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Community Crunch 150: New CONQUEST Servers & ARK Digest 54!

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

Conquest PVP Servers!

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Today we have some exciting news to bring our PvP official players. We are introducing a new server cluster called: Conquest.

In contrast to our successful 6-man tribes servers, Conquest will focus on big tribes (25=player limit per tribe) and big battles. In order to fuel this large-scale fight these servers will have 2x rates compared to other official servers (unaffected by Evolution Events). This will allow tribes to build up faster, gain experience faster, raise, breed, and tame creatures faster, allow more focus directly on battling other tribes. The servers will also be capped at 100 players per server instead of 70. Server transfers will be enabled between servers within the cluster. There will be 36 servers total within the cluster, offering all map types to play on. 

This batch of Conquest servers will provide a fertile grounds for big tribes to come and play!

The Conquest servers will be spun up and available for PC players on September 28. We'll be monitoring the clusters success on PC and then evaluate bringing them to console at a later date. We encourage PvP players to check these new servers out on Friday!

ARK Digest 54!

Thank you for all of your questions, Survivors! We're excited to be bringing back the ARK Digest as it's been quite awhile since we had one. We plan to do these approximately once a month going forward so Digest 54 will take place near the end of September.

Here is our question and answer session with Lead Programmer Chris Willoughby!

Survivor Thomas asks, “Will the Titans of the land be a temporary tame (like the Titanosaur's on these Islands in the sky) or will we be able to properly keep them in our collection forever? Will we be able to ride them?”

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The Titans will be temporary tames in a similar vein to Titanos - there can only be one of each type on a map at any given time. That said, in singleplayer, they’ll be a permanent tame, but you’ll have to sacrifice it to summon another!

Survivor Caleb asks, “Will there be another dino TLC pass? If so could you provide more details about it? Examples of dinos that could benefit from a TLC pass would be the Carnotaurus, Dimetrodon, and the Sabertooth among others.”

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Right now we’re very focused on Extinction. If it makes sense to do another TLC pass post extinction, then we’ll do that. That said, we’re intentionally not making promises about this right now, because we don’t want to break them later.

Survivor Caleb asks, “If Rockwell is trapped/killed on Aberration, which takes place before Extinction in the story, does this mean we will not receive new additional recipes on Extinction due to the fact that Rockwell is the creator of the recipes?”

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There will be new recipes, and of course all of the previous ones will be available. We’re also planning to rework a few existing things to change up the meta!

Survivor Jacob asks, “Will you guys do another live stream of the new dlc Extinction like what you did with aberration?”

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Jen here to answer this question! Yes, we will be doing some streaming things for Extinction. We are also planning to do some fun stuff for Extra Life this year. If you’re not familiar, Extra Life is a 24-hour charity livestream event in which we help raise money for Children’s Hospitals. We’ve taken part the last few years and are definitely looking forward to participating again this year. It just so happens to line up very well with the release of Extinction happening a few days later. We’ll have some reveals to show as we reach donation milestones so if you’re looking forward to Extinction, you’ll want to check out that stream. We’ll provide more information on it as we get closer to the date, but Extra Life takes place on November 3rd.

Survivor Lorenzo asks, “Will the scout in extinction also be able to tag wild dinosaurs and are there going to be more relevance and new features regarding PvE?”

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It can tag wild dinos and allies, opening the door to a comprehensive view of the dinos on the battlefield.

Survivor Cyrus asks, “Will Extinction have a similar transfer system that Aberration had during the first few months? Will we be able to download items, Dino’s, or pre existing characters onto the Extinction map?”

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We are planning limited transfer into Extinction servers to start. We haven’t finalized the details yet, but it’s likely that it’ll be in the similar to Aberration.

If you have a question you want answered by the ARK dev team please submit your questions with the Subject "ARK Q&A" to our email address: [email protected]

STA Chinese Language Support!

SurviveTheArk.com 现在提供简体中文支持以及简体中文举报系统!用户可以在网页最下方选择语言。在更改语言后,系统将会自动翻译相应部分。

SurviveTheArk.com now offers Chinese language support and Chinese PC Abuse System support! You can select your language from the very bottom of the website. Once the language is changed, the PC incident report fields will automatically translated.

Mod Community Updates!

We just have a couple reminders for the mod community today.

There are two weeks left for submissions on both the Mod Contest and the Sponsored Mod Program. Get your entries in soon, because the deadline is October 6th. After that, we enter the voting phase; so this might be a good time to get people to try your mod and see what it has to offer.

We're also nearing the end of the month so I will be reviewing bounty requests and claims soon. If you are looking for any specific tutorials please make sure to take a look at the bounty request form.

Community Livestream #9 This Thursday!

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This Thursday September 27th the community team will be doing another biweekly livestream!

During these livestreams Zen Rowe, Chris, and Jen bring you ARK news, celebrate modding, and the community as a whole every other week. We mix it up between playing ARK, showing off mods, and showing off your community creations for all to see. Survivors are invited to join us in the chat (and sometimes even in-game) to play and talk with the community team.

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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: [email protected]

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

We'll be hosting our next Community Live Stream on Thursday, September the 27th at 1pm EST! We hope to see you there :)

PS4 (EU) Sale!

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ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Explorer's Edition

ARK: Season Pass

ARK: Scorched Earth

ARK: Aberration

Fanart of the Week!

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Spinosaurus painted with Indian ink by Anna!

ARK: Evolution Event!

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Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 28th of September at 1 PM EST until Monday the 2st of October at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rates
2x Taming Rates
2x EXP Rates

That's it for this post guys! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at:

Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark
Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark
Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark
Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark
Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark
Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110
Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark

All the best,
Studio Wildcard


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Conquest servers are a bad idea. Large scale PvP is basically what Official PvP is and you're taking players out of that pool yet again, contributing to the perception that the game is dead. Fragmenting your playerbase is generally a bad business decision, and the main deterrent to playing on Official is server lag so having permanent 2x servers with 100 slots isn't going to help that at all. You're better off shifting your attempts to solving the problems that cause players to not want to play Official such as improving server performance, disconnecting, etc if large scale battles is your goal. With these servers you're going to split the playerbase, making both clusters worse off overall.

 

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8 minutes ago, jammyjade said:

6 questions? you telling me with 12 million people buying this game there are only 6 questions an answers to post! tell ya what get me on the community crunch livestream lets talk ark for real! instead of all this nonsence 

Just post a question in the forums if you want to get an answer back. :P It is a tool they are using to get out the information that they want to get out, the old question and answer routine.  6 questions made up so they could post the 6 answers that they wanted.  Even used survivor "Caleb" twice to ask a question.

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1 hour ago, jammyjade said:

6 questions? you telling me with 12 million people buying this game there are only 6 questions an answers to post! tell ya what get me on the community crunch livestream lets talk ark for real! instead of all this nonsence 

I thought the same. 6 questions a month? Is that the best they can do? 

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Again discount on ps4? what about steam? 

And this new cluster shouldn´t exist wildcard should just wipe more legacy servers and create new fresh officials that was a great idea no uploads and downloads in 60 days and all new chars , that´s the point of officials ,  big tribes and small tribes with no event evolution besides weekends and thats is what makes the game fun (in my opinion) work soo you can get some advance in the game.

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My question is why more pvp servers? You should've already released like 3 sets of fresh servers since the last ones in June. I thought, maybe you  weren't to stock up for the new servers for extinction, then you come out with these pvp crap server which is how ppl seem to play pvp anyways. It drives me nuts how you take pvp more in consideration than pve when making any decisions

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After a month of waiting you answeared 6 questions... This is utterly disappointing to put it mildy. It looks like a students homework done durung 10 min break before the next class. Honestly, I bet it took you exactly 10 minutes to deal with this Digest. I have no faith you'll ever improve. 

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54 minutes ago, Jerryn said:

I have done a little clean up.  There is no need for name calling, bickering, insults, and such.

Please, let's stay on topic.

Thanks.

After the server reboot, our server went to full on lagfest, disconnect hell.  A few minutes later we realized we were over server cap as well.  What name would be appropriate to call the people who did that?  Why would that person not expect to be insulted?  But there I go, bickering....  The game is fun in spite of it all, but can someone please give 2 craps and try, just try, to fix the lag.  Heck, just lie to me and tell me you're taking a good look at it and you might have a fix for it...  

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Alot of people love smalltribes but want the cap to raise to 10-15 to prevent offlining which is one of the largest issues on 6man servers, its nearly impossible to get 24/7 coverage which results in nothing but offline raiding, and its a huge struggle to encourage everyone to play 6+ hrs a day to cover timezones. Smalltribes cap cant be changed because it caters to solo and duo players which wouldnt stand a chance on 10+man servers, but with enough comments/feedback we can get them to change the new 25 man servers they are releasing to 10-15 to make it actually worth playing and not just a clone of regular official, just like we got them to change the clustering of smalltribes. Just imagine how bad teaming would be if its tribes of 25 people doing it! 

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"The Titans will be temporary tames in a similar vein to Titanos - there can only be one of each type on a map at any given time. That said, in singleplayer, they’ll be a permanent tame, but you’ll have to sacrifice it to summon another! "

 

You'd think they'd learn from the complete disaster and disappointment of Titanos, but Nope!

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I really hope that I’m misinterpreting their comment about the Extra Life event. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing that they’re doing it to begin with, but I really hope that this doesn’t mean that instead of the increased breeding event up to 8x, they’re not seriously considering just giving sneak peeks of Extinction. I’m sure they’ll still get donations, but they’re taking a huge risk of losing out on a lot of money for a good cause by giving a lame (sorry, but it is) incentive to donate. Again everyone should donate anyways and  NOT be a terrible person, but you know that isn’t what’s going to happen if they don’t do something, breeding or something new and creative. If it were me I would take every step I could to ensure they made as much money as possible for those kids. I hope they’ve got it figured out. Either way I’m looking forward to the event, but people on all of our servers are already talking about their disappointment if that comment is truly what that means. 

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8 hours ago, Darlingfreaks said:

My question is why more pvp servers? You should've already released like 3 sets of fresh servers since the last ones in June. I thought, maybe you  weren't to stock up for the new servers for extinction, then you come out with these pvp crap server which is how ppl seem to play pvp anyways. It drives me nuts how you take pvp more in consideration than pve when making any decisions

A lot patches seem like they have no clue of how pvp actually works ... almost all of their ppl have ~100 h on pve so there is a lot of stuf that works rather for pve then for pvp (they also never really tryed to fix meshing ) also if they add more pve fresh servers there will be less players on more servers —> less traiding and other pve stuff 

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