Jump to content


  • Community Crunch 241: Fear Evolved 4, Live Tuning System, Network Improvements, and More!

    Fear Evolved 4

    Fear4_STA_Medium.jpg

    Download in high-resolution

    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*

    Fear4_Chib.jpg

     


    Live Tuning System

    ARK  Survival Evolved Screenshot 2020.09.04 - 23.03.39.82_2.jpg

    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

    ARK  Survival Evolved Screenshot 2020.09.10 - 00.17.18.14_2.jpg

    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

    Steam_ARK_discord_2.jpg

    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

    Ark_Evolution_Event_minimized.thumb.png.2d282a169df9bbbd0ba09a90303a7cec.png

    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

     

    large.winston.jpg

    Winston

    large.sith_2.jpg

    Sith


    large.kawaranaye.jpg

    Kawaranaye

    wyvern_queen_headshot_by_fireraydragon_de50o2q-fullview.jpg

    FireRayDragon

     

    de3d48a-914c00a3-e997-4072-a8ce-de46898a5956.jpg

    Saurvax

     

    dino_ark_by_moon0w0_de32qxc-fullview.jpg

    moon0w0

     

    image (10).jpg

    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

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
    Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
    Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
    Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

     


    • Like 3
    • Sad 1


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments



    The dodorex doesn't spawn on all ark maps ? . Didn't had the annocement on the new mqp.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    1 hour ago, Kelkin90 said:

    The dodorex doesn't spawn on all ark maps ? . Didn't had the annocement on the new mqp.

    The Island only, has always been like that.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    3 hours ago, GP said:

    The Island only, has always been like that.

    Thanks. Didn't know that.  🙂

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Hey does anybody know how to active fear evolved on a local xbox server

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    Just now, Sayrvore said:

    Hey does anybody know how to active fear evolved on a local xbox server

     

    Wait until 8 PM Pacific Monday 26th when Fear Evolved is released on Xbox.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Why are the prices for the event items so extremely expensive? especially for chibis...😢

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    So we can only get the ghost skins? We can't tame anything but zombie wyverns? I was really hoping we could tame some of the other creatures like the skeletal jerboa and such. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Spooky pile spawn rates need to be upped, hardly spawning on some servers. I searched all weekend and only got about 14 scarecrows.

    Because I have to work i can't devote time to this during the week so it's unlikely I will obtain enough event items to get the emotes or skins due to to the current very low spawn rates 

    Like the rest of 2020 this event is turning into a bit of a disappointment

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    8pm pacific mean one more day delay for EU. 

     

    Really hope the performance fix are actually real and not like 1-2 fps gain in overall performance lol

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    19 minutes ago, Venia said:

    8pm pacific mean one more day delay for EU. 

    Technically it's the same number of days delay. EU still has the same amount of time compared to NA before the delay as they have now.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    hi i play ark on the xbox and carnt seem to get the fear evolved event to work and my game dosent say it has to update so not sure what to do 

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    2 hours ago, GP said:

    Technically it's the same number of days delay. EU still has the same amount of time compared to NA before the delay as they have now.

    Technically yes but actually no, who play till 4 am my dear? 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    is there anyone els that plays ark on xbox that carnt get this years halloween event 

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    The fear evolved event It won’t be active till 8 pacific time for Xbox users correct

    Edited by XxBadWolfxX92

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    then when you look online it says it started on the 22nd of october and its 26th now so shouldnt the event started on xbox as well

     

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It is just laughable now how everything is delayed. What 6 years and you all can't get this straight?  Oh wait is this Microsoft's fault? The pandemic? Aliens? Please for the love of all that is good and just do not do an Ark 2. Just don't. 

    Edited by IndridCold1966
    Spelling
    • Facepalm 1

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    So where is the event for xbox players. This is ridiculous. I want to know wth is going on. I'm done giving yall money for a game you can't get right. I hope all your future dlc's are free because that'll be the only way I'll be getting them.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Ya it also said that it was supposed to start on the 22nd. So since we lose 4 days do we get 4 days. Or are yall gonna screw xbox players like usual. 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    Just now, Massivechaos23 said:

    Ya it also said that it was supposed to start on the 22nd. So since we lose 4 days do we get 4 days. Or are yall gonna screw xbox players like usual. 

    Says right there, 26th on the xbox.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Answer my question. So since we are getting screwed out of 4 days are yall extending the event 4 days for xbox players 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites
    1 minute ago, Massivechaos23 said:

    Answer my question. So since we are getting screwed out of 4 days are yall extending the event 4 days for xbox players 

    That's up to the devs that run the game.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Well they need to give us an answer. It seems to be a popular question here. But yet like always nobody wants to give an answer. Yall are useless 

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...