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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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    Can the future of Extinction please contain the crafting of Scorched Earth and Aberration items? I would very much like to make adobe structures in the wasteland or use glider wings to cruise through the sanctuary. 

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    Ark is allready back in early accress ... and buggy as f....k , thanks wildcard for take my money and let me with that game full of mess alone .. good job ... and now they will relase a huge bigger game than ark ... hehe good luck not one game is 100 prozent finish . 

    Normaly i am not a kind of person they whrite something like this but after that last dlc is that whole game broken buggy and more frustration than fun to play .

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    8 hours ago, SaltyMonkey said:

    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.

    Man I hope so haha. 

    I considered getting a One X to fix this ish, but $500 is a lot to fix a game. Glad I didn't if even the X is having issues. 

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    So I just tried out my main velonasaur after this update, and now it is pretty much useless in a drop. Hit detection on its swing attack is all but gone, I was surrounded by rexes, spinos, carnos, and after a dozen swings I was able to kill maybe 2-3 of them. So you don't want the velonasaur to be able to damage big dinos while underneath them.......why not? And how is this something that you have only thought of weeks after release?! What testing was even done?! Spinos and rexes are too low to the ground so that if they are on too of you, you can't actually hit their legs and head because their undersized block the shots, so the velo becomes so ineffective it's laughable. Maybe it should be put in place for gigas, but excuse me for being happy about having a dino that can finally hope to counter that op bs of a wild giga. I am hoping against hope that the awefulness that is now the velonasaur is nothing more than an unintended bug due to the update, because if not being able to hit rex sized dino while right next to it is somehow your intended dream of what the velonasaur should be then I might just be done with this crap.

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    7 hours ago, AestheticRaptor said:

    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.

    I'd like that too^^ we have the Manticore armor skin set which is great, it would be really nice if other bosses dropped armor skins as well and other artifact containers had weapon and tool skins like the ones in SE do. So you'd have to work for it afterall, but there'd be a bit more diversity other than everyone looking the same^^

     

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    It Is nice that we are getting s+ on console although I don't like the Idea of only getting 30sec to be able to pick the Items back up. I would also like to say It would be nice for us to be able to turn off shadowing in game I strongly believe If we had that option the game would run a lot better just my thought.

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    So i am guessing your patching in sections because the primitive+ chrash with the argents/eagles was not fixed and my home is in the middle of their home practical i have to turn dino count to near zero and supply drops off just to minimize crashing i love playing ark and even have ideas for ark 2.0 but can you focus more on bugs and actually fixing instead of events and new content please it would a big help and make it much more enjoyable "knows they wont read or listen but maybe that very tiny chance they will"

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    I think WC could save face by putting out a press release that they are suspending all work on Atlas until a majority of the issues with Ark are fixed and then put all of their people on fixing the major issues there. I think Atlas would be received much better if they did that.

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    12 hours ago, AestheticRaptor said:

    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.

    You will soon be able to pay for them with in game microtransactions. (rolling eyes) At least on Atlas you will.

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    More TLC!?!?! raptoring AWESOME!!!

     

    It was a hell of a year, great work to everyone on the ark team, you deserve it. Cant wait for more awesome work from you all. Thanks again and have a great rest of the year. :)

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    Hello, I am a Chinese, I would like to say that you update the transmission server, now there is a vulnerability, players use loopholes to brush the level and attributes of the dinosaur, so the game is unfair, you solve the loopholes and these leaks.Cave dinosaurs, thank you!


     

     

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    got it also theirs no point in having the system when you can only pick it up in 30 seconds ad least give it 1 hour or something what if my game crashed and i wasn't happy with where i placed the industrial forge people don't get ark on Xbox cause its nothing like PC

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    20 hours ago, Eanaya said:

    I'd like that too^^ we have the Manticore armor skin set which is great, it would be really nice if other bosses dropped armor skins as well and other artifact containers had weapon and tool skins like the ones in SE do. So you'd have to work for it afterall, but there'd be a bit more diversity other than everyone looking the same^^

     

    That would really be amazing. It was one of the reasons I bought SE and I love those skins.

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    Even with all of the frustration of the game, I still love Ark. My. biggest issue was with the communication on what's going on. I'm glad that you all are finally trying to work on some of your promises, and keeping us updated. I think you guys should also think about having different balances for pve and pvp. Especially when it comes to buffing or nerfing dinos. 

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    nice, but extinction still doesn't work!!!!!

    at least on windows 10.

    i cant save my game, i cant 

     

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    On ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 2:10 AM, Broadswors said:

    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

    Right... totally unreasonable to expect to be able to see Wyvern and Rock Drake eggs and to be able to gather them without a whip. And who needs artifacts? It is not like you would even want to have tek engrams for extinction. You guys are being totally unreasonable. The game is still in early access.

    Wait... Atlas is the game in early access. Ark is a "finished" game that all the DLC's have rolled out for. Ya... that sheet should be working right 4 weeks after the final DLC was released.

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    I don't fully understand why nobody speaks about problems that stop people from playing the actual game.

    RTX2080 users can simply NOT play the game at all ... it literally BSODs 100% of the time within minutes of looking at any water body or setting on a flying creature.

    The problem has been fixed in all other games using Unreal engine... this remaining to be the only outlier. 

    If you haven't fixed game breaking bugs on the main game and didn't manage to make it half the performance it is required for it to be played online I don't fully see how is this going to work out for your ability to demand people to support you making another game...

    Sorry but it's lost on me when you see a bug report and don't reply to it for months. 

    Nobody is going to change the video card just because of one game ... it's easier giving up a 120 G of download and a game you may like a little than to give up the benefits of a graphics card that works for every other game in the entire collection. 

     

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    Fix the skylord artifact no spwan in single player! Fix the game... Finish the game. I'm g lad I paid 15 for this in bets that 60 now.... The beta was less buggy than aek is now. 

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    So you stated last monday a week ago that Raptor claws to be out this week  2018-12-14  but not seen at all  on any server offical and unofficial at all   so whats the hold up on this everyone i know of is looking forward to the event again this year after a hiatus  last year ..... Any Comments on it Wild Card

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    Still just desperately checking in periodically to see if anyone will ever acknowledge and fix that we can't play single player for the last what month now? We get 'pc' patches and 'console patches' but DILO is win 10 version cause it sure doesn't get anything from either of those? :/ 

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    Just had a question, why are my bionic skins gone? They don’t work on any of the servers anymore. I tried reinstalling everything, the game included. And still nothing, even using admin codes doesn’t work. Why did I pay for dlc that doesn’t work?

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    Hey Devs! Do you think you could ever open up some of the buildings on extinction? Like man made caves to build in? Like say you can get some of the doors to open with scouts or something? It doesn't have to be the whole interior of the building just maybe a big room with some destroyed hallways you can't get passed or something a long those lines. Maybe find some drop crates and some creatures to clear out so you could create a base inside? I've seen a few buildings with doors that look like they should be able to open but understandably because you rushed the map out you can't... I think Extinction could use a little tlc like some of the original Dino's you plan on overhauling. Would really help bring that map to life more. You had the Ragnarok devs make it, I mean... Just give them some room to be creative and I bet some interesting things could come out of it.

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