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  • Community Crunch 218: New Free Map DLC, New Sponsored Mods, and On The Horizon

    Introducing Crystal Isles

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    We are very excited to announce that the one-of-a kind experience of the ISO: Crystal Isles map will be coming to PC, XBOX, and PlayStation this Summer!

    Crystal Isles is a stunning, other-worldly map filled with a vibrant display of teeming life scattered amidst its varied landscapes, awe inspiring floating islands and breathtaking biomes. Ever since Crystal Isles launched as a mod in 2016, its fantasy appeal has secured its place as one of the most popular maps within the ARK community and we can't wait to bring it to players as a fully supported free DLC.

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    The Crystal Isles DLC will also launch resplendent with a new real-world dinosaur to tame! What do you think the new dinosaur may be?


    In other news, we've been itching to share that we'll be performing a TLC Pass 3 in the Summer of 2020! This TLC pass will see some of our classic creatures get some new love via visual and functional upgrades.

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    As we move closer to the release of the new Crystal Isles DLC and our much-awaited TLC Pass 3 we'll share more details and information with our players.


     

    New Sponsored Mods

    Dead Survival

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    Tired of dinosaurs? Of course you aren’t, but sometimes we do want a little change in our diet. Dead Survival does just that, you can swap out the wildlife of the game with some … not… quite life? Zombies… I’m trying to say you can have zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. Hordes of them even.

    Check out the Dead Survival Mod

    Roleplay Additional Items

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    RP communities have been a long time aspect of ARK, but sometimes our core structures can feel a bit insubstantial when you are trying to build a set for acting in. Roleplay Additional Items can add a lot more flourish to your locations from lighting structures and gear, to new taxidermy stations!

    Check out the Roleplay Additional Items Mod

    ArkVenture Park

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    I’m pretty sure we have all dreamed of having our own backyard water slides and roller coasters. (Zen may have actually tried at one point, and failed… obviously) But now you can do just that in your base. Build that mine-cart roller-coaster that plows through your living room or a water-slide to the lava pools out back!

    Check out the ArkVenture Park Mod

    Castles, Keeps, and Forts: Remastered

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    CKF development went dormant for a little while while the author went on a break. But it’s back, and getting a face-lift. The author is taking what they learned over the years and working on a remastered CKF (The original is still available). So far it’s looking great!

    Check out the Castles, Keeps, and Forts Mod

     


     

    On The Horizon

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    Primitive+

    Primitive+ remains a priority.  We have engineering teams working on the complications from the Genesis update.  We will keep you informed with any significant progress

    Genesis Part I Update

    We're continuing to work on Genesis bugs and balance and we plan to keep up with the rapid iterations. Thank you for your reports and feedback.

     


     

    EVO Event

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    There will be no EVO event this upcoming weekend.

    Until next time!

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    11 hours ago, NickOnzo said:

    Crystal Isles = A woman made this map. Last time I played it, I was getting 15 fps because she just spammed the map with pretty colored tree's. Maybe it's just me, but, huge bummer for video gaming this year so far. Basically going to play until my Nitrado servers expire and that's about it for me I think. 

    HOPEFULLY, New World, will be something that will entertain me, if not, may be giving the gaming a break and just focus on saving money for a bit.

    HOPEFULLY, you stay in your Nitrado server and don’t come out to the community.

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    I have heard about this AND I LOVE IT! 

    YAY I can't wait to play this DLC this summer. 

    Thanks a lot :DDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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    Awesome stuff on the horizon Ced, but no Evo this weekend... Shame on you! Ty for everything else though. 

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    I dont think so. If Genesis was delayed so many times, they will be delayed for this new map, because they will be more focus in patch a lot Genesis. They only wanna have the old players get still loving the game Ark, despite they constantly screw all. What Im saying?? I am wrong?? Nope. Not at all. Let me explain it: I started playin Ark in our actual map that we called it home, because we have a lot of it in there, not in the other maps. We get a terrible issue in that map, no... dont is only lag, is been shut down every 3 hours in Love evolved event... and not happy with it, we coulndt get our dinos uncryoed to breed and raise them because we have every dam time "Server capacity dino tamed FULL", because our server is so popular that everyone wanna come to here. Then. we started to make every character needed for every map for doesnt get our character lost in the "Ark Abyss" like a lot of people have them lost... we doesnt wanna wait like a month to get it recovered and without all the level and stuff that it was, like i hear from others. We have a "strange" bug in Valguero... Someone was dead in our base, outside (in a free to leave space) and our parasaur doesnt end to lets know that despite there is no body, even underground, i checked using button K. Server save is every 15 mins, so u cant use a managarmr during a server save because you get kick out of the game, completly. I played this game since 2018 and in that year was so nice so peacefull... now i cant even walk that its lag on the way. I cant even go to tame something because maybe it will shut down and lose my taming process, or lose my dino that i was taming... In servers we all know the common say that its: "YOU GET ARKED".

     

    So, Genesis is our doom for those that doesnt buy it and we must to still download 27GB from something that we doesnt gonna use. But I know that if we wanna have some dinos from Genesis without buying it, buy why we should have 27GB?? Why dont only the amount of GB from only the dinos... its MArketing here!! We have already know that, u have 27 GB that dont be used until you buy Genesis... BRAVO!! I saw all the players in youtube about Genesis... it still doesnt like the way you must to play... It seems that is mostly like called Ark 2. Start with another new way to play, with HLNA helping new survivors in new worlds... it must be Ark 2.-

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    Real life Dino added huh? I think we're overdue for another sauropod. We've only got the Diplo, Bronto, and Titan. I'm hoping something like the Brachio (maybe not as OP as the Ark Additions version). My reasoning behind this is that we have a lot of fliers, a lot of theropods, and Herbivores. If not a Sauropod, I'm hoping for a Hadrosaur like the Lambeosaurus, or the Corythosaurus. For TLC I'd like to see the Carno, Mammoth, Dilo (make it bigger like actual dilo fossils), Dimorphs, Sabercat, Quetz, Meg, Plesio, Onyc, Araneo, Terror Bird, Pulmonscorpius, or Titanoboa be revamped. I feel like these species are underrated or not used as much anymore. The Quetz, Sabertooth, and Meg are used, but I feel like they could use it more.

    Also, I REALLY love creature mods, like ARK Additions or Additional creatures. If they were a bit more balanced, I'd love to play with them in PvP. I love coming up with new dino ideas, but I have no experience in modding. I love writing though. Ark Additions, would be amazing in Vanilla Ark. If Additional Creatures were polished up a bit more, some given unique abilities, and some of them nerfed, they'd be great creature mods too. I'm actually surprised they're not sponsored anymore.

    TLC ideas:

    Carno - The unofficial TLC was pretty cool

    Mammoth - Make it tankier, give it a charge, scoop ability? Allow players to ride on its tusks, maybe a small platform saddle? 

    Dilo - Make it bigger, give it a fear roar for smaller creatures, faster spit or chain spit like Broodmother

    Sabertooth cat - Sprint and tackle like big cats do in real life, chameleon effect to blend in surroundings like a stealth mode, climb small cliffs to get over terrain like big cats, pin ability.

    Quetz - slightly faster, area of effect screech that causes tames to flinch, keen eye to see through brush or tree tops, spearing attack with its massive beak.

    Dimorphodons - Flocking behavior like the bug swarms, pack bonus, ability to land on trees and cliffsides.

    Meg- Possibly make slightly larger, give feeding frenzy effect, predator sense similar to Direwolves

    Plesio - Possibly bury in under water sand for hiding from pursuers, give ability to go out of water but extremely slow.

    Onyc - Nighttime buff, hang upside down as a landing area so they're not constantly flying, Echolocation detection similar to Parasaur only it allows nearby people to see structures/tames/survivors through walls for a short period of time)

    Araneo - Ability to climb similar to a spider, ability to make obstacles like Plant Y mines only in web form or make "walls" of webbing.

    Terror Bird - Stomp ability similar to how Ostriches or Secretary birds stomp prey or attackers, headbutt, or gliding tackle to knock down survivors or pelt dinos (but may cause the terror bird to be stunned if it is countered)

    Pulmonscorpius - Give it a grab ability for smaller creatures/survivors with its pincers to allow stinging. Also it can be hit back before to many stings to cause it to let go. Has the ability to burrow to ambush prey with its stinger or claws. 

    Titanoboa - Can enter turret mode which it curls up and strikes, or hangs from trees. Have it have a constricting effect but always with a 90% chance of a free limb to attack back. Ability to slither on cave walls or objects and wait for ambush.

    Bonus: Ever seen Jurrasic World? I'd love to see a Mosa jumping out the water at low flying creatures or smaller prey.

    If I could give the two Hadrosaurs a Dossier, it'd be:

    Corythosaurus –

    Wild: If ever there was a loud dinosaur that could be heard across a distance, it is the Corythosaurus. They are known for their singing and different calls which can be handy for directing other members of their herd to do something or to warn of a nearby predator.

    When flocking, they have intense vocal patterns to direct other dinosaurs, which in a herd can cause a stampeding effect. They can also mimic sounds of dinosaurs like carnivores to deter smaller ones from attacking or staying away. Unfortunately, this is a double edged sword as it can also attract bigger or rival carnivores.

    Domesticated: A tamed Cory can be invaluable. One of these can scare away wild dinosaurs away from a location, depending on their mimicked vocal patterns. Well placed Cory’s can be employed for several different tactics ranging from taming, hunting, or redirection. They can rally nearby allied dinosaurs to their location to defend an area or pave a way for escape. I’ve heard “choirs” of Cory’s sing amazing melodies in villages often just as entertainment.

     

    Lambeosaurus –

    Wild: Lambeo’s are well known for being extremely difficult to hunt or tame. It is difficult to track them, and even harder to kill them. A lone Lambeo is difficult, but one found in a herd of other Hadrosaurs, makes them near impossible to do anything about. Because of their special diet, taming them by Knock out is impossible. Their abilities require their diet to include Narcoberries and Stimberries, which is basically their fuel.

    Their abilities are extremely unique for a dinosaur. For one, they can mask their scent from most predators. Second their defense mechanism of producing a large amount of smoke to cover their escape is known. Some can even emit a gas that can cause drowsiness, making their pursuer sluggish and in rare cases induce sleep. Any Hadrosaur caught up in this sleeping gas, will be immune. When in a herd, this effect can create extremely dense fog.

    Domesticated: Lambeo’s are living smoke and gas grenades. I’ve seen tribes using Lambeo’s during raids to provide smoke cover. Tamed Lambeo’s can be taught to control just how much gas or smoke they emit, and require a large amount of Narcoberries or Stimberries. Taming them effectively, requires gaining their trust through “playing” with them, or by feeding them Narcotics or Energy Brew. Their abilities are excellent for base defense as well being able camouflage their owners and building in smoke for sneak attacks. It seems that those who manage to tame a Lambeo, learn to be able to somewhat see through Lambeo smoke, however, they are just as vulnerable to their sleeping gas as anything else.

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    I have never played "Crystal Isles" so I can't wait for it's release. What ever Dinos gets TLC i hope they have fun and interesting colored patterns.

     

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    Not a single word about all the issues on PS4. 

    Fix the hexagon shop prices, atleast make it the same prices as the PC hexagon shop. 

    Downgrade the raptor out of everything so we can enjoy  riding the bloodstalker with more than 5 fps. (Not even mentionning races mission, this wasn't tested before release, clearly.) 

    Fix your damn game before releasing new content. 

    Why did you even released it on PS4 then put different prices in the hexagon shop ? It can't be a bug, I don't see why they are codded differently, you should be ashamed of yourself, WC. 

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    For TLC Pass 3, some of the potential creatures that comes in mind such as :

    Bronto:
    New model is more than needed. At bare minimum, their health and weight needs to be drastically improved to be on par with other creatures that can carry more. (Basilisks, gasbags, quetzs, etc.) Adding an AOE stomping ability would be great. 10-15 secs stun + mild damage.

    Carno:
    Still a good cave dweller, but just about useless nowadays for anything else. A weaker charge ability like the rhino with a touch of bleed effect would be nasty. FFS, no rubber forearms!

    Megalodon:
    Looks like a shark but the real thing was easily twice the size of what we got in game. Megalodons were the apex predators of the ocean during their era, period. That being said, I'd love to see a bitting ability like the megalosaurus where you can hold on to something and shake its head until limbs of the victim detach. Alternatively, a way to jump out of the water from below like actual great whites would be insane.

    Pulmonoscorpius:
    Model still looks great but the hitbox NEEDS to be fixed. Getting stuck in scorps has been a thing since day 1 of EA and it's never been adressed. Their stinger attack should be as potent as basilisk bite. If they grow in size, their pincers could use the same grabing logic as the ptera for small creatures.

    Araneo:
    The model never looked good in my opinion. It needs to look like an actual spider and be able to climb walls + ceillings at bare minimum. Its webbing ability could be changed into an alternative version of Y-Plant traps.

    Mammoth:
    Also a creature in dire need of a remodel. I'm ok with their current stats as they are as well as their utility for wood/berries. I would however add an insulation value while being ridden, like the basilo, considering the amount of fur on these things. Please, no more yellow spot in the b-hole location...

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    Crystal Isles:
    Hosted the map on one of my server for a while and played it. 3-4 months ago, I'd say the map was about 50-60% completed back then. A LOT of overspawning issues with some of the creatures needs fixing.

    Some areas also needs attention such as the volcano where you can casually walk around and instantly die to lava damage because the zone volume is not optimized. Others will simply crash your game because they are overfilled with static meshes.

    Crystal wyverns can't be implemented unless seriously reworked. WAY too fast for any PvP related activities and very very easy to tame.

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    1 hour ago, SapphireSam7 said:

    I love the idea of the Crystal Isle map. I do not watch a lot of map videos, but I have watched some for this one and it looks pretty amazing. Plus, I wasn't a fan of the Genesis map with the separated biomes, the unbuildable zones, and the harshness of the biomes. The biomes are fun, but I kinda miss transition zones between them. 

    And I like the idea of some new creatures (even if this is for only one). My interests in breeding has died down since the creatures I normally breed weren't included in the X-creature list. Which would have given me an incentive to re-breed my lines. Some of the new ones are cool, but they don't excite me as much as I had hoped. 

    And while it is fun to look through the mods, as a console player I know the chances of being able to use them is minimal. Everytime a modder posts a mod with new items to build with, as a builder it is both exciting and saddening. I love the idea of using them, but know we probably won't be able to. I mean really, we have gotten some random building items with Aberration (cliff platforms), Extinction (tek bridge), and Genesis (water platforms) - but we haven't received a true building tier of items since Scorched Earth (adobe). 

    So I am going to try and keep the exciting for Crystal Isle alive until it arrives - but for the rest.... Not as exciting for how I play - though I know that may be just for me. I am sure there are others out there that are ecstatic for the other items posted.  

    we also got homestead some of the s+ items.  No all but some.. 

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    8 hours ago, Namuh101 said:

    How about fix what you have i.e. Primitive Plus before you roll out more stuff. 

    They are working on it

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    13 minutes ago, SnowboundGem said:

    we also got homestead some of the s+ items.  No all but some.. 

    Those are again though, just a few items for building tiers that already existed. And like you said, we only got some of the S+ items, a watered down version of the mod essentially. 

    What I am referring too are not individual items or a few additional pieces for existing building tiers, but entire tiers. Such as the lumber, cement, or brick from Primitive plus. A set of structures crafted by using new materials to give us a new look. 

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    Deinosuchus would be an awesome addition as a real world dinosaur, it would be a new croc that should be almost Rex sized and it could shake up the Meta a little bit

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    Era ora finalmente un dinosauro VERO! Per il TLC3 fate il giganotosauro grande come il rex !  Cosi grande non si può proprio vedere ,grazie 

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    Definitely looking forward to the new map and all the trimmings. I would love to see the crystal wyverns become official. Honestly, I would prefer them to another real world dino, but I would happily take them both.

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    All these updates for XBOX, PC, PS4.But yet WildCard doesnt say anything about switch or mobile. I think switch should be able to play with other maps instead of just The Island. At least give us Scorched Earth. Or give us Switch players a heads up like hey we aren't doing any updates for Switch. But no nothing. I dont see the point of releasing Ark on the Switch if they are just gonna abandon it. Great job Wild Card. Great job. 😤

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    So let me understand this correctly, Genesis has just been released and although the people who can play it say it’s amazing, there are still people who are unable to play it. AND instead of making fixing these problems you’re number one priority for the people who paid Genesis with their hard earned money, you the Ark creaters are just going to move onto the next big project that makes you more money. I want my money back that I wasted on the season pass for Genesis if your not going even going to make a real effort to fix the problems that people are continually complaining about.

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    12 hours ago, GP said:

    What does that have to do with anything?

    All that shows is the type of person you are.

    Absolutely agreed. It was childish and inappropriate to include that especially when it was not required to get the point across. It is also important to note this map is not being developed by just a single person, but rather a full team. 
    Alas this is my personal opinion. I could talk all day attempting to change your opinion but I don't care about what you think, rather that your comment was rude and has no place in this comment section.

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    2 minutes ago, DramaQueen56 said:

    So let me understand this correctly, Genesis has just been released and although the people who can play it say it’s amazing, there are still people who are unable to play it. AND instead of making fixing these problems you’re number priority for the people who paid Genesis with their hard earned money, you the Ark creaters are just going to move onto the next big project that makes you more money. I want my money back that I wasted on the season pass for Genesis if your not going even going to make a real effort to fix the problems that people are continually complaining about.

    Now, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that just because they announced a new map doesn't mean they've stopped all work on Genesis. I'm sure WC is working to fix these issues but they just don't really have any news to share. I myself am patiently awaiting a client update for my Win10 servers so I can get the bug fixes and balancing changes Steam currently has. I strongly believe that just because they announced this they have not stopped working on the issues personal to me and you. Although this is just my opinion.

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    1 minute ago, DramaQueen56 said:

    So let me understand this correctly, Genesis has just been released and although the people who can play it say it’s amazing, there are still people who are unable to play it. AND instead of making fixing these problems you’re number priority for the people who paid Genesis with their hard earned money, you the Ark creaters are just going to move onto the next big project that makes you more money. I want my money back that I wasted on the season pass for Genesis if your not going even going to make a real effort to fix the problems that people are continually complaining about.

    You are heard, my man. Listen they are laughing all the way to the bank with our cash. They are literally insulting their player base. For years, since early access we have had bugs and glitches. Instead of fixing most of these problems they sell a map where it is actually filled with tons and tons of bugs, and you have to search for glitches. Then the map is unable to be beaten by single players because you HAVE to finish all missions, including the multiplayer ones. On top of calling us stupid they think we are to dumb to see the insult. 

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    2 minutes ago, Greatchawhee said:

    You are heard, my man. Listen they are laughing all the way to the bank with our cash. They are literally insulting their player base. For years, since early access we have had bugs and glitches. Instead of fixing most of these problems they sell a map where it is actually filled with tons and tons of bugs, and you have to search for glitches. Then the map is unable to be beaten by single players because you HAVE to finish all missions, including the multiplayer ones. On top of calling us stupid they think we are to dumb to see the insult. 

    My only grudge with missions is that most race ones on PC are outright impossible to do in alpha, let alone the hunt missions...

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    9 minutes ago, UNKNOWN8 said:

    All these updates for XBOX, PC, PS4.But yet WildCard doesnt say anything about switch or mobile.

    Wildcard don't develop the Mobile version, so they'd have nothing to say about that. That's developed by WarDrum.

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    13 hours ago, BIGGUNZ said:

    NO EVO EVENT? Are we a joke to you WC?    
      I had to work during the special event because you made it midweek and now on my days off when i can finally play it's going to be 1x...   Gee thanks a lot.   Not really a reward when it's being taken from somewhere else...

    It's unusual for events to be on the new maps in the first place. It's usually a few months before a new map gets 2x.  Also it was Saturday night/Sunday morning when they turned the 3x on, not mid week.

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