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LiveOps Update

Corrupted Dino Kiting on Extinction PvE 

We have clocked a high incidence of enforcement tickets related to players breaking the CoC by kiting corrupted dinos into other player’s bases on our Extinction servers.

This is highly disruptive to player’s experience. We’ve implemented some targeted changes in the past to address the issue whilst retaining the overall game design for the Extinction gameplay loop but this compromise between technical fixes and design has allowed some ill-intentioned players to get more imaginative. We’ve come up with a technical solution to address this once and for all: we have disabled corrupted dino damage against all structures on PvE specifically. 

We’re confident this will come as a relief to affected players (and our enforcement team hehe). 

Small Tribes Teaming Rules

The spirit of Small Tribes has always been to give players the opportunity to experience a tight group dynamic that is void of the scale and diplomacy of Official. We recognize it’s time to implement change in order to preserve the original concept--one we were hyped about along with our community! 

We’ve long been aware of ongoing issues with teaming along with gaps in our Small Tribes rules that have allowed some players to take advantage. To combat this, we’ve reviewed and begun updating and expanding those rules with a goal to improve the experience and, hopefully, crack down on teaming. 

The unique environment of Small Tribes has proved taxing on our Enforcement Team so, along with adding a new stricter ruleset, we’ll be looking at ways to make the investigative process more efficient. This will include more comprehensive guidelines on the types of evidence players should include in their tickets in order to expedite investigations.

All of these changes may require further iteration after they go live. We consider a few potential risks worth it in order to provide a better experience for our players in the long term.

We welcome player feedback as we refine the rules and we’ll approach this as a work-in-progress that may require some tweaks as we gauge community sentiment. 

 


New Sponsored Mods

It's that time where we introduce new projects in the sponsored mod program! Our first set of picks for the year is ready for you to enjoy.

The ARK Sponsored Mod Program is also now accepting applications for the next selection, you will be able to apply until April 5th. Don't forget to submit your projects at https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/.

Fjördur

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Fjördur is a beautiful map inspired by Norse culture and myth. Featuring 3 primary landmasses, a solid but carefully chosen range of biomes, and unique map structures. The authors have more planned for this map, so give it a try!

Check out Fjördur
 

MarniiMods: Hairstyles

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If you have ever just wanted more hair options on your ARK, Marnii has you covered. Not only will you find a couple dozen new hairstyles in this mod as well as new facial hair options, but also tools that make it even easier to give yourself some style!

Check out MarniiMods: Hairstyles
 

Glacius

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Glacius is a challenging map focused on surviving the harsh elements of a frigid landscape. On Glacius you'll facing challenging weather such as snowstorms and blizzards. It even comes with it's own set of snow structures for players to build with!

Check out Glacius
 

Prehistoric Beasts

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Mods that expand the array of wildlife are always a joy to see. Prehistoric beasts adds a pretty significant set of new creatures in their own unique visual styles for players to enjoy, if you have been wanting to see some new faces around the island, you should give this mod a look!

Check out Prehistoric Beasts
 


EVO Event

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There will be no EVO event this weekend.

 


Community Corner

 🎥Clips/Videos🎥

 

🎥 Creator: RoyaleWithCheese

Looking for the ultimate mutation guide?  Look no further!  Cheese covers the basics in one of his latest videos.

🎥 Creator: The Axeman

In one of the latest episodes in the series of Taming Every Creature In Ark, The Axeman takes on the Diplodocus

🎥 Creator: 4rawrr

A 360 no scope!? 🤯

🎥 Creator: Duncstar

That's what friends are for? 🤔

🎨 Fan Art🎨 

🎨  Vahilor - Tara

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🎨  Blue_kea - Gallimimus

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🎨 Sonne-Spiritwind- ARK: Armaedron

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🎨 RRRAVEN- MeiYin and Wuzhui

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🎨 Ares#2032- Jamie's Utah Raptors

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🎨 Professor Spex#1090- ARK vs Carno

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📷 In-Game Screenshots📷

📷 Jazrek#2590 

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📷 auztyle#7907

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📷 @Mgen_Gaming

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📷 @TiiaAurora

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Gallimimus > Gigas

Hey! I am so happy that my art was featured here! I know it isn't the best, but it was my first digital artwork. I'm so happy to be a part of this community! That's so cool...

Yea, I'm not convinced this corrupted fix for PVE is an end all be all solution.  What about how OSDs work going forwards?  Now people can just build around the drop points and leave bases at each one

18 hours ago, spiritpaw said:

Awesome! 

Do all sponsored mods* eventually become part of the vanilla game? I hope so. Xbox player.

Thanks WC you guys are great! Keep doing awesome! 🦄🤩

No they do not, they do have a chance of becoming one tho. 

18 hours ago, Bigchingus7890 said:

I wanna see one of those mod maps be the last addition for ark 1 after gen2 (edit) on console as well as PC

Yes me too, I'm hoping for Darkholis and Glacius, I’d be the most unique free DLC and it would be awesome to see it finished. However I feel it more likely they chose Olympus/Hope/Fonjor, as more “the island” esk maps. Cuz that’s what the free DLCs are.

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