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  • Community Crunch 150: New CONQUEST Servers & ARK Digest 54!

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

    Conquest PVP Servers!

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    Today we have some exciting news to bring our PvP official players. We are introducing a new server cluster called: Conquest.

    In contrast to our successful 6-man tribes servers, Conquest will focus on big tribes (25=player limit per tribe) and big battles. In order to fuel this large-scale fight these servers will have 2x rates compared to other official servers (unaffected by Evolution Events). This will allow tribes to build up faster, gain experience faster, raise, breed, and tame creatures faster, allow more focus directly on battling other tribes. The servers will also be capped at 100 players per server instead of 70. Server transfers will be enabled between servers within the cluster. There will be 36 servers total within the cluster, offering all map types to play on. 

    This batch of Conquest servers will provide a fertile grounds for big tribes to come and play!

    The Conquest servers will be spun up and available for PC players on September 28. We'll be monitoring the clusters success on PC and then evaluate bringing them to console at a later date. We encourage PvP players to check these new servers out on Friday!

    ARK Digest 54!

    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 Thomas asks, “Will the Titans of the land be a temporary tame (like the Titanosaur's on these Islands in the sky) or will we be able to properly keep them in our collection forever? Will we be able to ride them?”

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    The Titans will be temporary tames in a similar vein to Titanos - there can only be one of each type on a map at any given time. That said, in singleplayer, they’ll be a permanent tame, but you’ll have to sacrifice it to summon another!

    Survivor Caleb asks, “Will there be another dino TLC pass? If so could you provide more details about it? Examples of dinos that could benefit from a TLC pass would be the Carnotaurus, Dimetrodon, and the Sabertooth among others.”

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    Right now we’re very focused on Extinction. If it makes sense to do another TLC pass post extinction, then we’ll do that. That said, we’re intentionally not making promises about this right now, because we don’t want to break them later.

    Survivor Caleb asks, “If Rockwell is trapped/killed on Aberration, which takes place before Extinction in the story, does this mean we will not receive new additional recipes on Extinction due to the fact that Rockwell is the creator of the recipes?”

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    There will be new recipes, and of course all of the previous ones will be available. We’re also planning to rework a few existing things to change up the meta!

    Survivor Jacob asks, “Will you guys do another live stream of the new dlc Extinction like what you did with aberration?”

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    Jen here to answer this question! Yes, we will be doing some streaming things for Extinction. We are also planning to do some fun stuff for Extra Life this year. If you’re not familiar, Extra Life is a 24-hour charity livestream event in which we help raise money for Children’s Hospitals. We’ve taken part the last few years and are definitely looking forward to participating again this year. It just so happens to line up very well with the release of Extinction happening a few days later. We’ll have some reveals to show as we reach donation milestones so if you’re looking forward to Extinction, you’ll want to check out that stream. We’ll provide more information on it as we get closer to the date, but Extra Life takes place on November 3rd.

    Survivor Lorenzo asks, “Will the scout in extinction also be able to tag wild dinosaurs and are there going to be more relevance and new features regarding PvE?”

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    It can tag wild dinos and allies, opening the door to a comprehensive view of the dinos on the battlefield.

    Survivor Cyrus asks, “Will Extinction have a similar transfer system that Aberration had during the first few months? Will we be able to download items, Dino’s, or pre existing characters onto the Extinction map?”

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    We are planning limited transfer into Extinction servers to start. We haven’t finalized the details yet, but it’s likely that it’ll be in the similar to Aberration.

    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]

    STA Chinese Language Support!

    SurviveTheArk.com 现在提供简体中文支持以及简体中文举报系统!用户可以在网页最下方选择语言。在更改语言后,系统将会自动翻译相应部分。

    SurviveTheArk.com now offers Chinese language support and Chinese PC Abuse System support! You can select your language from the very bottom of the website. Once the language is changed, the PC incident report fields will automatically translated.

    Mod Community Updates!

    We just have a couple reminders for the mod community today.

    There are two weeks left for submissions on both the Mod Contest and the Sponsored Mod Program. Get your entries in soon, because the deadline is October 6th. After that, we enter the voting phase; so this might be a good time to get people to try your mod and see what it has to offer.

    We're also nearing the end of the month so I will be reviewing bounty requests and claims soon. If you are looking for any specific tutorials please make sure to take a look at the bounty request form.

    Community Livestream #9 This Thursday!

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    This Thursday September 27th the community team will be doing another biweekly livestream!

    During these livestreams Zen Rowe, Chris, and Jen bring you ARK news, celebrate modding, and the community as a whole every other week. We mix it up between playing ARK, showing off mods, and showing off your community creations for all to see. Survivors are invited to join us in the chat (and sometimes even in-game) to play and talk with the community team.

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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, September the 27th at 1pm EST! We hope to see you there :)

    PS4 (EU) Sale!

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    ARK: Survival Evolved

    ARK: Explorer's Edition

    ARK: Season Pass

    ARK: Scorched Earth

    ARK: Aberration

    Fanart of the Week!

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    Spinosaurus painted with Indian ink by Anna!

    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 28th of September at 1 PM EST until Monday the 2st of October 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

    Edited by Jen




    User Feedback




    Everyone here's whining like a little bitch, Jesus Christ. If you asked something nicely and they didn't change/implement your suggestion, do you really think they will if you call them out? Don't play if you don't want to. I'm not at all a fanboy of WC, to the contrary, I disagree with a lot of choices they make. But it's their game. Calling out the people who wrote up this post will not do anything but piss everyone off. They're most likely not in charge of making the changes y'all want anyways.

     

    That being said, I agree that there some important flaws that should be addressed. Meshing being one of the most important ones, it takes out the challenge of raiding. Wildcard, can you please either fix the map, or hire active moderators? I know this has been said a million times already, but hey, worth a shot.

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    This post is literally full of backlash about issues like Kibble rework and such when they had already mentioned in the last Digest. As one would say, if you don't like the way they run, theres always the exit door for you to go to. You are not even forced to play the game, whiners. 

    If you are gonna go with the "We pay We say" attitude, boy oh boy do you all need to grow up. I don't like the way they run the game, yet I am just gonna keep playing it.

    ...but seriously though, devs need to get moderators who are unbiased at anyone. I am surprised they remained unfazed by so many whiners complaining about in game issues that their manpower are oh so little, yet they find it hard to trust player moderators in game more than in forum. Top Lel.

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    I dont see the purpose of 25 tribe player servers, thats what official consists of now. I was hoping for either a solo or duo cluster. I Think that would be more successful. 10 Servers(5NA,5EU), two of each map, 100 players per server, 2-6xp, 3x gather and breeding. Maybe even disable certain engrams...

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    13 hours ago, jammyjade said:

    6 questions? you telling me with 12 million people buying this game there are only 6 questions an answers to post! tell ya what get me on the community crunch livestream lets talk ark for real! instead of all this nonsence 

    Good luck answering all 12 million questions mate.

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    all this backlash pisses me off, is insulting WC going to make them WANT to help? NO! Insulting them hurts you just as much as it does for them.

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    How many times do i have to say this to people!? Wildcard only answered 6 questions because they only wanted to TELL us 6 things! i'm tired of hearing people complain about free information 

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    >My questions weren't answered
    That sucks.
    My question got picked last time though, could be worse :)
    It seems that they don't want to give much away.

    23 minutes ago, destructicon54 said:

    all this backlash pisses me off, is insulting WC going to make them WANT to help? NO! Insulting them hurts you just as much as it does for them.

    I never really did understand this.
    What exactly makes people think that insulting someone will make them more likely to do what you want?

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    As much as I want to totally crap on this digest there was actually some good information in this one , you guys should really do this type of digest more often.

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    There was a server update yesterday for PS4. The upload timer has changed. What else was updated? I don't see anything posted on the forums or tweets.

    Thank you,

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    Console players: we need some console TLC.

    Wildcard: (shoves console players out the way) Introducing a brand new server type for PC players only.

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    48 minutes ago, DJRone89 said:

    Console players: we need some console TLC.

    Wildcard: (shoves console players out the way) Introducing a brand new server type for PC players only.

    you obviously didn't read all the way through, updates for EVERY game are almost always done on the PC first. did you not read the it IS COMING TO CONSOLE?

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    Wilcard Wildcard hear my plee, Wildcard Wildcard i summon thee, will the scout be able to be used underwater? tek is waterproof so i think it should but i would like a confirmation

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    Guest DJRone89

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    14 minutes ago, destructicon54 said:

    you obviously didn't read all the way through, updates for EVERY game are almost always done on the PC first. did you not read the it IS COMING TO CONSOLE?

    So why not release it on all platforms at the same time? Interesting that they can release paid DLC for everyone but nothing else.

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    Would like to point out the slight proofreading error, Monday is October 1st, along with the beginning of the digest being a copy of last month, not that these are enormous issues, but they do say something about the ones writing the post. I get it, if someone is doing something late at night or on low sleep, or even massive stress, these things can happen, but a proofreader can be a lifesaver. That's all for my rant there, I do enjoy the game and play on a regular basis I feel as if there is something missing at times. I look forward to Extinction and am quite excited for it, but I do rather agree with some things such as why were only 6 questions answered when they could have easily done at least 10, or the fact that at least one of them wasn't answered completely, they neglected the second part of one post. Regardless of what WC is thinking or doing, I do enjoy the game and probably will continue to play.

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    Wait a minute " The Titans will be temporary tames in a similar vein to Titanos - there can only be one of each type on a map at any given time. That said, in singleplayer, they’ll be a permanent tame, but you’ll have to sacrifice it to summon another!"

    Was it not mentioned one has to Tame or Kill ALL Titans to fight the boss? This means Taming All is no longer an option as they are temporary. This is just a big let down. I hope that Unofficial Servers can make them permanent and allow more than 1 of each.

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    7 minutes ago, TheSlayerNL said:

    Wait a minute " The Titans will be temporary tames in a similar vein to Titanos - there can only be one of each type on a map at any given time. That said, in singleplayer, they’ll be a permanent tame, but you’ll have to sacrifice it to summon another!"

    Was it not mentioned one has to Tame or Kill ALL Titans to fight the boss? This means Taming All is no longer an option as they are temporary. This is just a big let down. I hope that Unofficial Servers can make them permanent and allow more than 1 of each.

    You may have to tame or kill all of the titans to fight the big boss, but you are assuming it means taming all the titans at the same time.

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    5 minutes ago, GP said:

    You may have to tame or kill all of the titans to fight the big boss, but you are assuming it means taming all the titans at the same time.

    I was not assuming that, but if they are temporary, how can one tame them all? That said, we don't know temporary in what form, but it still is a bit confusing.

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    Just now, TheSlayerNL said:

    I was not assuming that, but if they are temporary, how can one tame them all? That said, we don't know temporary in what form, but it still is a bit confusing.

    Well taming them all could easily mean one at a time, maybe you receive something from taming it like you might from killing it, like a trophy? It's not really confusing, just the details not clear yet.

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    6 minutes ago, GP said:

    Well taming them all could easily mean one at a time, maybe you receive something from taming it like you might from killing it, like a trophy? It's not really confusing, just the details not clear yet.

    Well, I sure hope they serve a bigger purpose than just giving an item. They surely spent some time designing them and you can ride them, they must be usefull for something other than PvP one would think.

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    they have lost 1/3rd of the players since the last peak which was intro of 6-man servers.i seriously doubt we'll see an uprise with the 25-man setting when official servers already are that. it'll be a drain for tribes to manage both platforms, especially when you need different maps to be successful. i seriously don't understand the decision but i'm waiting in anticipation to see how wc fail. they've been doing that a lot lately. extinction is postponing, or by the sound of it, possibly being the last "update". honestly, we don't need new "content"! we just want numbers to be altered. balance is like diarrhea in this game and feels like i'm sharting blood for the past year. 

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    If you want 15man instead of 25man, sign the petition!

    https://www.change.org/p/wildcard-we-want-15man

    Most people agree with this change, 6man is just too little to cover offline times, all it is is offline raiding and offline meshing. But 25 is too close to regular official, people teaming on 25man would be gamebreaking and really what is the point in playing these vs normal official? 15man is a perfect substitute that would allow smalltribes to play together without the constant stress of needing all players to be online 7+hours a day but avoid the megatribe playstyle.

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    3 hours ago, DJRone89 said:

    So why not release it on all platforms at the same time? Interesting that they can release paid DLC for everyone but nothing else.

    i think they do updates for only one platform at a time to see if it will work and if the players will actually like it. they release the paid DLC all at the same time so that players can not take advantage of watching videos and that sort 

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    Sounds awesome! Thank you for working to make the PvE single player have a permanent tame for the titans. Its alot of work to get something like that for one or two people for it to just die later. (If it dies i want it to be from human error... like fighting a giga, not from a time limit.)

    As for a TLC, i hope you decide to do more at some point. I like many have a love hate relationship with the carno. Its kinda meh, and not very good, but at the same time it was the first dino to kill me. It really was one of the best experiences i have ever had. (cowering in my thatch hut as it smashed threw it bit by bit, with me freaking out in the furthest corner poking it with my spear in a vain attempt to survive. Not to mention how tense it was trying to sneak to get my stuff back...and eventually succeeding...) I would just like to see some love for the carno... and maybe the diplodocus, or rather the DERPlodocus. but mostly for the carno.

    Anyway thanks for the info, and keep up the heard work :)

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