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    Turkey Trial 4

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    From Tuesday, November 24th through Tuesday, December 8th grab your tribe and flock over for Turkey Trial 4.  Go on the hunt for the unforgiving “Super-Turkeys” and harvest wishbones to gain new chibis, cosmetic items, event-themed skins, and all new emotes! 

    Event Details

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

    Dates November 24th to December 8th


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

    Event Creatures

    • Super Turkeys (Untamable creature)
    • DodoRex (Craftable Temporary Tame)

    Event Skins

    • 2 Thanksgiving-themed Sweater Skins *NEW*
    • 2 Thanksgiving-themed Swimsuit Skins *NEW*
    • 2 Hawaiian-themed Shirt Skins *NEW*
    • Bonnet Hat
    • Chieftan Hat
    • Pilgrim Hat
    • Turkey Hat
    • Dodo Pie Swim Bottom & Top
    • Meat Swim Bottom & Top
    • Turkey Swim Bottom & Top
    • Pitchfork
    • Turkey Leg

    Event Chibis (acquired via killing Super Turkey's for Wishbones)

    • Tuso *NEW*
    • Broodmother *NEW*
    • Bonnet Otter *NEW*
    • Mantis *NEW*
    • Dunkleosteus *NEW*

    Event Items

    • Wishbones (acquired from killing Super Turkey's)
    • Thanksgiving Dino Candy

    Wild Creature Colors

    • MediumAutumn *NEW*
    • LightAutumn *NEW*
    • BurntSienna *NEW*
    • DarkMagenta *NEW*
    • DarkViolet *NEW*
    • Vermillion *NEW*
    • MidnightBlue *NEW*
    • BlackSands *NEW*
    • DarkBlue *NEW*
    • Orange *NEW*
    • Brown
    • Dark Red
    • Dino Dark Red
    • Dino Albino
    • NearBlack
    • Red
    • Light Brown
    • Black
    • Dino Darker Grey

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    Live-Ops Update

    A message from our Product Manager:

    While gamers can sometimes squabble over the little things, like which console is better, the ARK community is nonetheless tightly-knit. It's no surprise then, that when the community loses one of their own, fellow players are eager to reach out and honour the player that has passed away

    Over the years, we have received some very touching messages from players who have lost fellow tribe members, family members and friends and chose to share their ways of paying tribute to them in-game with us. 

    Many of us at Wildcard were touched by a player’s story shared on Reddit about his lovely wife Heather, who passed away suddenly. He and his sister made a tribute to her on Valguero (her favourite map) and shared this screenshot with the community


    We put our heads together to come up with a way we could add a lasting memorial to the game for, not only Heather, but for all of the Survivors who have Ascended. 

    Jackson Lawrence, one of our talented Level Designers, kindly offered to spend his own time creating a lasting memorial and I think his work is just beautiful! I’m humbled to be able to share our new addition to the Valguero map with the community. 

    Thank you for not only allowing us to entertain you but also for inviting what we created into your lives. As a bunch of people wanting to make something exciting and immersive, we’re honoured when players take that beyond anything we can possibly do to forge their own connections with the game. Our world may not be real but your sentiment and attachment to it is.


    We hope our small gesture brings some comfort to players who have lost loved ones.

    - Dollie and the Studio Wildcard Team. 

    DDoS Mitigation

    Improving the health and stability of our network infrastructure is a huge priority for the team. One of the biggest hurdles we've faced stem from DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. These are malicious attacks on our network which lead to server issues such as downtime, poor performance, or not being able to connect. While these attacks are a global issue and impossible to prevent entirely, the team has spent a considerable amount of engineering time on mitigating these attacks with our hosting partners to reduce the impact they have on your playing experience.

    As of the past few weeks, we have deployed some serious enhancements to the system and have such seen a dramatic decrease in server issues related to DDoS attacks on PC, Xbox, and PS4. Although things have improved, we will continue to monitor the overall health of the Official Network and work on advancing the technology to mitigate these attacks.

    Character Loss caused by Rollbacks & Auto Restoration

    Preventing character loss remains of utmost importance to us. We've recently implemented the technology (and have had it running live on our Official Network) to auto-restore characters in the event that a server has experienced a rollback. Specifically, if a player has recently transferred to a server and for some reason, that server has gone down without saving the world (crashed/restarted), upon it's next start up that character (presuming it hadn't left the server), will be automatically restored.  We'll continue to monitor for character loss reports and identify opportunities to advance the auto-restoration technology.

    Disconnection Issues for Xbox and Win10 clients.

    We have identified and fixed the issue causing players to regularly disconnect from Player Dedicated & Non-Dedicated servers on Xbox/Win10 every 30 minutes. The fix will be rolled out the upcoming Turkey Trial update on the 24th of November.

    Beginner Server Wipe

    Just a friendly reminder that we're close to the next reset date on Beginner servers, which will take place on December 1st.  For those not familiar, Beginner Official Servers are an experience for new ARK players to test the waters without the threat of thoroughly developed tribes. 

    Unlike our regular servers, these have undergone some changes and will wipe every 8 weeks. First of all, there have been some limitations on how much a player or dino can progress. Player levels hit their cap at 44 and the highest encounter possible for wild creatures is level 30. Tamed creatures can receive up to an additional maximum of 30 levels. Due to the progression limits, some engrams are not achievable through leveling up but are found via supply crates. Some other changes include the disabling of alliances and tribe sizes have been limited to 5 members maximum.

    Below are the subsequent planned wipes based on the 8-week wipe schedule:

    • January 26
    • March 23
    • May 18
    • July 13
    • September 7
    • Nov 2
    • Dec 28


    Black Friday Sales


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    EVO Event


    Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 20th of Nov at 4 PM EST until  Tuesday the 8th of December at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    • 2x Breeding/Maturing/Egg Hatching
    • 2x Harvesting
    • 2x Taming
    • 2x XP


    Fan Art

    Poglin from ImEnFuego


    Brontos Grazing from RoxaneLapa


    Parasaurolophus from Drekaava


    Crystal Isles: A quiet sunset from Melina799


    Reaper Queen from Bob van Dorst (Discord)


    From MrMEOLA



    Catch you next week!
    Studio Wildcard

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

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    2020 has been especially hard for the loss of loved ones and players alike. I'm thankful and grateful the devs added something like this. I see a lot of people paying a visit to this memorial.

    Thank you WC and most importantly, thank you jackson for taking the time out of your day to do this. There's going to be a lot of appreciative people.

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    4 hours ago, Zarn said:

    How about a Thanksgiving  gift of support for Notek Cross Ark 6....not a peep since aberration....

    Same for Crossark 7 🤩

    NoTek-NoTaming🔥 / NoUpdates 😭 


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    4 hours ago, Nokosa said:

    ComplexMindedToday at 6:14 PM

    For this event we added a "rare" chibi craft, so players can pay a little more to specifically target the new and/or rarer chibis

    Thats awsome!🔥

    Thanks! 💪🤩

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    Thanks for opening transfer to crystal isles!!4 months of prep to get wiped by megas with 4 years of badass dinos...happy holidays ark!!!

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    Shame that the Turkey trial 4 wikipage has more colors on the list then the actual event ones. Please add some light colors as TT3..dino light red was such an exciting color for many... too much dark colors.

    You haven't used this year Dino Light Red color on any event...

    P.S The WC team is amazing, that story bought tears is my eyes.

    Edited by Yunaa
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    @complexminded is anybody working on a fix for the vanished insect tames that disappeared after the last update? I put a ticket in 8 days ago with no response! 

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    Rest in peace Heather! ❤ And to all the loved ones who have enjoyed this game! Just keep peace that we will one day see you all again.

    Wild card you guys are amazing for doing what you do! 

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    Thanks wildcard for making a monument such as this, that just so happens to be my favourite base spot on Valguero and it now holds a whole lot more sentiment as a few years ago I lost a sister to suicide on November 18th. Which by chance is the exact day this crunch was posted ♥️


    Edited by Silicapearls
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    Absolutely beautiful sentiment. Ark is so much more than a game. Well played WC


    to those who have ascended 


    salute ❤️

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    Wildcard can you remove the tether on PS4 and fix the deinonychus for the host of no dedicated servers. Quote this if you agree

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    Thank you WC for the memorial in honor of all those who have ascended. I also had two ark friends that ascended.  We have all played together since Dec 2015.  First it was Freddy who passed away unexpected 2  years ago, then it was Fant (she had over 10K hours of play time) who passed unexpected 1 month  ago.  They were a husband and wife duo.  Fant and I put up a memorial to her husband when he passed and tribed up.  When she passed a month ago, I put up a memorial of her dermis while the rest of the server put out headstones for her.  There is one person who went above and beyond to honor her and it was Jayquan.  He made a church that we could visit and has lambs and other shoulder pets on wander around the fenced yard of the church.. I am forever grateful for the people of our server for their kind words and memories of my greatly missed tribemates!!  

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    My family, friends, and I cannot thank you all at Studio Wildcard enough for this!   This is a beautiful and amazing tribute, and it could not have been more perfect!  We are all blown away by the time and effort your team has put into this!  

    Here is the original Reddit post for those who would like to read it


    Edited by Xotic
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    Glad to hear that the DodoRex is coming back as a temp tame for turkey trials again, the broodmother chibi is one I will definity hunt and, that memorial... oof this makes the second time ark has made me cry this time with joy.

    thank you.

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    18 hours ago, 13Feathers87 said:

    Will there be a Black Friday sale for Epic Games? Its been quite a while since we have had an Epic Games sale :/

    all i want for christmas is extinction 75% off lmao

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    Wow amazing monument wildcard... just amazing, thank you. ❤️❤️

    Also thanks for the event and stuff.
    Happy thanksgiving everyone!

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    Any chance that the Turkey Trial content can be kept in the game for single player and unofficials after the event ends?

    Since patch 316.18 (which "Ended Fear Evolved and removed Halloween content") I can run Fear Evolved with the -ActiveEvent launch option but the cooking pots and all don't work.  Really a bummer as I play non-dedicated with my brother and we hardly have any time to play with our work schedules.  Completely missed being able to play any of Fear Evolved.  The -ActiveEvent stuff is an awesome way to implement things but it would be nice if the content would actually be there to work.

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    The NA-PVE-Official-CrystalIsle841 server Not available to sign in


    Edited by drakoloko2018

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    The return of the SuperTurkeys is great stuff!


    BUT..... since u guys removed "Dark Purple" from the Halloween Event, i REALLY hoped it would come now -.- , but N0000PE -.- shame realy!

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