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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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    I don’t understand why y’all would exclude the main things we need to pick up. The forge, replicator etc. we need to be able to pick those up lol. 

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    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 

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    This is actually a very good take for Wildcard but I’m not entirely convinced until they follow up on their words through positive action. The white knight comments will be put on hold.

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    Finally they fixed the snow owl attack. It only ever hits the target 30% of the time.

    Of course they exclude some of important structures that we would need to pick up. Do they want us to suffer with a misplaced replicator or sacrifice more time from our apparently non-existent life to make another? Don’t get me wrong the structures plus intergration is a god send for us people who like building.

    Can’t wait for the Christmas event though as I haven’t been able to experience one for myself yet.

    But also is no one gonna mention the guest artwork? Like it’s freakin amazing and ark creatures are hard to draw like I tried doing a doodle of a dilo once. Turned out awful though it might be cause I never had drawn a Dino before.

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    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.

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    Is it only Japanese version or... The both ice and desert domes don't even works like PS4 pro version on standard PS4. It doesn't cover their fake sky inside and i can see outside. Can you please fix this graphical issue? I don't need anything else!

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    so no fix patches for pc this week?not cool

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    there is one in end of the week.

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    2 hours ago, Ark721 said:

    Hay are people supposed to be able to bring the Desert Titan into abberation because it is technically a flyer and abberation doesnt really have any defenses towards a Flying titan.

    Woah, that's a pretty big issue, no pun intended, does it even fit in aberration?

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    Will there be new ark survival evolved now that the aberration is still here and Rockwell’s still alive? I really and I mean really hope your guys find the time to start making a new game and make improvements to the graphics and smoothen out structures. If you want to answer this question email starrifle1@gmail.com

    All the best,  StarRifle

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    (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.

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    Hello,

    I  rest  assured  that continued updates will remove lag (not increase) lag that ended up in bad graphics to finish in disconnect or crashes. 

    Continued game play is not possible since after ARKaeology two update. With continued game play I mean more than one hour.

    Last good update was the launch of ARKaeology FYI

    Regards,

    Ariana 

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    So, we've had the patch, but there's no improvement on the quality of the graphics that were downgraded by the Extinction dlc.... When will you fix that ???

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    Oooh you meqn the update console was supposed to get last week...not surprised. Also its a little late to start working on balancing titans now. Most people were able to tame the des titan within 3 days of launch with nothing but a few snow owls and wipe the server making extinction a complete waste of money and time. Not surprised though, wildcard seems to be able to break everything they add to the game. But thats ok instead of focusing on game breaking issues, just keep nerfing the manas stamina into oblivion so they are as useless as you.

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    so patch is today then tuesday ?. also why no render graphic fix do you want to sell your game over xmas coz you aint gonna with mishape looking dinos 

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    Unless you showed clear and consistent Roadmap (that almost every Early Access and AAA game does nowadays) how you are going to tackle ancient bugs and atrocious quality of the game and Extinction, I would not believe in anything you say in the post Chris. Because we do know you let your player base down the countless amount of times in the past. For once, don't fall into the temptation of feature creep.

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    Thank you WC for continuing to support Ark!


    WC - please also look at a very loyal fan community - the players on Primitive+.
    Give us a little of your time and bring the great idea of Primitive+ to a good level.

    Give us the missing items. I still can't build a base entirely from brick ...
    Fix the many bugs - "why can't my Argentavis carry Ankylo?".

    Improves loading times - many potential players are deterred from playing.

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    I didn't see a fix for the Windows 10 save issue. I really hope somehow it makes it into this patch. Haven't been able to play since that last patch. Please fix this.

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    8 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.

    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

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     Hello, I would like to return my bionic costumes in ARK, since due to the extinction exit I lost all my disguises and for some of them I had to pay, I request that they give them back or else I will report them for fraud. 
    -Platform: PS4  -ID: guilleXULO

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