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  • Community Crunch 171: ARK Stream & Homestead Update Tomorrow!

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

    Homestead Update Tomorrow!

    It's finally arrived! We're beyond thrilled to be releasing Structure Plus (S+) and the long-awaited kibble rework (now packaged together as 'Homestead') to all of our survivors March 5th 2019!

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    If you can dream it, you can build it! Homestead includes the major elements of Structures Plus (S+), a player created Sponsored Mod by Orionsun. S+ has maintained a large following of users over an extended period of time, and its move to console has long been requested. We are particularly excited to finally be able to share this with our console survivors who will be using it for the very first time.

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    Here are the new building features included in Homestead:

    • Dedicated bulk storage
    • Triangle foundations, ceilings and roof pieces
    • Four high walls
    • Fence supports for level walls
    • Flexible pipes and electrical cables
    • Double doors
    • Swappable variants for ramps/stairs
    • New visual variants for existing structures

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    Along-side the update to structures we also have our kibble rework included in this patch! Previously the Kibble system worked like a tree, the egg of one creature being used in a kibble to tame the next creature in line. Often these kibbles didn’t make sense in terms of game progression and became more redundant with each new creature that was added to the game. Each creature now falls into one of six categories, and that creature’s egg can be used to tame any creature within that specific category. Instead of having 50+ different kibbles all requiring a different specific egg, it is drastically reduced to: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary kibbles!

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    You can expect the Homestead update to hit your respective platform around 10am PST tomorrow starting with PC and concluding with PS4. We invite you to watch our Homestead trailer to see a preview of the variety of structures that are now possible. All of the builds featured in the trailer are player-created and you can find links to how to build the structures in the video description. It has been an amazing experience for us to see our dedicated players create things we could have never imagined! 

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    We hope these changes to ARK inspire survivors to turn their wooden shack on the beach into the fortress of their dreams!

    Homestead patch notes:

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    S+

    • Variant System
      • Added Structure variant system to cycle visuals for a structure
    • Structure Pickup
      • Enabled pickup of the following structures:
        • Elevator Platforms
        • Elevator Tracks
        • Electric Generator
        • Grill
        • Industrial Forge
        • Industrial Grinder
        • Chem Bench
        • Fabricator
        • Tek Generator
        • Tek Replicator
        • Tek Transmitter
      • Disabled pickup of Bee Hives
      • Added ServerSettings ini config option StructurePickupHoldDuration to allow unofficials to configure (or disable by setting to 0) the quick-pickup hold duration
      • Changed default for quick-pickup to 0.5 seconds (from 1 second)
    • Structure Additions
      • Added 'Smooth' sidewall variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Thatch, Wood]
      • Triangle foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
      • Triangle ceilings [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
      • Triangle roofs [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
      • Large (4x height) walls [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
      • Flexible pipes [Stone, Metal]
      • Flexible electrical cables
      • Stairs (with freely swappable ramp variant) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
      • Double door frames [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
      • Double doors [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
      • Tek Dedicated storage (Tek structure that allows storing a large amount of a single resource)
      • Fence supports (allows you to build fences that are level along the top) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]

    Kibble Rework

    • Categorized Kibble
    • Creatures prefer their category of Kibble or above
    • Produced
      • Allosaurus - Superior
      • Ankylosaurus - Regular
      • Archaeopteryx - Simple
      • Argentavis - Superior
      • Baryonyx - Regular
      • Basilisk - Exceptional
      • Brontosaurus - Exceptional
      • Carbonemys - Regular
      • Carnotaur - Regular
      • Compy - Simple
      • Dilophosaur - Basic
      • Dimetrodon - Regular
      • Dimorphodon - Simple
      • Diplodocus - Regular
      • Dodo - Basic
      • Featherlight - Basic
      • Gallimimus - Simple
      • Giganotosaurus - Exceptional
      • Glowtail - Basic
      • Hesperornis - Extraordinary
      • Ichthyornis - Simple
      • Iguanodon - Simple
      • Kairuku - Basic
      • Kaprosuchus - Regular
      • Kentrosaurus - Regular
      • Lystrosaurus - Basic
      • Mantis - Superior
      • Megalania - Superior
      • Megalosaurus - Superior
      • Micro Raptor - Simple
      • Morellatops - Simple
      • Moschops - Superior
      • Oviraptor - Simple
      • Snow Owl - Superior
      • Pachycephalosaurus - Simple
      • Pachyrhinosaurus - Regular
      • Parasaur - Basic
      • Pegomastax - Simple
      • Pelagornis - Regular
      • Pteranodon - Simple
      • Pulmonoscorpius - Regular
      • Quetzalcoatlus - Exceptional
      • Raptor - Simple
      • Rex - Exceptional
      • Rock Drake - Extraordinary
      • Sarcosuchus - Regular
      • Spinosaur - Superior
      • Stegosaurus - Regular
      • Tapejera - Superior
      • Terror Bird - Regular
      • Therizinosaurus - Exceptional
      • Thorny Dragon - Regular
      • Titanboa - Superior
      • Triceratops - Simple
      • Troodon - Regular
      • Velonasaur - Regular
      • Vulture - Basic
      • Wyvern - Extraordinary
      • Yutyrannus - Exceptional
    • Preferred
      • Allosaurus - Superior
      • Angler Fish - Regular
      • Ankylosaurus - Regular
      • Araneo - Simple
      • Archaeopteryx - Simple
      • Argentavis - Superior
      • Baryonyx - Regular
      • Basilosaurus - Exceptional
      • Beelzebufo - Regular
      • Brontosaurus - Exceptional
      • Carbonemys - Regular
      • Carnotaur - Regular
      • Castoroides - Superior
      • Daeodon - Superior
      • Dilophosaur - Basic
      • Dimetrodon - Regular
      • Dimorphodon - Simple
      • Diplocaulus - Simple
      • Diplodocus - Regular
      • Direbear - Superior
      • Direwolf - Superior
      • Dodo - Basic
      • Doedicurus - Regular
      • Dunkleosteus - Superior
      • Gallimimus - Simple
      • Gasbags - Superior
      • Giant Bee - Simple
      • Gigantopithecus - Regular
      • Giganotosaurus - Exceptional
      • Griffin - Extraordinary
      • Ichthyornis - Simple
      • Ichthyosaurus - Simple
      • Iguanodon - Simple
      • Kairuku - Basic
      • Kaprosuchus - Regular
      • Karkinos - Exceptional
      • Kentrosaurus - Regular
      • Lymantria - Regular
      • Mammoth - Superior
      • Managarmr - Exceptional
      • Megalania - Extraordinary
      • Megaloceros - Simple
      • Megalodon - Superior
      • Megalosaurus - Superior
      • Megatherium - Superior
      • Mesopithicus - Basic
      • Morellatops - Simple
      • Mosasaurus - Exceptional
      • Onyc - Simple
      • Snow Owl - Superior
      • Pachycephalosaurus - Simple
      • Paraceratherium - Superior
      • Parasaur - Basic
      • Pegomastax - Simple
      • Pelagornis - Regular
      • Phiomia - Basic
      • Plesiosaurus - Superior
      • Pteranodon - Regular
      • Pulmonoscorpius - Regular
      • Purlovia - Regular
      • Quetzalcoatlus - Exceptional
      • Raptor - Simple
      • Rex - Exceptional
      • Rock Elemental - Extraordinary
      • Sabertooth - Regular
      • Sarcosuchus - Regular
      • Spinosaur - Exceptional
      • Stegosaurus - Regular
      • Tapejera - Superior
      • Terror Bird - Regular
      • Therizinosaurus - Exceptional
      • Thorny Dragon - Regular
      • Thylacoleo - Extraordinary
      • Triceratops - Simple
      • Velonasaur - Regular
      • Woolly Rhino - Superior
      • Yutyrannus - Extraordinary

    Exploits

    • Fixed exploit related to water well
    • Fixed exploit related to Titan downloads
    • Fixed exploit related to Velonasaurs
    • Fixed exploit related to Platform Saddles

    Crashes

    • Fixed crash related to shoulder pets
    • Fixed crash related to Taxidermy    

    Managarmr

    • Fixed issue with Managarmr breath causing flyers to teleport
    • Fixed Managarmr's forward dash not triggering consistently when spamming it
    • When Managarmr freezes a dino with a rider, the rider will no longer be dismounted but rather frozen for 1 second
    • Character frozen visual effect should change more smoothly
    • A player frozen either standing, crouching, or prone can no longer change that state
    • Duration of frozen for player characters is now a function of health and armor rating
    • Duration of frozen for player characters is significantly reduced overall
    • Cheat spawning a dino should no longer cause you to get stuck on that dino if it dies while being frozen by Managarmar Ice breath
    • Reduced Managarmr ice breath damage ~25%
    • Added new freeze immune icon

    Environments

    • Fixed buildable space outside of bounds
    • Fixed multiple holes and meshing locations
    • Moved Desert Titan player spawn point to an area inside the structure prevention zone
    • Fixed climbable trees in Extinction

    Kairuku

    • Base affinity increased by 30% now that it has a preferred kibble

    Ice Wyverns

    • Fixed creature icon being blank

    Item Stacks

    • Fixed ConfigOverrideItemMaxQuantity issue with RawPrimeMeat

    Giganotosaurus

    • Increased damage required to enrage a giga by 55%

    Corrupted Heart

    • Fixed item to use correct icon

    Mind Wipe

    • Characters can be respeced once every 24 hours

    UI

    • Improved search filtering on inventory and crafting menus

    Elevators

    • Set Primitive Elevator Platforms and Tracks to be craftable by wood instead of requiring fungal wood

    Additional PS4/Xbox patch notes:

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    Exploits

    • Fixed exploit related to Tek Swords
    • Fixed exploit related to Rafts on Center

    Managarmr

    • Fixed managarmr space launch bug 
    • Managarmr ice breath is no longer stopped by Dino Leash
    • Speculative fix for the Managarmr breath client crash
    • Whistle Stop and Whistle Follow will interrupt the current ability
    • Ice breath freeze amount is now more significantly reduced by distance
    • Clamped forward dash movement to horizontal plane

    Cryopods

    • Disable following after releasing from Cryo
    • Now show gender in the tooltip
    • Tribe log displays the name of the cryopod owner who's cryopod broke
    • Fix for dino owner not transferring when stealing a cryopod with a dino in it

    Environments

    • Removed the Ruins of Nosti gate
    • Reduced shadow cost of some meshes

    Defenders

    • Defenders are harvestable for light robotic materials

    Bear Traps

    • Bear traps are now placeable again!

    Tek Dinos

    • Now drop electronics/metal as intended

    Movement

    • Fixed players getting stuck when walking off foundations in single player

    Mosasaurus

    • Reduced Mosasaurus speed per level up by 50%     

    Manta

    • Reduced Manta speed per level up by 75%

    Gasbags

    • Set gasbags to mature at the rate of Wooly Rhinos due to similar utility capabilities

    Desert Titan

    • Reduced tamed Desert Titan total hp by 1/3

    ARK Developer Stream Tomorrow!

    Tomorrow 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 tomorrows 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 answering questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. 

    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 tomorrow at 1pm PST!

    Mod Community Updates!

    We're bringing in two new projects to the Sponsored Mod Program this month, and don't forget that we have already started another round of applications for the sponsored mod program. You'll be able to submit an application until April 5th. So polish up those design documents and send them in. We love seeing the amazing projects everyone is working on.

    First up we have Additional Lighting by ReinerSCT. This mod adds a plethora of new lighting options of different colors, styles, and configurations. Ever wanted to make your own disco room, or set up a complex lighting system for your over-the-top castle? This mod will let you do it!

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    We're also happy to bring in the Play as Dino mod by Finntastic. Does anybody else ever use the old mantra "Don't just hunt the raptor... Be the raptor"? No? Just me? Either way, with this mod you can! The author has a lot of cool systems being worked on for this mod and we're happy to provide some support for them.

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    Happy Modding!

    Fan Feature of the Week!

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    AUS Model Update: Parahelicoprion finished by Kaprodonychus

    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 8th of March at 1 PM EST until Monday the 11th 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


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    Can we get a slider for pick up timer and stack sizes please? I know it's a specific request but I prefer to play on PS4 in single player.... it's better for my health. I don't have the time to play on officials and non officials is hard to find a good server that has the settings I prefer and an admin that doesn't abuse their power.

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    40 minutes ago, Graf1cs said:

    So we will have to transfer drake and wyvern eggs from another map to make this kibble now, am I missing something. No way to get these eggs naturally on extinction, and you cant tame hesperonis from the caves anymore, so whats up? Why would they move titanboa to superior? HELP me understand?

    Do hesperornis even spawn on Extinction? I’ve been all over that map and never seen one, ever. 

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    This is great news. I'm a tiny bit sad that the greenhouse tier got so little love (I always regreted that S+ didn't add much to it except double doors ; gates, pillars or 4-high walls would be awesome for us builders, though probably costly), but that's me nitpicking. I'm always happy when Ark gives us opportunities for more crazy bases, especially since Extinction really didn't do much in that department.
    What's the next step for Ark now ?

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    This is absolutely ridiculous, forcing us to do bosses to learn basic skills again, yeah thats gonna be fun on 8 characters... 

    Also game now has complete lag freezes every so often no movement or sound for up to a minute each time.

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    8 hours ago, slejo said:

    @Jen - why do you again make us wonder when it's tomorrow for you tomorrow. Use absolute non-relative dates, ...

    The first paragraph of this Crunch says exactly what the date of release is.

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    13 hours ago, Supersonic said:

    What's the deal with Parahelicoprion? Are you going to add it? Making the ocean a bit more populated with them will be great. :) Nice update!

    They feature artwork/created works from the community in every community crunch, the Parahelicoprion was made by a community member! I agree with you on seeing these guys in game though, the ocean needs more love!

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    On 3/4/2019 at 8:17 PM, Jen said:

    Mind Wipe

    • Characters can be respeced once every 24 hours 

    Should be AT LEAST 72 hours. 168 hours (a week) would have been perfect-ish.

    Reason: to retain the importance of character stat build while not screwing up (solo)players completely.

    Edited by DarthaNyan

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    11 hours ago, Legondz said:

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    Will be the same as extinction

    Be careful with this list for the rework, during my testing the only types I've seen are kibble, jerky, and advanced crops, never saw raw/cooked meat, and the basic berries.

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    3 minutes ago, dcrago said:

    Be careful with this list for the rework, during my testing the only types I've seen are kibble, jerky, and advanced crops, never saw raw/cooked meat, and the basic berries.

    OK, thank you for the caution.  Much appreciated!

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    Why is the s+ telegrams not unlocked once update was layed out I have faced the bosses already but they are still locked !

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     Amateurs. Never fails. 

    How about a list, or even just mention that there is a new imprinting list as well?

    Or the meat & vegetables etc required to make the new kibble? Instead of searching your old posts and hoping that's still accurate.

    Seriously have you guys played your own game? 

    I'm currently looking for a job if you want to hire someone who'd understand how & what to communicate to your player base so they don't view you as incompetent.  (Because they do)

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    most of this is a great update but the problem with manas will still be a major thing with keeping their range even with the tweaks to freezing and over all breath damage being weakened , being able to shoot a dino attack almost double the range of turrets is busted

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    6 hours ago, AndrewLB said:

    Sooo..... when are we to expect an update that makes it so players with RTX graphics cards don't constantly crash? And what's up with DLSS being added? Or are they "a little further out?" You guys did go through the trouble of having nVidia add Ark to all their RTX promotional stuff...  Or was that just a marketing ploy to bump sales?  I'm asking because from what i've read on the Unreal Engine's forum that both DLSS and Raytracing  require not only Direct X 12, but also an updated engine which supports the technologies.

    OH.. Totally feel for you!!  Went thru this myself.. I ordered a new customized computer around Thanksgiving and specifically requested the GTX 1080 Ti, yet when they sent it to me it,  had the RTX 2080 in it.  Had issues from the get go.  After a week of frustrations and trying everything I could think of, sent the computer back and insisted it was the GPU.  They swapped it out with a different RTX 2080 (grrrrr.. they said GXT 1080Ti was no longer available) and sent it back to me and again, crash after crash after crash (during the first 5 minutes of playing).  So, I did more research.  NOTE: I did buy the new computer specifically to play ARK. I was originally playing on 9yo Laptop (it was time) so this was a VERY BIG ISSUE for me.  

    Long story short.. I found this link.. https://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/0/3223871682616487082/ 

    The work around I used was Put in Set launch options -norhithread  .  This was the least invasive thing I had to do to the computer and works perfect.  No more crashes (knock on wood). 

    I do not run all epic although I can.  My FPS average 100..   

    Very happy it works, but don't like the band-Aid..

    Good Luck..   OH.. and I did see where someone mentioned to use the setting terrain shadows to low.. I think I have the same setting also only because I don't like the shadows as much but I ran it epic on all after I fixed it and had no errors.. It was after the fix that I changed various settings.. 

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    Thankyou guys for all the great work! Been looking forward to this update for a long time.

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    Thank you guys for all the great work! Been looking forward to this update for a long time.

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    44 minutes ago, Chris said:

    The first paragraph of this Crunch says exactly what the date of release is.

    @Chris - at the moment i had wrote my post there was "tomorrow at...." message. I think Jen or someone edited it after my post. Now it is ok.

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    PLEASE!!!  Roll back official servers to right before the servers went down.  I lost 4/5 the dinos I have raising in my base.  Also.  The tek replicator is broken.  Cannot craft anything.  ROLLBACK PLEASE

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