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  • Community Crunch 189: Public Beta, Mod Contest Voters Giveaway, and On The Horizon

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

    Public Beta

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    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.

    Feedback thread:

     

    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

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    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)

    Server Information:

    ExperimentalBeta (31.214.128.22)
    Admin pw: testing

    Mod Voting Giveaway

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    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

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    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!


    New Servers
    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!


    PVP Balance
    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

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    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.

     

    Evolution Event

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    There will be no EVO event while Summer Bash is live.

    Until next time!

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    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard


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    1 hour ago, tronguyman said:

    How to rebalance Ark again: Remove Manas. GG. 

    Ah yes, then gigas next amirite? Then rexes. They make boss fights too easy. Then every other carnivore. PVP should be on herbivores only. But no stegos or gasbags! In fact, it  should just be no dinos at all.

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    The eternal question .... when they give due attention to the prim +??????????????? I can not bear to suffer anymore.

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    Hey Ced thanks for the update.   I know if it were me personally I would be half-thinking "I don't even know if i want to do a crunch" because of some of the comments sometimes.  lol  
    Honestly though at this late in the games life cycle it's pretty awesome that it gets the attention it does from the devs, and new maps and content still.

    Also, someone above me mentioned primitive+ drops not working, it would be cool to get that back to normal, Its by far the best mode on official.

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    2 hours ago, Striczkof said:

    Was hyped and thought there will be evolution this weekend then i scrolled down *sad noot*

    Fear not my Friend! 2x rates through the event:Jerbhi:

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    Maybe fix the reason why people need new servers. Taming caps & lag. People building 100s of rafts to take up slots. Tribes pillaring entire zones with ceilings to kill any spawn.

    My ideas for improving server performance & make room:

    - Limit rafts to 2 per Tribe, add 1 to the limit per new tribe member.

    - Auto decay (remove) more structures: campfires, torches, tree sap taps, spikes, dino doors, leash (these can't even be demolished after timer).

    - Lower taming cap per tribe to 300. We don't need more with the new kibble & cryo system. Most people use it but some tribes leave all out (including raft spam).

    - Punish spawn blocking. Like pillar+ceiling. You still haven't found a good idea to prevent pillaring. Maybe a certain structure with a big range that has a limit per tribe that allows them to keep their farming areas safe. Spikes should still be allowed to protect others tames, but they will decay even if near.

    - Lower player limit depending on map. Not many people play in big tribes (especially on PvE). 70 Players will fit on a map like Ragnarok but not on The Island.

    Simply deleting servers and adding new ones isn't gonna fix the problem.

     

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    2 hours ago, Jae12 said:

    If you payed 6 bucks on a coffee and it came out 20 minutes late and it was cold would you be mad? 

    Totally irrelevant here... you get a FREE map, and still complain? Sometimes i don't get you guys. The dev team is prob working like crazy, and all you do is whining, how long before we get nothing anymore as reaction?

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    4 hours ago, Cedric said:

    We work with external partners to bring ARK to PS4.  So it's making sure all teams are ready and on the same page/ready to launch.

    Don't want to sound rude but do you actually know that there are people making their income by showing gameplay stuff in videos? By prioritizing PC first all the freaking time, not a single console player ever has the chance to show something new. That's just not fair what you are doing... Your not in early access anymore! And yes, I know that you're working on PC and Port to console then, but that's not an excuse anymore! 

    Greetings from a console players that's feeling left behind since early access days... 

    (BTW console ever getting new game mode servers like classic pvp? Season 2 for PC and not even season 1 on consoles?) 

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    28 minutes ago, Punkreas9216 said:

    Don't want to sound rude but do you actually know that there are people making their income by showing gameplay stuff in videos? By prioritizing PC first all the freaking time, not a single console player ever has the chance to show something new. That's just not fair what you are doing... Your not in early access anymore! And yes, I know that you're working on PC and Port to console then, but that's not an excuse anymore! 

    Greetings from a console players that's feeling left behind since early access days... 

    (BTW console ever getting new game mode servers like classic pvp? Season 2 for PC and not even season 1 on consoles?) 

    Don't want to sound rude, but, did you know it's not their choice that people try to make money off of streaming? Also, here's a better way to look at PC... they get timed exclusives. This is no different than map packs on CoD dropping earlier on one console than the other. Console streams know what they are dealing with already, and if they don't, well, shame on them for not paying attention.

    If you really want to make money in streaming, you should invest in a PC anyways. 

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    Everyone bitching cus we have to wait a little longer than pc for a free map while every other game charges for any extra content 😂 

    Spoilt little kids chill out and be  patient 😘

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    15 minutes ago, Valiant said:

    Everyone bitching cus we have to wait a little longer than pc for a free map while every other game charges for any extra content 😂 

    Spoilt little kids chill out and be  patient 😘

    That has nothing to do with either thing you're saying... This is people on consoles paying the same prize or even more but are left behind every single time! We never got any new game mode since small tribes though we are playing the exact same game! Console players get less for the same prize! What's fair about that? 

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    38 minutes ago, Willistor87 said:

    Don't want to sound rude, but, did you know it's not their choice that people try to make money off of streaming

    Yeah but it's the console players that are showing other games then because they aren't getting clicks for stuff that's been shown a month earlier. And that makes people move on to other games and skip on ark. Game play videos and streamers are one of the best advertise you can have. Just imagine pubg not having any streamers showing the game. It would have never grown so fast! 

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    There’s an official update coming to Valguero so the devs should wait to implement that before release to console, if not console players will then complain that PC gets to play with newer content despite complaining about not having the map out quick enough.

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    3 hours ago, Likeitis said:

    Totally irrelevant here... you get a FREE map, and still complain? Sometimes i don't get you guys. The dev team is prob working like crazy, and all you do is whining, how long before we get nothing anymore as reaction?

    One free to us but it makes them money, two I have the right to complain. WC puts console on the back burner and the more we speak up about issues like servers never coming out less often, maps coming out later, and the devs not enforcing TOS the more they’ll recognize us (hopefully).   

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    2 hours ago, Willistor87 said:

    Don't want to sound rude, but, did you know it's not their choice that people try to make money off of streaming? Also, here's a better way to look at PC... they get timed exclusives. This is no different than map packs on CoD dropping earlier on one console than the other. Console streams know what they are dealing with already, and if they don't, well, shame on them for not paying attention.

    If you really want to make money in streaming, you should invest in a PC anyways. 

            What you said about “it’s not their choice that people try to make money off streaming” is such BS because if there weren’t streamers streaming or Youtubers making videos ark would’ve died in early access. Where did you find out about ark?

            Not everyone has the money for a PC and that’s not their fault, most console players spent $60 on the game just like most PC players did. Also what you said about PC being early access, where is that said? WC never said that dlcs came out earlier on PC.    

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    6 hours ago, robbydeath said:

    You also work with external partners when adding ark to PC so don't use that as an excuse to send console everything so slowly.

    They do, but Steam doesn't have their own team scrutinise the update for bugs and breakages as Sony and Microsoft do - this is called certification and often takes about a week; if they find bugs, it then needs to be re-submitted and go through the process again. Steam doesn't care and allows developers to push updates and hotfixes pretty much on a whim, and will only step in if something extraordinary occurs as a result of a bug.

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    7 hours ago, Keve1992 said:

    And still console palyers have to wait 1 month longer at least every time

    And everytime we bring it up we get the same halfass answer we have been getting for years

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    ced good sir . as a legacy player . end of summer reductions ? please already just instead of hovering over us with a hammer waiting to see who flinches and leaves your game altogether . you do know we are dug in and entrenched never to leave unless just simply , forcefully , shown the exit door of ark . like ive said before ; just give everyone on legacy a month to relocate to the only remaining servers to be left for legacy and move on already. people want wipes and have an opinion but arnt legacy players lol. some officials are lower populated than legacy . start wiping them ? look . we are not stupid . we wanted to stay . we understand you are a business . either just pull the plug and loose us altogether or just come to a resolution that ends the constant bashing of official players and worry for us of will the game ive played everyday for years just come to an end . you say you want to introduce different game modes and styles of play , pve. pvp. 6man . small tribes .etc.  just let us have legacy mode and move on . this is getting old already. btw . have a nice day

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    1 hour ago, Jae12 said:

            What you said about “it’s not their choice that people try to make money off streaming” is such BS because if there weren’t streamers streaming or Youtubers making videos ark would’ve died in early access. Where did you find out about ark?

            Not everyone has the money for a PC and that’s not their fault, most console players spent $60 on the game just like most PC players did. Also what you said about PC being early access, where is that said? WC never said that dlcs came out earlier on PC.    

    Lol you have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about. Streamers do not bring much publicity to games because the majority of gamers don’t watch streamers. Also, most people who bought this game including console did so in early access while the game was less than half the price to what it is now.

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    1 hour ago, Cytokyne said:

    They do, but Steam doesn't have their own team scrutinise the update for bugs and breakages as Sony and Microsoft do - this is called certification and often takes about a week; if they find bugs, it then needs to be re-submitted and go through the process again. Steam doesn't care and allows developers to push updates and hotfixes pretty much on a whim, and will only step in if something extraordinary occurs as a result of a bug.

    Console certification has nothing to do with bugs and everything to do with security.

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    9 hours ago, tronguyman said:

    How to rebalance Ark again: Remove Manas. GG. 

    This. Or just nerf them. A laser death beam with insane range that also freezes you...

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    8 hours ago, Jae12 said:

    If you payed 6 bucks on a coffee and it came out 20 minutes late and it was cold would you be mad? 

    Yes but that's a terrible comparison and saying they should chain their employees to a desk is cruel. They have lives and families, treat people with respect.

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