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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

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    User Feedback




    Wow!!! Another 7 Gb on my machine and the game doesn't work. I actually believed you guys for a moment... I invested in buying another Xbox X to run a dedicated server. Set me back 500 bucks but I thought it was well worth it to provide a fun place for people to come play. 

    We had one of the most popular servers on prim plus. Since your broken update we have slowly watched all of those people go. I mean who wants to invest time playing a broken game? I have literally done everything I can do to keep the server up and keep our community going. Sometimes that meant literally restarting the server 20 times a day. 

    It is too bad your company does not have the dedication or care for the community like myself and others who run their own server. #Takers

    Edited by XboxX247
    Because

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    the new update is getting more annoyed with me. What is the favor of the big tribes? It will thank for the money thrown away I bought a perforated dłc.

    are you reading our opinions,  do you have any respect for us? NO!!! because you not  would fix the most important mistakes and you did  destroy the game. 

     

    WD add, WD change, what we do not need, you do not read the forum and the opinion of the players you made money from. They bought it not for candy and for the money you sold a defective product and you are not able to repair it.

     

    Certainly the opinion of ATLAS will receive negative from me. 

    "The produkt for this company contains errors not able to repair and that not repair .Technical support does not work. a few years on the game from technical support I received the answer, lack of technical capabilities despite losing a few months of gameplay. I do not recommend Wild Card products and sister companies." und More .........

     

    since the end of extinction, the whole game contains errors, and you change skin the unnecessary dino.

    Kible:

    several years of work on dino for kibles, changing this you destroy our work.  Do not forget to add gaha to SE the center and the island and Rangna or farm Red crystalizet sap, Blue crystalizet sap its only on the extinction. Red gem and blue gem not work for kible.

     

    THX for refuse

    Edited by Maniek

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    4 hours ago, JackONeill said:

    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"

    Jezus christ, what a mess....it makes sense but, what's this Ark: 90% workarounds, 10% play as intended?
    However...I beleve this happening to areas in the city aswell though...

     

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    It seems Wildcard wants to frustrate people with Extinction, and intentionally pretends to fix the game while actually break more, and not fix the game at all just to get people that bought it, move on to Atlast and VOILA, they got your money, and cash in on another game which will have the same issue....GG well played!

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    "The ARK team is as big as it’s ever been."

    Obviously not. I mean, I remember a day long ago when a patch announcement meant just that, an actual patch was released. So now you are further solidifying your reputation as liars which is as broken if not more so than your game. Perhaps in the future your announcements of upcoming patches should say "we're going to try" (which also will be a lie but at least people won't be fed false hopes) before everything you claim you're going to do. By the way, remember the one patch recently that was suppose to make the eggs visible again? Where are they? Still using whips. And now you talk about resurrecting the tek drake saddle with this one and don't do it. Better call that patch the Lazarus Project because obviously following through with anything will take a miracle for your so called big as ever team. And oh yeah, S+ doesn't work. Dare I even try the managarmr breath accuracy now or should it just hold it's breath?

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    On 12/11/2018 at 10:53 AM, Spectratech said:

    Hoping to see posts and triangle building pieces. But most of all, we need an egg collector. Hoping its coming and not considered "game breaking". Keep up the good work!

    In a way we already have a egg collector just have a gacha on wonder and it will collect eggs.

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    What are you doing to this game...its so broken, and your not fixing the problems that need to be fixed your just add shiny stuff to a broken game, and calling it new...people like me who pay money and spend 247 hosting servers are being screwed...I put my full effort and time into hosting a great server with over 50 players on it at all times, constantly getting messages asking why stuff is so broken, and I dont have am answer or fix, my only answer can be that "ark devs are not doing their jobs" fix the things that are broken and stop worrying about adding new stuff....I wanna see this game fantastic again....stop trying to make it shiny and gold, and make it work...

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    1 hour ago, BERSERK3R said:

    It seems Wildcard wants to frustrate people with Extinction, and intentionally pretends to fix the game while actually break more, and not fix the game at all just to get people that bought it, move on to Atlast and VOILA, they got your money, and cash in on another game which will have the same issue....GG well played!

    I think it may backfire. I run a server cluster with about 150 players... I asked if we should get Atlas and I was the only one who voted yes. 58 people (biggest number for any poll we have ever run) said no. Atlas may not go well for them... especially since it has already been delayed 6 days proving they are still having the same problems they have always had..

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    On 10/12/2018 at 19:23, Spectratech said:

    Esperando ver postes y piezas de construcción triangulares. Pero sobre todo, necesitamos un recolector de huevos. Esperando su llegada y no se considera "romper el juego". ¡Sigan con el buen trabajo!

    Es algo que espero hagan algún día, estructuras media altura, redondas, decorativas, y habilitar recolección de huevos al Oviraptor 😃😃😃

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    19 minutes ago, Joebl0w13 said:

    That’s not at all what one of the moderators said 😉

    :) Maybe not... but that is how it seemed to me. I have been wrong before, though... but I am often correct about other things I post.

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    the patch went life and now no one can host windows store version servers, same scenario as last update. You think they would learn or at least test this specific feature since they broke it last time also. Be crazy to ever buy another game from them. 

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    Now that some of the issues on extinction has been resolved can somebody please fix the despawned artifact problems on ragnarok?

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    Is there any chance that this issue will be resolved in the coming months? 

    We're going on almost a year since it's been reported. There are 27 pages of replies. 

    It was briefly fixed with the June update, but then the TLC update in July rebroke it. 

    I've not been able to play Ark since July of this year. 

     

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    1 hour ago, TehGrimCreeper said:

    Is there any chance that this issue will be resolved in the coming months? 

    We're going on almost a year since it's been reported. There are 27 pages of replies. 

    It was briefly fixed with the June update, but then the TLC update in July rebroke it. 

    I've not been able to play Ark since July of this year. 

     

    The Ragnarok devs are finished with Extinction so will now hopefully go back to fixing the issue /s

    Try waiting a year for a fix only to find out that it was on the horizon only a few months after it’s initial report but Wildcard dragged them away to work on paid DLC because it’s more important than people’s consoles crashing to dashboard due to a massive memory leak. The irony is that Extinction causes memory leaks even on the Xbox One X.

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    I’m so disappointed in wildcard... seems like with each update they add useless things and make things worse

    Velonasaur-

    Is now completely broken (tribemate recorded it) and will not hit anything and if you do get any hit at all damage is beyond minimal the only that can be killed with a velo is a possibly a dilo but hey thanks that’s was what we needed  make it to where a Dino that is very useful now completely useless.. an entire line of and work to get a decent line of velos all gone to waste and down the drain

    desert titan-

    with the flocks being able to dismount people thus making this fight a tek suit only fight I don’t know why this was needed but I guess they’re trying to aim for making you rely on mostly ten to do anything 

    structures +  integration 

    Not horrible but this would be incredible useful if were able to pick up the more important structures seeing how they’re very expensive to replace but hey wildcard doesn’t like to give us what we really need

     

    Just like the previous update there was a lot of useless fixes, useless additions and waaay more of making things worse or making it unnecessarily difficult, if this keeps up this game isn’t gonna be fun at all and more and more people are going quit or refuse to put anymore money into these games... 

    I myself feel I’ve been screwed out of my money and after this bull#%* will not buying anything that has wildcards name in it... so disappointed 

     

     

     

     

     

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    I wish there were more armour skins. I mean, its a bit tireing of looking at plain and boring flak armour. There should be like Samurai skins, Mongolian skins, Knight skin, Viking skins and some other armour skins. There should also be other weapon skins as well, it would help the RPing communities.

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    Everyone's asking for too much at once.Great job to the ark team for fixing so many issues. I'm excited to see what you guys keep adding to improve the game and am excited to hear that you guys aren't abandoning ark for atlas. Keep up the great work

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