Community Crunch 189: Public Beta, Mod Contest Voters Giveaway, and On The Horizon
Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch!
Over the past few weeks, we've been noticing increased feedback on balance and changes that affect the PvP meta and the ARK experience in general. As ARK ages, there will inevitably be changes to the meta that will expose opportunities to fine-tune some of the mechanics and creatures that have been introduced. Getting your feedback on these changes are valuable as they are often impactful to the community. In anticipation of your feedback, we've created a thread in the General forum for you to provide your input. Be sure to keep your feedback limited to the changes that are proposed.
If this pilot proves to be successful, we'll look at doing this more in the future when the opportunity presents itself. We'll be opening an unofficial server for you to test these changes on.
How to opt into a beta:
- Right-click ARK: Survival Evolved in your Steam library and select Properties
- Select the Beta tab to expose branches that are available to switch to
- Click the drop-down list to select Experimental
After making the selection, your download will begin!
Proposed changes in beta branches:
- Longneck rifle damage adjusted to have armor penetration - Fab sniper damage adjusted to have light armor penetration - Set Ice Titan freeze to last approximately 12 seconds - Plant Y should trap a player or tamed dino for 10 seconds max - Adjusted Shadow Steak Saute to no longer increase a players sensitivity to light (all other affects remain the same) - Set Forest Kaiju vine grab to not grab Mek riders - Prevented Forest Kaiju vine grab from going through Tek Forcefields (it will still grab through mek shields though)
ExperimentalBeta (188.8.131.52) Admin pw: testing
Mod Voting Giveaway
Remember to cast your votes for the current mod contest! At the end of the contest, there will be a raffle held for each category. Voting gets you a chance to win an ARK: Collectors Edition box set that has been signed by members of the development team!
On The Horizon
There are a number of things on the horizon that we'd like to keep on your radar.
Valguero Console Launch
We're busy finalizing some of the patched for the console release and will be announcing the release date soon!
You've been providing lots of feedback on this topic and we've been discussing what the future looks like in terms of new servers/server configurations that may be fun in engaging. We hope to reduce the legacy server count by the end of summer to provide some new takes on the ARK experience. More to come!
The beta that's being launched is part of a larger discussion on game balance and what the current meta is for ARK. We'll be fine-tuning and continually tweaking numbers.
Classic PvP Season 2
A new season for Classic PvP will be coming soon. There will be more details on what this includes in the future.
Opening Transfers for Valguero
You'll be able to transfer out of Valguero starting later today. You will be able to begin transferring into these servers at the beginning of October.
Official Server Saves
The Great Migration and updated legacy saves for live PvE servers will be available this week
Summer Bash started behind schedule for most platforms so we're happy to announce we'll be exending the event rates until 7/19. These rates will be in place until the EVO event begins on 7/19 (the EVO event will include Valguero.
There will be no EVO event while Summer Bash is live.
Until next time!
All the best,