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  • Community Crunch 145 & ARK Digest 53!

    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

    ARK Digest 53!

    Thank you for all of your questions, Survivors! We're excited to be bringing back the ARK Digest as it's been quite awhile since we had one. We plan to do these approximately once a month going forward so Digest 54 will take place near the end of September.

    Here is our question and answer session with Lead Programmer Chris Willoughby!

    Survivor Tiny Hippo asks, “I'm getting the feeling that Extinction will be a no-flyer map like Aberration was. The new cryo-chamber system, the climbing Enforcer, the drone, floating boxes, and the Gasbags seem like things that would replace flying, so I just get the idea that there may not be fliers on Extinction. Would you please clarify if there will or won't be?”

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    Fliers are allowed on Extinction! There will be a number of existing fliers that spawn in Extinction, and we’re working on a few more to add to your collection. That said, there will be new challenges for fliers on this map that we’re excited for you to discover and contend with.

    Survivor Max K asks, “Any news on the kibble tree rework?”

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    While imperfect, a lot of thought and work went into building the kibble tree as it stands now. A number of us internally would like to make major changes to this, potentially rebuilding it from the ground up. The reality is that this represents a significant undertaking, and would be very disruptive to the game. If we decide to tackle this, it will be post Extinction.

    Survivor B Anthony asks, “Will there be artifacts in Extinction? And will the Obelisks still be used to go to the boss's room in Extinction?”

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    We’re still hammering out the exact summoning mechanics, but the Titan battles in Extinction will take place on the live map. There will not be separate boss fight arenas for them.

    Survivor Caleb H asks, “Is there a scheduled frame of time that the S+ mod mechanics will be implemented? If so, when could we expect to see them? I'm sure the community would love to see the progress you have made.”

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    S+ is a shining example of the benefits of releasing mod tools to the community. It contains a number of improvements to the building system that we’d like to integrate. That said, it also contains a number of features and mechanics that circumvent systems in the game. Given this, we aren’t planning to integrate the mod wholesale. We are, however, examining and tracking individual improvements that would make sense to integrate. Any improvements in this area would come after Extinction launches.

    Survivor Kim R asks, “Have you definitely decided for or against whether some mechanics from the expansion packs might carry over to other maps? I'm thinking of the cliff platforms that would be cool to build on the Island or other maps.”

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    When we set out to build an expansion, we seek to add gameplay that adds to the core experience. Our goal, then, is to allow those mechanics to be used in all the places that make sense. Cliff Platforms work on all maps, for example. A number of the features we’re adding in Extinction are meant to be used across all of the other maps. They’re meant to change things up on multiple levels.

    Survivor Kim R asks, “Is it, or will it be, possible to run multiple events as a server owner? For example, both the Easter Event and the ARKaeology Event?”

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    Unfortunately, no. When we set out earlier this year to rebuild the event system in a way that they would persist, we decided not to ensure compatibility between them. Largely they modify many of the same bits, so making them fully compatible would take a significant amount of work and lower the likelihood that we could implement cool things like the bone pile spawning in the ARKaeology event.

    Survivor Austin K asks, “With Extinction being the biggest DLC you've done yet, can we expect most if not all dinos in the game to be featured on the map?”

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    A number of our previous creatures will inhabit the Extinction map. As with our other expansions, we’ll bring across the ones that make the most sense and incorporate them. In addition, we’re adding the highly aggressive corrupted versions of a number of creatures to provide new challenges.

    Survivor BrokenRealm asks, “Will there be another Ark: Fear Evolved?”

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    We like creating new and interesting events for our players. Unfortunately, most of our effort at that time will be focused on ensuring a smooth and enjoyable launch for Extinction. Doing a Halloween event and wrapping the expansion at the same time would have a negative impact on both, so we’ll be skipping Halloween this year. 

    Survivor Dave M asks, “Will there be any new mods coming out for console players?

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    We’re aware that our console players would like to see more in this space. We don’t have anything specific to announce at the moment, but stay tuned.

    Survivor Joaquin S asks, “If you had to describe Extinction in one to three words, what would they be?”

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    Prodigious, challenging, fresh. The Titans bring a number of new elements to the core experience through public boss fights and taming of even larger creatures. The new in-world event system we’re building will bring new gameplay to both PVE and PVP servers. Finally, the introduction of the city brings a whole new dynamic to exploration and building. I’m really excited about these new elements.

    If you have a question you want answered by the ARK dev team please submit your questions with the Subject "ARK Q&A" to our email address: [email protected]

    Community Livestream #6 Roundup!

    On August 16th we had our sixth Community Livestream. Thank you to all of those who attended and participated! The community team had a lot of fun and we hope you did as well. If you weren't able to catch the stream you can watch the video-on-demand on our Twitch page or by clicking on the video below.

    This stream we were joined by the creator of the mod Auction House, Ghazlawl. Auction House allows you to create, bid on, and purchase auctions for items, weapons, blueprints, skins, dinos, etc, from players on your server or players on other servers who are also using the mod. On top of that, modded items and dinos are supported! The mod has its own intuiative UI to allow for easy trading.

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    Chris, Zen and Jen then went on a taming adventure to find a Tek Raptor, which was newly introduced last week in our Extinction Chronicles III update. It was an eventful journey around the island full of action, and by action we mean being pounced on by every raptor except a Tek one.

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    After a suggestion from chat our adventurers made their way towards the volcano and it was on the way that they finally spotted a female Tek Raptor and tamed her, later dubbed "Raptotron" by chat. Success!

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    We are accepting any type of ARK related fanart to be featured in the Showcase section of the stream and entries are always open. This can be drawings, videos, builds, ANSEL screenshots, handmade crafts, anything ARK related!

    You can submit your ARKwork to our streaming email address: [email protected]

    Be sure to follow us on our Twitch page so you don't miss a stream! twitch.tv/survivetheark

    We'll be hosting our next Community Live Stream on Thursday, August the 30th at 1PM EST! We hope to see you there :)

    Mod Community Updates!

    Hello everyone! Zen here. It's that time again for some mod news and reminders.

    I have been getting some suggestions about changes to make for the tutorial bounty board. I will be thinking about those and consider the proper way to achieve the things people want to get from those suggestions. There are some claims that have been declared this month as well so I will be reviewing them shortly... or at least I should be, but I am actually in the middle of moving into a new apartment, so the bounty claims might be a bit delayed as I will be quite busy from now until the end of the month. I will get to them though, don't worry. The next workshop video will likely be delayed as well since my recording setup may not be ready in time.

    I also have another Wildcard Workshop modding tutorial ready for you. I got some asks recently to cover event dispatchers, so here we go. These things are pretty useful so I would give it a watch.

    Fanart of the Week!

    We would like to give a special shoutout this week to artist Frillface for their amazing ARKwork created in MSPaint!

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    PS4 (EU) Sale!

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

    ARK: Complete Your Season Pass

    ARK: Evolution Event!

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    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 24th of August at 1 PM EST until Monday the 27th of August 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:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
    Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    6 hours ago, Gravex said:

    That won’t happen because to them fixing stuff isn’t profitable , once extinction comes out I won’t be surprised to see an even bigger decline when it comes to maintenance for ark. 

    tbh I don't expect anything to happen anymore after Extinction release. It's the last DLC, then the game is "finished" and they're already working on a new one so...

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    Why so little console love? Been playing since the day it came out and I've spent enough money on private servers to buy the game again. Give us some attention

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    1 hour ago, Eanaya said:

    tbh I don't expect anything to happen anymore after Extinction release. It's the last DLC, then the game is "finished" and they're already working on a new one so...

    Yeah your most likely right , and unfortunately even with the development hell that is ark people are still going to buy their new game , although I think dark and light is being developed by WC and that game isn’t doing to well so that’s pretty funny 

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    3 minutes ago, Gravex said:

    Yeah your most likely right , and unfortunately even with the development hell that is ark people are still going to buy their new game , although I think dark and light is being developed by WC and that game isn’t doing to well so that’s pretty funny 

    Dark & Light was not developed by WC.

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    5 minutes ago, GP said:

    Dark & Light was not developed by WC.

     I guess technically it is snail games who is developing it, I guess I just assumed because it’s pretty much ark with magic . 

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    Structures+ was first mention in Ark Digest 47 (Aug 4, 2017). Nothing has been added since. Even adding upsidedown sloped triangle pieces and the building options from primitive+ would be a big improvement.

    I do understand we have paid for the game and there does need to be money to support adding in many more changes. I would definitely be on board for a series of small paid dlcs if that’s what it takes.

    Not everything needs to be done at once, just slowly add things here and there. A small building pack dlc or something as PS4 has no mod support would be a huge improvement.

    Large building pieces would break pvp, but would add great rendering improvements to pve. Possibly making them on PVE only servers or as a private server option would be amazing. Also option to covert past structures to 1 bigger piece and ramps to stairs.

    Adding a cheaper dye pack dlc to give all the colour ids as dyes would be great.

    For events, maybe have an option to only add event Dino colours on private servers for a 2nd event.

    The hatchery really does take all the work out of hatching. Besides what would I do with my wall of 30+ Ac units?

     

    I do hope something is done. I really do love Ark and would love to see more support as there are no other options for ps4

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    4 hours ago, Aylana314159 said:

    Modded and custom gameplay can make the game really fun. But I wouldn't reinstall for vanilla gameplay.

    Been there, done that. It only delayed getting bored of ARK's grindy gameplay loop, which is taming, building, breeding what you want, doing some dungeon exploring here and there and then you have nothing else to do. Mind you I don't feel like making ARK a job to defeat bosses.

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    10 hours ago, Gravex said:

    Looking at their track record with their other dlcs it probably won’t be , they also don’t care if people get pissed , they already got our money so why would they ? 

    Can't tell until time passes by.

    10 hours ago, AstrihKonnash said:

    Would love to see more info about the cryo pod and if (great hopes here) it will help about dino cap on PvE (storing dinos in "pokeballs" thus opening cap - and worried because heard they got a spoil timer)

    Cryopod freezes dino into a solid ice cube, from what I heard. They have an expiry timer, and in the case of PvP or looters from PvE, can get stolen by them if you are not careful enough.

    8 hours ago, HighFlyer15 said:

    This has got to be the saddest Digest yet. So few questions answered and none of the big ones got any answer besides "later, dude".

    Digest doesn't answer 100 question at one go. Can't expect them to answer everything everything, even the bigger one at concern.

    6 hours ago, GP said:

    That's very true, would be good if that sort of thing is taken into consideration, would definitely be a QoL improvement.

    Assuming they would take Hatchery into consideration of being implemented when they do get towards S+ (probably never), which I highly doubt it.

    4 hours ago, Grognek said:

    Can we get a breeding event to this weekend? thank you! 

    ...we just had one two weekends ago. You missed it, and it won't return for quite some time.

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    At least WC did not promised anything big any time soon. And they even admit defeat on some questions. Good job WC on improving your communication.

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    I asked another question before I asked about if there would be another “Fear Evolved.” I asked about if there will be a Finnish to Scorthed Earth. As of right now it’s lacking content and doesn’t have an ending So far SE is the only OFFICIAL ark map that does not have an end and is not complete. I would love to see the SE map be expanded and have more content. I think more people will play SE and have a fun time doing so. SE is my favorite map I would love to see them expanded the map add more caves as well as another mini boss other than the manticore and add more storyline to the map.

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    1 hour ago, Topherallen07 said:

    Please tell me Atlas is DLC for Ark and not just another game?

    Atlas isn't made by Wildcard. So its a different game.

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    8 hours ago, Vaculity said:

    Atlas isn't made by Wildcard. So its a different game.

    There has actually been no confirmation to confirm or deny that WC are making whatever Atlas turns out to be.

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    Survivor BrokenRealm asks, “Will there be another Ark: Fear Evolved?”

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    We like creating new and interesting events for our players. Unfortunately, most of our effort at that time will be focused on ensuring a smooth and enjoyable launch for Extinction. Doing a Halloween event and wrapping the expansion at the same time would have a negative impact on both, so we’ll be skipping Halloween this year. 

     

    Buuuut buuut.. It's Halloween!!! :Jerbcry:

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    For some crunches ago you wrote that you will look forward to balance more Abberation map similar to how you balanced SE, dose this teleporter enabled fuction first and last balance that you will do? Or you have plans on working further with Abberation?

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    18 hours ago, GP said:

    There has actually been no confirmation to confirm or deny that WC are making whatever Atlas turns out to be.

    There are also no proper evidence either. I couldn't find anything in Google that relates to it other than forums commenting about the game. Not even any information from the "leaked trailer" for the game either who made the game.

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    13 hours ago, Vaculity said:

    There are also no proper evidence either. I couldn't find anything in Google that relates to it other than forums commenting about the game. Not even any information from the "leaked trailer" for the game either who made the game.

    Its not hard proof but the ATLAS leaked trailer was posted on Studio Wildcards youtube channel was was taken down mere minutes later. Kinda interesting 😏 prolly why console isnt getting S+ lol. You can check it out here.  https://www.gaminginstincts.com/atlas-trailer-leaked/

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    On 8/21/2018 at 2:40 AM, GP said:

    This would break the hatching function of the base game. What would the point be in having the hot/cold issue during incubation if the hatchery negates all that. The automated egg collection I agree with, but I doubt they will want the function of the hatchery in the base game.

    I would love a high level tame to help with baby raising and/or egg collection.

    Give it a low weight so you have to be strategic about what eggs it collects... I.E. it could collect 30 dodo eggs before being overweight, but only 2 giga eggs.

    And for baby raising, maybe have it feed babies automatically, but at the expense of lower stats since the baby has "bonded" with the feeder.

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    where can we post questions for the digest? im just wondering if bugs,boas,bats,and other non breedable creatures will ever become breedable on consoles.

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    6 hours ago, violetfox3113 said:

    where can we post questions for the digest? im just wondering if bugs,boas,bats,and other non breedable creatures will ever become breedable on consoles.

    "If you have a question you want answered by the ARK dev team please submit your questions with the Subject "ARK Q&A" to our email address: [email protected]"

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    I broke my beehive on aberrations and no bee came out. Did you guys change anything with the bees?

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    1 hour ago, Legotrent12 said:

    I broke my beehive on aberrations and no bee came out. Did you guys change anything with the bees?

    Sometimes beehives don't have a queen.

    Just hit some other hives until you get one.

    I think you're supposed to be able to hear if there's a queen in a hive or not, but idk

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    On ‎8‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 12:15 AM, rile said:

    All i want from S+ is the hatchery, I do hope they include that into the game at some point. Egg collection when you're not online would be so useful when you cannot play for hours at a time.

    I think the only thing we gets from s+ is no collision mode, so you can easy build on non-flat ground, the rest would just be op like pickupeble stuff. Another good thing i hope they add is bigger wall, instead of loading 8 wall u can load 1 2x4 size wall

     

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