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  • Community Crunch 298: Fjordur Creature Vote Winner, Community Corner, and More!

    Happy New Year!

    We hope you enjoyed your Winter Wonderland and had some time to spend with your tribes (in and out of game 🤓).  Although we are continuing to focus some development efforts on Lost Island, we want don't want you to lose sight of new content that's to come in 2022! 

    In addition to 3 new creatures launching in June with Fjordur, we'll also be releasing Carcharodontosaurus as a separate, free update later in 2022!

    Let's take a look at the dossiers of 2 new creatures coming to Fjordur and announce the winner of the second Community Creature Vote.


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    Common Name: Andrewsarchus
    Species: Andrewsarchus mongoliensis
    Time: Middle Eocene
    Diet: Omnivore
    Temperament: Opportunistic

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    Andrewsarchuses are full of surprises. These ungainly creatures seem sluggish while foraging for a meal, but they can move unexpectedly fast when provoked. Like some other whippomorphs, an Andrewsarchus will aggressively defend its territory against interlopers its size or smaller on sight.

    With some distance between you, it might be possible to dodge a charging Andrewsarchus, since they don’t exactly turn on a dime. Just don’t expect a river or lake to protect you from one. If its feet can touch bottom, Andrewsarchus will barely be slowed by deep water.

    These scavengers will tear into just about anything if hungry, but they do seem to have a sweet tooth. I've seen Andrewsarchuses pacified by honey and sweet fruit.

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    Once tamed, Andrewsarchus is a reliably fast beast of burden, as long as you don’t need it to take any corners at full speed. Its density in water also makes it ideal for searching the ocean floors for pearls.

    Andrewsarchus is probably most useful for light reconnaissance, once you mount a minigun to the back of its saddle. It can't absorb as much damage as some of the ARKs' larger creatures, but it's great for harassing them.

    Some say a gun-saddled Andrewsarchus reminds them of a puma, a walrus, or even a warthog, but I don't see it.

     

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    Common Name: Fjordhawk
    Species: Parabuteo veðrfölnir
    Time: Mid-late Anthropocene
    Diet: Omnivore
    Temperament: Calculating

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    Most of the creatures I’ve encountered here have endured thanks to their great size, strength, or ferocity. But the fjordhawk gets by on its wits and by scavenging. The bird also seems to have an almost preternatural ability to predict and avoid danger. Fjordhawks follow predators (and survivors) from on high, watching for their moment to swoop in and snatch up an easy meal. 

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    Tamed fjordhawks are surprisingly playful, and their favorite game is fetch. Indulge your bird with this play and a bit of patience, and you’ll reap the rewards. Just point out a target, and your fjordhawk will fly off to retrieve it for you. A well-trained fjordhawk can locate injured prey and communicate its find to you.

    These clever birds will bond with humans as wholeheartedly as any canine or primate, in a way uniquely suited to this time and place. If you should meet with some grave misfortune, your fjordhawk will immediately fly off with as many of your belongings as it can carry. As soon as you’re respawned by the ARK, your friend will track you down and return your equipment to you!

     


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    With over 60K votesDesmodus Draculae wins the second Community Creature Vote!  We're looking forward to sharing a concept and dossier in the coming weeks!

    if you're interested in seeing exactly how the voting went, check out the link below to see the results.

    Fjordur Community Creature Vote Results


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    Thank you for participating in the #ARKXmasLoot giveaway!  We'll be giving away over 300 prizes!! The ARK community never ceases to amaze us with your creativity!

    We'll be reaching out early next week with a way to redeem your prize.

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    There will be no EVO event this week.

     


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    Why does it keep referencing the pigs water speed?  Water never effects anyones speed "as long as feet touch bottom".

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    The results for the vote can't be viewed, says you have to be the host of the election but of course none of us are the host. Make it public please so I can see how much the others lost by.

     

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    I never thought I'd look forward to these crunches for the art and screenshots as much as I do. Absolutely love the creativity and talent within the community

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    The fjordhawk just became my favorite creature

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    I thought the bison or the charcha would win, I honestly didn't think the vampire bat would. I'm looking forward to it.

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    Wooo! My pic with Chowder got featured! THANK YOU!!!!

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    I just wish that Andrew's saddle comes in a no-minigun version as well and not like the mammoth only with drums, minigun respectively

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    21 minutes ago, cmanphilli said:

    The results for the vote can't be viewed, says you have to be the host of the election but of course none of us are the host. Make it public please so I can see how much the others lost by.

     

    Should be fixed now!  Sorry about that!

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    A giant ridable bat is gonna be so sick! Cant wait to see the saddle, animations, abilities etc!

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    "Vote for the winner to be added to the game"

     

    "Adds a dino that lost last time, and again anyway"

     

    Tell me, what was the point in voting if you are going to add a dinosaur that lost the vote TWICE?

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    Congratulations you guys let second place go to another large theropod instead of something unique...what a waste

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    I've waited since day 1 to have a giant ridable vampire bat in-game. Finally, my crazy dreams come true 😁

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    I never expected the bat to be the winner, and frankly I didn't vote for it. Anyway my congratulations for the victory 🥳👏🥳👏🥳👏 

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    Love the RedvsBlue reference 👌

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    Just now, Kunalthedino said:

    Does the Carchar win the Vote?

    No. It is a special "gift", I suppose.

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    Glad to see the desmo got the win but I'm definitely hesitant on wildcard's decision to add in a losing vote twice now. Really not the wisest idea to keep giving runnerups their wishes, as I've said before it both cheapens the effort of a vote and gives the losing camp the idea that they'll get their way eventually anyway if they just make enough noise.

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    A giant rideable bat is cool and all but I’m still kinda bummed out basically just got a another mammal and one that could probably just be Onyc TLC at that.

    like come on, there’s barely any arthropod games in the game. What’s wrong with a giant flying insect that can actually attack anyway?

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    8 minutes ago, Samdaman1995 said:

    Congratulations you guys let second place go to another large theropod instead of something unique...what a waste

    Right? I really can't see how the Carchardo dino or whatever its called is going to be any different to what we already have? I have a feeling it'll be lazy abilities like bleed, or the reaper statue jump animation. I hope i get surprised, because right now, i don't have much hope for this Cardigan dino lol

     

    And it literally LOST TWICE and they are still adding it?? Like what is that? So dumb.

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    Let's be real here, Carchara is only being added later to shut the fans up XD

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    2 minutes ago, Chrysa1is said:

    Right? I really can't see how the Carchardo dino or whatever its called is going to be any different to what we already have? I have a feeling it'll be lazy abilities like bleed, or the reaper statue jump animation. I hope i get surprised, because right now, i don't have much hope for this Cardigan dino lol

    There's already a charcar in the AC2 (Additional Creatures 2) mod, and I know that wildcard won't make theirs anywhere near as good as the one from the mod

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    10 minutes ago, Samdaman1995 said:

    Congratulations you guys let second place go to another large theropod instead of something unique...what a waste

    Carchara didn't get second place, it's not even getting released with the three creatures that come with the new map.

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    Just now, TyranntX said:

    Carchara didn't get second place, it's not even getting released with the three creatures that come with the new map.

    Wot?

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