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  • Community Crunch 227: Summer Bash and Summer Sale

    Summer Bash Is Live

    Break out your shades and catch some rays in the 2020 Summer Bash event. If you ever needed an excuse to celebrate summer and soak in some sun, we've got you covered.  From June 25th to July 14th the second Summer Bash event will be underway.  Spend your time relaxing by the beach in the new Hawaiian shirts or have a fight your tribe using the new water-gun skin. However you choose to spend your summer in ARK, Summer Bash is bound to cook up a lot of entertainment. 

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    Server Settings

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    Event Start

    • PC: 10AM PDT
    • XBOX & PS4: 1PM PDT

    Rate Boosts

    • 3X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
    • 4X Player XP
    • 4X Harvesting
    • 4X Taming

    New Emotes

    • Guitar Riff
    • Drum Solo
    • Head Banger

    New Skins

    • 4 new Hawaiian-style shirt Skins
    • 3 new Swimsuit Skins
    • BBQ-themed Grilling Spatula (Club Skin)
    • Frisbee Skin (Boomerang)
    • 1 Sunglasses Skin w/ customizable lenses
    • Super Soaker style Squirt Gun Skin (Flamethrower)

    New Chibi Pets

    • Manta
    • Ammonite
    • Cnidaria
    • Plesiosaur
    • Astrocetus

    Event-Colored Wild Creatures

    • Dino Dark Blue
    • Red
    • White
    • Dino Sky Blue
    • Dark Red
    • Blue
    • Light Grey
    • Cream
    • Cammo
    • Orange
    • MediumTeal
    • DarkBlue
    • LemonLime
    • Peach
    • Coral

    The event kicks off at 10AM PDT for PC and 1PM PDT for XBOX and PS4.

    UPDATE: We'll be rolling out an patch to greatly reduce the cost of prime jerky for Summer Bash items later this evening. In the meantime, start stocking up that jerky for your chibis and emotes!

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    Breeding Performance Improvements

    With the start of the 5th Anniversary event, we implemented some changes to the way our servers calculate growing baby dinos. By distributing these calculations we can recover some of the performance costs related to breeding calculations, which is quite cost-intensive.


    In more technical terms, we have done this by measuring the stress on a server with each tick and batching the actors to process their breeding calculations over the course of several ticks rather than all of them on every tick. For a server that is already in a stable state not much might be noticed, but for a server under intense stress players may notice that breeding calculations, and the initial start of mating may be a little delayed.


    The good news is that players should notice less performance issues during boosted breeding rates. Servers will always be put under extra strain during event rates, especially so in regards to breeding rates but we've sought to minimize that with these changes and we've noticed some positive improvements.


    If you are on a busy server and experiencing some delays, this is why and we're currently iterating on this so these response delays don't feel like as much of a disruption.

     


    Our Community Crunch Is Moving

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    We're moving the Community Crunch back to Friday's!  In addition to moving the Crunch back to Friday's we'll start to feature community content in the Community Crunch rather than its own separate day.  If you are creating or sharing ARK content, be sure to tag it with #playARK for a chance to be featured!


    ARK Summer Sale

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    Kick back enjoy a great start to your summer with the ARK Summer Sale.  For a limited time, ARK will be up to 80% off!

    ARK on Steam

    ARK on Epic Games Store

     


    EVO Event

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    While Summer Bash is active from June 25th to July 14th, there will be no special EVO event rates.

    Summer Bash Rates

    • 3X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
    • 4X Player XP
    • 4X Harvesting
    • 4X Taming

     


    Community Fan Art

    Crystal Griffin by @bluedragonark

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    Fire Reef by @ProjectTiamat

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    ActualBlack Megatherium by @TiiaAurora

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    Argentavis on Genesis by @PicturesofArk
     

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    Epic Viking Longhouse by @ThePilgrimz

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    Wyvern Drawing by @RunsWithPencil

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    See you next week!

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    Any chance we'll see the summer sale prices on console or is it strictly on PC?

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    Got an update recently for Ark on console, but the patch notes don't appear to be updated.  Guessing it's the PC ones without Crystal Isle changes?

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    Just now, mleii said:

    Got an update recently for Ark on console, but the patch notes don't appear to be updated.  Guessing it's the PC ones without Crystal Isle changes?

    It's the Summer Bash update.

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    Hey Survivors! Hope ya'll wearing suncream!

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    2 hours ago, Lilmill202 said:

    This game is a really big waste of time I spent the last two weeks playing only to be offline raided everyday. I eventually got to the point where I would take my blueprints an tames an put em in the ob. It’s the only way to keep anything you’ve worked hard to get. Well today I decided to leave em in the ob, farewell pigeot an sexy rexy. You can’t play this solo, you have to join a tribe but I did just that an got kicked after hours of watching someone else’s babies an taming stuff for them. Single player seems to just wipe itself after every update smh. I love this game but absolutely can’t stand it’s toxic player base an it’s unbalanced game. If you are literally starting today, read this comment an think to yourself is there any other way I could spend this time. The answer is yes, they say hell is repetition that would explain why I feel like I’m in hell when I play this game cause it’s literally me gathering stuff for another tribe only for them to collect it right after it says ballin LilMill has left the ark. 

    Lilmill

    I play single player or with my daughters on our own server. Playing PVP with a bunch of griefers is no fun. If you want to play with others on official. try the PVE ones. Those are not bad.

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    6 minutes ago, MihalaTxCw said:

    There's nothing on ps4 T.T

    PS4 should be out now, you may need to restart your console to see it.

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    These current sales are on Steam + EGS, however we frequently run ones on other platforms too. Just make sure you're following our social media/community hub as we often announce when they're active. They usually run when platforms are hosting their own specific events (for example, the Steam summer sale).

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    1 minute ago, Avaelia said:

    I still don't see the dowload/update on WIN10... just me? >_>

    They're waiting on Windows to release it.

     

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    3 hours ago, Lilmill202 said:

    This game is a really big waste of time I spent the last two weeks playing only to be offline raided everyday. I eventually got to the point where I would take my blueprints an tames an put em in the ob. It’s the only way to keep anything you’ve worked hard to get. Well today I decided to leave em in the ob, farewell pigeot an sexy rexy. You can’t play this solo, you have to join a tribe but I did just that an got kicked after hours of watching someone else’s babies an taming stuff for them. Single player seems to just wipe itself after every update smh. I love this game but absolutely can’t stand it’s toxic player base an it’s unbalanced game. If you are literally starting today, read this comment an think to yourself is there any other way I could spend this time. The answer is yes, they say hell is repetition that would explain why I feel like I’m in hell when I play this game cause it’s literally me gathering stuff for another tribe only for them to collect it right after it says ballin LilMill has left the ark. 

    We all went through it at one point, you have to hide and collect as much as you can and get a tribe mate or two. Once you can start wiping bases you'll have a better chance of joining a bigger tribe or recruiting some of your victims but always remember not to completely trust anyone.

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    why the update isn't ready on microsoft store???

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    No Deep pink colouring :( I really wish they had added that, I fell in love with that new Deep pink the day I saw it ❤️ WC please make my day and add it, Please ❤️ 

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    Do how do you get the clothing skins? And are they available on prim plus?

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    So are the updates moving to Fridays as well? They worked well on Tuesdays because most of the tweaks were done before the weekend when more people can get on longer. 

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    5 minutes ago, Cowgirl said:

    So are the updates moving to Fridays as well? They worked well on Tuesdays because most of the tweaks were done before the weekend when more people can get on longer. 

    No, just the community crunch.  Updates will still vary a bit

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    17 minutes ago, gkitti7 said:

    Do how do you get the clothing skins? And are they available on prim plus?

    These wont be available on P+ but you get the skins with prime jerky.

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    Im on ps4 and after my update I logged in and got killed and my character was set to normal with non of my customizations there. For me aka someone who mains this game for the pvp this is actually really annoying and will have a huge affect on how i play. so please can this get fixed as soon as possible.

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