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Community Crunch 122: Dino TLC, Extended Evo Event, & What's Coming Next!


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

The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community!

TLC #2 Preview - Parasaurolphous!

Everyone's favourite early tame, the Parasaur, won't be receiving a visual update but will be receiving some handy ability upgrades to make it more useful for beginner survivors in TLC #2. 

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The Parasaur has found its voice in the form of a loud vocalization capable of notifying the player of surrounding danger and is even able to scare away smaller creatures when doing so. The call can be separated into the same categories as other creatures with a type of "turret mode" as well as the call can be done on command by the player, just like a roar.

Have issues with annoying Pegomastax or Ichthyornis stealing from you constantly while you're just trying to stroll down the beach? Got a Raptor pack hot on your heels? Have a Parasaur tag along with you and when of these pesky critters gets too close, your Parasaur will keep them at bay.

While riding your Parasaur, the Parasaur can send out a kind of echolocation that gives the player notice of where enemy players, tames, and wild dangers are around them, even when they are out of line-of-sight. In combination these abilities make the Parasaur a very strong ally during those early days on the beach and ongoing. They are able to alert survivors when someone is trying to sneak into their base by acting like a living tripwire alarm!

On top of these new abilities the Parasaur will also have increased base carry weight which will allow it to carry even more of your belongings as you explore the Island and try to find your way around the ARK, and the ability to attack while running which it previously was not able to do.

Here are some other in-game images of what you can expect next week!

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What's Coming Next?

Now that we've shared the changes to the Parasaur that wraps up what is coming in TLC #2. The patch includes the Sarco, Spino, Argent, Raptor, Trike, and Parasaur, and is looking on schedule to go out early next week with a console release planned for mid-April. We will keep console players updated about more accurate release dates as we get closer to submitting patches.

Going forward, Wildcard is will be consolidating our patching process on PC. We will be leaning heavily on regular Tuesday (or Wednesday if needed) deployments unless critical fixes require patches outside of that regular patch day. These will become collective weekly bug patching updates rather than separate updates for each bug fix that in the past resulted in multiple patches a week.

After TLC #2 is released we will also be turning our focus more directly on to bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements in the weeks ahead. There are some issues that have been brought to the attention of the team by an artistic movement created to highlight the issues that affect players negatively the most. In tandem with development on TLC #2 these issues have been documented for future analysis, and after TLC #2 is released we will begin investigating and addressing these issues as one of our main focuses.

New Servers!

On Friday we completed our removal of low population Legacy servers. Over the weekend and into today we have been in the process of onlining new servers based on popularity and usage. If you're looking for a fresh server to play on, here is a list of some of the new servers that are now available! 

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PC:
NA/EU PVE/PVP 327-389
OC PvE 390-394
NA ORP CrossARK 6
EU PVP CrossARK 11
NA PVP CrossARK 12
EU PVP CrossARK 13

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PS4:
NA/EU PVE/PVP 829-888
NA ORP CrossARK 13
NA ORP CrossARK 14
NA Prim+ PVE CrossARK 4
OC PVE 889-893

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Xbox:
NA/EU PVE/PVP 859-921
NA PVP CrossARK 12
NA Prim+ PVE CrossARK 5
NA ORP CrossARK 6 *currently investigating some listing issues with ORP
EU CrossPlay PVP 922-926
OC PVE 927-931

If you are a PC player looking to download a copy of your now deprecated official server you can do so at the link below. Save files for Xbox and PS4 deprecated legacy servers will be available to use via Nitrado tomorrow through their server admin panel so stay tuned for that. 

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/deprecated-official-pc-server-backups/

Mod Tutorial Contest!

Every other week, as part of the community crunch, the newest member of our team ZenRowe will be doing mod spotlights and giving tips, tutorials, and best practices. We are also going to start hosting a Mod Tutorial Contest every other week. The goal of this contest is to encourage mod authors to share knowledge and increase the skill level and understanding of mod authors that are new or trying to acquire new skills. If you'd like to participate in our first Modding Tutorial contest check out the post below: 

Extended 2x Evo Event!

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Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend and into next week! Over St. Patrick's Day an Evo Event will be active from Friday the 16th at 1pm EST until Wednesday the 21st at 3pm. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

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

Fan Building Contest!

Survivors, Firespark81 & GGFizz are currently hosting a building contest for fellow PC Survivors. They are doing both a vanilla and modded contest.

If you're a budding arkitect and interested in the competition, check out the video above. They also have a list of rules and a sign-up form if you'd like to enter.

Contest Rules & Info: https://sites.google.com/view/buildconrules/

Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaInq2jQ_i5Xe0AWQI6UN9KAK4O0RqgDH_j2eXupfk3rjpFQ/viewform

Be sure to get in touch with them if you're interested in participating, and good luck!

Community Contests!

NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

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Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel -- a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset. 

Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.

Now let’s get to the contest!

There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

Four Categories

*NEW* Freestyle: These can be images or videos taken using NVIDIA's new Freestyle filters! If videos are submitted, they must have a maximum duration of one minute. 

Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.

Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution, in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.

Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

And now without further ado, here are your entries!

Freestyle!

Winner!

StateofMynd42 - Flight of Dragon

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Runners-up!

pitsmat - Prosper

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Ego - Yin Yang

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Morgengrau - Soul Eater

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Honourable Mentions!

Wolf Amaterasu - Pachy in Waiting

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Wolf Amaterasu - Liquid Color

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Valoule - Raptor leap

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StateofMynd42 - Tundra Throwdown

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StateofMynd42 - Shipwreck

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StateofMynd42 - Sharptooth

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StateofMynd42 - Pine Tree State

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roguewolf91 - Stand Your Ground

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StateofMynd42 - Peaceful Falls

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StateofMynd42 - Para-dise

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Rahthos - Hot Streak

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Rahthos - Dark Monarch

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pitsmat - Surprise

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pitsmat - Forgotten

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Morgengrau - Facing Death

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Morgengrau - Eye for an Eye with the Predator

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Morgengrau - Duel

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F1r3fly - Skull Island - Kong Filter

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Ego - How to train your Dragon

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Ego - Home

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Ego - Crystal hearts

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BlueDragon - Vertebra

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BlueDragon - Something blue

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BlueDragon - Ice Ice Allo

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pitsmat - Purpose

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pitsmat - Oasis

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pitsmat - Glare

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Super Resolution!

Winner!

Rahthos - Bloodfall's Hallow

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Runner up!

ZoaLive - The dream of far away galaxies

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Honourable Mentions!

Ego - Shadows of fear

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Ego - Mouth of the volcano

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Ego - Fairy tale

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BlueDragon - Strike!

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BlueDragon - Rivalry

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BlueDragon - Desert Ravager

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pitsmat - Indominus

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ZoaLive - That´s MY rock!

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ZoaLive - On the hunt

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ZoaLive - Let´s shine

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ZoaLive - I have a feeling there is someone behind me

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ZoaLive - Grumpy Town during High Noon

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ZoaLive - Colorful beauty

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ZoaLive - Breath of the wild

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ZoaLive - Angry Chalicotherium

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Wolf Amaterasu - Obelisk Background Liquid Rex

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Wolf Amaterasu - Liquid Wyvern

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Wolf Amaterasu - Icy Fire Red Dominant

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Valoule - Micro horizon

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SgtWest - True King of the Hill

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SgtWest - The Hunting Crow

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SgtWest - The Bionic King

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roguewolf91 - The One That Got Away

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Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!

Winner!

Wolf Amaterasu - The Great Valley

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Honorable Mentions!

Wolf Amaterasu - Twin Falls

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Wolf Amaterasu - Surrounded

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Wolf Amaterasu - Ruin on the Lake

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Wolf Amaterasu - Play Lake

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Wolf Amaterasu - On the Log

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Wolf Amaterasu - Fishing Retreat

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BlueDragon - Tek and Nature

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Valoule - Escape the T-rex

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StateofMynd42 - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

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StateofMynd42 - Canyons

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roguewolf91 - Waters of Life

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Freeform!

Winner!

F1r3fly - Set Yourself Free

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Runner up!

Wolf Amaterasu - ARK Snake Pass

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Honourable Mentions!

Wolf Amaterasu - Burn Blue (4 Mirrored Liquid Wyvern Breath Images)

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Dragonarcwar - When Dinner Tries To Fly

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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 ARKVideo for Community Crunch 122 is...

Ravager Time by starwolf23!

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 ARKitect for Community Crunch 122 is…

Zelda map (link's awakening) in ARK by Valoule!

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We would also like to announce two runners up this week for their equally as fantastic builds:

Ark Tripod by MissyPrime!

and How-To Build a Functional Zodiac Raft by Tlc138!

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

Fan Feature!

Ark Aberration - Twisted Reality by lavitaebella1279

StoryTime: George the Conqueror Ep 1 by lavitaebella1279

How To Build an Otter Shop :: ARK: Building w/ Fizz (No MODS)  by GG Fizz

Epic Roof Design by Virgil Gaming

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Holiday Home by Mad1

Project Pandora Tour - Ark S+ PvE by Darkling NZ

Mistake by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl

Clear Skies of The Center by Violet
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1321680339

misplaced your structure? tame this! by mateaperic51
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1328799128

the small one for taming by mateaperic51
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1322223031

sea thing by mateaperic51
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1323606360

Thylacosmilus by Laelamcpitty
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1324461263

Red Fox Dire Wolf by Sharkcat
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1327143553

Monolo by milokamilo
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1326086473

Pyria: Mythos Evolved Official Dossier: Water Wyvern by Shadlos
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1325446822

Additional Creatures Official Dossier: Palaeoloxodon by Shadlos
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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1325457103

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
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All the best,
Studio Wildcard

:Jerblove:


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The parasaur. For reals? i can think of so many other things in need of some love rather then that

Please Give the Parasaur a visual upgrade it seriously needs it along with other creatures and saber needs abilities

I think it is great to go back and bug fix the game, but I also believe that there is still tons of Dinos I’m requirement of TLC. I sincerely hope once in a while some creatures will get new models an

I think it is great to go back and bug fix the game, but I also believe that there is still tons of Dinos I’m requirement of TLC. I sincerely hope once in a while some creatures will get new models and animations and abilities. I’m fine with them taking a break from TLC as long as it’s not believed by the developers to be “complete”. I also believe it is quite lazy since the parasaurs animations and model to be so outdated and still not get an update. 

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4 hours ago, Xassin said:

I think it is great to go back and bug fix the game, but I also believe that there is still tons of Dinos I’m requirement of TLC. I sincerely hope once in a while some creatures will get new models and animations and abilities. I’m fine with them taking a break from TLC as long as it’s not believed by the developers to be “complete”. I also believe it is quite lazy since the parasaurs animations and model to be so outdated and still not get an update. 

We must have read completely different things because they didn’t say that the TLC was near complete, bug fixing will run parallel to the TLC phases but will have bigger focus than before.

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Wildcard proving time and time again that they do read the forums and listen to players. They may not comment directly but they definitely give feedback in the form of direct action.

A topic in discussion for a while was updates at peak times, and although they may have always planned on consolidating patches, the threads may have pushed them forward.

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48 minutes ago, DJRone89 said:

We must have read completely different things because they didn’t say that the TLC was near complete, bug fixing will run parallel to the TLC phases but will have bigger focus than before.

They also didn't say they are working on TLC #3. In all fairness it is a legit question if they neither mention TLC is finished or they are continuing TLC. There was no mention of it.  Please don't pick on questions that are fairly asked when the answer is not obvious.

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Loving how the tlc looks so far, tho the Parasaour could use some smoother animations. I really hope you will be able to give all older dinos some love and new visuals eventaually so that the game looks “whole” otherwise it will look like 50% of the game is still in EA while the other is shiny and finished.

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22 hours ago, Jen said:

In tandem with development on TLC #2 these issues have been documented for future analysis, and after TLC #2 is released we will begin investigating and addressing these issues as one of our main focuses.

"These issues", which issues are we talking about here? I'm afraid that the community list of issues is way off from the list of issues that Wild Card has set up. Maybe an idea to share the issues so people can add more if need be? 

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7 hours ago, Xassin said:

I think it is great to go back and bug fix the game, but I also believe that there is still tons of Dinos I’m requirement of TLC. I sincerely hope once in a while some creatures will get new models and animations and abilities. I’m fine with them taking a break from TLC as long as it’s not believed by the developers to be “complete”. I also believe it is quite lazy since the parasaurs animations and model to be so outdated and still not get an update. 

 

6 hours ago, Eldar Seer said:

Can we get confirmation regarding whether or not TLC is finished, or if other older creatures such as the Carno, Plesio, and Megalodon could get some attention in the future?

This is what Jen has said regarding TLC #3 in the future.

 

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2 hours ago, GP said:

They also didn't say they are working on TLC #3. In all fairness it is a legit question if they neither mention TLC is finished or they are continuing TLC. There was no mention of it.  Please don't pick on questions that are fairly asked when the answer is not obvious.

Hardly picking on questions, just stating my interpretation because it seemed fairly obvious that not all work would cease on the TLC phases.

I can cofirm that they have ideas for TLC phase 3 (tweet from Jen) but the upcoming focus for the next few updates will solely be for bug fixes (stated in same tweet).

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