjoyed the Eggcellent Adventure event! We've loved all the screenshots you've sent us of the festively coloured tames you've discovered. Here are some pretty awesome ones:
This year, unofficials servers can also continue to enjoy the event to their heart's content by keeping the event running
Mod Tutorial Contest Update!
Mod tutorial contest #3 is currently underway and still accepting entries until Friday. Remember that for this contest I am looking for tutorials for ridiculous and wacky buffs.
I would also like to announce that the winner of the mod tutorial contest #2 is Xanjis!
He has made an excellent tutorial for making a material/blueprint combo react to the time of day in ARK. Using a system like this, you could have a material do any number of things. It could shift textures, change values for stuff like roughness or specular or any dynamic parameters that you have set for your materials. You could have the entire world look light and fluffy during the day and nightmarish at night!
Have fun with this kind of system in your mods!
Next week I will have a new Wildcard Workshop tutorial ready for you. We'll be diving into and breaking down replication for you all. You get a detailed look at how to build your mods with multiplayer in mind while keeping them performant.
Official PC Legacy PVE Savefiles!
Attention PC PvE Legacy Survivors! We've made the current Legacy PC PVE Savefiles available to download. This has been a community request for some time from our player base as some of you have expressed interest in moving on to your own dedicated servers. The snapshot was taken on the 3rd of April 2018 and we're going to see if we can also make console PVE legacy saves available. Please keep in mind that we won't be offering this on our regular Official Network or PvP Legacy servers.
Notification Settings on SurvivetheARK!
There have been some changes made to the email notification settings on our community hub. You can read more about the changes in Chris' latest announcement:
ARK is on Sale for PS4 & Xbox!
ARK is available on sale in the PS4 Europe region with discounts across all titles!
ARK is currently on sale in the Xbox Digital Store until 9th of April 2018!
and later on in Spring, there will be some more awesome Xbox sales available!
Going forward, we're going to be pausing our weekly community contests (ARKitect & Nvidia Ansel). We'll be looking at new ways which we can directly engage the community, as well as share the best content that you guys produce through different initiatives. We enjoy hosting these contests and love seeing what you've come up with, so hang tight to see what we have in store! Now without further ado, let's check out this week's submissions!
NVidia Ansel Photography Contest
ARK: Survival Evolved now includes support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots. 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:
Super Resolution & Freestyle: These can entries using both Super Resolution (8x resolution) or Freestyle filters. 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!
Super Resolution & Freestyle!
pitsmat - Spotlight
BlueDragon - Bulbdogs Playground
BlueDragon - Caged
BlueDragon - Drop of Light
BlueDragon - Ringworld
pitsmat - Killer Slap
pitsmat - Melting Walls
pitsmat - Scorch
pitsmat - Teeth and Scales
pitsmat - Watching
roguewolf91 - Ambush
roguewolf91 - Bird Watching
Valoule - First encounter
Wolf Amaterasu - Angelic Wings
Wolf Amaterasu - Charge!
Wolf Amaterasu - Dodo Crossing
Wolf Amaterasu - Ghost Island
Wolf Amaterasu - Raptor Isle
Wolf Amaterasu - Sunrise Watcher
Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!
Wolf Amaterasu - Crystal Isles Sunset
BlueDragon - Welcome to Ringworld
roguewolf91 - The Duel
Valoule - Burning tree
Wolf Amaterasu - Evening at the Beach
Wolf Amaterasu - Stream Junction
Wolf Amaterasu - Tropical Sunset
Wolf Amaterasu - Where the Rivers Meet
Valoule - 3D Spear
Valoule - Scratching the surface
Wolf Amaterasu - Survivor ARK Evolved
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 126 is…
ThePilgrim for their Jumping Spider Tek base
We'd also like to wish a huge congratulations to our runner-up!
captainfatdog and their Figure of 8 Race Track!
If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:
Bronto Mansion by Valoule
You can check out the full album here: https://imgur.com/a/igFuU
How Nameless become Alpha by Shockal
A raptor couple by Phenix220 (Fr)
Hulk and Superman! by CyanPug
Dodo Wyvern by 드찌/어찌
Thylacosmilus WIP 2 by Laelamcpitty
Introducing the Archelon! by Nokryn
Introducing the Sea Cow! by Nokryn
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,