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  • Community Crunch 98: Gold Master Edition

    Hey, Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

    We've got some critical news to share with you all today; it's going to be a roller coaster of emotions as there's a bit of disappointing news, but worry not as you've got a lot to look forward to as well!

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    Let's address the mammoth in the room. Official Release. As of today, ARK has completed its Gold Master and certification for retail release. This process took a little longer than expected and as a result, our release date has been pushed back to August the 29th. We're deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay; it sucks, it wasn't what we had wanted, nor planned but where we currently stand. We wanted to address this sooner but did not want to make any statements until we were completely sure of what was going to happen.

    Now you're probably wondering what this means for the next few weeks and how does it change our current plans?

    Free DLC: Ragnarok

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    Ragnarok's new release date on console and upcoming PC update will now also be the 29th of August. This extended time will allow further development of the map and you guys can expect a gigantic update, even bigger than we initially thought.

    On the date of release, the overground of the world will increase by approximately one quarter, which is near-enough a 'TheIsland-sized' expansion; the update will feature new biomes, a coastal Wyvern canyon, an epic boss encounter, new engrams, and something secret the Ragnarok team are cooking up! We will also be adding their custom creatures to our main game, which will allow players to transfer them via the CrossARK system, so you'll be able to bring over your Ice Wyverns to The Island, The Center, and Scorched Earth!

    Development plans: immediate, mid-month, and going forward.

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    Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of priority placed on the PC and multiplayer versions of the game, now that we're completely wrapped up with our gold master. We are planning some immediate patches to take care of community concerns, as well as some mid-month goals and more going forward.

    First of all, there will be a lot of focus on PC Performance this month (don’t worry console-users, you’ll be receiving these updates too!). We will be porting over a lot of the improvements we made on console, as well as working with our industry partners to bring up that PC performance to get you the best possible experience.

    Secondly, we will be immediately (as I type this the engineers and gameplay programmers are working on the update) showing some love to these aspects of the game:

    Multiplayer Bosses; let's face it, they're ridiculous, we know why and we're going to fix it. You'll soon be able to enter the boss arenas and fight bosses at reasonable difficulty, it'll still be a challenge, just no longer a monumental/near-impossible task.

    The Baby-to-Juvie-Stasis issue; that's also getting fixed. For those not familiar, this is the problem where baby-creatures are entering stasis which (sort of) prevents them from ageing, and therefore they're not eating from troughs which result in death.

    The Center & Under the Mesh; we're going to be implementing a technical solution to stop jerks from going under the map and raiding people. This one will take a little bit longer, but we'll have it in as soon as possible.

    That's not all though! We will be releasing a major version update in the middle of the month which will significantly assist with DDoS mitigation, resolve the exploit which has allowed players to dupe, and of course not to be forgotten, but allow players to rent PC-dedicated Console Servers! We're also going to create an option to stop creatures from following you with their big heads (we'd do this one sooner, but it requires a major version update, so we thought it best come with the other significant changes mentioned above :p).

    Not to mention, we'll be taking care of server crash-exploits as and when they happen, working on server performance so that you will have a smoother and stable experience.

    Thank you so much for your patience the past few months and all the support! We will make sure that ARKs launch is a successful one and the game is in a healthy state. It's going to be a hectic few weeks ahead, and we're very excited! We still have a lot more planned for ARK, and even after release, the journey will continue!

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    We've started a thread to collect questions for our next ARK Digest, so if you've got something you want to ask - let us know and we might pick it out in the next post!

    Community Contests!

    Player Procedurally Generated Maps!

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    The Procedurally Generated Map system allows players to make their own ARK maps by determining a myriad of landscape options from the heights of mountains, depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, rivers or oceans, to the kinds of each biome they want, and more! Let's check out the entries for this weeks contest! This week's contest winner is...

    Kepler-186f by F1r3flycc!

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    http://imgur.com/a/VPuPi

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    PGTerrainPropertiesString=MapSeed=555;LandscapeRadius=1.0;Water Frequency=5.0;Mountains Frequency=7;Mountains Slope=1.8;MountainsHeight=1.25;Turbulence Power=0.0125;Shore Slope=1.0;WaterLevel=-0.72;GrassDensity=1.0;JungleGrassDensity=0.02;ErosionSteps=5;TreesGroundSlopeAccuracy=0.5;DepositionStrength=0.5;ErosionStrength=0.75;OceanFloorLevel=-1.0;SnowBiomeSize=0.3;RWBiomeSize=0.075;MountainBiomeStart=-0.55;MountainsTreeDensity=0.01;JungleBiomeStart=-0.65;IslandBorderCurveExp=4.0;MaxSawnPointHeight=0.1;SnowGrassDensity=0.25;MountainGrassDensity=0.05;SnowMountainGrassDensity=0.15;UnderwaterObjectsDensity=0.5;SnowMountainsTreeDensity=0.01;TreeDensity=0.03;JungleTreeDensity=0.66;RedWoodTreeDensity=0.35;SnowTreeDensity=1.0;RedwoodGrassDensity=0.1;ShoreTreeDensity=0.05;SnowShoreTreeDensity=0.025;DeepWaterBiomesDepth=-0.24;InlandWaterObjectsDensity=0.5;ShorelineStartOffset=0.01;ShorelineThickness=0.0015;MountainGeneralTreesPercent=0.1;TerrainScaleMultiplier=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f,Z=1.0f);SnowBiomeLocation=(X=0.2f,Y=0.2f);RWForestBiomeLocation=(X=0.5f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);NorthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.0f);NorthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=0.0f);SouthRegion1Start=(X=0.25f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion1End=(X=0.416f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion2Start=(X=0.416f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion2End=(X=0.582f,Y=1.0f);SouthRegion3Start=(X=0.582f,Y=0.5f);SouthRegion3End=(X=0.75f,Y=1.0f);EastRegion1Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.0f);EastRegion1End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.333f);EastRegion2End=(X=1.0f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3Start=(X=0.75f,Y=0.666f);EastRegion3End=(X=1.0f,Y=1.0f);WestRegion1Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.0f);WestRegion1End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.333f);WestRegion2End=(X=0.25f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3Start=(X=0.0f,Y=0.666f);WestRegion3End=(X=0.25f,Y=1.0f)

    If you'd like to learn more about PGMs, please check out our quick start guide:

    ARKVideo!

    This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

    And without further ado, the ARKVideos for Community Crunch 98 are...

    ARK: Survival Evolved - OpenWorld!

    and...

    MAN OR MANTIS - Rise of the Achatina (Episode 4) by LameWolfProductions!

    ARKitect!

    This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

    The ARKitects for Community Crunch 98 are… 

    ARK Pixel Box Art by Lusaka6!

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    "Center Tower Caste" by SNK & Bob!

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    Sphinx by Valoule

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    Ragnarok Tek Retreat by F1r3fly

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    CASTLE BLACK BUILD, ARK SURVIVAL EVOLVED by ThePilgrim

    If you'd like to check out the submissions from the rest of the entrants, you can do so here:

    Fan Feature!

    The Castle [4K 60FPS] [Cinematic/Showcase] by EXFIB0

    Awesome Small ARK Treehouse! :: Exploring ARK Ragnarok Official Map :: Awesome ARK Base Locations!

    Log Cabin 3 :: Ark Building Tutorial :: How To Build a House in Ark Survival Evolved | UniteTheClans

    Ark: Survival Evolved || STEAMPUNK CITY || Ragnarok by Squidge Meister

    Game of Thrones inspired build on Ark Survival Evolved Castle Black by ArkTLC 138

    |RAGNAROK| Top 5 PvP Base Locations [PvP Tips & Tricks] by EXFIB0

    PIMP MY HOME, RAGNAROK STYLE by ranger1presents

    Exploring Ragnarok Ice Cave (2 of 3) [IronMine Ragnarok] [8] by MonkeyManTV

    Exploring Ragnarok - Griffin Taming w/WitMan by MonkeyManTV

    Big Flag build by ArkTLC 138

    [4th of July][Jerboa Parade, Firework Rocket Launchers!!] by SevenFootPIGMAN

    Big Floating Ship Base Build PVE Ark Survival Evolved by ArkTLC 138

    Forest base build tour | Modded ARK Survival Evolved by Ampersam

    Rainbow Base! Ark Survival Evolved Build by Ampersam

    ArkLifeRP - Chili Night at T&A Ranch with Cowboy Poetry by Smokie780

    Ark Survival Evolved - Caution wet paint (PART 60) by GeeKy gAMer no1 & gOOgly Owl

    ARK ICE WYVERN ❄️VS ? FIRE WYVERN!! ICE WYVERN VS ALPHA WYVERN!! Ark Survival Evolved Dino Battles by Fresonis

    TURTLE & JERBOA BREEDING - JERBOA EXPLOSION! by The Lime Inc.

    How to Tame a Griffin ARK:101 feat. RamFace by YodysseusIV

    Explore the Ark #12: How to Handle Allo Packs by MrWhitehearth

    My Dodo, By Clay (Polymer Clay Art by Naila) by ClayOnOrDieTrying
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=971091523

    Two barys by Plazmo Xen
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1092739006

    Kids will be Kids by Violet
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=966185164

    Survivor Card by Violet
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1052870491

    Partnership by 神 Laila ☯ Ai 愛
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970409870

    Indominus Rex (Redraw) by Neon
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=969784671

    이구아나와 이구아노돈 by iguana12345678
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1088235178

    The Spelunker by Dead Nitr0th3Edg3l0rd
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1090027421

    Concours Dessin ! by Stipik
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1083763728

    Concours Dessin ! by Stipik
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1083765134

    Tiger attack 2 by TiMs
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1073033042

    New realistic Dilophosaurus by milokamilo
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1092745521

    New Albertosaurus by milokamilo
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1091543789

    Milo's Smilo by milokamilo
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1088612627

    Primal Mammoth by Sharkcat
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1089618710

    Snow Camo Hyenadon by Sharkcat
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970916508

    Desert Camo Hyenadon by Sharkcat
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970917363

    Forest Camo Hyenadon by Sharkcat
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970915316

    Scooby-Doo Hyenadon by Sharkcat
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=970625197

    Additional Creatures Official Dossier: Achillobator by Shadlos
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1086709861

    Hydra Dossier by Crimson
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1085552573

    Additional Creatures Official Dossier: Amphicyon by Shadlos
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1083416235

    The REAL Brontosaurus by Nemo Namikaze
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1078980587

    The REAL Triceratops by Nemo Namikaze
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=972947078

    Zygophyseter Custom Dossier by Helena
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    Source:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=957120127

    Stalker Dossier by Dead Nitr0th3Edg3l0rd
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    Source: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=955211817

    That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share please get in touch and be sure to follow us on:

    Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
    Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

    :Jerblove:

    Edited by Jat


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    About the multiplayer bosses fix, is this applied over all dedicated/official servers, or the multiplayer non-dedicated sessions?

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    "there will be a lot of focus on PC Performance this month"

    Does that mean you're done ignoring the constant driver crashes and resets that people have been having for years? Fixing the memory leaks? Disappearing dinos? :/

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    14 hours ago, LionCash08 said:

    Two reasons why this embarrassment of a launch attempt will lose you a quarter of your player base.

    1)Your exposing how poorly ran this company is during a time where some real competition (Dark and Light) is emerging. Notice how literally every major content creator for Ark is transitioning to this much more polished, promising, and most importantly fresh new game.

    2)The majority of your player base is KIDS, kids who will be returning to school during the exact time your game is "releasing". You missed your window Jat. A very disappointing and laughable performance by both you and your team. 

    See you on Dark and Light everyone!

    I disagree. Almost everyone I've encountered on Ark is either an adult, or a very mature teen, and I've been playing since the Preview's release. I've also got a statement on Dark and Light: There's a reason the original version failed, and if they can't figure it out, then there's no hope for them. Alas, I do agree that delaying things is a bit unprofessional in that it not only makes Wildcard look bad, but it makes Server owners who have made promises look bad as well. Let's see what happens on the 29th...

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    At Least Open another Part of the Ragnarok map since it is delayed til August 29th .... most of US have either explored the entire part of the map that is open

    or are bored because there is nothing else to do this the next part is released

    if you want your player base to continue on Ragnarok .... give us another part of the map to explore ..... right now its boring  cant really do much on the map on my pvpve server atm  nothing is really happening limited locations to explore same with caves etc

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    49 minutes ago, Lostmymarbles said:

    At Least Open another Part of the Ragnarok map since it is delayed til August 29th .... most of US have either explored the entire part of the map that is open

    or are bored because there is nothing else to do this the next part is released

    if you want your player base to continue on Ragnarok .... give us another part of the map to explore ..... right now its boring  cant really do much on the map on my pvpve server atm  nothing is really happening limited locations to explore same with caves etc

    buy SE DLC

     

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    I've stopped caring at this point. I was fine with a delay or two but you guys are just crying wolf now. Stop giving us false hope and just tell us when it's done.

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    22 hours ago, Jat said:

     

    @Jat Here is the link to the memory leak issues, I have tagged you in there, but not sure if editing an older post will trigger it. I have the 5 most recent Crashstacks / Dump files there. Please note, several more of us are having the same crashstack as our more IT competent servermate took a look and tried to help us. I usually exit the game at 97% as to avoid crashing somewhere bad, otherwise there would be tons more. 

    This was also happening on ANSEL mode that I was talking about. I have all the Crashstacks/Dump files for the whole year if you need more. I really would love to play, the Nvidia update gave FPS a HUGE boost, but having to restart every 15 mins, and it taking 5-10 mins to load on an older HDD just isn't fun. Turning on paging file isn't an option (aside for ANSEL just to get contest stuff made), as the game freezes for 20 sec of every 1-2 minutes.

    I had made it managable around 1 month ago by triggering certain settings (Shadows/Foliage/Sky speed up the process), and I suspect the new sky/fog always on in the distance to have something to do with it.

    Thanks.

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    Haha, what an absolute joke of a company and 'launch' this is. It's beyond ridiculous now. All this to release a game that's still broken anyway, hilarious! Why should any of us believe that it will come on the 29th Aug? We believed the 4th July, then 10th, then 19th, then Aug 8th....  Me and my friends are all basically at the point of not caring any more, as are most console players no doubt.
    Fortunately Conan Exiles comes to Xbox before Rag now, so RIP Ark, you were fun! But enough is enough, a wise woman once said.... "Ain't nobody got time for that"

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    Can't release updates on time, can't release Ragnarok dlc on time, can't meet the delayed patches and releases on time, when you do release patch it's broken and untested we know this cause we couldn't do one basic thing.... login. And now you delay your own official release?? What is wrong with you people are so inept at your job or is it more simple grab as much money as you can before people find out your going to release this broken piece of poop. By the way several things you've broke with your patches. Ragnarok for console is now going to be more complete for release you must think we're all smoking crack to believe that you can fix anything. I truly hope when the reviews start coming out you get roasted and have a chance to sell another game on the market!!

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    Is there any official statement about the Ragnarok Isolated? 

    Will they cluster with new? With legacy? 

     

    If they'll kept as isolated, will you launch new island/center/scorched map to this cluster?

     

    (Sorry if not best place to put these questions)

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    My concern is what percentage of performance increase will we be seeing with the new networking, and if that will positively effect the game's devastatingly low FPS.

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    I Play ark nearly every day since the release on PS4 and i love this game, but it starts to annoy me now. Waiting for Ragnarok trust your release announcement i took off from work for the 4th of July for the 8th of August and now.... raptor man. Stop to announce wrong dates. If you had announced the 29th of August from the beginning everything would be fine but that sucks like a cheating girlfriend. On the other Hand you can´t play the Island anymore  because the spawn rates are poop. Since you released the Yutyranus i haven´t seen a T-Rex or an Ovis in the North for over an month. Alphas???? Killed about 10 Alpha raptors in the last 4 weeks but haven´t seen an Alpha Rex for 3 months. Come on guys, you don´t earn less money if you increase the spawn rates. Please do that because otherwise the game is boring and i will quit because...raptor it´s another month to wait!!!

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    ok ok, i hope you working on "Dinos always bugs in trees" and where is the Tek Preserving Bin? Jeremy said that we got a faster preserving bin to produce Jerky, its a pain in the ass to get jerky on singleplayer this is the reason why i cheat all the jerky :o im happy if we can change the produce rate on the .ini.

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    On 7/29/2017 at 7:20 AM, Bevan said:

    Or do you want the game to be made like EA would? Take out content so it's "finished" on time and then serve everything else as overpriced DLC

    They do this anyway almost every update. Cut content and then the update still makes the game worse. There's no excuse to keep pushing it back. They have paid DLC and doubled the price of Ark. It seems like that money is going nowhere into actually making a better game. Seems like they've spent it all just trying to force out the game so they can make and waste even more money.

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    @Jat Will pc servers still release August 8th , Because my entire tribe almost is 16 and under and 3/4 of us start school august 23rd.  And it would be unfair to alot of other players to since they also would be in school. Can you respond to my comment.

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    How many times can you delay Ragnarok? And delaying the release, really? Next time you release something please make sure you can meet your release date.

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    14 hours ago, All8iversons said:

    Are we only going to be able to rent servers or will we be able to host a dedicated server for our Xbox from our PCs?

    You should be able to do the latter when the Play Anywhere version releases in the Win 10 Store. @Jat hasn't committed to a release date for that yet though, just said that they'd have more news when it's ready.

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    Ark was going to tide me over until Destiny 2. Looking like it's not worth bothering now.

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