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Community Crunch 131: Stream Roundup, Great Migration #3, Mod Community Updates, #3 & Xbox Sale!


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

Community Stream Roundup #1!

On May 10th we had our first Community Livestream. Thank you to all of those who attended and participated! The community team had a lot of fun and we hope you did as well. If you weren't able to catch the stream you can watch the video-on-demand on our Twitch page or by clicking on the video below.

The stream began with a brief round-up of community news from Jen. ZenRowe then introduced us to two mods during the Mod Showcase: Anzah and Immersive Taming.

From there the community team introduced a special guest, GGFizz, who is a YouTuber and Twitch streamer known for his impressive building skills in ARK. Zen and Jen challenged Fizz to a building contest to see who could build the best dinosaur using only ARK building materials. Ultimately the Twitch chat decided the Doedicurus built by Fizz was the winner, beating out the blue Dodo by Zen and Jen.

Running a bit overtime we jumped into the showcase section with Chris. Here we displayed some of the amazing ARKworks created by the community that you sent to us via email. We even chose our top favourites to receive some prizes!

We're very excited to see that this first stream was a success and our next community stream will take place on May 24th. We hope to see you there!


We are accepting any type of ARK related fanart to be featured in the showcase section of the stream and entries are always open. This can be drawings, videos, builds, ANSEL screenshots, handmade crafts, anything ARK related!

You can submit your ARKwork to our streaming email address: arkfans@studiowildcard.com

Be sure to follow us on our Twitch page so you don't miss a stream! twitch.tv/survivetheark

The Great Migration #3!


Once again it is time to remove some of our lower population legacy ARK servers on PC, Xbox, and PS4 from our Official legacy network. Over time the ARK population has migrated from legacy to non-legacy and in its wake left many servers with low populations for 0-1 players in a significant amount of cases. 

Here is a quick breakdown on how this process works:

Taking Down Low Pop Servers
With calculations based on sustained player-count as well as popularity of game mode we will be removing lower population legacy servers, most of which retain a 0-1 player concurrent population. These servers will be taken offline on June 12th. Any existing server that is not considered a low pop server and is not taken down at this time will still exist on the Legacy network.

Legacy servers will continue to remain on a separate cluster from the new cluster, which means you will not be able to transfer anything between Legacy servers and the new servers.

Servers Up for Deletion
Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deleted come June 12th. You have from now until then to move your belongings onto a server not present on this list. Please click one of the links below. They are separated by platform (PC, Xbox, and PS4).

Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.










How To Move Servers
If you are unfamiliar with the process, you are able to upload your items, creatures, and player through the Obelisk terminal, supply drops, as well as the Tek Transmitter. Survivors are advised to use Cross-ARK immediately to relocate their belongings onto a server that is not included in our take-down list above.

Allocation of New Servers
Our new method of onlining new servers has been through what we call "FRESH" servers. These servers are added to the main network but have downloads disabled for a period of 60 days. After 60 days that restraint is removed and they are officially joined to the main network. We plan to online set of Fresh servers on a monthly basis for all platforms so stay tuned for more information on when new ones will be added if you're looking for a fresh start.

Server Saves of Deleted Servers
We will make the save files available as soon as we can. We will host the PC files which anyone can download and then you are welcome to re-host the save file for your own use. We'll include a link to where you can download server saves in this post when they are available. Nitrado will also be able to provide the saves for use on Nitrado servers for console, as they have done in the past.

Upcoming New Speciality Servers!


Speciality servers are alternate game modes for ARK that last for a short period of time. Each new theme will bring on a new set of challenges different from that of servers currently available. However, these seasonal servers will wipe and change theme after a determined period of time.

We're looking for input from you today. We've set up a thread and we'd appreciate if you could drop your suggestions into the separate thread below. Changes will revolve around edits that can be made to the existing config. These types of changes can include many things like: tribe/alliance size, anything related to dino stats and taming, server rates, etc.

If you have a game mode that you think would be fun to play be sure to leave your comment in the thread:

Mod Community Updates!

Zen here with another addition to the Wildcard Workshop tutorial series where we look at adding config options to mods. You'll find it's easier than you expect but there are some rules to how it works. Files are also included in the tutorial post if desired.

As a reminder, the Mod tutorial contests have been extended to be full month submission periods and the awards have been doubled, so there is not a new contest starting this week. The current freestyle contest is still accepting submissions until the end of the month.

Xbox Sale!


ARK and its expansions are currently on sale on Xbox during the ID@Xbox Game Fest sale! Sale ends May 21st, 2018.

ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer's Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

ARK: Evolution Event!


Our next Evolution Event will take place from the 25th of May at 1 PM EST until Monday the 28th at 3 PM EST.

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:

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All the best,
Studio Wildcard


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wheres the roadmap? where the future of ark? 

i think you should get me on the next livestream to ask some community questions and yo can explain some of the creative processes why its hard to implement everything you have spoke about in past? maybe what content or features might happen?  some sort of roadmap for ark? would be nice to update people on what is and isn't possible with out too much hype?

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This every other weekend for the evolution events kinda sucks. I missed this past event due to real life situations and now I am going to miss the next evolution event because more real life situations... I finally have this coming weekend off but there wont be an event :( If the every other weekend events hold up, I wont be able to take part for the foreseeable future

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3 hours ago, glennjr1982 said:

why take low pop servers down let people move there to keep from having server tamed capped


There aren’t enough official servers while the legacy servers are still online. Thye take the legacy down and repurpose it into an official one.

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4 hours ago, SS5DEJAN said:

Confused about the Most Popular servers list. Are those legacy? Or are you saying the non-legacy servers we all play on now could be shut down sometime in the undetermined future?

Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.

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No events at all means we cant only enjoy faster taming, but even cant build. I planned to finish my building project this weekend and finally tame a high lvl dimetrodon as it is very time consuming to do without x2. But apparently we didnt deserve another event, like at least boosted gathering would hurt anyone. This is depressing

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@Jatheish Is it an idea to allocate all the upcoming *FRESH* servers to PvE to attack the taming cap problem? Main reason is that if you have to many PvP servers you will divide their players too much which will result in no actual PvP being done, which than in time will result in people quitting because there is not enough action. 

@Jen For the upcoming event if you want to have faster approval from the community with new events post some statistics for people to see, communities always like that. As for example the kings harvest event, post the amount of resources gathered on average on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and than after the event post how much was gathered during the event. Same for cooking, post how much burgers and drinks are made aprox. daily/weekly/monthly and after the event post the numbers of the event. Thats how you actually pull the community towards you and have a way higher approval rate. 

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this is a 3yo project. don't expect to win the popularity contest anymore. you're better off just doing evo events every weekend. 3rd dlc will be the last major content barring any significant balancing changes (that are much needed), i dont see you guys pulling in new people. the mod community can give this game another year or two but yeah, it's basically over. ark is dead, thanks to the unmoderated servers and toxic community you created. gj. keep steering this boat to shore, you blind "adventurers" 

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44 minutes ago, elweasel2010 said:

Well for me the weekend event was BS. If you are having a breeding event at least make it long enough to finish raising the babies. I am not happy with WC.  You said S+ would be added. When? Or playing as a dino? Stop the BS. Finish what you started, FIRST. Then move onto other things.

Play as a Dino, i.e. Primal Survival ceased development a long time ago, that was known ages ago that it had stopped.

So many people every week complain that there is no breeding event, then when there is a breeding event people complain that it is only 1.5x instead of 2x and then people complain it wasn't long enough when usually Evo Events only last Fri to Mon anyway. This is a good example of people never being happy with whatever they are given.

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7 hours ago, GP said:

Most Popular Servers
To avoid players having to move again in future, we're publishing the most popular servers across all platforms. These servers are the top 30 most active Legacy servers on each platform and are ones most likely to be safe from any future server removals.

Still no guarantee they wont wipe those 'most likely' reminds me the saying that legacy would not wipe.  :D

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