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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!



    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!


    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:



    • 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 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 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


    • 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


    • 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


    • Reduce damage taken from corrupted dinos by 60%


    • Reduced disconnects


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

    Rock Drake:

    • Resurrect Tek Rockdrake saddle


    • Report cryo freezing to tribe log

    Snow Owl

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


    • 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


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


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


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


    • 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!


    Managarmr by enderdragon540!

    Evolution Event!


    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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    Why are some server missing? I normally play on S.E and my sever isn't showing up. Is something going on with them? when can you expect them to come back on line?

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    To the Ark community and the players expressing their discourse with the S+ pick-ups... Do you really, Really, need this?!? Are you all failing to see the point or the effort put into making this game difficult? The coding it takes to create a world where we all run with dinosaurs?? Please stop complaining about the challenges in this game...That Was The Intention. Do you think that if you built a forge in your backyard you would simply be able to walk over and pick it up to move it 10 feet??? No! Why  do you think you should be able to do it in Ark? Perhaps playing a game involving mining and crafting, where everything was in a nice block form, would be more inline with that simplified gameplay. 


    WC, I Love Ark. Thank you, and please feel encouraged to press on and continue making this game more playable and more challenging. If I may, I believe there would be a considerable benefit(and challenge I'm certain) if the PvP and PvE worlds had different systems of governance. What I mean is...if the PvP community wants fast and easy...give them fast and easy with dinos. If the PvE community wants to play through a challenging game...don't break it for the sake of PvP players. And finally, will you please offer more support to the Prim+ community as I feel that is truly where Ark is best. 


    Also, thank you for your willingness to communicate with your community. 



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    I better get a 3x raising for Christmas, Ark got me raptored up with the no 2x raising... But other than that I am so glad we have the S+ pickup


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    I have lost the server I play on PvE official server 80, The Island. Gone 2 days now. What's the deal? Is it coming back? I hate to think of the loss of my dino's and home.

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    Ark console (ps4) has so many bugs, everytime there is an update I hope for you to fix the bugs but no. When ever I explore the map and then leave the game it does not save my physical map of the parts I have explored so my map starts off new again, also when crafting I cant see the materials I need to craft something, someone pls tell me what I need to do to fix this unless this is a bug.

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    @Jen do u guys hate small tribes bc I fell like wc hates us ads this new dino called the mana and ppl complain about its targeting but I need to know why no one complains about its range u nerfed the tek saddles bc of range out of target distance u nerfed tek rifle bc of target range u nerfed Griffins fly up speed bc that was to OP but have u seen the fly up speed on mana and the target range on them wth wild card if u keep buffing that dino give my Griffins back there up speed and give back tek saddles range distance for real and on top of all that they freeze u off other tames just like it what the hell a fire wyv can't flame a fire wyv and so on but a mana can freeze a mana or even a snow owl its freezes for christ sakes how does that make any sense if been playing ur game since it first came to PC and this stuff is of the wall no matter how much skill u got mana will always win against any thing u bring at it plz fix that tame or give the griffins and saddles back what they had 

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    Wow. People are still asking about the future of Primal Survival and no one has given us an official update on it.

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