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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
    • DragonBase1
    • 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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    As usual, Xbox players have to wait and miss 4 days (actually I will miss 5 days due to time zone) of the total event. I was looking forward to this event but now will miss almost a whole week of it and only have one week left, hope WildCard will extend it for the Xbox players

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    I have not received the download for the new event. what ever came out on October 9th. I got nothing!! My game is at 314.7, i received a small update of 30mg and nothing else. NO HALLOWEEN!!!!! This need to be fixed

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    13 minutes ago, dttb99 said:

    I have not received the download for the new event. what ever came out on October 9th. I got nothing!! My game is at 314.7, i received a small update of 30mg and nothing else. NO HALLOWEEN!!!!! This need to be fixed

    October 9th? Get with the present dude!

    As for the event, check the news linked at the top of the forum.

    https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/announcement/419-updated-fear-evolved-news/

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    I would like to know where it go as well -usestructurestatsgrid 

    Gam.in or ?

    Nitrado server

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    On 10/9/2020 at 7:17 PM, WizarDcw said:

    What they honestly need to do , to revive the game is fix all duping, meshing ,hacking (basically all cheating methods) 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, then wipe all official servers and let players start again clean.

    They are working on the meshing and have been for awhile, I doubt they can fix* all of that* in a short time period. And wipe all servers are you 🤪??? Some of us have worked super hard to be where we are and just because someone else isn't there is no reason to impose a penalty on everyone else. So no please WC don't do that for 1 beach bob that can't cut it.

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    Egg Hatching rate is still showing 1X on Xbox.  Has the event started for XBOX?

     

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    7 hours ago, Giorgino87 said:

    is the event going to activate automatically on unoficial or we need to put the switch? Isually these event activate automatically, but some time ago there was one witch did not and required the switch

    As stated in the first post it will require:

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

     

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    Why is mating interval still at 0.5? Should be 2x. Come on wild card, get it together. Screenshot_20201023-061513_Chrome.thumb.jpg.3034df95306dccbaadd085e2536ff7a1.jpg

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    Because the devs are so good at braking the game it's better do it with the event. So don't brake it whilst the extra life events going on. Because they what players money so scr*w over xbox player again second class citizens 

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    52 minutes ago, Dardrese said:

    Why is mating interval still at 0.5? Should be 2x. Come on wild card, get it together. Screenshot_20201023-061513_Chrome.thumb.jpg.3034df95306dccbaadd085e2536ff7a1.jpg

    You need to understand how that line works.

    Normally mating interval is 1.0.

    If you make it 2.0 then it DOUBLES the amount of times between mating, whereas 0.5 HALVES the time.

    So the settings are 2x.

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    8 hours ago, GP said:

    As stated in the first post it will require:

     

    the fact that they can be manually activated does not imply that they NEED to be manually activated cause they are not automatically activated. Anyway, I guess you mean that

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    Is there a hallowen event in genesis?

    Edited by kamishiami

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    What's going on I cant get logged in to any server now that the update is done. An the Network shows Healthy.

     

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    This is complete BS. I wouldnt be upset if this wasn't happening all the time. Why is it xbox is constantly behind on receiving updates and patches.  Ive been a day 1 player on xbox and I've been loyal thru all the headache and im over it. I paid just as much as everyone else and now your telling me I'm losing time on content. I didnt get to negotiate the price on all the DLC's that I've purchased.  But you get to take time for a limited time event. Thank you again for taking from the xbox community. 

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    since i m a new player and mostly only play on Crystal  insles where do dodorex and dodwyv apear?

    do i need to go to other maps to find ghost and the other dinos?

    thank you

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    I would like to know why you do such a bad job with primitive plus  ps4every time there is an update, you have a bug, you never put an event for us, you don't watch seem to care about the bugs, it seems to me a lack of respect for those of us who play and buy the game if you don't want support to primitive plus remove it directly. it is a shame that you do not support Prim plus or seem to care about our game play experience.

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    On 10/9/2020 at 8:43 PM, ltbosox said:

    You want to reduce in game lag on servers? The easiest thing you can do which would have the highest positive impact would be to implement an official Discord bot that would relay tribe logs and have customizable event alerts that could be added to any Discord server. That way people don't have to stay logged in, rendering huge bases, to stream logs.

     

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    8 hours ago, SkyNet600 said:

    since i m a new player and mostly only play on Crystal  insles where do dodorex and dodwyv apear?

    do i need to go to other maps to find ghost and the other dinos?

    thank you

    DodoRex spawns on The Island, and Dodo Wyvern spawns on Scorched Earth.

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    57 minutes ago, Obsidianshark said:

    Has the fear event been delayed for consoles or they starting at a different time?

    On Xbox it starts 8 PM Pacific Monday 26th.

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