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  • Community Crunch 161: Winter Wonderland 2018!

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

    Winter Wonderland 2018!

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    Winter Wonderland is almost here! This winter-themed holiday event begins tomorrow at 10am PST for PC, Xbox, and PS4 and will last through until January 7th. All of our maps are supported in both single player and multiplayer. The event will automatically activate on any map, even on your modded map servers.

    Raptor Claus will be sailing across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end loot as well as Mistletoe, and Coal for those naughty Survivors. 

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    Raptor Claus won't be alone this year. He is joined by Gacha Claus who will be roaming all maps in a dashing Santa Hat and sporting holiday-themed colours to help out the very busy Raptor Claus. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday themed items, or you can trade in your mistletoe for weapons and armor!

    Gacha Claus will also have a random chance to gift you with a new special dino holiday candy when given mistletoe. This candy appears to have a strangely festive effect on any creature that eats it however. Better give it a try and see what happens. Bon appetit!

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    Survivors can stay warm this season in their festively decorated homes with the holiday lights, decorative Christmas tree, wreaths, stockings, snowmen, and wrapped presents they receive from trading with Gacha Claus. Be sure to spread the holiday cheer wherever you go while it lasts!

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    Be sure to send us all your holiday-themed pictures, videos, and artwork here on survivetheark.com or on Twitter as we'd love to see them!

    In addition to the holiday event, we've included a bevy of fixes that we're launching simultaneously across all three platforms. We're starting to reach into the backlog and fix issues that you've been asking for starting with improvements to commanding flyers and better AI for the Manticore.

    Patch Notes:

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    Winter Wonderland!

    • Raptor Claus
      • Flies over any map between 0am and 2am in-game (with event enabled)
      • Drops Holiday Gifts     
    • Gacha Claus
      • Spawns where you'd find Parasaurs on all maps
      • Has holiday colors and wears a Santa Hat
      • Cannot be tamed
      • Doesn't like being near other wild dinos
      • Accepts Coal
        • Gives Holiday Items in return
        • Drops Dino Candy
          • Feed this to a tamed dino for a strange effect    
      • Accepts Mistletoe
        • Gives Items in return       
    • Colorization
      • 20% of wild dinos will spawn with Holiday colors
    • Uses the ActiveEvent system
      • ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland
      • Cleans up after ActiveEvent is reset
      • Auto applies to all non-TC sessions from 12/18-1/7 (UTC)
      • Run with ActiveEvent=None to disable

    Extinction

    • Fix for King Titan environmental effects starting again after boss despawned
    • Fix for other bosses interrupting King Titan environmental effects
    • Cave entrance cooldown display bug fix 
    • Increased radius of city meteor shield
    • Improvements to dome shaders
    • Reduced meteor impact damage to 750
    • Improvements to height fog in desert biome

    Titans  

    • Increased Mek sword damage to tamed titans approximately 9x
    • Increased Mek pistol damage to tamed titans approximately 3x
    • Increased turret damage multipliers to tamed Titans
    • Changes to Titan downloading
      • Titan is disabled for 15m after download
      • Titan takes increased damage during this time       
    • Increased Titan download cooldown to 6+ hours
    • Fix typo in vertical Can't Damage message

    Orbital Supply Drop

    • Buffed Legendary Drops in difficulty and quality of loot
    • Can now be claimed by a tribe in PVE
      • Only that tribe can disable shield, eject items, gather loot
    • Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
    • Improvements to shield behavior on low FPS servers 
    • Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

     Element Vein

    • Can now be claimed by a tribe in PvE
      • Only that tribe can harvest element
    • Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
    • Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

    Desert Titan

    • Increased damage when it strikes itself with lightning
    • Improvements to Desert Titan follow to address flying away
    • Fix for flocks not defending properly
    • Improvements to tail attack accuracy
    • Made tail attack damage consistent
    • Disabled cryoing the flock
    • Fixed encumbered movement when walking on a Desert Titan

    Dropped Items   

    • Improvements to dropped item interpolation on low fps servers (less poking through ground)
    • Prevented dropped items from falling through structures on load
    • Prevented dropped items from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them

    Eggs

    • Improvements to egg interpolation on low fps servers (less poking through ground)
    • Prevented eggs from falling through structures on load
    • Prevented eggs from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them
    • Fix for invisible Rock Drake and Wyvern eggs

    Velonasaur  

    • Increased accuracy of AOE attack
    • Reduced AOE damage to compensate for increased accuracy
    • Wild Velonasaurs will no longer shoot for too long
    • Fix for Wild Velonasaurs not doing damage in PvE
    • Improvements to desyncs between spines and damage
    • Reduced hovering when walking
    • AOE attack will no longer loot victims

     Managarmr

    • Fixed anim bug related to Ice Breath
    • Fixes for several orientation desyncs
    • Fixes for desyncs when moving on low fps server
    • Minor buff to landing damage
    • Improvements to ice breath targeting
    • Added message when you are unable to dive
    • Slowed down baby Managarmrs

     Enforcer

    • Fixed instances where Enforcer could teleport to a non-existant wall
    • Fixed instances where it could jump back to its last jump position 

    Scout

    • Improved Scout tagging accuracy
    • Improvements to player inspection mechanic
    • Scout will now show floating damage text when damaged

    Item Balloon    

    • Fixed instances of it not going to the correct destination
    • Fix for cases where balloons didn't explode after landing
    • Improvements to weight calculation

    Gacha

    • Fix for unclamped loot quality 
    • Fix for incorrect UI when taming is interrupted

    Ice Titan

    • Fix for broken dino animations related to Ice Breath
    • Increased collision radius for shoulder Corruption

    Flyers  

    • Improved flyer following when in water
    • Added Whistle Land Flyer command
      • Commands a flyer to land nearby

    Crash

    • Fix low frequency crash

    Manticore

    • Improvements to landing logic

    Performance

    • Improvements to server performance

    Map Markers

    • Add support for decimal values

    Snow Owl

    • Slowed down baby food consumption rate

    Daedon

    • Disable healing when frozen

    Xbox

    • Improvements to dino quality
    • Improvements to environment quality

    Modding Community Updates!

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    A reminder for mod authors that the sponsored mod program will be opening up applications again on January 1st. If you would like to apply for sponsorship you will have five weeks after the application period starts, so make sure that your submissions are ready!

    In the meantime, I have received a couple questions about the sponsorship applications that I would also like to address. While this is is not all encompassing of the process of selection, in regards to the application process itself I hope that this helps you ready your submissions with more confidence.

    One thing that has been a common request is for feedback on why a given project isn't selected. While I would like to be able to give feedback on projects, it is extremely time consuming to prepare these, especially with the volume of applications I receive. I want everyone to understand though that not having your project selected does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with it, there are simply limited slots available with each application period. So don't let it discourage you from applying in the future.

    The other question I have received rather frequently is for what kind of information you should include in your applications and design documents. How you choose to organize your design documents is up to you, but here is a very general explanation of what I am looking for. First is that you have a plan for the duration of sponsorship; the more detailed this plan, the better. After looking at the design documents and learning about what you do with your project, I then look at the mods as they currently are available on the workshop and try to determine whether or not the content available shows a good probability of being able to deliver on that plan. I might also look at other projects in your workshop to help determine that information.

    I look forward to seeing what everyone puts forward in January. Happy modding!

    Fanart of the Week!

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    The Pegomastax who stole Christmas by Erthera!

    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 21st of December at 1 PM EST until Wednesday the 26th 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




    1 hour ago, Rogger said:

    What about a iten to substitute Snow Pellets in Aberration? 

    We can't bring flyers 

    Please don't forget people who lives in Aberration. 

    If you mean for the Winter Wonderland event you won't need the pellets. You feed the Gacha coal or mistletoe you get from the presents that Raptor Claus drops.

    If you just mean in general, you can upload the pellets from Extinction and download on Aberration, time-consuming though that may be. A Aberration substitute for the pellets would be nice.

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    I have a nitrado account with several servers, what is TC? it will still activate for my members if I have current event on right?

     

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    Gacha

    • Fix for unclamped loot quality 
    • Fix for incorrect UI when taming is interrupted

     

    what exactly does fix for unclamped loot quality mean ? 

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    These improvements and event would be nice if  my tribe and myself could access our characters been glitched out of characters for awhile now and still no acknowledgement that its a problem 

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    patches for pve veins and osds.flyier landing whistle,better flyler AI for manticore.and improvements for manticore landing logic.awesome works guys really loved that patches.hoping all works as intended.

     

    now only left underwater fog  :P

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    please fix moschops so it can actually collect prime fish its been on its wheel since it was first introduced and it still cant collect it. there are so few ways to collect prime fish and that would help with that issue since it is available on so many maps that require prime fish

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    Wow, how long did I had this "Flyer land command" button in my suggestion list (which has been deleted by one of your mods for some strange reason)

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    Ty so much for all these upgrades, I'm really hyped for the winter wonderland!! I was wondering if you Will ever be able to modify ark on ps4?? 

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    26 minutes ago, asmatolchik said:

    What is a "TC"?

    I think it means Total Conversion, referring to servers running mods that make major changes to the game

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    5 hours ago, ChaosEmbraced said:

    Jen you all are doing a lovely job. I've played since the beginning, and loved most of every moment. You guys can test nerves some times. But no one has ever done what you guy guys have. Happy holidays to every one you. ❤?

    I have also been playing since the beggining and i agree with your compliment.

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    I'm liking the patches! My favourites that have piqued my interest:

     

    Orbital Supply Drop
    Can now be claimed by a tribe in PVE
    Only that tribe can disable shield, eject items, gather loot

    Element Vein
    Can now be claimed by a tribe in PvE
    Only that tribe can harvest element

    Eggs
    Fix for invisible Rock Drake and Wyvern eggs

    Flyers  
    Improved flyer following when in water
    Added Whistle Land Flyer command
    Commands a flyer to land nearby

    Manticore
    Improvements to landing logic

     

    :dod-xmas:

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    5 hours ago, Rogger said:

    What about a iten to substitute Snow Pellets in Aberration? 

    We can't bring flyers 

    Please don't forget people who lives in Aberration. 

    There is no need for an item substitute as the Gacha Claus can't be tamed. I think they also only eat mistletoe and coal.

    Unless of course you are referring to feeding them to Gachas that you have taken over to Aberration? If that's the case, then I can see what you mean.

    :dod-xmas:

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    Fantastic post. Great improvements. Thanks for OSD/Vein tribe claim, thanks for longer Evo Event. And of course thanks for beautiful christmass look. Merry Christmass for you Wildcard Team!

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    Sounds really good, can't wait to test our velos again and hatch some owls.

    Will raptor clause be flying through aberration, or only on the surface? I still need a rock drake saddle and some hazard BPs xD

    Can coal and mistletoes be transfered?

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    4 hours ago, CyanicEmber said:

    There's basically nothing that can be done for Switch, sorry to say. It simply doesn't have the hardware backing.

    Lol, that's a lazy excuse... That's alot that can be done. The game doesn't run that bad just needs better low res textures, specially the vegetation... And trees that look like cardboard.. I don't see any switch game with those type of textures... Not doom, not wolfentstein, warframe.. Etc... All pretty good ports no reason ark can't be the same only if devs are lazy... Which seems be the case. 

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    Jen, any word on when the sunlen forest issues will be addressed. It is the only biome that has almost no dinos around. From what other players have found is they are falling through ths map textures. Server rewinds seem to repopulate the area but they dont respawn after they are tamed or killed.  Hope to hear back from you!

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