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  • Community Crunch 170: ARK Stream Returns & S+ Beta Closing!

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

    ARK Stream Returns!

    At 1 PM Pacific Time on March 5th, members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel!

    Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK.

    In next weeks' stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework.

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    We'll also be allowing questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream.

    The developers on-camera this stream will be:

    • Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer
    • Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer
    • Colin: Senior Producer
    • Jen: Community Manager

    We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel on March 5th!

    Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta Closing!

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    This week is the final week to participate in the open Structures Plus and Kibble Rework beta before the testing period closes to the public. If you have not tried it out and/or given your feedback regarding the changes we invite you to do so! Please check out the post below for all of the information on how you can get involved in play testing this beta.

    Mod Community Updates!

    Get your mods ready, sponsorship program applications open again on Friday! We will also be announcing a couple of new sponsored projects next week!

    We're making some adjustments to what has been our focus for sponsored projects. Going forward we will be looking at more small scope projects as well, instead of only the large scope projects like we have been up to this point. A result of this adjustment is that you will begin to see more projects with shorter-term sponsorship's making their way into the program and, by proxy, a somewhat higher rotation rate leading to more opportunities.

    We want to encourage everyone, no matter the scale of your projects, to apply for sponsorship during each application period. Even if a project isn't selected during a given application period it helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of everyone that's interested in being sponsored and seeing how your projects and plans develop.

    Upcoming Server Maintenance!

    On February 27th beginning at 12pm EST we will be conducting a small maintenance on a portion of our Official Servers. We expect maintenance to last for approximately 1 hour. Below is a list of all affected servers.

    Fan Feature of the Week!

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    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 1st of March at 1 PM EST until Monday the 4th of March 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!

    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




    Will, there be any more dinos being added or taken out of the game, and if not, will there be any more redesigns like the TLC changes in the future?

    Also, will there be more player-created maps being added to the base game so that console can have some fresh maps

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    4 hours ago, Lowly said:

    In regard to kibble rework

    It seems rediculed that the extraordinary kibble can only be tamed from rockdrake, wyvern or hesperonis eggs.

    Titanboa Egg is also for Extraordinary. I know Titanboa Eggs are also hard to get, but thats the entire point of this egg category. And Titanboas are present like everywhere.

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    1: When will OG events comeback, like the Dodorex.

    2: We don't need a new DLC every year.  Why not more TLC's, even if you focus on one dinosaur each time, and maybe you could actually show us how we get to abberation by finishing Scorched Earth.  

    3: Please listen to the community!  I'm seeing so many questions being asked, like, when will you fix undermeshing, when will you fix this or that.

    4: CONSOLES!  The reason pc players call us peasants is because of the fact we don't have access to the awesome things the community can create.  Just by making this structures plus update, we are one step closer to making a workshop for mods like in Steam.

    That's all I have, except one thing for the community devs.  I'm not saying to post new things daily, but twice a week, let us know what you're doing for the game.  And don't make me bring up Atlas.  I have seen like six videos for it on Youtube, but if you look up ARK survival evolved, there are probably thousands.  I'm just saying, when you made Atlas, you left something that changed gaming for the good.  Have a nice day.  If you are wondering how Atlas looks, find this video.  

     

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    It was once said that Atlas assetts would be shared. Will Ark be getting the guillotine?? (We were originally promised it :( ) what other assets will be shared? 

    Can we get the dodo TLC from the mobile??? Seems like such a waste not to implement them in the core game! 

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    It was once said that Atlas assetts would be shared. Will Ark be getting the guillotine?? (We were originally promised it :( ) what other assets will be shared? 

    Can we get the dodo TLC from the mobile??? Seems like such a waste not to implement them in the core game! 

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    Sorry to not say this sooner, but have you heard of Blender? It's a free animation software that has the same core things that companies like Pixar are using.  Was wondering if I could have permission to use it to create a movie for the ARK community.  WIldcard would get lots of credit and attention, and so would ARK in general.  If I had permission I could make this movie showing how cool ARK is.  Anyway, when is Primal Survival coming?  And when is ARK console going to get something that isn't hand-me-down from PC?

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    Looking forward to S+, but still not too keen on the new kibble system. I’m really hoping that the old kibbles are kept in place as an option, with the new recipes being added. Now that tek dinos drop dust, it should be easier to apply unique recipes that do not conflict with the old.  It would be nice if more uses for beer were also added, because once a Chali is tamed it’s basically useless. Maybe it would be a good ingredient for the highest tier of the kibble tree, and bring back the birthday cake?

     

    On another note, what’s in the works for TLC? The archaeopteryx could use some love, and I’m still not having any luck getting the gigantopithecus to gather fiber on wander. 

     

    Lastly, I noticed the pods still do not display gender, nor is the crafting skill stat for the gachas shown.

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    11 hours ago, Tlroa893 said:

    How difficult would it be for y’all to maybe make the Titanoboas have even a slightly boosted egg laying rate?  I’ve been sitting with mine for literally 7 hours and not gotten one egg, and that’s with the Ovi boost.  Since they are one of only two eggs used to make the Extraordinary kibble, and arguably the easier of the two to attain, it seems like a major flaw.  Also maybe an Oviraptor that can pick up eggs would be amazing!

    It has been posted in the past that there will be more eggs classed as special. :)

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    22 minutes ago, ArkP1 said:

    Lastly, I noticed the pods still do not display gender, nor is the crafting skill stat for the gachas shown.

    Have you re-cryod them after the change?

    It isn't in the stat list but it shows like:

    CRYOPOD: Male Rex

    CRYOPOD: Female Doedicurus

     

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    Question 1: Will the ending support of ARK on Switch be announced on Stream?

    Question 2: When is S+ and Kibble RW coming to Xbox One?

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    Will s+ be coming to console because that would be cool to have, especially since when im not surviving in pve and spending my free time using the creative mode to make decent looking builds in single player.

    Edited by Jinxisgaming

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    2 hours ago, DFritz said:

    It was once said that Atlas assetts would be shared. Will Ark be getting the guillotine?? (We were originally promised it :( ) 

    Do you have a source?

     

     

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    7 hours ago, CryptidHorror said:

    Question for the developer stream:

    Is scorched Earth going to get Ascension? Right now it's a very lackluster map in terms of end game with just fighting the manticore, and it doesn't have any Ascension cinematic despite it being a main map. 

    Read the explorers notes. It explains why there's no cinematic and how the other survivors got to aberration from there since there's no ascension process in scorched earth.

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    17 minutes ago, Jakuson said:

    Will there be a tek bow.

    This is a great idea for additional content. Tek Bow with specialized arrow types. One example could be a tether arrow: you shoot a wild dino with it and then anchor it to the ground to keep it from running away (or into water), it would the the tek tier bola that works on any sized dino.

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    13 hours ago, TheDragonAssassin said:

    Will you fill the plot hole in your story in ark which is  the scorched earth ascension that explains the missing gap in how the player gets off the scorched earth ark and enters into the aberration ark before you make and launch a dlc or sequel game that takes place after the events of the Ark dlc Extinction?

    That would be nice to see actually. It would also be nice for there to be more of a reason to fight the manticore other then element. Mainly more tek stuff.

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    14 hours ago, Tlroa893 said:

    Can you please fix the Titan music?  It plays for hours after the Titan is tamed/killed.

    This would be really nice.

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    where's the love for the woolly mammoth? ark mobile just added them and they can spout water when can we get the same for base game? and if not happening why not? 

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    For your consideration (developers live stream) I have compiled a short list of in-game memes that are still not working correctly in ARK, and that turn off new players and frustrate older players:

    • Babies not eating - Occasionally a baby dino (usually Rexes, Gigas, Yutis) will stop eating the food in their inventory and starve to death. 
    • DC'ing and falling off Flyer - Once upon a time you would remain on flyer if your client Disconnected. Why this was changed is a mystery, as disconnecting is a common occurrence for most ARK players, and disconnecting over water/lava/wild carnivores is a death sentence that feels like developers are trolling their player base. 
    • Underwater Fog - Why this is even still a thing on The Island is a mystery. If i go from snow biome to warmer biome and it's precipitating, the weather changes from snow to rain. When you go from dry land to underwater and its foggy out, you should not see fog under water, period. It breaks immersion and is not realistic. Preferably the fog should just be removed entirely from the Island if underwater fog cannot be removed, but that would make playing on the Island more enjoyable and we can't have that.
    • Indoor Rain - If you build your ceilings too high up, then it will rain indoors. I'm not sure how this could be fixed, as it appears one's toon has a detection bubble around them that extends only so far, and if no ceilings are within range of that bubble, you still see rain. Maybe I'm wrong about the cause, but it's a huge immersion breaker and new players always ask why they see rain in their base. This was fixed once, but then broken again soon after, so we know this issue is addressable.
    • Falling through teleporter  - You and your dinos that are not standing right next to the teleporter terminal will fall through the floor/ceiling when reappearing on a teleporter elsewhere. Using a whip or whistling to follow will yank the dinos back up onto the teleporter, but its a bug that breaks immersion and frustrates players who don't want to build teleporters on the ground.
    • "Drop All" discards items that are inside Folders too - People put items in folders so they can transfer items easier or prevent some items from transferring when you click on "Transfer All." Yes, I can type in a search for an item and click "Drop All," but if i want to dump my inventory quickly then this becomes an issue if I have valuables hidden in folders. If I've put an item in a folder, I likely do not want it dropping in the first place. 
    • Meshing - Yes, we know you guys can't fix it because it's a complicated issue, but the problem still exists none-the-less and breaks the game in so many ways for pvp and pve, from immersion to outright exbloits.
    • Paint Sprayer doesn't auto-load paint from inventory - More an annoyance than anything else, but every other weapon/tool in the game that uses ammo will auto-reload when empty--except for the paint sprayer, forcing you to open inventory and manually load more dye and lose your color region settings.
    • Mindwipe recipe note is incorrect - When you find a note for the mindwipe recipe, it calls for far less ingredients than is actually required to craft a single windwipe. The note should be updated to read the correct amount of ingredients because this reflects on the quality of the game. 

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    Questions for stream: Are there any plans to make fridges(normal and cryo) paintable? That would really help with labeling. 

    Will there be a fix for the Gachas? I think they were overnerfed, and they no longer drop any MasterCraft or Ascendent crystals. 

    Suggestions for the game: I have many suggestions, but I'll keep it short. Here are the main ones I'd like to see.

    Tek Chamber: A place where you can edit and redesign your character. 

    Imprint %: Add a way to set the percentage you get per imprint. It's really hard to raise and imprint on private servers with raised maturation speed. I wish there was an option to work around this. 

    Thanks for the amazing hours with this game.

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    Cool. That means I'll get to pester the devs about the future of Primal Survival and whether or not they ever plan to touch it again.

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    When will you plan to do something about deleted characters due to server crashes and rollbacks?

     

    It can't be that hard to track a character and store some data for it to be backed up. I have seen so many people leave the game for good because they lost everything due to server crashes. And why your policy has become to not restore anything (or at least anything worth the over 1 month wait - in a game that has autodecay - for an answer from the utterly  poor  support team) is beyond me.

    Edited by Oieru

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