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Love the expansion and so pleased to see some information that is official.  Keep up the great work this has been a game that I've put countless hours into and look forward to what is in store.

It's not an unreasonable assumption, though how jaded does one have to be to have this as their default mindset? It's rather saddening to know that life can get miserable enough as it is, yet people w

The first Tek Tier items will be the power-armor set and will be coming along with the 'Boss Ascension' feature (as they use a new resource system related to that ), targeting this month of September

I see hatred. I see flaming. I see insults. I see complaining. I see religious values (white knight, etc). I see comments about the cost of the expansion. There are all sorts of things. I made an account just to comment.

I have questions. That's it. I won't insult, I won't complain, and I don't think that what I have to ask is that hard to answer. I think answers would honestly resolve what's going on in the ARK community right now, at least from my perspective.

Why charge $20 for the expansion? Is it because you need the money? If so, wouldn't a "Donate" button be more appropriate? Sure, The Center was free but wasn't it mostly player created to begin with? Also, if you need money or want to make more money, why not (AT THE PROMISE OF MUCH MORE SUPPORT mind you) introduce a monthly subscription or even in-game transactions that aren't considered Pay-to-Win and not too expensive, such as outfits, weapon skins, dinosaur skins, etc? Just some suggestions, I don't know if you or others will find them good or bad.

Why are the bug fixes/optimizations taking so long? I have put a few hundred hours into ARK now and I love it. I honestly do. But there are simple problems that may not have simple solutions, namely FPS drops, lag (on less than 20 ping no less), clipping, foundation / structure placing issues, spawn points, falling through the map, just to name a few. I understand this is an Early Access game, I was prepared and am still very willing to take the bad with the good.

Are you going to charge for future DLCs? I think a lot of people are worried about this, and I would say it's a very reasonable concern.

How much longer for an official release? The game has been pushed back a lot, I understand sometimes things happen outside of our control, but when will the actual game be released? Is there no official release date? I think something to look forward to would be enough to calm the masses, and also motivate you guys to finish at a certain time instead of just having push-back comments/explanations prepared in advance.

After hundreds of hours into the game (some have less, some have more) I have noticed a lot of problems. I expected some, am shocked by some, and I find a lot of them funny more than frustrating on most days. I love this game. I have given a negative review on Steam simply because I don't understand why things are going in the direction that they are, and honestly answering these VERY simple questions would alleviate a lot of my concern, change my review and even simply make me happier while playing ARK. I don't believe that my review or opinion will effect Wildcard or the masses one bit, as I am just one in many, but I still feel like my review, opinions, and questions are no less important than anyone else's.

I truly wish to see ARK succeed. It's been a fun ride so far, and I hope it gets better. As long as you treat us fairly and provide adequate reasons for your actions, as well as support for the issues that remain, I'm sure most if not all of us will continue riding this train until it's last stop.

Thank you for reading (both WC and my fellow users), sorry for the wall of text.

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2 hours ago, Stormbringer said:

I see hatred. I see flaming. I see insults. I see complaining. I see religious values (white knight, etc). I see comments about the cost of the expansion. There are all sorts of things. I made an account just to comment.

I have questions. That's it. I won't insult, I won't complain, and I don't think that what I have to ask is that hard to answer. I think answers would honestly resolve what's going on in the ARK community right now, at least from my perspective.

Why charge $20 for the expansion? Is it because you need the money? If so, wouldn't a "Donate" button be more appropriate? Sure, The Center was free but wasn't it mostly player created to begin with? Also, if you need money or want to make more money, why not (AT THE PROMISE OF MUCH MORE SUPPORT mind you) introduce a monthly subscription or even in-game transactions that aren't considered Pay-to-Win and not too expensive, such as outfits, weapon skins, dinosaur skins, etc? Just some suggestions, I don't know if you or others will find them good or bad.

Why are the bug fixes/optimizations taking so long? I have put a few hundred hours into ARK now and I love it. I honestly do. But there are simple problems that may not have simple solutions, namely FPS drops, lag (on less than 20 ping no less), clipping, foundation / structure placing issues, spawn points, falling through the map, just to name a few. I understand this is an Early Access game, I was prepared and am still very willing to take the bad with the good.

Are you going to charge for future DLCs? I think a lot of people are worried about this, and I would say it's a very reasonable concern.

How much longer for an official release? The game has been pushed back a lot, I understand sometimes things happen outside of our control, but when will the actual game be released? Is there no official release date? I think something to look forward to would be enough to calm the masses, and also motivate you guys to finish at a certain time instead of just having push-back comments/explanations prepared in advance.

After hundreds of hours into the game (some have less, some have more) I have noticed a lot of problems. I expected some, am shocked by some, and I find a lot of them funny more than frustrating on most days. I love this game. I have given a negative review on Steam simply because I don't understand why things are going in the direction that they are, and honestly answering these VERY simple questions would alleviate a lot of my concern, change my review and even simply make me happier while playing ARK. I don't believe that my review or opinion will effect Wildcard or the masses one bit, as I am just one in many, but I still feel like my review, opinions, and questions are no less important than anyone else's.

I truly wish to see ARK succeed. It's been a fun ride so far, and I hope it gets better. As long as you treat us fairly and provide adequate reasons for your actions, as well as support for the issues that remain, I'm sure most if not all of us will continue riding this train until it's last stop.

Thank you for reading (both WC and my fellow users), sorry for the wall of text.

I cannot speak for WC but here is my vision of things, call me a white knight if you want.

Why charge for 20$? Money. Since when the gaming industry is a charity and profit is forbidden? Main game doesn't generate enough revenue to pay employees: DLC or new game.

Are you going to charge for future DLCs? Yes, very likely, but it will be as a supporting gesture like now. Mods that add all the dinos and engram on the core game are already here. Look for the Scorched Earth Tabula Rasa mod. And honestly the official servers population is rather small compared to the unofficial one.

How much longer for an official release? It's planned for this December, no idea if the deadline can be met.

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Wild Card:

As it stands currently, the expansion is not worth getting, because the game-breaking issues that plague the base game also plagues the expansion! Read on further for some explanation:

Although I can agree that releasing expansions before the base game is out of EA is a good way to go about it, there is only one major issue there - ARK (as the base game, but therefore also as the expansion) has "game-breaking" bugs. Plus some simple yet really important features missing (such as, if you get thrown off a flying mount, the animal returns to your base / closest respawn point by itself). I won't talk about the latter, but I'll mention one of the game-breaking bugs of ARK, which is the path-finding component of the dino AI. Dinos getting stuck between trees / rocks, glitching around and other kind of nonsense that annoys to the point that it becomes eventually pointless to even have dinos with you on auto-follow and auto-attack. You could as well just remove that from the game all-together for now and just require people to ride tamed dinos one-by-one. And I'll do you another favor and mention you another major issue that removes the purpose and fun of having dinos - which is that there's no proper fleeing mechanism of those when they're being attacked and esp. for those that are set to passive and that are being attacked. I'm not an animal expert, yet I'd bet that most if not all animals are (and were, as in, this would apply also to prehistoric ones) hard-wired to flee when they're taking too much damage or are up against an opponent where they'd not stay the least bit of chance, even with one or more humans at their side. What really needs to happen here is a check for an animal to ascertain the probability of success in combat and then, depending on a few things such as animal behavior and current state such as stamina and hunger, the animal would then go into fight or respectively flight mode.

But the pretty much non-existing path-finding system has ruined the fun for me on so many occasions that I have put ARK on the back-burner over and over again. Therefore, my request is that ARK's AI system is being reworked and an update released soon, with the aforementioned issues (and others) fixed.

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Love the game love the expansion starting to hate you guys! Stop trying to hype us up with "notes" that are taking months and months to release we don't want notes we want fixes. Don't hype us up on tek tier when really u guys are just putting all your time into expansions that you will charge us for again. The time that was put into scorched earth could of Been used to make your amazing base game work, I mean seriously have u tried looking around on Xbox one version? Nothing but blurry and bad textures even with motion blurring turned off? Keep ur notes about the mysteries of the ark and actually fix it so we can see it for what it is.

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12 hours ago, Mark2016 said:

Love the game love the expansion starting to hate you guys! Stop trying to hype us up with "notes" that are taking months and months to release we don't want notes we want fixes. Don't hype us up on tek tier when really u guys are just putting all your time into expansions that you will charge us for again. The time that was put into scorched earth could of Been used to make your amazing base game work, I mean seriously have u tried looking around on Xbox one version? Nothing but blurry and bad textures even with motion blurring turned off? Keep ur notes about the mysteries of the ark and actually fix it so we can see it for what it is.

Don't forget about that blinding glare of the sun

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I have to admit, until this explanation and between 3rd party mods being added to the final game content when it's only 50-70 percent complete I was pretty disappointed.  At least this expansion has an intent unlike the center map.  Prim+ might be justified as an improvement to overwrite the current primitive server settings but I think it's about time to tie everything that's started up before adding anymore mods etc.  Optimization has been on the back burner for too long and progressing into new content would greatly benefit from a polished core game as well as the increased sales as people are still avoiding purchase simply because of the game's alpha status and unpredictability as of late.

 

 The expansion looks like a movie releasing a sequel before it even goes into theatres to anyone who isn't involved in thia game...

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Just now, DemonLordCronos said:

How about any news for those of us waiting for the ps4 release?

They have already given an update on the PS4 situation last month, which you have already seen:

If Sony don't change their stance on it then it will have to wait until ARK is fully released, which is currently planned for Holiday 2016.

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On 9/8/2016 at 3:03 PM, Renagade655 said:

aaaaawe ur shiny pc aint working, well xbox is working amasing since launch for me,

That's because everything is seriously scaled down for you, if he mimicked your "settings" that rig would run the game several times over on one box without any effort. Happy trolling. 

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I know that this is for everyone to vent their frustrations and anger, I don't want to get flamed or get peoples heckles up.

This is my opinion of the updates the paid DLC and everything that goes with Ark..I'm honestly sick and tired of seeing people whine and complain about a game that is still in Alpha. Yes I'm using the Alpha card here, there are going to be bugs there are going to be things implemented into the game or DLC content that someone or many don't like and are mad about. But look at the bigger picture here. This game is amazing and WC is the only reason we're able to play it. Everyone that is complaining about the price and it being pay-to-win, have you thought about the people that are not American as Steam uses American currency, and the pay to win is a low blow really. It is the owner of the Server that decides if you can upload a Dino from Scorched Earth... If you don't want to pay don't buy simple. I don't have SC on PC simply because I can't afford it atm, but I would gladly pay $30 for it in my Country just to play and keep the game going.

They could have charged for the other 2 DLC's if they really wanted to regardless of whether it was created by Modders or not. As for future DLC I have seen on a few comments from WC that there will be future DLC that are to be bought and that was always their intention, just do some research and actually read the posts.

In saying all this I am neither with or against WildCard on what they do, I am however asking people to look at the bigger picture and appreciate what they have so far. 

@RedNeonNinja30 I did see a post from WildCard about that while I was looking at updates and suck, and they did say that down the track they are hoping to remove the Tether completely but there isn't really a time frame on it. 

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