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  • Community Crunch 154: Creature Teaser Tomorrow & ARK Digest 55!

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

    Extinction Creature Teaser Tomorrow!

    Be sure to tune in to the Xbox channel on Mixer at 11am PST tomorrow (Tuesday) to see a teaser of one of the creatures coming in Extinction during their ARK stream!

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    Last week we introduced you to our adorable giant sloth friend, the Gacha. 

    ARK Digest 55!

    Thank you for all of your questions for this digest, Survivors! Here is our question and answer session with Lead Programmer Chris Willoughby. This week we've covered some of the very popular questions we've received regarding Extinction.

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    Survivor Asher asks, "Will extinction have an ocean, or at least a large body of water for some bigger aquatic creatures?" and survivor Alex asks, "All Extinction related pictures you've published were mostly on land. Is Extinction is going to be a map like Scorched Earth with no sea or is it a map with water creatures?"

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    Extinction does not have a large body of water. As you can imagine, the surface of the Earth has undergone some dramatic changes, one of which is that most of the water has dried up. That said, we did build the Extinction creatures with water in mind, and there should be a few surprises waiting for you when you take them to other maps!

    Survivor Caleb asks, "Is the dev team currently working on a long-term solution to improve the quality of life/tame cap issues on PVE? If so, could the team provide us with some details?"

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    We think that Cryopods coming in Extinction should help with this problem directly. When a creature has been captured into a Cryopod, it does not count against the tame cap of the server. In addition, Cryopods can be kept forever in a Cryofridge with power, arming players with a powerful tool to work around the limitations of the cap.

    Survivor Nattix asks, "As you mentioned in the previous digest, titans are going to be temporary tames. Will titans have more uses for PVE players who aren't looking to go to war or are they going to be solely for PVP like titanosaurs?"

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    Our hope is that Titans bring a new type of PVE encounter to the game with in-world boss fights and interesting new mechanics that are interesting in themselves. Once tamed, Titans are very powerful. They can clear space and take down lots of dinos quickly making them good for area cleanup or meat runs. In addition, we’ve worked to make each of them fun to ride. I enjoy exploring the various maps on them for that reason.

    Survivor Thomas asks, "In a previous teaser we saw some Defense Units roaming the land, this time without their supreme leader summoning them. Could this be the time we finally are able to get our chance to befriend the buggers instead of ripping them apart limb-from-limb (or at least, put them back together again :P)?"

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    The Defense Units found within Extinction are part of the automated force that served and defended the city before it fell into disarray. These days they like to roll around and punch Dodos. They aren’t craftable like the other Robots found within the city (such as the Scout or Enforcer), but we felt like they brought a missing piece to the ecosystem there, namely punching Dodos.

    Survivor Thomas asks, "Since we already have seen a glimpse of some Wyvern-action on the land below, can we then confirm that Extinction will have some more creatures from previous expansions living on earths crust and if so, will they be living under similar conditions as they were on their respective arks accordingly?"

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    There are a number of creatures that make their return in Extinction, and they exist in biomes/environments that you’d expect to find them in. In addition, a number of existing creatures have been corrupted by Element and they roam the wasteland. These creatures will not behave as they would traditionally, instead destroying anything that gets in the way of their hunt for additional Element to consume.

    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 Update!

    There won't be a community livestream this coming Thursday, but it's because we're super busy poreparing for our TwitchCon event coming up this week, and our yearly Extra Life stream AND the launch of Extinction falls shortly after! These next few weeks sure will be busy. Jen will be present at our special TwitchCon event this year along with ARK producer John. To those of you that RSVP'd to attend we look forward to seeing you there and we hope you enjoy getting to be the first to play Extinction!

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    In case you've missed our last couple of mentions of it, Extra Life this year is on November 3rd and we'll be streaming for 24-hours straight to raise money for sick kids hospitals. We'll be dropping some Extinction teasers along the way and boosting our official server rates as our Extra Life team gets closer to our goal. Be sure to tune into our Twitch channel on the 3rd and we'll have more details about this next week.

    Mod Community Updates!

    Over the last two weeks, we managed to spotlight almost every mod in the contest. If you missed any and would like to see what all of the mods have to offer, the streams have been sliced and put into convenient episodes, all of which can be found in this Twitch collection.

    Public voting for the Mod Contest has concluded but technical evaluations are still being finalized so rankings may still continue to change until the winners are announced on November 1st. The current Rankings can be found here:

    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/contest-home/

    The start date for the next contest has not yet been determined, the management system will be taken offline during the winter months for some updates and adjustments based on feedback from the current contest. Once a date is determined everyone will be made aware of it.

    Fanart of the Week!

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    Frost Titan by WYF!

    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 26th of October at 1 PM EST until Monday the 29th 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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    How big would extinction be tho? And the biggest question I have is. Will it have huge caves to set up 🧐 questions questions..

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    So server cap is being addressed with a giant bandaid of an engram unlock that most wont get for months...

    Nice solve...

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    In the last year server cap is the main problem in PVE, actually it kills the game. I think the second is the 8 day hidden decay timer for dinos what actually really unfair...

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    Will every animal receive a corrupted variant, or will some of the other DLC creatures be left out? Assuming they don't get corrupted variants, what would happen to them if they were transferred to this map and then became corrupted?

    Will non-tameable animals also receive corrupted variants?

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    • Extinction does not have a large body of water. As you can imagine, the surface of the Earth has undergone some dramatic changes, one of which is that most of the water has dried up.

    Sooooooooo, Scorched Earth then, you did this already, map is still raptored.

    • That said, we did build the Extinction creatures with water in mind, and there should be a few surprises waiting for you when you take them to other maps!

    So Gremlins basically?

    • We think that Cryopods coming in Extinction should help with this problem directly. When a creature has been captured into a Cryopod, it does not count against the tame cap of the server.

    Except new Tek engram wont be unlocked by MOST tribes for quite sometime....and also a ENGRAM AS A CORE MECHANIC FIX? Are you poopting me? Also what happens if dino's are IN these Pods when a server reaches cap? Are they not able to be brought out so are basically stuck in there forever? Great thinking.

    • In addition, Cryopods can be kept forever in a Cryofridge with power, arming players with a powerful tool to work around the limitations of the cap.

    As long as it has power...what if it runs out of power? It dies? Decays after 7 days if not rendered? What happens if power is lost and server is at tame cap? You do realize that the the problem with tame cap is due to HAVING a poopTY KIBBLE system and crap breeding system right?

    • Our hope is that Titans bring a new type of PVE encounter to the game with in-world boss fights and interesting new mechanics that are interesting in themselves.

    So basically Rex/Other dinos mass attack? Cuz Titanosaurus's worked out so well and are tough.....*coughsinglelightingwyverncough* Real....interesting.

    • Once tamed, Titans are very powerful. They can clear space and take down lots of dinos quickly making them good for area cleanup or meat runs.

    .........cuz there arent tons of other dino's that can do quick meat runs that prolly wont take the sacrifice of your unborn child to tame.

    • In addition, we’ve worked to make each of them fun to ride.

    ROFL, im glad you finally made this decision about THEE core mechanic of your game. Ever ride a Trike.....its hella fun.

    • The Defense Units found within Extinction are part of the automated force that served and defended the city before it fell into disarray. These days they like to roll around and punch Dodos. They aren’t craftable like the other Robots found within the city (such as the Scout or Enforcer), but we felt like they brought a missing piece to the ecosystem there, namely punching Dodos.

    If i log in and dont ever see these guys "punching" dodo's imma be pissed. #brokenpromises

    • In addition, a number of existing creatures have been corrupted by Element and they roam the wasteland. These creatures will not behave as they would traditionally, instead destroying anything that gets in the way of their hunt for additional Element to consume.

    So basically you made wild dino's*pause*aggressive? This.is.groundbreaking. I gotta see this in action first hand.

    You guys are breaking some new ground here with the release of this massive Q&A. Took me awhile to read there was just so much information worth reading.

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    perserveing bing<Refrigerator<Cryofridge!!!!?... /mindblown i am rlly rlly excited for this can't wait to get extinction and beable to hopefully transfer those things to the other arks especialy the megatherium evolutionary marvel wich is the gacha~! : D

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    2 hours ago, flamron said:

    So server cap is being addressed with a giant bandaid of an engram unlock that most wont get for months...

    Nice solve...

    Never happy. All those tribes that actually have Tek can no longer use that “We must have 300+ dinos for boss fights” argument because they can just freeze them and store them for when they are needed.

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    53 minutes ago, TeRyn said:
    • Extinction does not have a large body of water. As you can imagine, the surface of the Earth has undergone some dramatic changes, one of which is that most of the water has dried up.

    Sooooooooo, Scorched Earth then, you did this already, map is still raptored.

    • That said, we did build the Extinction creatures with water in mind, and there should be a few surprises waiting for you when you take them to other maps!

    So Gremlins basically?

    • We think that Cryopods coming in Extinction should help with this problem directly. When a creature has been captured into a Cryopod, it does not count against the tame cap of the server.

    Except new Tek engram wont be unlocked by MOST tribes for quite sometime....and also a ENGRAM AS A CORE MECHANIC FIX? Are you poopting me? Also what happens if dino's are IN these Pods when a server reaches cap? Are they not able to be brought out so are basically stuck in there forever? Great thinking.

    • In addition, Cryopods can be kept forever in a Cryofridge with power, arming players with a powerful tool to work around the limitations of the cap.

    As long as it has power...what if it runs out of power? It dies? Decays after 7 days if not rendered? What happens if power is lost and server is at tame cap? You do realize that the the problem with tame cap is due to HAVING a poopTY KIBBLE system and crap breeding system right?

    • Our hope is that Titans bring a new type of PVE encounter to the game with in-world boss fights and interesting new mechanics that are interesting in themselves.

    So basically Rex/Other dinos mass attack? Cuz Titanosaurus's worked out so well and are tough.....*coughsinglelightingwyverncough* Real....interesting.

    • Once tamed, Titans are very powerful. They can clear space and take down lots of dinos quickly making them good for area cleanup or meat runs.

    .........cuz there arent tons of other dino's that can do quick meat runs that prolly wont take the sacrifice of your unborn child to tame.

    • In addition, we’ve worked to make each of them fun to ride.

    ROFL, im glad you finally made this decision about THEE core mechanic of your game. Ever ride a Trike.....its hella fun.

    • The Defense Units found within Extinction are part of the automated force that served and defended the city before it fell into disarray. These days they like to roll around and punch Dodos. They aren’t craftable like the other Robots found within the city (such as the Scout or Enforcer), but we felt like they brought a missing piece to the ecosystem there, namely punching Dodos.

    If i log in and dont ever see these guys "punching" dodo's imma be pissed. #brokenpromises

    • In addition, a number of existing creatures have been corrupted by Element and they roam the wasteland. These creatures will not behave as they would traditionally, instead destroying anything that gets in the way of their hunt for additional Element to consume.

    So basically you made wild dino's*pause*aggressive? This.is.groundbreaking. I gotta see this in action first hand.

    You guys are breaking some new ground here with the release of this massive Q&A. Took me awhile to read there was just so much information worth reading.

    Why do you even play this game?

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    " These creatures will not behave as they would traditionally, instead destroying anything that gets in the way"

    So they'll act like normal? :D

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    Finally a great Community Crunch with great news. Good job on this one! #greatjob 

    Keep it coming with great news!

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    *Lands on ruined earth.

    *See's titan's everywhere.

    *Was told by ??? to "reboot" the system and notices corrupted living things everywhere.

    *Re-enacts the very ending of the original Planet of the Apes. Except the horse is a dragon.

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    7 hours ago, stargatedalek said:

    Will every animal receive a corrupted variant, or will some of the other DLC creatures be left out? Assuming they don't get corrupted variants, what would happen to them if they were transferred to this map and then became corrupted?

    Will non-tameable animals also receive corrupted variants?

    Tames can't become corrupted I don't think, just like tames on Aberration can't become Aberrant, so don't think you've got anything to worry about with transferring dinos to Extinction.

    Not all of the other DLC creatures will be in Extinction, in fact i've not seen any Aberration creatures revealed yet.

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    6 hours ago, TeRyn said:
    • Extinction does not have a large body of water. As you can imagine, the surface of the Earth has undergone some dramatic changes, one of which is that most of the water has dried up.

    Sooooooooo, Scorched Earth then, you did this already, map is still raptored.

    No because Scorched Earth is just desert, and Extinction is clearly not just desert. Just because there won't be a large amount of water doesn't mean it will be completely dry and barren. Aberration doesn't have a large body of water, more so than Scorched, but it is still a small amount compared to Island.

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    34 minutes ago, ivandam said:

    Fainally server cap is over tyvm.

     

    Well it's a step in the right direction, but I wouldn't say it is over, after all, people on official servers will still need to choose to use them. If they choose not to then there will still be tame limitations. All depends on who plays on the server and what they are like.

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    Dear Wildcard,

    The only main and serious problem you have - Server Cap.

    if you fix this problem, every other problem will be much easier.

    Regards

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    4 minutes ago, GP said:

    Well it's a step in the right direction, but I wouldn't say it is over, after all, people on official servers will still need to choose to use them. If they choose not to then there will still be tame limitations. All depends on who plays on the server and what they are like.

    Well I'm going to use the pokeba... I mean cryopods. Since I prefer to build big but tight bases I have a problem with dinos taking too much space, especially those that aren't used daily, so that'll fix my problem.

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    6 hours ago, TeRyn said:
    • We think that Cryopods coming in Extinction should help with this problem directly. When a creature has been captured into a Cryopod, it does not count against the tame cap of the server.

    Except new Tek engram wont be unlocked by MOST tribes for quite sometime....and also a ENGRAM AS A CORE MECHANIC FIX? Are you poopting me? Also what happens if dino's are IN these Pods when a server reaches cap? Are they not able to be brought out so are basically stuck in there forever? Great thinking.

    We don't know yet the details on how the cryopods will be crafted, however, they are not an engram/tekgram that is unlocked by beating any bosses, so to me that sounds like it won't necessarily be as long to get.

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