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    Community Crunch 223: Genesis Transfers, Fixes and On The Horizon

     

    Greetings Survivors!

    In this edition of the Community Crunch, we’ll cover the details of opening Genesis Transfers on our Official Networks, the Dupe Protection System, Meshing detection, Third-party software, hardware upgrades for our servers, player dedicated servers for console, Mac, Linux, and we’ll touch on what we’ve been working on recently along with an overview of our focuses over the coming weeks.

    Before we dive into that, we’ll take a brief pause to acknowledge these unprecedented times for all of us - our team, our players, our families, and yours - things are tough right now and we could all use some support and camaraderie. Now, more than ever, activities like gaming allow us to stay connected and engaged with our community, particularly for those of us practicing social distancing, often in isolation. As a small gesture of appreciation for our extended ARK family, we will be continuing to run 2x rates for the foreseeable future. As we continue navigating our way through these extraordinary and challenging times together, our heartfelt thoughts are with all of you. Stay safe Survivors!

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    Genesis & New Official Servers Transfers 

    We’ll be opening full transfer of items and dinos into Genesis on May 15th, 2020 with two notes. The first note is that Extinction Titans will be restricted from transferring and the second is that Managarmr will be marked as unrideable. In the case of the latter, this decision was made in relation to their close-to-flyer status and their ability to dash through certain missions. We have opted to allow Gigas as they serve as a counter to tanking dinos, and Rockdrakes, as they bring some utility whilst being less mobile than Manas.

     

    New Server Transfers

    These were the latest servers added in tandem with our free weekend. Similarly to Genesis One servers, on May the 15th, they’ll also have their transfers enabled:

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    Server Upgrades

    We’ve also been recently working on upgrading the last of our servers to new hardware. A lot has already taken place across all platforms, these were our most recent that took place over the last week:

    PC
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    LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer262 (on Nitrado)
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    LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer263 (on Nitrado)
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    LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer265 (on Nitrado)
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    Mac & Linux

    Late last week we were able to push out fixes for both the Mac and Linux versions of the game, which should allow those clients to play on the latest servers, with all the latest content. We appreciate your patience and will be working on improving our pipeline to get these out to you in a quicker and more stable state.

     

    Player Dedicated Servers


    We’re still in the process of iterating on getting Player Dedicated Genesis Servers working on the standard Xbox, PS4 and PS4 Pro. The reason it’s taking longer than expected is due to the fact that Genesis introduced a lot of new underlying systems to ARK, primarily related to the Mission System. This led to an increase in how much memory is required to host a Genesis server. Currently, our engineers are working on optimizing the server so that they’re less intensive on memory usage to see if we can get them under the necessary threshold to allow the other consoles to host them too. It’s on an ongoing process and we’ll keep you updated as we get further along.


    Live Game

    Over the past couple of months, we’ve shifted our primary focus for our regular patches between balance/quality of life and bugs/exploits. The past few weeks have been primarily dedicated to bugs and exploits in this regard. We’ve also been working on various crash fixes. We plan to pivot back to further balance and QoL improvements soon, including a pass on breeding to improve player’s experience and further tweaks to mission rewards and crates on Genesis.

     

    Anti-Cheat & Exploit Measures

    The last time we spoke about our efforts to combat cheaters, we unveiled our work on our Anti-Meshing systems which focused on detection and prevention. After rolling out the system entirely, we saw a 90% reduction in overall meshing cases across the board. Since then, we've continued the fight against the various ways that underhanded survivors try to cheat on the ARK, and we'd like to give you an update on that fight.

     

    Meshing

    Our Anti-meshing Detection System is proving effective and we’re continuing to see a vast decline in incidents. Like all exploits/cheats, this is an ongoing battle and here's our latest progress:

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    As you can see the battle against meshers is not over, but cases remain low and will continue to decrease over time. Some of the additional changes we've been working on have included:

    • Improvements to the Anti Meshing detection system. This has involved being able to detect meshing in new areas of the map, as well as eliminating false positives and refining the system where edge cases could slip through. 
    • Level Design changes across all maps which focused on filling in holes and ensuring that collision has been set correctly to prevent players from entering unintended playable areas of the map
    • Tackling mesh-methods head on to prevent players from being able to get into the mesh in the first place
    • Initial rollout of the Anti Mesh Biting solution on all platforms, to prevent creatures from attacking through the mesh. Still early days so far, but a lot of the primary methods of mesh biting have been eliminated and we’ll be continuing to monitor for new methods and reports to squash them too!

    We really appreciate and want to thank the ARK community for the reports and support, as the information provided helped us to improve the system overall. Keep it coming guys! ❤️

     

    Duping

    Similarly to meshing, this has been another hot topic that has plagued the game. In one of our most recent updates, we were able to release a system to identify duped items (in some cases retroactively), as well as prevent many instances of duping from occurring in the first place. It's still early days, but so far the results have been outstanding, as we're sure some of you have seen. The system is still being monitored by our team and we'll continue to iterate on improvements where possible whilst having our enforcement team dish out harsher punishments. 

     

    Exploits & Bugs

    Fixing bugs and exploits has been the main focus of our most recent patches. We’d intended to push out some patches focusing on balance but they were put on hold whilst we address what we consider to be more pressing issues.

    Examples exploits we’ve fixed recently include: 

    • Fixed an exploit with the Rock Drake
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed mission creatures to be used in unintended ways
    • Fixed an exploit which allowed certain creatures to attack structures through walls
    • Additional server-side protection against exploits
    • Fixed an exploit with turrets and ziplines
    • Fixed an exploit with meshing and the cruise missile
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed you to get under the map.
    • Fixed a mounting exploit with Magamasaur

    And there’s definitely more if you go through the rest of the patch notes, as well as a whole host of bug fixes!

    We know that the patch notes regarding exploits aren’t super detailed. We typically just reference the object surrounding the exploit and that is because we prefer to hold these cards close to our chest, especially to prevent these methods from being exploited on unpatched Unofficial servers.

     

    Player Reports

    We recognize that some of the auto-responses on tickets could be worded in a more precise manner so as to mitigate confusion and we’ll be working with our GM’s to update them. Something we’d like to clarify is that an auto-response with the ticket being closed does not denote that the case isn’t being investigated. It means one of the following: 

    • Enforcement action has taken place
    • An investigation is ongoing
    • No further information from the reporter is required. 

    Our enforcement team (GM’s) does not disclose the outcome of player reports for player privacy reasons but rest assured that if a reported player or tribe is found in violation of the Code of Conduct, the enforcement team will be taking the necessary action against them.

    For those wanting to report a player for breaking the Code of Conduct on an Official Server, it can be done so here.

     

    Third-Party Software (Aimbot/ESP etc)

    Over the past few months, we’ve seen a spike in our CCUs across the platforms, which usually leads to a spike in cheaters too. In particular, on PC and Crossplay servers, we’ve witnessed a rise in aimbot reports and the team has been working hard with our partners to combat the use of third party software. 

    For some additional insight into the cycle of fighting against aimbots, this is usually what happens: We notice an increase in the number of aimbot reports, we work with our anti-cheat partners to identify and detect the new software and once that has been done, we’ll issue a ban wave and punish cheaters accordingly. Following this, we’ll see a slight dip in the frequency of aimbot reports on our Official Networks, until either new software is released or older software has been updated, and then we repeat the process again of identification, detection, and punishment. This cycle can be as long as a few weeks, or as short as a few days. It’s a constant cat and mouse and our team is working diligently with BattlEye in order to detect new third party software and keep our officials as safe from cheaters as possible. In addition to that, we have also ramped up our enforcement measures, including, not only player bans but full wipes of tribes associated.

    In regards to Crossplay specifically, we’ve recently implemented and improved our systems & heuristics to identify those using malicious third party software and it is proving effective. Over the past week, our enforcement team has wiped multiple tribes and banned a large number of players on our Crossplay servers with more to come very soon. We’ll continue to enforce hard against these cheaters.
     


    Eggcellent Painting Contest

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    As a reminder, the Eggcellent Painting contest is ongoing.  There will be two competitions with a prize for the winner of $100!

    • In-Game Painting
    • Real-life Egg Painting

    The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg. You'll have the month of April to enter, with April 30th being the final day to enter. Submit your images in the comments below, and we look forward to seeing your creativity!

    Click here for more details and enter your painting for a chance to win


    On The Horizon

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    Along with continuing to squash bugs, improve performance, and address any exploits that may arise, we will be working on planned balance and QoL for the Live Game. Some of the team are busy working on the upcoming Crystal Isles map and a unique new creature. We’re excited to release Crystal Isles on our Official Networks in the not too distant future!


    ARK is On Sale on PS4!

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    Grab a copy of ARK for PS4 on the Playstation Store

    Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off)

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    Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK?  Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs.

    Go grab your copy now!


    EVO Event

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    As mentioned above, we've enabled 2x XP, taming, breeding, and harvest. We'll continue to run these rates for the time being as a gesture towards our community as we all deal with the isolation and stress during these tough times.

    That’s about it for this Community Crunch. Stay safe and take care!

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    disappointed that gigas are allowed into genesis. Going to make missions easy now .worked hard  on missions  to get bps etc but it doesn't matter now we can transfer bps etc  over so what's point in doing missions over and over .

    I love genesis map and the whole difference from other maps having to start new breed lines etc  water tames new lines but  now  gigas and other dinos transfers   doesn't make it as fun now. don't see point in breeding new things.

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    I would like to know if I'm the only one having trouble with several of the missions in Genesis. Namely, the Hunt missions. I start the mission, but no footprints show up. Not a single one. But it says that there was a "last seen footprint." I don't know whether it is bugged, or if I'm doing something wrong. Anyhow, if someone could Aid me in figuring this out, it would be most appreciated.

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    I would like to know if I'm the only one having trouble with several of the missions in Genesis. Namely, the Hunt missions. I start the mission, but no footprints show up. Not a single one. But it says that there was a "last seen footprint." I don't know whether it is bugged, or if I'm doing something wrong. Anyhow, if someone could Sid me in figuring this out, it would be most appreciated.

     

    Edit: Nevermind. I figured out what was wrong. It works now. :)

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    13 hours ago, mogrot said:

    I have never seen such a letdown from a gamers perspective in my 10.3k hours of ark.

    All other DLCs were eventually opened to transfer, it was inevitable.

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    3 hours ago, Kelsiebug said:

    To those who are BITCHING ABOUT GIGAS dude NOBODY FORCING YOU TO USE YOURS!!! Saying "bye to the challenge"? Unless you use a giga there's still a challenge for YOU like seriously stop 😹 just dont play the missions with people using gigas THAT FREAKING SIMPLE!

    Agreed.

     

    It's as if someone else's gameplay choices matter. It's a sandbox. Play your way.

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    14 hours ago, mogrot said:

    @Dollie to be fair i really hate to read this open transfers. This never should have happened. Not only you will make the missions a faceroll, also the whole experience of Genesis is gone... I have never seen such a letdown from a gamers perspective in my 10.3k hours of ark. I really think you should reconcider this enabling of transfers, at least for dinos. I would just let it be able to transfer X-dinos or Genesis-specific dinos, but never allow to get any dino in this map. All the people who did the effort to get 168 missions must have had fun, but also feel stupid now. Genesis will become a face roll map. 

    There is so much more that people can experience, but you take it all out. Now we will not only have laggy servers, where missions are less possible to do, but we also have gigas, rock drakes,... Might aswell let tek suits enabled... flyers enabled etc. It doesn't really matter to be honest... A dark day for the ark community 

    People that did all missions knew before hand the transfers would open why do you feel your efforts are invalidated now it's strange ngl

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    31 minutes ago, Dodofeast said:

    People that did all missions knew before hand the transfers would open why do you feel your efforts are invalidated now it's strange ngl

    Agreed. Nothing is being taken away, it's a sandbox box. Players can choose how they play. 

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    16 hours ago, Sharksaur said:

    Should've left giga's out of the transfer, they'll just take out all the fun in doing the missions. 

    Why? You don't need to use it if you don't want.

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    NICE! this is probably the best community crunch in a number of weeks!  We have been having a helluva time on crossplay servers center, scorched earth and the island.  I’m definitely excited to see what is in store for the quality of life.  The base game itself is a ton of fun, especially when it’s running smoothly and as designed.  This is awesome guys keep up the good work! This is what most of the community has been wanting!  Keep us updated, would love to see some awesome QOL implements and how about some fixing of mistakes made in regards to nerfs?  Since the cheating enforcement is fully underway and doing it’s job, can we get transfer timers removed in pve?  Please?  Especially since they were instituted to deter cheating and failed miserably.  Repeal of flyer nerf on pve? Maybe?  Thanks for the good work guys, keep the communication coming!

     

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    Why the raptor would you guys allow gigas and poop to be transferred to gen? For real think about the people who just bought gen to explore your game and you raptor them with server transfers. Gen should be restricted pole

    abb you dumb ass raptors 

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    Would love to see long overdue updates to the No Tek Cross Ark servers. We are missing all maps after abberation.....

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    17 minutes ago, Zarn said:

    Would love to see long overdue updates to the No Tek Cross Ark servers. We are missing all maps after abberation.....

    Aberration and beyond is basically all tek.

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    Roger that , in the past we still recived content just no access to tek tier . Valguero was a head scratcher as to why we did not get it. Same with the Center.  I get extinction and genesis but still think we could get the maps just no Tek options . Wildcard also never communicates that the No Tek servers are being passed over . After Genisis I wont be purchasing further expansions until they launch and we know if our server cluster is being supported. At this point I'd be happy if they let us migrate off to other officials. 

     

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    If you guys started a stream or something on the webpage with a donation goal to change hosting servers for a better game experience, I would be down to donate.

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    Will you guys also be fixing the bug on xbox where you cant feed or use the climbing properly on the Ferox for the host of non dedicated servers only? I cant even enjoy riding feroxes with my friends because I cant go where they can and I'm stuck asking them to feed it before he turns back into a small version. 

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    51 minutes ago, Zarn said:

    Roger that , in the past we still recived content just no access to tek tier . Valguero was a head scratcher as to why we did not get it. Same with the Center.  I get extinction and genesis but still think we could get the maps just no Tek options . Wildcard also never communicates that the No Tek servers are being passed over . After Genisis I wont be purchasing further expansions until they launch and we know if our server cluster is being supported. At this point I'd be happy if they let us migrate off to other officials. 

     

    I think it's more that you're lucky they haven't been closed.

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    love the transfers cant wait to try out some new stuff on genesis 

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    5 hours ago, JadeValstrax910 said:

    I would like to know if I'm the only one having trouble with several of the missions in Genesis. Namely, the Hunt missions. I start the mission, but no footprints show up. Not a single one. But it says that there was a "last seen footprint." I don't know whether it is bugged, or if I'm doing something wrong. Anyhow, if someone could Aid me in figuring this out, it would be most appreciated.

    yea ive had this happen to me to where the other people in my group could see them. maybe mess with your gamma or try it at night. 

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    9 hours ago, Kelsiebug said:

    To those who are BITCHING ABOUT GIGAS dude NOBODY FORCING YOU TO USE YOURS!!! Saying "bye to the challenge"? Unless you use a giga there's still a challenge for YOU like seriously stop 😹 just dont play the missions with people using gigas THAT FREAKING SIMPLE!

    completely agree. there will still be a degree of difficultly to the alpha missions. they are not a walk in the park. this will help the ones that want to unlock the skift and not have to relay on paying another tribe to hit the button for us.

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    I Lost my avatar in a lag sever official 1019 PS4 I reported user with dup all day and raised ping to 255 and nothing happened . Now I cannot download my avatar and only shows option to create new avatar thx WC for loses my imprint and my time. 

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    I Lost my avatar in a lag sever official 1019 PS4 I reported user with dup all day and raised ping to 255 and nothing happened . Now I cannot download my avatar and only shows option to create new avatar thx WC for loses my imprint and my time. 

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