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Hello Survivors!

Welcome to Community Crunch 46! The Crunch is a weekly topic that consist of content to share, made by the community, for the community! As well as any little changes we want to make survivors aware about, which happen within our community.

To start off, I have a bit of news to share that I know many of you are eager to hear more information about. 

Map Biome Changes!

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This is the updated biome map of The Island to include the new Redwood Forests (in red) and the updated Snow Extension (blue). There are also changes made to the Swamp biome (green). There have been substantial terrain changes made to the red area on the map, so your course of action in this area should be to pack up all valuables and evacuate the area in preparation for PC patch v241 (ETA: May 30). 

The extended snow area should not have any major terrain changes, but there is a possibility of new rocks and trees that have the potential to destroy parts of bases, or spawn on top of tames and destroy them. It is in your best interest to remove valuables from these areas and relocate back in if you desire after the biome change takes place. Anything within the changing biome areas has the potential to be deleted and lost.

We’re very excited for these map changes to take place and we hope to have some more things to share in the coming week. I think you’ll really enjoy them and the variety it will add to the Island!

Digest Q&A!

We're combining this weeks Crunch with ARK Digest 30. Here is a question and answer session with Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, and Co-Creative Director: Jeremy "Drake" Stieglitz!

Survivor, Neizan asks, “Can you tell us more about: Tribe Member Rankings with Customizable Per-Rank Privileges?”

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We have a handy guide to Tribe Member Ranks right here!

Survivor, TheBohrokKiller asks, “Will the Spino and Baryonyx prefer fish meat/prime fish meat over regular meat/prime meat?”

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Jeremy: They will, when the Baryonyx releases!

Survivor, PhilinDeblanc asks, “Will my character ever grow facial hair? Maybe implement a set razors that you can use to shave/style it. It would be a great trick to play on my tribe mates while they're offline.”

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Jeremy: We do plan customizable hairstyles quite soon, along with a haircut item to change them. They won’t dynamically grow, however a mod could add that easily enough using the upcoming persistent buff system...

Survivor, PrimeEvil asks, “Do you still expect to launch the game in June?

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Jeremy: Due to our increased feature and content goals (over 100+ dinos up from launch of 70, and more Mod and Design systems), full launch has been moved to the Holiday Seasons in order to meet all of our development goals and achieve simultaneous release on all platforms. ARK will get an increasing pace of updates going forward, however, as we drive hard towards that.

Survivor, Moonagi asks, “Will there ever be a dinosaur breeding stat? For instance when having dinosaur farms and my dinosaurs level up I could put points into a stat for faster egg laying? Maybe even make fertile eggs hatch faster if you have a high mating stated dinosaur mother/father?”

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Jeremy: Hmm will consider a Breeding Stat -- it could definitely be a useful thing if you wanted to raise creatures especially for procreation...

Survivor, Syrade asks, “We haven't heard anything about the procedural generation of ARK yet how is that coming along?”

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Jeremy: It’s about to get a major kick in the pants and you’ll hear more about it quite soon. It should revolutionize ARK (as an option). :)  

Survivor, FaneBlackwing asks, “Coffee. Yay, or nay?”

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Jeremy: Yes, I’d love some, why thank you! In all seriousness, that sounds like a fun thing to add, will think on it.

Survivor, DahDerpasaur asks, “PC split screen is still confirmed right?”

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Jeremy: Yep, it will be reverse-merged up from the console version, along with gamepad support, in the relatively near future.

Survivor, Paralker2121 asks, “How big will the Baryonyx be in comparison to a carno or a tyrannosaurus?”

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Jeremy: Smaller than a Carno, bigger than a Parasaur.

Survivor, tomb asks, “I would love to be able to be able to set my flowers and turrets to only target wild creatures. I know  a lot of people don't think this is a very needed setting. But I mostly play on RP servers and I like to have players visiting me. But I do also like to protect my tames from wild argents. So any chance we can get a "Only Target Wild" for Plant Species X and Auto turrets?”

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Jeremy: Sure, we’ll add that.

Survivor, OnePotatoChip asks, “Will Primitive servers ever be able to make use of Element?”

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Jeremy: Yes, Element has some primitive functions as well, not only for Tek Tier stuff.

Survivor, Brobattington the Undying asks, “Can we please get a wall-mounted Coelacanth to put in our bases?”

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Jeremy: Hmmm sounds like fun.

Survivor, KingOfBronzodia asks, “Are corals going to be harvestable some day...? they could used like underwater berries for taming sea creatures or recipies.”

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Jeremy: There will be more underwater harvestables, but not coral exactly.

Survivor, FaneBlackwing asks, “Would it be possible to add a server option that allows server owners to customize what drops in loot crates? I think this would be a really great addition that could make RP servers even more interesting with them having 'themed' loot crates.”

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Jeremy: Yes we’ll add that in the next Major Version, along with a server option to override the Crafting/Repair Costs of any particular Item.

Survivor, ItsRedMark says, “It would be awesome if in the ocean, there was a sunken obelisk, covered in kelp, the tip pointing out of the surface, with a podium to summon an ocean boss”

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Jeremy: Aye aye captain, that would certainly be awesome!

Survivor, mizz asks, “Will gigantosarus be able to bite through trees like rexes please please pleease?”

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Jeremy: Wow yeah it really ought to do that. Will fix!

Survivor, MasterHolister asks, “With the Center map coming to Xbox, for those of us with a Non-Official Dedicated Server, will there be an option to save data for the island, but still start a new world on the Center?”

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Jeremy: The Center uses its own save data, and yes there will be separate options to Reset the Save Data for each individual map!

Fan Feature!

HOSTILE - Ark Moon Survival Cinematic by ThickFreedom

I love you you tame me... by Grande
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Ark fangirl by Albina Diamond
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My OC allosaur Earl by Kamunyak's Artwork
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The King is Dead. Long Live the King! by Freeflier181
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Classical Ark Dinos By Okim
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Introducing my Cletoxyrhina! by Tasfariel
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Introducing the Blattoptera by FantasticGuy123
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Giant Crab Dossier
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Tapejara Dossier (Fan-made) by FantasticGuy123
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Primal Stego by Sharkcat
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Blue Camo Mosa by Sharkcat
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Warpaint by Okim
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1980's Retro ARK by GamerPerfection
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Pimp My Dino 2.0 by Papukaijah
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Indominus Rex Fan art by KiNGs
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The Mill by NUKE1985
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Castle Courtyard by NUKE1985
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Community Contests!

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 46 is..

Valoule!

Ark Quidditch

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With their massive replica of the Quidditch pitch from Harry Potter! I would definintely like to play a game of this in ARK. See additional screenshots here: https://imgur.com/a/pd2sQ

ARKArt

This is an award given to survivors who have created beautiful work of art for that week! As always, the artwork is not being judged on the quality of the screenshot or the graphical settings used, but instead what you have managed to draw and produce in game.

The ARKArtist for Community Crunch 46 is…

Okim!

Industries of IOARK

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With their set of paintings dedicated to the Dodo and the Dunkleosteus!

Thank you for all the entries this week guys! Congratulations to all our winners and if you’d like to take a look at what all the survivors submitted, you can do so here:  

Workshop Spotlight!

This week we take a look with Cedric at the ARK: Moon Survival Total Conversion in a video review:

Primitive+ Developers Blog!

Greetings Survivors!

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Cedric here again. A lot has been happening in the world of Primitive+ in the past week.  I received a lot of feedback about having one of the official servers converted to a server running The Center with custom rates.  It seems like it’s something the fans want; and what the fans want, they get :)  Server 1 will be converted to The Center and Primitive+ with custom rates.  The rates that will be used aren’t set in stone so feel free to chime in on what you think is a good balance of fun but still feels like surviving.

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The content for Primitive+ 1.4 is pretty massive.  I’ve introduced fishing in the form of setting traps.  Now you can make fish bait out of poultry and place fishing traps in the ocean to catch the bounty of the sea.  Be aware, just like normal fishing you never know when something is going to bite.  So keep checking back!  To go along with the fishing traps, I’ve introduced a fishing-styled boat to accompany it.

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For all the PVP’ers out there, I’m beginning to introduce more weaponry and methods of defending your bases.  First in the line is the longbow.  It has much more damage, is more accurate, and will fire at faster speeds than a crossbow or normal bow.  The tradeoff is that you’ll need beeswax and leather to craft this mighty bow.  In the future, don't be surprised to see a more primitive catapult and trebuchet!

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For all the RP’ers out there, I’ve created some market stalls for you to make shop with.  The market stalls and the crates that can be placed on them can all be picked up.  I’m hoping to see some really cool marketplaces soon!

Along with the new content, I will always be improving the art and models that go into the mod.  A lot of things that are added are temporary placeholders until I get more time to refine them.  The water tower made it into the remodel list this week :)

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Last but not least I’d like to thank Itsr2ghgaming for his help in reaching out to the community and trying to help keep me organized in an effort to bring you the best Primitive+ ever!  I’ll be looking to do weekly content drops up until July to get ready for Xbox.  Get ready for some fun…. And bugs ;)

Cedric

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And with that concludes this week’s Crunch!

If you’ve got anything to share with us please get in touch, we’d love to see your creations. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @survivetheark - Facebook at www.facebook.com/survivetheark and Reddit at www.reddit.com/r/playark

Thanks everyone, see you again soon!

Much love,
Wildcard Jen and the ARK Survival Evolved Team

 

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thats alot of snow... Does not seem right for the hidden valley to be snow too...  

Aha don't worry, we're not gonna nuclear-winter the Hidden Lake!  The changes map will be updated soon, Hidden Lake area will remain as-is. Also we'll be more clear shortly about which swamp area

Yup. Very dissapointing news. Nobody wants that area messed with. 

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Persistent buff system? Hmm. I bet it's got something to do with the whole Soul Cube thing from the Ascension cycle. Either that or with the Exoskeleton Armor. Also, wow, the Tundra just doubled in size. I figured it was gonna be a smidgen of land grab, but dang. RIP Hidden Lake. Can we rename it to Polar Pond? Canis' Rest? 

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The snow expansion should be interesting, it certainly is expansive.

I do have to admit, I too was hoping a section of the map (preferably on a coastline) could be turned into a desert biome.  Deserts next to ocean is visually interesting to me, I suppose part of me likes the contrast.

Still, looking very good and I am extremely interested to see what is in store for procedurally generated ARK.

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That little green patch in the middle of the new redwood area (red) is exactly where i just built my new metal + glass base...is that tiny green patch going to see any major adjustments that may affect my base? :/

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Wow... the hidden lake is going to be snow? One of the most popular spots on the map and we're going to have to move out a lot of buildings... We had build our capitol city there. A lot of people are not going to be happy on my server...that's for sure. 
And here i was, hoping that if i payed 15 EU a month i would be corrupted save file free, I would just be able to procedurally build a map with cities and towns... and now the capitol has to be moved anyway. 
Yes... a lot of people on my server are going to be unhappy about this. 

And now i see that i will have to move my kibble farm as well... man there was about 80 hours of gameplay there...

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I love that the snow biom is getting bigger but i really would like too see the natural lake back at 68/28. It was a really beautiful place before the swamp took over. I was also one of the only places where several brontos could spawn without the place becoming overcrowded too quickly. But all in all i can't wait for the changes. 

 

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I've been waiting for a response whether or not my base will be wiped out. The reason why im asking is because im pretty close to the swamp biome. Its at 60-27 right on top of the cliff infront of the swamp. http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/494645350091750333/711E38536DE3045AF016A6D32C1BFBE763DC2C20/

Ill have to move alot of stuff if thats true so I'd really like to know.

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ACK! None of my dossiers made it! I'm WOUNDED, WOUNDED I TELL YOU!

 

heh, JK. Although...the Sinclair boss dossier has been up for MONTHS now, last I checked. that thing I last remember seeing in the fan art...like...four months ago? I think?

 

Anyways, nice crunch. I'm liking that Great Peak is changing. Nice you let us know now, i'm about to have RWBY go to the Great Peak anyway. Also, I guess it makes sense that the mountains known as "The Frozen Tooth" and "Far's Peak" would be in the snow biome. Props on that.

 

Overall, great crunch!

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Love that the snow is getting some more space, but I'd love Hidden Lake to remain the lovely little oasis it is. Doesn't seem right that it should snow there.... (Still, thank you for giving us some warning!)

Also, my friend is gonna be pretty ticked when his entire base on that Northern shore/plain ends up covered in fresh powder! xD

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29 minutes ago, Oreochema said:

Love that the snow is getting some more space, but I'd love Hidden Lake to remain the lovely little oasis it is. Doesn't seem right that it should snow there.... (Still, thank you for giving us some warning!)

Also, my friend is gonna be pretty ticked when his entire base on that Northern shore/plain ends up covered in fresh powder! xD

This, more snow biome, but let it be more snow, not just all rocks again.

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