Community Crunch 135: Code of Conduct Change, Great Migration Tomorrow, Modding Updates & Xbox Sale!
Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
Code of Conduct Changes - Small Tribes!
The Enforcement Team are back again with another important notice regarding the Code of Conduct. We'd like to make Official Players aware of the following revision:
Small Tribe Server Specific Rules
> No Teaming - to maintain the intent and spirit of the small tribe servers, players are not permitted to form informal alliances between tribes. This includes such things as:
Joint raids against one or more tribes (including cross-server)
Sharing tame breeding lines between tribes
Sharing tames between tribes
Moving characters back and forth between multiple tribes
> Do not attempt to circumvent the six member limit
ARK Mobile Release & Livestream!
ARK: Survival Evolved will release worldwide on iOS & Android on June 14th! Join War Drum Studio for a livestream on the SurviveTheARK Twitch channel at 2 PM EST on Thursday for their launch on mobile! twitch.tv/survivetheark
ARK and its expansions are currently on sale on Xbox at their lowest prices ever! Sale ends July 2nd.
Upcoming Structure Changes!
First and foremost, thank you! Since our announcement post last week, we've received an incredible amount of feedback and have decided that we are not going to be rolling out the structural changes this week. We've decided to step back and reevaluate our solution, taking into account the feedback you’ve provided.
Our intent behind the change remains the same. We want to address structure spamming issues (pillar/foundation spam) which often takes place when players attempt to claim or grief different areas of the map in both PVE and PVP. However, we understand that there is legitimate gameplay uses for these mechanics. We want to make sure that the inevitable change we make recognises and can differentiate between illegitimate and legitimate cases. We want to ensure that our change is a step forward for the game overall.
We anticipate that this could be a significant change for the game, which is why we need the extra time to step back and reconsider all possible options. We remain vigilant and dedicated to addressing issues that affect survivors the most and want to be cautious that changes like these benefit players overall without causing more harm than good. Stay tuned, as we’re hoping to have more details on the update in the future, as well as the ability to work with you directly in determining the best solution.
More Small Tribe Servers!
We will be releasing Small Tribes server this week! Stay tuned to our Twitter for a more precise ETA on these. These servers limit the tribe size to 6 players maximum and alliances are not allowed. Server rates will be 3x (harvest, taming, experience) and will not be affected by Evolution Events. They will also have 2x maturation, 2x egg hatching, 2x gestation and 50% reduced mating interval.
These servers will undergo a trial period of 60 days. If after the 60 days they remain active, we will continue to keep the servers active. If after the 60 days the player population is very low, we will try a new game mode type and online new servers for another 60 days.
There is only a few days left on the counter! You can watch the counter tick down at the top of the forums page. Survivors can look forward to some epic discoveries with new content and challenges, and we'll have even more exciting news coming in the middle of the month, so stay tuned!
Mod Community Updates!
ZenRowe here, back with a few bits of modding news! First, I have a new tutorial for you all; we're going to start looking at some more granular systems in regards to making mods, the next few videos I will show you how to change your mods from INI configs to in-game configs, including how to build custom UIs. Project files are available in the post or the video description.
Next up, a reminder that the modding tutorial contest is still in full swing. Contest #6 is focused on beach and ocean projects. I am accepting submissions for this topic until the end of the month. I also have the winners of contest #5 which was our first freestyle contest. We got some pretty hefty submissions, some of these being multiple tutorials of different topics all rolled into one.
Without further ado, the winner is SamKO with his spy drone tutorial. This thing is cool, and he provides a massive amount of info with his tutorial which is broken up into several videos:
Our runner-up is a tutorial on cave creation by Exilog, which has been a topic that's raised a lot of questions in the past. This tutorial should prove very useful for map makers!
As always, all of the submissions can be found in the contest thread, along with info on the current contest.
That is all I have for you this week, so until next time, happy modding!
The Great Migration #3: Last Reminder!
Just a reminder that there are just under 1 day left for the next stage of our Legacy migration.
Here is a quick breakdown on how this process works:
Taking Down Low Pop Servers
With calculations based on sustained player-count as well as the popularity of game mode, we will be removing lower population legacy servers, most of which retain a 0-1 player concurrent population. These servers will be taken offline on June 12th. Any existing server that is not considered a low pop server and is not taken down at this time will still exist on the Legacy network.
Legacy servers will continue to remain on a separate cluster from the new cluster, which means you will not be able to transfer anything between Legacy servers and the new servers.
Servers Up for Deprecation
Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deprecated come June 12th. You have from now until then to move your belongings onto a server not present on this list. Please click one of the links below. They are separated by platform (PC, Xbox, and PS4).
Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.
How To Move Servers
If you are unfamiliar with the process, you are able to upload your items, creatures, and player through the Obelisk terminal, supply drops, as well as the Tek Transmitter. Survivors are advised to use Cross-ARK immediately to relocate their belongings onto a server that is not included in our take-down list above.
Allocation of New Servers
Our new method of onlining new servers has been through what we call "FRESH" servers. These servers are added to the main network but have downloads disabled for a period of 60 days. After 60 days that restraint is removed and they are officially joined to the main network. We plan to online set of Fresh servers on a monthly basis for all platforms so stay tuned for more information on when new ones will be added if you're looking for a fresh start.
Server Saves of Deleted Servers
We will make the save files available as soon as we can. We will host the PC files which anyone can download and then you are welcome to re-host the save file for your own use. We'll include a link to where you can download server saves in this post when they are available. Nitrado will also be able to provide the saves for use on Nitrado servers for console, as they have done in the past.
ARK: Super Fan Edition!
The Collector's Edition of ARK: Survival Evolved is available for purchase without the game or seasons pass included, for those who already own the game. This special edition includes:
- 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 world-wide today on our website: playark.com
ARK: Evolution Event!
Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from the Friday the 15th of June at 1 PM EST until Monday the 18th of June at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:
2x Harvesting Rates
2x Taming Rates
2x EXP Rates
That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at:
All the best,
Edited by Jen