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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:

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    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    User Feedback




    19 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!

    If you're on PC, try the Dino Aphrodisiac mod. I can confirm it works with boas to push their rate to 1-2 eggs per hour. 

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    Hello,

    For Ark developments, what is planned next? You talked about more TLCs, but is Extinction map is the last map of Ark storyline? I mean, maybe you'll work on a custom map like Ragnarok or Center, but from the ending of Extinction after defeating Alpha King Titan, something should coming next.

    So, is it finished for this Ark game, or we can expect more coming?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Questions for ARK Digest:

    Logging in to a password protected server takes quite a few steps. Have you considered any of:

    • Saving a password for a server so you don't have to re-enter it unless it changes?
    • Allowing auto-connecting to a server by double-clicking it in the server browser?
    • Allowing enter to confirm password (instead of having to klick the OK-button after entering the password)?

     

    Have you considered adding more achievements as well as DLC-specific achievements (other than the one for The Center)? I really love achievement hunting and feel it helps give a sense of progression through the game (which could also address that some players feel the new kibble system reduces the sense of progression). They don't need to come with skins/hairstyles: as far as I'm concerned, the Steam badge is enough :) (Discussion about achievement suggestions here)

     

    Is there a possibility of Direwolves getting armour or a saddle, or is this something you've already decided to not prioritise?

     

    What's your opinion on adding more baby dinos in the wild, like with Kairukus and/or allowing taming of baby dinos? Do you see any value in consistency, i.e. removing the baby Kairukus if it's not possible adding babies to other species?

     

    Any chance we'll ever get an integrated autorun feature? I just got the autorun mod and I didn't realise just how sick I was of needing to have my hand on the keyboard. This is something I'm sure many of those who can't get mods really would benefit from.

    Edited by Zahlea

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    On 2/26/2019 at 8:51 AM, urmas said:

    i believe official s+ is like vanilla s+ items. If currently in unofficial vanilla stuff have that 30 sec timer to take back and it works then i believe no conflicts for your s+ mod.

    People on the beta have reported S+ working more poorly since the integrated changes came, like suddenly having no snap points, etc.

    On 2/26/2019 at 4:51 AM, Zadira said:

    I am a little worried, but I guess more confused. How will our unofficial server be affected when the S+ update becomes official and we are already running the S+ mod?  

    I'm worried about this as well... the reports I've seen from the beta branch tell of S+ no longer working well... However, S+ just got a huge update yesterday and maybe it was fixed there?

    22 hours ago, ScaleBane said:

    You can disable the integrated S+ structures. 
    See here:

    Wouldn't that make all the already build structures vanish? That's really not a desirable outcome.

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    I just wanna be able to region paint dinos on official servers

    Edited by MykTronic
    Typo

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    21 hours ago, Atlantis said:

    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

     

    Yes, we have. What platform are you on, because it is not appearing in the way you describe on console (Xbox)? Gachas in cryo display all stats except crafting skill. 

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    Ark is hemorrhaging players.  So many have left ark to play less time consuming games.  I use to play ark for 24hrs plus straight and then I realized it's simply not worth the over raided time when you have tons of mesh points that you have yet to fix.  2yr player giving up on ark going to play APEX LEGENDS

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    6 hours ago, ArkP1 said:

    Yes, we have. What platform are you on, because it is not appearing in the way you describe on console (Xbox)? Gachas in cryo display all stats except crafting skill. 

    PC.

    Male/female was added later. So I guess you have to be patient.

    I haven't checked Gacha.

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    will the sponsored modded map also be available for consoles like ps4 xbox and switch or will it be pc only and if so will it be something you have to pay for?

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    So will normal ark get the mammoth TLC like mobile just got because it is a perfect buff the mammoth deserves on all platforms.

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    12 hours ago, Deathfollowsme said:

    Ark is hemorrhaging players.  So many have left ark to play less time consuming games.  I use to play ark for 24hrs plus straight and then I realized it's simply not worth the over raided time when you have tons of mesh points that you have yet to fix.  2yr player giving up on ark going to play APEX LEGENDS

    Well no, not really. Ark is losing players like any normal game would in its lifesyle after 3-4 years.

    Is Apex Legends supposed to be a statement? I don’t understand the logic of only ever playing a single game. I play on Xbox and have increased my gamerscore by almost 10000 in the last 12 months alone but still find time to play Ark.

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    Hi, is it possible you will make the tek suit protect against spores and mushrooms on abberation?

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    When are the future rounds of S+ implementation planned?
    And when you get to the S+ hatchery, will you be reworking it into a Tek tier item? Will it be fueled by element shards instead of re-fertilizer?

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    22 hours ago, Deathfollowsme said:

    Ark is hemorrhaging players.  So many have left ark to play less time consuming games.  I use to play ark for 24hrs plus straight and then I realized it's simply not worth the over raided time when you have tons of mesh points that you have yet to fix.  2yr player giving up on ark going to play APEX LEGENDS

    I feel like meshing is just a part of the game, at this point, and they should just allow it so that PvP players can appropriately guard against it by meshing defenses. It’s obviously a difficult problem to fix, and frankly I’d prefer if they stopped messing with it—which creates new problems—just to appease whinny PvP players.

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    On 2/25/2019 at 9:32 PM, 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!

    Leave render and come back. Eggs are there for 30 minutes. Just render them in every 20 or so minutes. 

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    Will we get the intro and defeat music scores for the titans that are in the ark dev kit into the game? They are so cool they need to be in the game.

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    Will we get the intro and defeat music scores for the titans that are in the ark dev kit into the game? They are so cool they need to be in the game.

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    Will scorched earth ever get a ascension cinematic and the tek engrams you get for killing the manticore  be replaced with unique exclusive tek engrams like a wyvern tek saddle?

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    For the Digest.

    With the additions to the game from S+ can you please add the nanny, the gardener and the dodo nest.  If you cant please explain why not.

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