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    Fear Evolved 4

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    It's time to Trick or Treat whilst howling under the blood moon! The Dodorex and Dodowyvern will be striking fear into the hearts of Survivors with their fearsome return to the ARK! Hunt for new diabolical chibis, spectral creature skins, event themed threads, and new holiday emotes.  Fear Evolved is one of our favorite events and we can't wait for you to experience what we've conjured up this year!

    Event Details

    This event can be manually activated with the server arg parameter: -ActiveEvent=FearEvolved

    Dates October 22nd to November 6th

    Rates

    • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
    • 2X XP
    • 2X Harvesting
    • 2X Taming

    Creatures

    In addition to some of the past favorites from Fear Evolved, survivors will find themselves on the hunt for 11 new spooky themed chibi's to add to their growing collection and 7 new ghostly dinosaur skins.

    Spooky Encounters

    • DodoRex (Untamable Boss)
    • DodoWyvern (Untamable Boss)
    • Zomdodo
    • Zombie Fire Wyvern (claimable & persist after Fear Evolved)
    • Zombie Lightning Wyvern (claimable & persist after Fear Evolved)
    • Zombie Poison Wyvern (claimable & persist after Fear Evolved)
    • Skeletal Giganotosaurus 
    • Skeletal Quetzal 
    • Skeletal Jerboa 
    • Bone Fire Wyvern 
    • Skeletal Bronto 
    • Skeletal Stego 
    • Skeletal Trike 
    • Skeletal Raptor 
    • Skeletal Rex 
    • Skeletal Carnotaurus
    • Ghost Reaper (Surface reapers) *new*
    • Ghost Bulbdog *new*
    • Ghost Rex *new*
    • Ghost Basilisk *new*
    • Ghost Snow Owl *new*
    • Ghost Mantis *new*
    • Ghost Direwolf *new*

    Event Chibis (acquired via killing Dodowyvern/Dodorex or Cooking Pot recipe)

    • Skeletal Giganotosaurus *new*
    • Skeletal Quetzal *new*
    • Skeletal Jerboa *new*
    • Skeletal Bronto *new*
    • Skeletal Stego *new*
    • Skeletal Trike *new*
    • Skeletal Raptor *new*
    • Skeletal Rex *new*
    • Skeletal Carnotaurus *new*
    • Bone Wyvern *new*
    • Zombie Wyvern *new*

    Ghost Creature Skins (acquired via killing Ghost creatures)

    • Reaper *new*
    • Bulbdog *new*
    • Rex *new*
    • Basilisk *new*
    • Snow Owl *new*
    • Mantis *new*
    • Direwolf *new*

    Items 

    • Pumpkin
    • Stolen Headstone
    • Scarecrow
    • Dinosaur Bone
    • Dino Candy Corn

    Emotes (acquired via Cooking Pot recipe)

    •  Scare Emote *new*
    •  Knock Emote *new*
    •  Zombie Emote
    •  Dance Emote
    •  Panic Emote

    Skins (acquired via Cooking Pot recipe)

    • Reaper Swimsuit Skin *new*
    • Jack-O-Lantern Swimsuit Skin *new*
    • Pumpkin Helmet Skin
    • Headless Costume Skin
    • Hockey Mask Skin
    • Araneo Swimsuit Skins
    • Onyc Swimsuit Skins
    • Vampire Dodo Swimsuit Skins

    Creature Event Colors

    • Dino Darker Grey
    • Dino Light Blue
    • Dino Dark Yellow
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    • Light Brown
    • Light Grey
    • Dino Light Brown
    • Dino Dark Brown
    • DragonFire
    • Vermillion *new*
    • ActualBlack *new*
    • MidnightBlue *new*
    • MediumAutumn *new*
    • DarkWarmGray *new*
    • Orange *new*
    • DarkLavender *new*
    • Jade *new*

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    Live Tuning System

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    The latest major PC version supports our Initial Implementation of the 'Live Tuning' system. The 'Live Tuning' system is a dynamic configuration system which will allow server hosts to easily modify supported game properties without the need for mods.  All that is required is a simple edit of a json file, and you're good to go! As you can imagine, this new dynamic configuration system will provide useful options for server administrators, especially as we grow it out to support more properties.

    For the modding community, this system is also very powerful. Modders may have actually seen it before in the property details panel. When you add variables there is a checkbox for "Live-Tunable".  Checking that box on properties will opt them into the system. By doing so, this will allow server owners to tweak mod settings on the fly without the need for mod updates.

    As the system evolves, we hope to add more options and expose more values to tweak. The 'Live Tuning' system provides ways for server administrators to offer dynamic events in a quick, simple, and straightforward way.  For more information on the 'Live Tuning' system and how to set it up, check out the following thread. We'll be adding more details as the system continues to expand:

     


    Networking & Live Game Improvements

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    One of our constant priorities is monitoring the live-game and server reliability.  Over the past few weeks, we've noticed an increase in reports about server instability.  The causes of server instability may range but our engineering team has been hard at work diagnosing the root causes.  

    In a past Community Crunch we noted that we've been working on technical changes behind the scenes to increase server performance and mitigate some of the attacks we're seeing against the servers.  We've made improvements to mesh detection, added more protection against DDOS, and fixed various exploits/cheats that could be used to intentionally crash servers.  Since deploying those changes we have seen a noticeable decrease in some of the server instability reports and attacks we were seeing.  Although things have improved, we will continue to work against malicious players who intend to ruin the experience for others. 

     


    Structure Stasis Changes
     

    We've made some changes with a focus on improving performance. This reworks how structures are loaded/unloaded on the server. The simple idea is that fewer calculations take place at a given time with the new system so the server doesn't have to do as much. Something to note is that the performance gains are more noticeable when more active structures are present (so think really busy, large bases) and an increased number of players on a server. 

    The structures are now broken up into a grid, when a player logs in they are assigned grid cells appropriate to their location, and the structures in those cells are loaded. That way not all are loaded. 

    This setting is enabled by default on Official Servers, and Unofficials can now opt-into using the new system too by setting the following server parameter in their commandline:

    -UseStructureStasisGrid

    This will work on both PC and Console, but we highly recommend that it is not used on servers with mods, as there are some assumptions made about structures in stasis and this could cause issues with modded content, however in a future devkit update, you'll be able to opt said structures out of the system to avoid the issues.

    TLDR: Predominantly busy servers with a lot of players and big bases will be seeing the most significant performance gains.

     


    Official Discord

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    Our Official ARK Discord launched a few weeks ago and it's thriving with 35k users already! If you'd like to get in on the action for updates, patch notes, a community hub, bulletin board, and sometimes chatting with us, you can join via this invite!

     

     


    EVO Event

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    Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 9th of Oct at 3 PM EST until Monday the 12th of Oct at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    • 2x Breeding/Maturing
    • 2x XP

     


    Fan Art

     

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    Winston

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    Sith


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    Kawaranaye

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    FireRayDragon

     

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    Saurvax

     

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    moon0w0

     

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    Bandi


    We're always thrilled to see what our talented Community create and love sharing your fanart. Keep it coming! 

     


    Until next time!
    Studio Wildcard

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    I'm so excited for fear evolved!!  Halloween is when I started playing last year! 

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    Sweeeeet! I can't wait to dump spider/ bat tames in all my friends homes for the Holiday!

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    Dunno, I was kind of looking forward to a 2x harvesting rate boost honestly, Crystal isles is still fairly dismal for Element Shard farming, but that's simply what *I* had hoped. Other than that, the event looks great, the Crunch was spectacular, and I'm excited! And yes, I know they already doubled it, but when it takes you an hour to come up with 100 element in farming, it's almost soul sucking boring and often times everyone else is out there farming it as well, meaning less to take back to base.  lol.

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    5 hours ago, Aylana314159 said:

    These events are about the fun stuff and colors. Not rates. Plus base rates were doubled.

    Except breeding werent.

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    33 minutes ago, Gedanox said:

    Except breeding werent.

    But the post they were responding to was talking about harvesting, no-one mentioned breeding.

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    5 hours ago, Batfloke said:

    Yeah cool on the colours- BUT - DILO with no harvesting rate increase? You shafted us on the "it's x2 standard now even though it isn't" and now we don't even get something on an Event? 

    Seriously?

    Seriously? How can people still be saying harvesting rates aren't doubled.

    Please show us your proof, and do not say stones.

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    Great job to all of the artists of the fan art! Especially the one with the four lantern pets. That one is gorgeous!

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    Will the new ghost creatures spawn on ALL maps or just certain ones? Or will it be required to jump between maps to get all of the skins? I play single player so if have to jump between maps , I'm just gonna spawn the skins in.

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    Why last event you gave a broken DinoDarkPurple31 that only worked in region 4 of all dinos, and this time you don't ? You never give purple colors in any events... Halloween is great for that color come on everyone want purple :D No one wants brown colors that all creatures have, come on.

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    14 minutes ago, Violet said:

    Why last event you gave a broken DinoDarkPurple31 that only worked in region 4 of all dinos, and this time you don't ? You never give purple colors in any events... Halloween is great for that color come on everyone want purple :D No one wants brown colors that all creatures have, come on.

    Well you have this one at least, and it's new.

    • DarkLavender *new*

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    3 hours ago, TheTwistedKeeper said:

    Will the new ghost creatures spawn on ALL maps or just certain ones? Or will it be required to jump between maps to get all of the skins? I play single player so if have to jump between maps , I'm just gonna spawn the skins in.

    I suspect they will spawn on maps where their normal counterparts already spawn.

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    6 minutes ago, GP said:

    Well you have this one at least, and it's new.

    • DarkLavender *new*

    I suppose, but would be great to catch up on purple dino collection with the ID 31 one. Last year it was bugged and it was like teasing a donkey with a carrot trying to get it :/ I started collecting colors for the ID31 one before the extintion event when they made those few random events with colors, but didn't manage to get all that I wanted because there's so much so I am still waiting for the moment when they add it... :(

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    18 minutes ago, GP said:

    I suspect they will spawn on maps where their normal counterparts already spawn.

    That's what I figured, and I'll be honest it kinda sucks. On the bright side though, at least I know now instead of finding out when the event goes live.

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    1 minute ago, TheTwistedKeeper said:

    That's what I figured, and I'll be honest it kinda sucks.

    Well it doesn't really make sense for them to add basilisk, reaper, mantis, bulbdog etc spawns on something like The Island.

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    This may be a dumb question, but after the event, will i be able to keep the event running on my private server?

    I wanted to do this recently but learned that they removed the assets for memory reasons.

    Here's to hoping that I can keep the event active for longer

    Please please allow it, fear evolved is probably my favorite event

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    14 hours ago, Batfloke said:

    Yeah cool on the colours- BUT - DILO with no harvesting rate increase? You shafted us on the "it's x2 standard now even though it isn't" and now we don't even get something on an Event? 

    Seriously?

    dude, the base rates where doubled PERMANENTLY and you still need more?

    12 hours ago, WizarDcw said:

    1:-What they honestly need to do , to revive the game is fix all duping, meshing ,hacking (basically all cheating methods) 2:-and also make a ban for insiding because its killing the game(new tribes cant be made and megatribes dont recruit randoms) they need to do all that, 3:-then wipe all official servers and let players start again clean.

    1:-What the honk do you think they've been trying to do this whole time? Its not that simple.

    2:-As for insiding, sure it sucks when it happens to you, but that seems like how it would be in real life.

    3:-I feel like wiping all there servers would do WAY more harm then good.

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    This is great. You guys have really stepped your game up. Only complaint I have is that I'm kind of getting frustrated with all the swim suit skins. Costumes and armor styles are severely lacking in Ark and Halloween would have been a great time to introduce things like Vampire capes, costume ball dresses, scare crow outfits etc. Who wears swimsuits in October lol

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    There was no mention on if live server tuning will be available on console. Can we get some clarification please?

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    Well, Its fine that new stuff are gonna be added to the game, but its more nice to have some isues been resolved at time. I love all the new colours and new content but imagine playing the game and trying to raise some babies dinos but accidnetaly your server will be crashed and, when you come back, all your babies died. I know that there are some fix that WildCard are doing (slowly), but i love the game, i love playing and new stuff as everyone else do... its just im a dino lover, i don wanna lost my dinos because a server problem that are still unfixed... i hate lag, i hate server crashes and i hate when in a PVE someone kicked you a corrupted dino in Exctinction so you can lose all your stuff and dinos. 

    This event seems to be AMAZING in any view, but i will be prepared to future crashes in every event. Hope we dont need to collect stuff from fishing fishes bc i HATED Love Evolved Event from this year. I hope i could tame some dinos with the new colours!! 

     

    HAVE FUN ALL!! AND GOOD HUNTING :)

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     All that is required is a simple edit of a json file, and you're good to go!

    Wouldn't it be easier to use ARK Server Manager and just check a tick box and adjust a slider ?

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