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    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!

    Studio Wildcard 


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    Wildcard you did it again, game has a lot of lag in console, I’ve lost animals cause of that and trust me is not my internet, you really need to upgrade the servers in console, also game keeps crashing (at least to me) and 50 prime jerky for a random chibi 😑 come on (my wyvern is in another server and I can’t go to that server, it’s going to die if I don’t go, you better fix it fast wildcard).

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    PLEEEAAASEEE get the update up for Game Pass on PC. My friend and I play, me on PC and him on Xbox. I can play, but my game hasn't updated, so he can't join me, because his game updated and we have different versions now

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    Well well i believe thats the first time i've seen this company make progress on improvements. You actually figured out how to lessen the lag spikes on (especially PVE) servers? Even noted what mighta been the cause. Ashame this new event is causing server disconnects to an extreme degree right now so of course theres the usual downside. Wouldn't be Wildcard without breaking something. So hopefully you tighten the servers up soon so people can stay logged in.

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    to bad this update broke Microsoft windows 10 version for xbox u cant even see any servers on unofficial pc sessions lol

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    I didn’t get to see the colors yet. I crashed 4 times. Saw there was a rollback coming and got off. 

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    lol ppl on my cluster said the same thing they r on xbox sadly I cant even play on my own servers due to this update being screwed up cnt even find a server at all on unofficial so just be glad u are playing I guess

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    I’m not playing. It is useless rn. Hope it comes up soon. Ppl are still playing on the cross play servers. They are going to be pissed when they find out they are wasting their time. Lol

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    Thanks for fixing color regions on the Torpeognathus! 
     

    Dashboards me out of game about every 3 to 5 min.

     

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    So my friend and I play together but I have a version of ark that isn't updated and He does.

    He got the update earlier(on xbox) but I a PC player who only got a Abberation update can't get into the game. It's saying I can't see any of the Official Servers. When I try to jump into his game I can't because I do not have an updated version of the game.....come on Wildcard. I would like to play some of the event and not sit for hours waiting for an update

    I understand your busy but you have fans that want to play your game.

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    half my cluster cnt get on either on pc deathcreatureangel and even xbox crashes every 10 mins and they could care less or they would have atleast said something by now 

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    Anyone else able to get in and updated the game but still have the server deployment thing up?

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    Just fyi  that I'd like a small warning on screen-a few minutes before you do updates for events please! I was in middle of hatching an egg and you guys kicked me off the game completely.  Took me to my homescreen ( I'm on xbox) . since this summer bash update I got kicked 4 times and reset BACK to last save and cant do anything else without game kicking me off. I'll go to bed and try again later but I'll be soo pissed if I cant play a more. ( I tried resetting my console it didn't help).     I literally just started this game for my very first time just a week or 2 ago so I'm just starting to get hang of things ( found literally no tutorials-I had to rely on youtube). Anywho just wanted to give a heads up that your event update messed up my game. Hopefully it'll work again soon. 

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    Servers are crashing and people are black screening because of this new update they're losing tames items etc. How long till this issue is fixed and what happenes to the tames and items lost due to this issue ? 

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    2 hours ago, DeathcreatureAngel said:

    So my friend and I play together but I have a version of ark that isn't updated and He does.

    He got the update earlier(on xbox) but I a PC player who only got a Abberation update can't get into the game. It's saying I can't see any of the Official Servers. When I try to jump into his game I can't because I do not have an updated version of the game.....come on Wildcard. I would like to play some of the event and not sit for hours waiting for an update

    I understand your busy but you have fans that want to play your game.

     

    1 hour ago, xhtgxreaperx said:

    half my cluster cnt get on either on pc deathcreatureangel and even xbox crashes every 10 mins and they could care less or they would have atleast said something by now 

    Windows 10 have not yet received the event update, this is why PC players can't see servers when Xbox can.

    It was mentioned earlier that it was published on the same schedule, just has not appeared yet for download. Unsure why, but that's the current situation on it.

     

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    5 hours ago, FOSKITOS said:

    Wildcard you did it again, game has a lot of lag in console, I’ve lost animals cause of that and trust me is not my internet, you really need to upgrade the servers in console, also game keeps crashing (at least to me) and 50 prime jerky for a random chibi 😑 come on (my wyvern is in another server and I can’t go to that server, it’s going to die if I don’t go, you better fix it fast wildcard).

    Tbh they will be running top end servers that I'm sure we're not bought from Walmart. The game lags not because of the game it's because the players are always finding ways to do something that was not meant to do. Like building pillars all over the map, these have to be rendered in and when they are everywhere lag, reapers on gen at the start glitches in lag, duping major lag, 500 Dino's out lag. I don't lag on 379 others cause me the lag.

     

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    Just got home from work and did the update for the event. Logged on to my center server and noticed that all my aberrant ankylos vanished and all the ones in my pods turned into raptors and can't be deployed. I just lost my best ankys... Is this only a problem for ps4 or is anyone on xbox and pc experiencing the same thing? It doesn't show in my log that they have been killed at all.

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    A new Update A new Week running through without ppl be able to Play OP motherraptorkers every update something new you wanna raptor us?

    Not even can deploy a lil update without crasging the game vor everybody zzzzz

     

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    4 minutes ago, TauntingSableye said:

    Just got home from work and did the update for the event. Logged on to my center server and noticed that all my aberrant ankylos vanished and all the ones in my pods turned into raptors and can't be deployed. I just lost my best ankys... Is this only a problem for ps4 or is anyone on xbox and pc experiencing the same thing? It doesn't show in my log that they have been killed at all.

     

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    What were you thinking when you set the 50 Prime Meat Jerky for 1 Chibbi, Absolutely stupid 40 PMJ in a 24hr period - means it will take 30 hours to get 1 Chibbi - meaning people will need to make 100's and i mean 100's of preserving bins, causing more lag on servers. Not a good way people think before you set things like this up.

     

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    where is the windows 10 update its not showing in the store, can you guys just add an option to update in game 

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    57 minutes ago, MegaZ1 said:

    What were you thinking when you set the 50 Prime Meat Jerky for 1 Chibbi, Absolutely stupid 40 PMJ in a 24hr period - means it will take 30 hours to get 1 Chibbi - meaning people will need to make 100's and i mean 100's of preserving bins, causing more lag on servers. Not a good way people think before you set things like this up.

     

    Chill dude, don't worry, they are going to be greatly reducing the cost soon.

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