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  • Community Crunch 172: Developer Stream Roundup and Switch Server Maintenance!

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

    ARK Developer Stream #1 VOD!

    On March 5th we had our first developer update stream in our new format! Thank you for joining us on Twitch if you were able to do so. In this stream we talked about the Homestead update, the mod program, as well as answered your questions from the Community Crunch and from chat. Going forward we will be continuing to stream when we've got new things to share with you. We won't have a dedicated schedule like we have in the past so stay tuned to the Crunch and our Twitter for information on when those take place.

    If you weren't able to catch the stream, you can watch the video on demand over on our YouTube channel.

    As previously mentioned the major topic of our stream was dedicated to discussing the new Homestead update which includes the integration of Structures Plus and the Kibble rework.

    If you're still confused about the kibble rework changes definitely check out Dododex and the ARK wiki for an in-depth dive into the new kibble system including new recipes for the new kibbles and which creatures prefer which kibble. Thank you to our community members for collecting this information for all survivors to benefit from. And we hope you have all been enjoying this quality of life update!

    Upcoming Server Maintenance!

    At 12:00pm Eastern on March 13th we will be taking down some of our Switch servers for maintenance. We expect maintenance to last for approximately 2 hours. Below is a list of all affected servers.

    Mod Community Updates!

    I've readied a new installment to our VSS project tutorials. Today we're covering the addition of a central targeting list managed by the tower. This backbone will make it possible to take the behavior of our mod in quite a few directions, so for anybody that is following along, please feel free to drop some ideas on behavior in the forum thread below. Happy Modding!

    Fan Feature of the Week!

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    ARK Millennium Falcon by Sitharias

    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 15th of March at 1 PM EST until Monday the 18th 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!

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    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    Any updates on how the game will be further optimized on ps4 to remove stalling, freeze, lag and disconnects?

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    @Jen Anyone know how to change the structure pick up timer on PS4 nitrado? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    Can you change Extraordinary Kibble back to titanboa eggs? Some players don't have access to drake or wyvern eggs and golden hesperornis eggs are extremely rare. This makes taming those creatures that take this kibble impossible as they take so much for a decent level.

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    54 minutes ago, Pookina said:

    Can you change Extraordinary Kibble back to titanboa eggs? Some players don't have access to drake or wyvern eggs and golden hesperornis eggs are extremely rare. This makes taming those creatures that take this kibble impossible as they take so much for a decent level.

    That's the whole point lol makes it a challenge

     

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    Can you guys address the terrible issues that have been affecting EVERY version of the game since the S+ integration? You guys had the chance to talk about this during your stream, but ultimately refused. WC, please work on the issues and stop letting so many huge bugs in your updates. What really goes on in your studio? I would like to have an answer if you're willing to do it and are reading this, but a well made one rather than a quick answer, because the whole "working day and night" to address bugs is extremely hard to believe, and you also don't have your "early access" excuse. It's full release and triple-A priced, can't you guys go more triple-A than you currently are? Also, I'm not going to forget about you guys splitting off to leave ARK in the dust and work on Atlas. I will never forget about that terrible move. One thing I've learned from my three years of this game: Over-promise, under deliver. Great game, backed by a very unprofessional company.

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    Kibbles on xbox scorched are broken since update. Tames still asking for old Kibble yet we can't make that Kibble anymore. There going to be a fix for this???

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    Breeding on Aberration has tames asking for old kibbles like Stego kibble, which when you try to make it, it doesn't create it. And when you craft the regular kibble, it won't accept it because it wants "stego" kibble. 

    Also, on Aberration, are the rock drake nests broken? We haven't been able to find any eggs since the update.

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    Have you fixed the Onyc still not having a preferred kibble even though you said it would? Also, using Regular/blue kibble on Equus wasn't working at all despite some people reporting that it did. Fed 9 to an equus last 2X and it was still at 0% tame, just tranqed and fed carrots.

    You need to do something about NA-PVE-TheCenter406 as well. Place is overrun with griefers and dupers. We report the several times a day that the server crashes and tell you to look at the logs to see who's duping, you don't. The same tribes kite alphas and other predators at players on PvE, we screencap and report them, and you do nothing about that as well. They're just emboldened and now every player who was actually connecting from NA is leaving. 

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    I understand you guys have alot on your plates and still trying to fix the main game but when are you going to fix the issues on Primitive Plus with the coal/carbon/clay in the forges and coal in the industrial grill? Cant progress unless we can make steel!!!

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    2 hours ago, Smashbox27 said:

    That's the whole point lol makes it a challenge

     

    @Jen  it might b more acceptable if the extraordinary kibble was used to tame something worthy of it.  None of those 5 creatures are worth that effort.  Thyla and megas belong in superior and yutys/griffins arnt really worth that effort either.  The golem is the only 1 that isnt a complete flop for this teir.  The thyla and megalania are just insulting and the griffin is against progression.  Im not gonna hunt for a griffin when im already riding a wyvern.  Thats a downgrade and obviously i should hav a wyvern if im hunting its eggs(Which we do to tame 1) for the kibble.  The extraordinary teir needs completely redone, both with the egg and what it tames.  I completely back the idea of boa eggs or quetz eggs being used for it.  Even once we have that we still need creatures in that teir that deserve the challenge, that smash is talking bout, of that lvl.

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    1 hour ago, Level4Gaming said:

    Can you guys address the terrible issues that have been affecting EVERY version of the game since the S+ integration? You guys had the chance to talk about this during your stream, but ultimately refused.

    Also, I'm not going to forget about you guys splitting off to leave ARK in the dust and work on Atlas. I will never forget about that terrible move. 

    1) Their stream was on the day the update released, so pretty difficult to speak about the backlash unless you expect the team to not bother with their jobs and only read community posts?

    2) The team that broke off from Ark were replaced by different people. Are you just going to ignore the fact that Jeremy was replaced by ChrisW and the new team are the best thing to happen to this game? Will you like many other people, always use Atlas as a scapegoat to your personal issues with the developers?

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    Really awesome to see that the ARK Millennium Falcon by Sitharias was featured. I remember seeing it on Reddit a few days ago and I was blown away 

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    4 hours ago, R3dm0nst3r said:

    Any word on if rag boss will in the future unlock the new tek engrams?

    They are looking into it:

     

    4 hours ago, ELegantment said:

    dododex have too many error

    This is a thirdparty site that is not officially supported by Wildcard. Contact them on twitter or use alternatives.

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    Nothing about fixing lags on all servers(ps4) if that lag keeps for more time I'm going leave game bc that way I can't go farm meat bc always freeze and dc after, and if I can't farm meat my Dino's die.

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    2 hours ago, SaltyMonkey said:

    2) The team that broke off from Ark were replaced by different people. Are you just going to ignore the fact that Jeremy was replaced by ChrisW and the new team are the best thing to happen to this game? Will you like many other people, always use Atlas as a scapegoat to your personal issues with the developers?

    why do you feel the need to bring this up so often. Why should it matter either way? you saying that is as ignorant as someone saying the devs always break the game with every patch.

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    Can you please make titanboa eggs special again? And give up the pay to win aspect that is starting to creep into Ark.

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    4 hours ago, Onimusha759 said:

    @Jen  it might b more acceptable if the extraordinary kibble was used to tame something worthy of it.  None of those 5 creatures are worth that effort.  Thyla and megas belong in superior and yutys/griffins arnt really worth that effort either.  The golem is the only 1 that isnt a complete flop for this teir.  The thyla and megalania are just insulting and the griffin is against progression.  Im not gonna hunt for a griffin when im already riding a wyvern.  Thats a downgrade and obviously i should hav a wyvern if im hunting its eggs(Which we do to tame 1) for the kibble.  The extraordinary teir needs completely redone, both with the egg and what it tames.  I completely back the idea of boa eggs or quetz eggs being used for it.  Even once we have that we still need creatures in that teir that deserve the challenge, that smash is talking bout, of that lvl.

    The only one that is not worth accepting in this tier is the megalania. Griffins are the only flyers that you can shoot of their back, Thyla are powerful and an extremely good mount for travelling, Yutis are very important for boss fights and Rock Golems are beasts for soaking turrets

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    1 hour ago, OtterlyRidiculous said:

    why do you feel the need to bring this up so often. Why should it matter either way? you saying that is as ignorant as someone saying the devs always break the game with every patch.

    Its a new team that is working on an existing game which means that they had to learn how the game works first before starting to code. Considering how much bugs and broken stuff the game had before, they are doing an extremely good job at making ARK a better game.

     

    And bugs/glitchs will come to every game with any update no matter how much testing the devs do

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    I play on Legacy PrimitivePVE, but we cant access the new structures (e.g. triangle foundations and ceilings, fence supports, doors, stairs... These are not that high tech things, I think... ). Will we able to learn these engrams, or only the kibble system is what we got from the Homestead?

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    7 hours ago, Smashbox27 said:

    That's the whole point lol makes it a challenge

     

    It’s not a “challenge,” it’s an annoying time-waster. 

     

    It can take about a 20 minutes to a half hour to get a golden egg from a hesperornis by hunting fish. Then, you have to get honey and slaughter an ovis. The only “challenge” is enduring the game-killing boredom. The rest is based on time wasting and in the case of an egg and ovis, luck. It doesn’t add challenge to the game, it makes it take longer and becomes annoying, that’s it. It sucks the fun right out. 

     

    It’s also completely unbalanced on the island from other maps. On Scorched Earth or Ragnarok, getting a wyvern egg is part of normal play and routine, and ovis are abundant. It doesn’t interrupt or change the gameplay on those maps, but on the island it haults everything else a player is doing and just takes a long time. On Rag and SE it’s just a way to use things you already probably have, but on the island you have to spend a lot of time playing what amounts to a boring mini game of duck fishing and ‘am I LUCKY enough to find an ovis.’ 

     

    The golden egg is completely ridiculous and as a part of the kibble system, it should only be to tame a yuty or giga. The fact a giga is easier to obtain than a thyla is another example of how poorly conceived the new kibble system is. 

     

    That’s just the Extraordinary kibble. As far as the Exceptional kibble goes, it’s a time-waster on any map. While not too bad for higher level players, anyone that hasn’t unlocked the industrial cooker can look forward to staring at the regular cooking pot inventory, because it’s a total drain making the chili, just to get ready to make the kibble.

     

    While I wasn’t a fan of the kibble change, in general, Extinction’s augmented kibble made sense. It only needed to have resources available on the island, but that could have been easily fixed when they allowed tek dinos to drop dust, they could have just gave them random drops of red and blue sap. 

     

    In truth, the new kibbles makes it much more difficult for a new player or small tribe, but larger already established tribes probably do not notice much difference. After all, established tribes are breeding thylas and yuty and are unlikely to bother kibble taming either, while it just easier to kibble tame more Gigas. The balancing is completely out of whack and it’s got nothing to do with challenge.

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    2 hours ago, ArkP1 said:

     On Rag and SE it’s just a way to use things you already probably have, but on the island you have to spend a lot of time playing what amounts to a boring mini game of duck fishing and ‘am I LUCKY enough to find an ovis.’

    I agree that the golden eggs requirement on the island is a PITA, but I think you are referencing the extinction kibble recipes cause the island version of extraordinary does not require cooked lamb and therefore no slaughtering ovis.

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    1 hour ago, Piffguru said:

    I agree that the golden eggs requirement on the island is a PITA, but I think you are referencing the extinction kibble recipes cause the island version of extraordinary does not require cooked lamb and therefore no slaughtering ovis.

    They’ve changed it again. I’ve made 5 extraordinary kibbles, because I wanted to experience it myself before being too critical. It wasn’t worth it and I got fed up and logged off early, which is something I never wanted to do on Ark before. The recipe required mutton and was made with mutton within the last 2 days, using a working dododex recipe.

     

    I have never made Lazarus chowder (I see is the new ingredient), but looking at the recipe, it’s even worse (or at best, the same) than the chili for players that are going to have to stand at a regular cooking pot for a long time until they unlock the industrial cooker. It actually makes a tiny bit of sense for a stew to be included in the Extraordinary kibble, but not the Exceptional kibble, and Gigas should not be tameable with Exceptional kibble, nor should Thylas and Griffins require Extraordinary. The ONLY dinos that make sense for the Extraordinary kibble are Yutys and Gigas. Not even the Rock Elementals make sense, because they were already difficult enough given they required cannonballs and Mantis eggs, which only tame with Deathworm horn and hardly ever lay an egg. 

     

    The new kibbles do not add challenge, unless they are intended to challenge a player’s patience and make the game frustrating and hard to enjoy. I really don’t understand the kibble rework . They took a perfectly progressive well-thought out system and ruined it for no reason. If they were concerned about adding new creatures, they could have just added the augmented kibble recipes for new and future creatures only and kept the old system for everything else. The augmented would even be a good replacement for imprinting. In the long run, it’s not going to reduce the number of dinos on a server in any way, because people are just keeping different dinos out, not less. It wasn’t really complicated if they assigned augmented to new creatures, and kept an existing/working system that was already established for other creatures. As far as the recipes they can’t get right, why didn’t they just have tek dinos drop the missing ingredients (gems, sap, etc.)

     

    Btw, what happened to tek dinos dropping meat and hide? Aren’t they supposed to be mutations from exposure to Element, not robots?

     

    I don’t know anything about what’s going on with WC, but it seems like they’ve got people coming in and changing things that do not realize, understand or appreciate how well this game was crafted. If they didn’t like how things were arranged, they didn’t have any business becoming a part of it. 

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