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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? & ARK News

    Hey Survivors! Welcome to ARK News! :Jerbhi:

    We are unfortunately crunched for time this week and won't be able to write up a proper Community Crunch. But here is what's going on in the world of ARK!

    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????

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    What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what creature it is? 

    Aberration Update!

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    You may have noticed many of the developers on social media have been more quiet than usual, and that's because the team has been making incredible progress on Aberration. We know that you're all eager to hear a date for Aberration release, it's coming! We'll be updating our release date and sharing it with you all very soon. Everyone will be able to visit and enjoy the world of Aberration before 2017 is out.

    Xbox One X Release!

    On Monday we released ARK on the Xbox One X with enhanced graphics (HDR, True Sky, Detail Mode and more) for Day One of the Xbox One X launch. Check out the comparison video below!

    We also released our newest live action trailer! Revisit the ARK island as our hapless new survivor now "Respawns" and finds an unlikely friend. Produced by the award-winning PIXOMONDO team, including Executive Producer Mandie Briney, the VFX Supervisor from Game Of Thrones, Sven Martin, and CEO Thilo Kuther.

    Xbox Play Anywhere & Crossplay Update!

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    We are currently in the final stages of testing the Windows 10 version of ARK, which will bring with it Crossplay between Xbox and the Windows 10 version of ARK on PC. We expect the update to be available in Early December after it goes through a submission process (cert) similar to console, which is a multi-week approval process. We're very excited to get this out to players as we know you have been waiting and are eager to experience it. We'll keep you posted as it enters and processes through cert.

    Rentable Xbox Servers & Official Saves!

    As I am sure many of you are aware our rentable servers update cleared certification and went out on Monday. Since then many have asked when their official save data will be available, as it can be hosted via Nitrado on your rented server. We will be working on this over the weekend, and will provide a link here on this post as well as on Twitter once the process is finished. This will include all of the legacy PVE servers on all platforms. (We cannot provide PVP servers, as it would give unfair advantage to people playing on those servers by allowing people to snoop through others bases with the save files.)

    Want to host your own server? Check out Nitrado!

    NA Season Pass Skins!

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    While Season Pass skins are already available to most, they are not currently being awarded properly to those under Sony America. Sony NA will have the Season Pass skins working soon, hopefully on 20th of November. It should be a relatively easily fix, they just have to process through their backend with the current build. Once that happens, you'll be able to sport your Reaper Helmet and Pug Mask all over the ARK!

    Console Ragnarok Update!

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    For our console Survivors curious about when they will be able to get their hands on the most recent desert Ragnarok update, an upcoming patch will be coming in December that will bring it line with current spec of PC. 

    ARK: Evolution Event Weekend!

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    Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It's already live now and will remain active until Monday the 13th at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

    2x Harvesting Rate
    2x Taming Rate
    2x EXP Rate

    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
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    Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
    Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark

    All the best,
    Studio Wildcard

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    On 11/11/2017 at 2:51 AM, GP said:

    Although we all know what the Mysterious Mystery is..... it's that thing from Stranger Things 2! :o

    Woot Aberration's getting closer! The days fly by so fast these days it will be here before we know it! And in the meantime we still got the rest of ARK to enjoy until then! :Jerblove:

    Except those of us that have been playing since Alpha and have played through all the content and are holding off on playing Ark till the DLC drops so we don't burn out on playing Ark while waiting for it.

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    45 minutes ago, Willthefluteboy said:

    Except those of us that have been playing since Alpha and have played through all the content and are holding off on playing Ark till the DLC drops so we don't burn out on playing Ark while waiting for it.

    Yeah, I'm on the same page as are quite a few people I know. The burnout has reached uncomfortable levels and I'm just not willing to exhaust what content I have left. I've finally reached the tek tier but am reluctant to use any of it and I have quite a few dinos left to get mutations on. Since this is the only end-game, I'm not touching it until after Aberration so the journey can last. Also, I'm hoping to see the TLC patch before returning to the base game as some dinos desperately need some love.

    Not going to hold my breath and hype the third DLC, I'm just accepting in advance that it'll be delayed by several months. With any luck the Crystal Isles map will be close to completion by the time I get burned out by Aberration. I have a feeling that it'll become an official DLC.

    As for this dodgy release date nonsense, the October prediction for Aberration was given in early September. I can understand needing an extra 2-4 weeks, but if it really does release at the end of December then that goes to show that something went very wrong, or they simply don't have a team large enough to handle the DLC in the time they were given (on top of having to neglect the base game).

    While I would prefer if they held off on announcing dates they can't stick to, I am very eager to see this "final" release date.

    If it is late December, I imagine these forums and reddit will blow up with anger so I get their reluctance to give us a date.

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    On 11/10/2017 at 9:48 PM, Fukdapegos said:

    I really don't want to be that guy but you guys said we would get a concrete release date sometime after twitchcon. I know that you said here it'll be revealed soon but then again that's what you said about aberration when the first trailer dropped. I guess all I'm saying is that I hope the date comes out sooner rather than later.

    You must be relatively new here. They either lie, are incredibly terrible at time management, or have no idea what there doing and are figuring it out as they go all the while throwing out release dates that don’t mean poop. So don’t worry about being “that guy” sometimes I wonder if they would say anything at all if people didn’t weren’t constantly badgering them. So basically keep up the good work.

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    8 hours ago, Sinj said:

    Is this a thing that actually happened? Like, she said this in a post or stream? Do you have links?

    I also would like proof of this so I can choose to believe you or not.

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    Really sad to see so much anger and disappointment.

    I am too disappointed by many things but not a single positiv comment is really  upsetting me.

    Yeah this game has flaws, yes the promised 1080p performance mode on xbox one x is a joke, but since we figured out how to join our nitrado server, we were having so much fun that the flaws really aren't that much of a concern to us.

    I hope we will see more mods becoming official like S+ because the building possibilities haven't changed that much from the release of ark. I like to decorate more and have more options to light up my village.

    I think WC needs so rebalance some things like the camera and give us more attachable light like tek light in low tier levels.

    I was so sick of not being able to change direction of the electrical cables from the generator that I admin spawned tek lights and hell yeah these lights are so awesome!

    Please devs look at fallout and their building system.

    Power transmitting items and wireless powered objects are way more fun than these ugly power cables which are more frustrating than fun.

    Building should be fun and not a pain in the ass like many things are at the moment. 

    Next thing is the camera. Why is this so expensive? I spawned it and took pictures of all tribe members and placed their pics and a wall in the middle of the village and it so much fun decorating the village with funny snapshots, that I was really sad, that it is so expensive, many players won't build it because it's waste of ressources.

    Everything fun should be cheap because you don't have an advantage in pvp for example. 

    Maybe you guys think it over ;)

    Maybe another fun option would be that the color you can create, you can put them into torches and create other lightcolors than just red and blue.

    And please make the mod official that torches and lights only are active during night time.

    Thanks guys for an awesome game and keep working on it!

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    On 11.11.2017 at 10:01 PM, Pericles said:

    Studio Wildcard- Play Anywhere coming:  D̶e̶c̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶6̶,  S̶p̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ 8̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ 2̶9̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  M̶i̶d̶ S̶e̶p̶t̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  L̶a̶t̶e̶ S̶e̶p̶t̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  N̶o̶v̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,   S̶o̶l̶i̶d̶ E̶T̶A̶ a̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ T̶w̶i̶t̶c̶h̶c̶o̶n̶, December 2017. HEY LOOK it only took you 1 year exactly after you announced a December 2016 release date at ID @Xbox. Lets face it though we are all expecting Early 2018. Hey wait...if its a weeks long certification process after 100% completion...how did you expect to have it out less than 2 weeks after September 15th when you still weren't done? 

    Microsoft forced them to use Microsoft's anti cheat system instead of Battle Eye, which WC worked on for a long time, delaying implementation of Play Anywhere after game premiere significantly.  WC just can't openly say that. 

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    They didn't say late December. Just that it won't be 2018 when all platform can play.
    We all know that it WILL be 2018 before all plarforms can play

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    I liked the wording hear

    (Everyone will be able to visit and enjoy the world of Aberration before 2017 is out)

    honestly guys, they are going to release an unfinished aberration map and start hitting us with daily update... not that anything will change because I've updated ark every day this week

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    So now that the weekend is over...what about those PVE legacy saves ? 

    Or shall I classify this among another ''Jeremy said, but never did'' things ?

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    I'm so sick of these guys pushing dates back.I only bought the xbox one version (I already owned this game on Steam) because one of my non PC friends got it when it came out in early access or xbox preview or whatever and WAAAAY back then they said we'd soon be able to host our own servers on pc. Now that's getting pushed to at least December, but that's probably just another lie. I'm already tired of the god damn game, yet I'm going to have to set up a server and suffer through grinding up another character with my xbox friends if that ever becomes an option. Starting to wish I could refund the xbox version.

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    21 hours ago, Lewiatan said:

    Microsoft forced them to use Microsoft's anti cheat system instead of Battle Eye, which WC worked on for a long time, delaying implementation of Play Anywhere after game premiere significantly.  WC just can't openly say that. 

    They said at the end of September they decided they needed  BattleEye fully functioning for a proper experience: this is 4 weeks post launch. Lets say the news arrived from Microsoft shortly after their late September update, guaranteeing no question as to the window of this statements validity: If they didn't touch Battleye until August 29th and worked on it till September 30th they lost 4 weeks on a non functioning Battleye and you would have to add several weeks for the Windows certification. They then expect to complete Windows anti cheat by their December window giving them 8-12 weeks development time for a fully functioning anti cheat and accounts for several (lets say at least 2 ) weeks of Microsoft certification. If they started Battleye a month before launch 8 weeks dev +2 weeks certification for a non working anti cheat, 2 months=12weeks dev +2 weeks cert. Lets say 6 months before release they were working on Battleye to get Play Anywhere working 28 weeks development +2 weeks cert for a non functioning Battleye. WORST OF ALL If they started December 2016 when they told XBOX themselves it would come out we are talking 43 weeks development + 2 weeks certification for a non working Battleye anti cheat. It them becomes a question of WHEN did they decide something as core as an Anti Cheat was needed? When did they start trying to make Play Anywhere work? See the longer you say they were dedicated to it the worse it looks. I guess it makes sense Microsoft would put the screws on Studio WC lol Its making them look bad: that year old "Coming Soon" eyesore on their Play anywhere list.

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    On 11/11/2017 at 9:01 PM, Pericles said:

    Studio Wildcard- Play Anywhere coming:  D̶e̶c̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶6̶,  S̶p̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ 8̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ 2̶9̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  M̶i̶d̶ S̶e̶p̶t̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  L̶a̶t̶e̶ S̶e̶p̶t̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,  N̶o̶v̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ 2̶0̶1̶7̶,   S̶o̶l̶i̶d̶ E̶T̶A̶ a̶f̶t̶e̶r̶ T̶w̶i̶t̶c̶h̶c̶o̶n̶, December 2017. HEY LOOK it only took you 1 year exactly after you announced a December 2016 release date at ID @Xbox. Lets face it though we are all expecting Early 2018. Hey wait...if its a weeks long certification process after 100% completion...how did you expect to have it out less than 2 weeks after September 15th when you still weren't done? 

    For me this post says it all. 1 year late, bad communication and customers still waiting to get their hands on the PC version that was part of the play anywhere offer that i bought. Since then the game has had tons of DLC, tons of patches and tons of extras developed while ignoring customers who PAID FOR a game that they are still waiting to be delivered over a year ago! At this point I think microsoft need to update their site from "coming soon" to "good luck!". Also, for the money i paid to get the game with play anywhere i could have bought it and been playing it on steam and my xbox separately for about 6 months now. Lets hope by not having the DLC, because there is NO WAY im giving them more money!, that i can still enjoy the BASE game without needing the DLC otherwise it will have been a year long wait and a total waste of time and money!

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    So we have been waiting over a year for a play anywhere title for ark. That is nice maybe we will see it next year when no one is playing it anymore. :| Play anywhere for ark was announced back in October of 2016 just in case anyone was curious.

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    Dear Wilcard

    I support you thoughroly and truly but COME ON.

    Abberation is only out before end 0f 2017

    STOP THE DELAYS,OR JUST DONT MAKE FALSE RELEASE DATES 

    IM LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING AN ABERATION SERVER WITH MY FREINDS

    sorry needed to vent my anger:Rex:

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    7 minutes ago, BlueRaptorRay said:

    Dear Wilcard

    I support you thoughroly and truly but COME ON.

    Abberation is only out before end 0f 2017

    STOP THE DELAYS,OR JUST DONT MAKE FALSE RELEASE DATES 

    IM LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING AN ABERATION SERVER WITH MY FREINDS

    sorry needed to vent my anger:Rex:

    They delayed it because it either isnt finished or has gamebreaking bugs and I'd rather have a finished product instead of an unfinished product.

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    Never mind Aberration. What is up with that woman in the trailer? Kills the guy one morning, gives him a gun the next. Wearing the same smile!

    I heard about female mood swings but this, this is UNACCEPTABLE ! 

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