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  • Community Crunch 160: Future of ARK & Console Patch Tomorrow!

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

    Future of ARK!

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    Given the ATLAS announcement, I wanted to stop by and share some additional insight into where we’re at and where we’re headed with ARK over the next few months!

    The ARK team is as big as it’s ever been. It’s made up of key members behind ARK (Early Access, Scorched Earth, and Aberration), hires from the mod community (Prim+, The Center, and Ragnarok), and seasoned veterans with experience working on a variety of other games and MMOs. TLC2, ARKaeology, Extinction Chronicles, Small Tribes, Enforcement, and of course, Extinction were built with this team. One of the more exciting things to us is that we’ve found ways to bring new wrinkles and ideas to ARK while continuing to refine and expand on the things that made it a hit - from the dynamic components of the ARKaeology event to the brand new mechanics created for Orbital Supply Drops and tameable Titans from Extinction.

    Currently, the ARK team is hard at work resolving issues introduced with Extinction - item bugs, creature balance (including Titans and Meks), OSD balance, console graphical quality and stability, and issues related to the DevKit. In addition, we’ve carved out key members of the team to tackle long-standing desires, starting with the integration of Structures Plus and the rework of the Kibble tree. A few other members of the team are tackling Winter Wonderland and the awaited return of Raptor Claus due next week. As we wrap up this wave of work, more and more members of the ARK team will be moving on to tackling quality of life issues and bugs.

    We love ARK as much as you do and are very excited for all of the possibilities that lay before us. Heading into the new year we will begin to plan out what's next and determine what the best steps are for the game from a content perspective. Rest assured, whether it's more TLC, new DLC, new mechanics, or new modes we will be continuing to support ARK through 2019. Beyond that, we’re starting early discussions internally about what the next generation of ARK could look like, but it’s too early to talk about that here.

    We’d like to thank everyone for their long-standing support and we look forward to the adventure ahead!

    Keep on surviving,
    Chris Willoughby
    Lead Programmer

    Console Patch Tomorrow!

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    Console survivors, we have exciting news! Tomorrow at 10am PST there will be a Xbox and PS4 patch. Here is the long list of changed and patch notes coming to your console very soon:

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    Managarmr

    • Improved Managarmr's ice breath accuracy
    • Buffed Managarmr stamina regen slightly
    • Managarmr babies can now be trained to behave better
    • Managarmr babies will no longer lose patience 100% of the time when following

    Velonasaur

    • Velonasaur will no longer hit the area underneath large dinosaurs
    • Velonasaur head whip should no longer harvest bodies
    • Fix issue with spines not always appearing on non authoritative clients
    • Velonasaur head whip no longer shoots through walls
    • Fix Velonasaur spines shooting through shields
    • Velonasaur now grounds flyers a little faster

    Corrupt Dinos

    • Corrupted Wyverns will despawn if they get too far from a completed Element Vein or Orbital Supply Drop
    • Fade out corrupt dinos when teleporting
    • Corrupt Dinos will de-prioritize flier targets, or targets based on fliers
    • Corrupt Dinos deal more damage to Tek Shields

    Titans

    • Titans despawn timer checks only regard players within the arena
    • Potential fix for increasing timer after long cooldown scenarios
    • Remove cooldown in singleplayer
    • Increase starvation time for Titans (~30m to ~ just over an hour)
    • Consuming Kibble will not increase food for Titans

    Desert Titan

    • Prevent flocks from being able to hit through buildings/terrain
    • Prevent encumbered players from moving on Desert Titan
    • Flocks will now dismount riders (during the boss fight)

    Forest Titan

    • Fix for Forest Titan hitting things thru ground terrain
    • Forest Titan arena wyverns take damage from forest titans
    • Clean up trees after Forest Titan is despawned

    Crashes

    • Fix for crash caused by garbage collected replicated properties
    • Fix server crash when running DumpDinoStats cheat as a spectator
    • Fixed server crash related to Forest Titan and damage numbers
    • Fixed crash related to killing an Argent in Primitive Plus

    Mek

    • Fix for Mek occasionally consuming 1x element when not refueling
    • Improved accuracy of sword in all scenarios
    • Prevent the Reequip button from allowing spyglass use while riding the Mek

    Structures+ Integration

    • Can pick structures up within 30s of placing
    • Exclusions:
      • Charge Lantern
      • C4
      • Elevator Platforms
      • Elevator Tracks
      • Electric Generator
      • Grill
      • Industrial Forge
      • Industrial Grinder
      • Chem Bench
      • Fabricator
      • Tek Generator
      • Tek Replicator
      • Tek Transmitter

    Enforcers

    • Reduce damage taken from corrupted dinos by 60%

    Connection

    • Reduced disconnects

    Localization

    • Updated loc strings from CrowdIn
    • Fixed bug that breaks Cryopod, Managarmer, etc. outside of English

    Rock Drake:

    • Resurrect Tek Rockdrake saddle

    CryoPod

    • Report cryo freezing to tribe log

    Snow Owl

    • Owl is now much better at actually hitting things with their melee attacks

    Gasbags

    • Gasbags is now much better at actually hitting things with their melee attacks
    • Allow the rider to fish from Gasbags

    Element Vein

    • Fixed replication issue with secondary element vein colors

    Orbital Supply Drops

    • Crate shields take damage from Projectiles/other damage sources again

    Delivery Crate

    • Engrams no longer count towards delivery crate weight

    Maps

    • Non-crater forest Redwoods will no longer take damage and fall

    Gacha

    • Fix for Gacha sadness not resetting in SP
    • Fix for dummy items getting left in Gacha inventory

    Robots

    • Set Gnashed attack to not affect robots (allo bleed attack)

    Extinction

    • Disable flyers in Forest Titan artifact cave

    We also have a PC patch planned for later this week. Stay tuned to our Twitter account for more updates on that as the week goes on.

    Fanart of the Week!

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    Managarmr by enderdragon540!

    Evolution Event!

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    Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 14th of December at 1 PM EST until Monday the 17th of December 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




    8 hours ago, TheLGuy said:

    I really hope that you guys will still add an ascension to Scorched Earth, maybe even a tek cave of some sort.

     

    2 hours ago, BTrickshot said:

    We still dont have our endgame ascension for SE.

    Oh, yes, YES! It really hurts my OCD that you get extra levels for beating Aberration but not Scorched Earth (and not Extinction?) 😂😂😂 Also, with many new engrams I'd love some more engram points so I can spec more.

    (Logged in for the first time in like half a year just to agree ferociously with you guys :P )

    10 hours ago, Anubis190 said:

    Who need the Winter event .... everyone wait for a big Patch that fix most of the bugs . I think they must use all member of there team only for fixes and not for stupid events 

     

    I do, pretty please :D I'm actually really excited about the winter event :)

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    Guest chancho33015

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    Reading between the lines:

    We are sorry to piss you guys off for our terrible decisions. We are doing our best to make sure we can sell ATLAS but we have not forgotten about ARk. Look, we are trying to fix the DLC we released and charged you guys 20 dollars that did not work for the first 2 months so...yes, we are trying. However, we want to release a game that has everything we promised ark was going to have so...dont get mad! Don't take it personal...it was just business. #realtalk  

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    If ARK 2, will be announced in 2020, before the current situation in game becomes better...

    I will never buy anything from Wildcard again...  

     

     

    *dreaming about completed, without current issues, reworked version of ARK*

    Edited by MAAAL

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    10 hours ago, loenwolph said:

    I'm sure this has been asked, but I cannot find an answer, why can we not turn off lightshafts and bloomquality in console? That glare makes the game almost unplayable at times and it seems like an easy fix, or at least something that could be a server setting we could apply.

     

    1 hour ago, PikaSaurus said:

    No, you can't, which is very irritating. You used to be able to use a console command on Xbox and PS4 that could fix it, but they removed that

    You can still use the commands, just type in ‘cheat’ first e.g. cheat r.bloomquality 0. Just enter into singleplayer, whack in the commands, and they will persist until you exit the game.

    FYI, this has been the case since the game fully released, it was just prior to that, entering ‘cheat’ wasn’t necessary.

    Edited by SaltyMonkey

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    I just read the description of Atlas on steam. I am confident in saying I will quit ARK completely when this comes out for around 2 days. Ark is like smoking and I am a smoker. 

    Anyway.

    Cant wait to see whats next for this game. I am loving the work you guys stick in the game and so for a change judging by the moaners above... Well done wild card. great job team so far ;)

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    So serious question here... what does that mean for the current servers. I have about $1,000 in server time prepaid and was getting ready to put some more money into them... possibly even open another map or 2. Will Unofficial servers still be a thing after WC is done with Ark? I can't imagine you would just turn it off one day, but I have also been extremely surprised at some of your other decisions over the past 30 months so I get nervous and will probably go month to month now and not expand until I get further clarification from an official source.

    Not to be rude, but moderators opinions or Joe Bob's advice is not what I am looking for here. Unless it comes from someone employed by WC or Nitrado it really is just speculation.

    Don't really expect a reply, but I can't be the only cluster owner that is uneasy about this announcement.

    Thanks.

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    1 hour ago, chancho33015 said:

    Reading between the lines:

    We are sorry to piss you guys off for our terrible decisions. We are doing our best to make sure we can sell ATLAS but we have not forgotten about ARk. Look, we are trying to fix the DLC we released and charged you guys 20 dollars that did not work for the first 2 months so...yes, we are trying. However, we want to release a game that has everything we promised ark was going to have so...dont get mad! Don't take it personal...it was just business. #realtalk  

    Remember when they said optimization was something they were really good at. Such high expectations, such poor follow through.

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    please god say you fixed the cave drops and artifacts on official?
    Have no idea how you could have broken that... but really hinders game play ...

     

    another TLC would be awesome! There are so many dinos that really have no purpose like a carno

    Really hope this new kibble system doesn't make my kibble farm i put together pointless, and the THOUSANDS of kibble i already have made not useable.

    Finally, can PvE just pick stuff up whenever please. Or at least be able to pick up the tek stuff as well within 30 seconds. I get there is some pvp nonsense why you can't implement a lot of s+.... but can PvE stop being punished with the wide ban hammer? :)

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    Please give us the INI codes to apply the 30 second timer to these: These are some of the biggest items in the game and most costly, and we all know the building mechanics aren't the best. I at least want to turn these on for my server. 

     

    Structures+ Integration

    • Can pick structures up within 30s of placing
    • Exclusions:
      • Charge Lantern
      • C4
      • Elevator Platforms
      • Elevator Tracks
      • Electric Generator
      • Grill
      • Industrial Forge
      • Industrial Grinder
      • Chem Bench
      • Fabricator
      • Tek Generator
      • Tek Replicator
      • Tek Transmitter

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    NO PC patch for:

    - Invisible eggs
    - invisible structures
    - missing lootdrops
    - BOLA's not working
    - Flyers drop like bricks when out of stammina (not announced as feature).
    - Etc. etc. etc.

    Those are basic features, FIX IT!

    At least we got Atlas.....................GG wildcard gg, smart move.

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    52 minutes ago, BERSERK3R said:

    NO PC patch for:

    - Invisible eggs
    - invisible structures
    - missing lootdrops
    - BOLA's not working
    - Flyers drop like bricks when out of stammina (not announced as feature).
    - Etc. etc. etc.

    Those are basic features, FIX IT!

    At least we got Atlas.....................GG wildcard gg, smart move.

    I think we figured out the bola thing... some places on the map there is a thin layer of water... bolos don't work in water so you have to wait until it moves to a place the map considers dry and I think both you and the thing you are trying to bola have to be on "dry land"

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    Was wondering if there is anything in the works to fix the loot crates in the ice cave on Ragnarok for xbox one? They've been gone since extinction was released.

    Edited by Sprout1824
    Forgot to ad console type

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    10 hours ago, Maniek said:

    (ps4)

    A few questions, that would be nice to read Wild Card answers: 

    1- Desert Titan 

    * Prevent encumbered players from moving on Desert Titan.   Desert or cave? 

    Desert - How to send material to the cave to build a Replicator from the city or more distance?

    CAVE - how to provide material the cave to build a Replicator? Gasbag? (gasbag vs Golem nice xD) Giga xD? or???  

    *Flocks will now dismount riders (during the boss fight). We do not ride on dino, that fight on foot?

     

    2- Enforcers

    *Reduce damage taken from corrupted dinos by 60%. Not too much 60%?  I'm afraid it will hurt xD

    3 - Connection

    *Reduced disconnects. Reduced disconnections per day? from 6 or more to 3?

    4 - Delivery Crate

    Engrams no longer count towards delivery crate weight. Gasbag Delivery Crate? It does not work at. 

    5- Extinction

    Disable flyers in Forest Titan artifact cave. already the rider was falling from the flyers!!  now the flyers will not fly into the cave? Again how to provide material the cave to build a Replicator?

    Limiting the construction of the tek replicator on cave is a stupid idea. Why? Many play alone and want to build a Tek replikator they have no chance for it alone. I tried to supply 3x material, with a tribe partner, we lost it every time. Asking for help, larger tribes demand payment. Ok payment. But the sum they demand discourages you from playing this dlc. We want to play for pleasure and not get material for other tribes. For many tribes, they do not want to build Tek replikator for a payment.  BluePrint Tek replicator not work in terminal, gets destroyed after logging out. Getting it is a very embarrassing chance of 1:35 or more. 

    I will not be a slave to other tribes,  to get the Tek replicator now. I will wait for the transfer to be unlocked if it is still worth sending it from another server. So due to the mistakes and shortcomings many of my friends left this DLC Extinction. It relies on independence and competing in development and trade. But the times of slavery are over and certainly many of us will not help enriching the larger tribes for astronomical sums. Adding the Tek replicator to the terminal gives everyone equal opportunities for their development.

    ARK is coming to an end and support for PS4 still does not work for a couple of years. The rules do not apply at all. Used Hack are allowed and more. 

     

    Thank you for the ingenuity, but your actions are increasingly discouraging us to play. I will not buy not more your games for sure.

    Go to the king titan terminal. You can drop a delivery crate near it and there are no wild Dino’s.

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    @Jatheish @JenWhen is the Windows 10 update?? You've barely had any comments on your latest tweet but more than a few have asked about Windows 10 and you're not answering. An update would be great. Thanks

    Edited by RickyHavoc

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    Is this going to fix they wyverns on ragnarok that aren't laying eggs in their nest?  Is any of this going to fix primitive plus?  There are more errors than listed that your going to fix and it mentions no wyverns in primitive plus along with no eggs in primitive and not to mention there is no rock elementals in primitive as well.  I can list a whole lot more that isn't mentioned up above.  I think you need to start testing on multiplayer platforms instead of closed single player and you will find the mistakes a lot easier.

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    1 hour ago, Bangs0789 said:

    Go to the king titan terminal. You can drop a delivery crate near it and there are no wild Dino’s.

    the delivery crate is not working (ps4)

    Edited by Maniek

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    """Rest assured, whether it's more TLC, new DLC, new mechanics, or new modes we will be continuing to support ARK through 2019""" why isnt there a plan if """"The ARK team is as big as it’s ever been."""" there would be a DLC OR something announce for the future of ArK. Your dev team need to reevaluate how they promote games. not your use Community to move to a new game. That's just dumm. and then after seeing all the backlash from Atlas you guys are backtracking back to the future of Ark, come on. I am glad that I'm here to watch your studio explode.

     

    cheers never give up on your convictions

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    Did you nerf the velos damage? I brought my velo to a 25k node and it was nearly killed, and it's honestly made me upset, they were my favourite creature in ark, it sucks now. Thanks.

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