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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!
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    1 minute ago, ArkTheoryApprentice said:

    That's the problem- I refuse to use cheats.

    I once had a world where I constantly used cheats, and I eventually deleted it because I actually felt pretty bad and they took out all of the fun.

    AAAND I'm a console player. Just seems like a QoL thing that should be fixed in my OP.

    Its a server config, not a cheat. Its like setting your harvest rates to 2x. Not cheating.

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    2 minutes ago, HoganRyan01 said:

    Its a server config, not a cheat. Its like setting your harvest rates to 2x. Not cheating.

    No clue what that is. Sounds internal. Is it? 

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    2 minutes ago, ArkTheoryApprentice said:

    No clue what that is. Sounds internal. Is it? 

    https://ark.gamepedia.com/Server_Configuration

    This has all the information you need.

    Using "-ActiveEvent=" in the launch options will just enable the event. It doesn't give you anything in game. So for example you could play the ARKeology event or the Eggcellent Adventure event right now.

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    Are the fear evolved dinos tameable? If so will any tamed event dinos despawn when the event ends?

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    its really sad to see people talk poop about the devs not fixing bugs, its like dude... its not the end of your life if they choose to prioritise other things other then fixing 1 or 2 bugs that prevent you from doing things for a couple of minutes. 

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    Will it be available on prim+ servers for Xbox the Halloween event 

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    Fear Eolved 4 event should be breeding x3 and harvesting taming x2 (base x2=x4)

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    On 10/14/2020 at 7:09 AM, JerboaTamer said:

    Are the new spooky dinos tameable? If so will any tamed spooky dino despawn when the event ends?

    i believe you'll be able to get the special skins but the actual spooky dino's themselves wont be tameable but i might be wrong

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    Can we get 2x GATHER during the event as well pleaseeeeee? Thank you!

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    On 10/12/2020 at 8:35 PM, mleii said:

    Looks like a localization/encoding bug.  :(  

    Yes but please, why isn't it fixed yet ?
    I've submited ticked in july for it, no answer

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    Being able to stay logged onto a server for more than 10 seconds would be a nice addition to the game

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    Quote

    "this new dynamic configuration system will provide useful options for server administrators, especially as we grow it out to support more properties."

    I would like to see DinoStaminaDrain=0.0 to return to how it worked before RaidDinoFoodDrain was added.

    That is, when I set Stamina Drain to 0.0, dinos stamina would not drain from ay activity, sprint, biting, swimming, etc. I had enjoyed this setting for a long time on my singleplayer and private server until the RaidDinoFoodDrain was added.

    It's been a few years now, since this config I had wont work on stamina drain for dinos. I would still like to have the stamina drain 0.0  like it was, which is practically no stamina (how I like it).

    Also,
    If there are more configs being added, I would like a peaceful setting.
    This would be different than a creative setting. Similar to Admin-only "LeaveMeAlone" I would like to see every wild creature not attack the player or it's tames. A setting where the survivor character still has to run around and collect wood from trees and manually build things. "LeaveMEAlone" as a config setting to apply to all survivors (maybe a seperate one for tames?) and not exclusively for AdminPrivelages, but across the whole server/map for anyone who joins with a "Peaceful mode enabled".

    I know my wants are not universal.
    Options for those who play Ark a little differently than the norm.

    T;DR:
    I want DinoStaminaDrain to work like it used to years ago.
    I want a unofficial/singleplayer config of "LeaveMeAlone" applied server-wide to all players/tames, a "Peaceful Mode=Enabled" (disabled by default).

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    2 hrs ago
    Pixark announces they are closing servers which I play on.
    Moving my stuff is going to cut into my time for Fear Evolved.
    Hmm, I cant delete this post. Sorry for rant, I am trying to do better than this.

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    Halloween is my fave event :D

    But I'm disappointed for just one little issue: the dermis of the dodorex, dodowyvern and their zombie minions aren't permanent. 

    I'd really like to have them forever because last time I got the dodorex dermis, it suddenly disappeared when you removed the halloween event. Is there a way to keep the model for the taxidermy? It's a pity, really :/

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    On 10/10/2020 at 2:46 AM, Grepolis said:

    Cavolo siete i migliori, fear evolved 4, non vedo l'ora che sia il 22, wild ti adoro grazie.

     

    Uh, un italiano :D sciau!  È sempre bello trovarci in giro, mi sento meno sola xD

    E concordo, è il mio evento preferito in assoluto!

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    So... They extending the event after pushing back Xbox fear evolved update release by 4 days?

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    damnit, i waited the whole freaking year for this & now you remove "Dino Dark Purple" from the event colors?! screw u, honestly!

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    3 hours ago, froggie12494 said:

    So... They extending the event after pushing back Xbox fear evolved update release by 4 days?

    Unfortunately not due to the event ending as the TLC3/QoL update and ExtraLife starts.

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    On 10/15/2019 at 2:24 AM, Goatius said:

    Hell Yeah brother

     

    On 10/28/2016 at 6:17 PM, ImChuckNorris2 said:

    You're probably on PC aren't you.

    That's just BS.. So now we Xbox players will have total of 4 days missing? Better let the event run for it's full duration then. Wildcard better let the event run longer, just like with ARK: Fear Evolved 2 back in 2016 to make up for the loss.

    Edited by ArkCarno94
    Fixed a typo

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