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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

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    User Feedback




    16 minutes ago, destructicon54 said:

    Now that is not true, lol, just because they don't want to get wiped doesn't make them cowards, it doesn't make them any less capable gamers. i loath people that insult others that play different game modes.

     

    14 minutes ago, destructicon54 said:

    yeah, i haven't played PVE, i don't, and i never will, but i respect them as people who just like different things.  "real" skills" is a very generic term. for example, you have no "real skills" when it comes to understanding PVE

    The person you were replying to was being sarcastic...

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    What they said ^^ 

    I'm solely a PVE player because I thoroughly enjoy the flow of it more. I am plenty skilled at the game, same or more than ppl who play pvp. I was responding sarcastically to the PVPers with elitest attitude who think pve is nothing but a joke and we're, idk, "too affraid" I've honestly tried pvp, and I kicked ass, with my "skills", but it wasn't for me. 

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    huh, sarcasm isn't great on computers as it is in real life. making a fool of myself again, welp, my bad.

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    On the community livestream are they going to go to official PVE servers?  To see the problems that are there?  Or just going to stick to single player where there is never any lag?  Enough with the mod stuff.  Can we focus on official servers?

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    3 hours ago, Darlingfreaks said:

    What they said ^^ 

    I'm solely a PVE player because I thoroughly enjoy the flow of it more. I am plenty skilled at the game, same or more than ppl who play pvp. I was responding sarcastically to the PVPers with elitest attitude who think pve is nothing but a joke and we're, idk, "too affraid" I've honestly tried pvp, and I kicked ass, with my "skills", but it wasn't for me. 

    welp, my bad, makin a fool of myself again, sorry about that

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    I just don't understand why you would ever need a new PvE server. It's not like the Dinosaurs throw C4 at you, or prevent you from playing the game. You need new PvP servers because, I literally, cannot even build a base without some troll destroying my base with top tier gear and multiple lvl 200 dinos.

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    1 hour ago, Zanziber said:

    I just don't understand why you would ever need a new PvE server. It's not like the Dinosaurs throw C4 at you, or prevent you from playing the game. You need new PvP servers because, I literally, cannot even build a base without some troll destroying my base with top tier gear and multiple lvl 200 dinos.

    Now this is someone who doesnt understand PvE...First and for most, you can absolutely see PvP on PvE servers with griefers. titan kiting is a common thing. In the early days of my fresh server, dinos often got killed and base destroyed because people would aggro other dinos to attack your stuff(of course thats not a problem now). We need new servers because the people who play pve like to breed/tame and their simply is not enough room to support their playerbase and the [][][]'s dino's storage. So PvE quite honestly has some of the most toxic community because I think the "locals" get so stressed and offended when noobs come in and start taking their tame slots and there is nothing they can do about it. PvE servers in a nutshell are overcrowded and wildcard does not put much thought into their servers. Like they go and release a new batch of servers, using last batch as example, that includes 1 Na island server, 1 EU Rag, i think 2 SE, and 1 Ab server......this is all kinds of dumb in my opinion because there is absolutely no need for another ab server cause they are almost all open on tame cap and space to build(speaking just for pve). only 1 SE is necessary, 1 EU Rag is fine....but 1 Na island.....dah fack??? thats where the dumb comes in.  I play that server and have felt the strain it has. When they do these new batch of servers they support way more players than 1 server ever should. Honestly, I dont even know why Im wasting my time rambling and complaining. In a nutshell "I love ark to all hell, but WC....you dumb and im sorry for that"  

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    But PvE'ers can just play on their own private servers? You need to play on official servers for PvP, so that you have people to kill. If all you wanna do is just raise, tame, and breed dinos, you can have a much more enjoyable experience on your own server with your friends. Not to mention you can host your own events for extra taming/gathering/breeding. I don't understand the need to play official PvE. That doesn't make sense. You would be correct in saying that you don't want random people taking your dino slots.

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    1 hour ago, Zanziber said:

    But PvE'ers can just play on their own private servers? You need to play on official servers for PvP, so that you have people to kill. If all you wanna do is just raise, tame, and breed dinos, you can have a much more enjoyable experience on your own server with your friends. Not to mention you can host your own events for extra taming/gathering/breeding. I don't understand the need to play official PvE. That doesn't make sense. You would be correct in saying that you don't want random people taking your dino slots.

    We PvE's play on official for the same reason you do...to have more ppl to interact with for many reasons: the company, the trading, the boasting, the bickering(for some), the begging(for some) hahah

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    1 hour ago, Killnor Dadem said:

    Ia there a chance that you will be adding the Ceratosaurus to the dinosaur lineup.

    I don't think they are adding anymore dinos to the original lineup really. Plus Ceratosaurus would be too similar to Carnotaurus.

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    what can i say, i apreciate the info we get with the 6 questions. But i want more, i hope we can get more info in the next weeks. I know is hard or imposible to keep everyone happy, but u are making a good job and thx for givin us fun times with Ark. 

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    YAY! Lets add more servers for PVP that no one is going to use instead of making the players happy and giving them more official servers. Crossplay has 1 server per map/region. Max 70 people on a server at a time. Every map is getting dino capped because there is no room. New players who switched from xbox to pc, or tribes who have mixed platform players can't tame or raise anything. Eventually you will lose all players on the cross platform servers. We're all getting sick of logging in just to feed the dinos and refresh timers. So many issues with the game and instead of fixing them you try to come up with new and (to you) exciting things and hope it helps people focus on that instead of the issues. My tribemates and I are about to be done with this game. You want more money? I'll start recommending your game to customers instead of telling them it's a waist of money when the game isn't such a waist of money.

     

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