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  1. 19 points
    Today, ARK: Survival Evolved has made its transition from an Early Access title to a full Digital and Retail release. As a studio, we are incredibly excited about reaching this milestone. It has been a challenging and emotional experience for everyone a part of the ARK world; we're overjoyed about finally being able to hold the complete ARK disc, and want to thank each one of you for joining us on this journey. ARK started out as a very ambitious project, in terms of scope of content, features, and the story. It was no secret that we were in for an adventure with what we were hoping to achieve alongside the community. It started out as a basic open-world survival game, with one ARK, one boss, about 30 creatures, and approximately a bazillion bugs give or take. It was hard to say where the game would lead us, regarding its story, and its development. Those of you who were with us for the Early Access launch had many questions about how the world came to be, why you were here, and where we were going. Today, you can begin to discover the answer to those questions. Over the past 26 months, the game has undergone massive improvements thanks to feedback from the community. We now launch with four ARKs - including the Norse & Scottish Highland-Inspired "Ragnarok" -, five bosses, over one hundred creatures to tame and encounter, the inclusion of the Primitive+ alternate game mode & Procedural ARKs, hundreds of mods, total User Interface overhauls, general performance enhancements, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, countless additional gameplay plus story elements, and... a toilet. With the “1.0” release version, you can experience the full story of ARK: Survival Evolved! Can you make it to the heart of the ARK and discover the shocking secret that lies buried within? While it may seem strange for a survival game to have a “single player” mode with an “ending”, we’re happy that surviving the ARK provides a measure of closure should you seek it, while also pointing the way to what comes next. Rest assured this complete version of the game will still be receiving regular updates, and this is not the end of the ARK saga, but only the beginning of the next phase, for great adventures and awe-inspiring new experiences are just around the corner… It won't be long before we add two new members to our ever growing family of critters (with the Otter joining us today on PC, with the Phoenix and additional Tek Gear coming later this week!), as well as items, additional gameplay elements and more. ARK has only just scratched the surface, and there is a long future ahead, survivors everywhere will get to experience something out of this world. Early Access hasn't been an easy or straightforward process; there is no established guidebook or instructions on how to take a game from early access, and into the full digital and physical retail release. You could say that we now understand why so few have done it. Having the community by our side, through thick and thin has been a key component to achieving this milestone. Sometimes we've made mistakes, and have had different opinions, but we truly appreciate each and every one of you. Your feedback, ideas, support, and passion through our Early Access journey have been vital to the development of the game and will continue to be invaluable to us. The community has undoubtedly influenced ARK for the better and contributed to its success and the landmark of reaching full digital and retail release. We encourage everyone who has ever wanted to ride a T-Rex, soar across the skies on the back of a Pteranodon, fish from their boat as the evening sun fades over the horizon, or explore the deepest caverns to encounter terrifying extinct predators, to join us in the living, dynamic world that is ARK: Survival Evolved. Whether online or off, solo or in a large tribe, we think that everyone will find something special to discover on the ARK and make it their home. Stay tuned for updates on the relaunch of our Official Server Network on our social media channels (@survivetheark), and watch this space over the course of this week for lots more exciting ARK news, hint hint! See you there!
  2. 12 points
    Hey, Survivors! As we enter the final hours before launch, we just wanted to get some vital information out to you! Day One Patch! The Day One patch will be set live across all platforms at approximately 8-9AM EST and should show up on all consoles within the hour. This update will include Ragnarok for console, as well as the End Boss content accessed through the Tek Cave for all platforms. The update size for console will be approximately 26gb for Xbox. We do not have a number for PS4 yet, but PS4 patches are usually smaller in size due to the different method patches are submitted. New ARK Servers! The Official Server Network for PC will be going offline at 2 AM EST, and The Official Server Network for Consoles will be offline at Midnight EST. There will be at least an 8-hour blackout across all platforms where no Officials are online. After this blackout period, we will launch the new Official Servers, as well as the remaining Legacy servers. Over the course of the 24-hours following this, more servers will come online. For ARKs launch, we plan on providing new Official Servers for the following games mode: Regular/Vanilla, Non-TEK, Primitive+, Hardcore, Isolated Clusters, NoTaming, Extinction Servers and ORP. With the bulk of the servers being focused on the vanilla game mode (Both PVP and PVE), and smaller amounts of niche servers which could be increased based on player demand. The primitive game mode will be removed in favour of the Non-TEK Tier Servers. PC Asian/China Servers! The current Isolated PC PvP Asian Servers we have on our Official Network is hosted and provided by Snail Games. They have decided that with the launch, they will be taking down their legacy PvP Servers and relaunching them as part of the new Official Network. These servers will be included in our CrossARK Cluster, and therefore will be transferable to and from as opposed to being an isolated region. ARK Legacy Save Files! Later this week, we will have both our PS4 and PC Legacy Save Files available to use. PS4 is expected to be here sometime tomorrow and will be accessible via hosting with Nitrado. Due to sensitive information contained in the save files, it is required to be accessed and hosted through a licensed third-party. Xbox saves will become available when rentable servers are available in September. It's going to be an exciting 24 hours! We hope you enjoy all the new content; we're super stoked to be launching Ragnarok on console and best of luck in the claim for land on the new servers!
  3. 7 points
    I just want to take a minute and say thank you to everyone involved in the production and development of Ark: Survival Evolved. I've been playing this game on and off since nearly the beginning. In the early stages, after what amounted to hours of running around The Island scared to death of Dinosaurs and Glitches, I would be so frustrated that I would drop the game, coming back to it weeks later. But I always came back to play Ark. Every time I started a new survivor on a new server and pulled up the latest patch notes on my phone, I was always pleased to see the breadth of updates; new Dinos, items, story elements. Many times I would see internet chatter about a dinosaur idea, and 6 months later the dinosaur dossier came out. This is one intriguing game. You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't love the game-play of Ark. You are immersed in a world of Dinosaurs and Monsters, running through the woods with cloth armor and a stone axe, terrified of hearing that Dilo chuckle. Many many many slow dramatic respawns on a beach later, you have a small little house of your own. This game started small, and hit on such an interesting idea, that in its early development stages blew up to house thousands of people every day, all carefully cultivating their crops with dinosaur (and human) feces and casually murdering each other on a nightly basis. With so many people in early access playing a game that is 100% open-world, there were many bugs and exploits. And many more. And then some more. Culminating in a large scale duplicating exploit and DDoS attacks. Right about the time Wildcard was jumping into the final development stages for a massive console release, which is a hefty investment compared to a Steam Early Access venture. I think that the team at Wildcard did right by me. After putting in 600+ hours I found a server that I enjoyed coming back to, day after day. This server at one point housed at least one exploiter, demonstrated by dinos duplicated and inside no-dino areas. But I still like the server and don't want to leave it any time soon. The team at Wildcard recognize people like me, and decided to continue to dedicate expensive server space so that I didn't lose all this time and progress. They even threw in updates to my server, including all new fixes and content, for as long as my server has a population! I understand that many people are upset about this or that or whatever, but the bottom line is Ark: Survival Evolved is a great game, and the team at Wildcard have done a good job, or else none of us would even be playing it. I also want to say thank you to the massive player-base who have kept with Ark over the years and gave feedback and support so that today I can get on and have a lot of fun playing the game.
  4. 7 points
    I have a buddy who runs an indie game studio and I can only imagine the excitement/frustration/joy that you all must have. Congrats on this milestone. Let the haters hate, and the players play.
  5. 5 points
    I gotta admit, I am so incredibly hyped for the full release - I bought ARK and the DLC ages ago to support the game, and then waited patiently for the full release so I could play the game as it was meant to be played. However, it seems like there is very little celebration going on: No giant announcement heralding the awesomeness of a full release, just a factual "server wipe reminder" and a bit of info, as if it was just another update. Even the "News" title is "Ark at gamescom! First look at upcoming content" when I was expecting a News post with big fat letters that read "RAPTOR YES, WE ARE GOING FULL RELEASE!!!" Also, other than the 29´th I am having a hard time even determining when exactly the game will be released. Apparently at 08am EST? Maybe? Even the release-trailer was more focused on a hidden countdown for the 1´st of september (When new DLC will be released? Who knows..) and nowhere on the forum or internet could I find a countdown for the full release patch: Not on ARKs twitter, not on facebook, not here, did I accidentally miss it? Maybe I somehow overlooked the celebratory posts, but it looks like everyone is treating the 29´th release like a regular boring patch-update. Where is the fireworks and the cheer? We made it trough early access and into the league of "finished games", there should be massive parties going on in the streets, wooooo!
  6. 5 points
    I'm betting the taming method will be otter ridiculous.
  7. 4 points
    Don't worry, the celebration will hit and Wildcard will make their big announcement. I am for am super excited! Been playing since June 2015. :3
  8. 3 points
    Just found one on single player, in the river by green obelisk on the island. As i swam up to it, it said "drag fish to feed" It was also a lv1 female, not sure if they are similar to Jerboa's in level or that's just my easy single player settings. But this probably means they are breed able.
  9. 3 points
    I don't care too much about the extra stuff or extra engrams. I just want things like switching ramps to stairs and ramps actually following the same building grid as sloped roofs. And also railings down ramps too.
  10. 3 points
    Server Saves of Deleted ServersWe will make the save files available as soon as we can, which will likely be sometime before Saturday. We will host these 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. Maybe there is sensitive information, maybe there isnt, but this is the first we are hearing of it. When you say download and host for our own use, that doesn't mean, as long as we play these servers through your little buddy nitrado. The collusion between these companies is yet another thing wildcard is doing to turn my stomach. You don't wanna host the servers people want, won't support them, and now pigeonhole us into using your partner in crime. Just be honest and forthcoming with this information. Worst handled company.
  11. 3 points
    they are busy dealing with the prep work, and all the complaints from the legacy duppers. Joking! dont get salty
  12. 2 points
    Today, ARK: Survival Evolved has made its transition from an Early Access title to a full Digital and Retail release. As a studio, we are incredibly excited about reaching this milestone. It has been a challenging and emotional experience for everyone a part of the ARK world; we're overjoyed about finally being able to hold the complete ARK disc, and want to thank each one of you for joining us on this journey. ARK started out as a very ambitious project, in terms of scope of content, features, and the story. It was no secret that we were in for an adventure with what we were hoping to achieve alongside the community. It started out as a basic open-world survival game, with one ARK, one boss, about 30 creatures, and approximately a bazillion bugs give or take. It was hard to say where the game would lead us, regarding its story, and its development. Those of you who were with us for the Early Access launch had many questions about how the world came to be, why you were here, and where we were going. Today, you can begin to discover the answer to those questions. Over the past 26 months, the game has undergone massive improvements thanks to feedback from the community. We now launch with four ARKs - including the Norse & Scottish Highland-Inspired "Ragnarok" -, five bosses, over one hundred creatures to tame and encounter, the inclusion of the Primitive+ alternate game mode & Procedural ARKs, hundreds of mods, total User Interface overhauls, general performance enhancements, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, countless additional gameplay plus story elements, and... a toilet. With the “1.0” release version, you can experience the full story of ARK: Survival Evolved! Can you make it to the heart of the ARK and discover the shocking secret that lies buried within? While it may seem strange for a survival game to have a “single player” mode with an “ending”, we’re happy that surviving the ARK provides a measure of closure should you seek it, while also pointing the way to what comes next. Rest assured this complete version of the game will still be receiving regular updates, and this is not the end of the ARK saga, but only the beginning of the next phase, for great adventures and awe-inspiring new experiences are just around the corner… It won't be long before we add two new members to our ever growing family of critters (with the Otter joining us today on PC, with the Phoenix and additional Tek Gear coming later this week!), as well as items, additional gameplay elements and more. ARK has only just scratched the surface, and there is a long future ahead, survivors everywhere will get to experience something out of this world. Early Access hasn't been an easy or straightforward process; there is no established guidebook or instructions on how to take a game from early access, and into the full digital and physical retail release. You could say that we now understand why so few have done it. Having the community by our side, through thick and thin has been a key component to achieving this milestone. Sometimes we've made mistakes, and have had different opinions, but we truly appreciate each and every one of you. Your feedback, ideas, support, and passion through our Early Access journey have been vital to the development of the game and will continue to be invaluable to us. The community has undoubtedly influenced ARK for the better and contributed to its success and the landmark of reaching full digital and retail release. We encourage everyone who has ever wanted to ride a T-Rex, soar across the skies on the back of a Pteranodon, fish from their boat as the evening sun fades over the horizon, or explore the deepest caverns to encounter terrifying extinct predators, to join us in the living, dynamic world that is ARK: Survival Evolved. Whether online or off, solo or in a large tribe, we think that everyone will find something special to discover on the ARK and make it their home. Stay tuned for updates on the relaunch of our Official Server Network on our social media channels (@survivetheark), and watch this space over the course of this week for lots more exciting ARK news, hint hint! See you there! View full article
  13. 2 points
    Not sure you even know what entitled means... Don't use words that you have no understanding of just because its popular to use most of them don't really know what it means either
  14. 2 points
    Come on guys you have to be kinda laughing at this point right? If you think WC does anything "on time" then you have a limitless amount of faith and my kudos to you. I would have liked to hop on before work but whatever I'll play when I get home....if the network is back up by then.
  15. 2 points
    Oh man! Did I call it or what! After all the lies, 30 days = 5, full support = no support, and then they threw in a broken anti-duping timer which prevented thousands of people from uploading from servers that were gonna be wiped. And the final insult just like i said would happen, the were lying about the save files too. Face.... meet hand! pow!
  16. 2 points
    Honestly im more hyped than salty (which seems to be the norm in that last couple of days) Reason to be hyped We get the otter and phoenix The game runs 1000000000x times better than it did at ea launch New dlc??? A fresh start that awaits officials the game we all originally thought this was going to be turned into something 1000x better due to the awesome community backing it and the ever so awesome devs making it happen I think those are some good reason imho. If you got some more dont be afraid to share the reasons you are hyped for the official release!
  17. 2 points
    Smells more and more like Nitrado&Wildcard made some deal about this, Nitrado gives WC a discount on the official servers in exchange for the monopoly of the legacy save files
  18. 2 points
    Dear Wildcard, As stated in the title I am a nobody, I don't know you and you don't know me (and honestly have no reason to even concern yourselves with whom myself or any of the other anonymous players are) but you pretended to care about everyone because we have something you want. You created a game that nearly everyone agrees is excellent. In the begining everything was going good but then something changed. The players were still the same, but the need for money grew. Now, as this is a business it is natural that your first priority would be money and nobody can find fault with you for that. What we can find fault with is the constant lies, all of the smoke and mirrors, and the poor leadership in running your business. Jeremy will come out and make a statement, which is great, one of the bosses telling all of us little people/nobody's what is going on . Then Jat makes a statement, kind of confused now because his statement is a little different than Jeremy's. Finally Jen decides she has to make a statement too and now everyone is completely lost because it is totally different from what the actual bosses have said. I can't help but question your ability to run a business but then I take a step back and look at the whole picture. You honestly do know exactly what you are doing. You create just enough confusion and chaos so the players fight amongst themselves, one group tired of feeling used and the other desperately defending your every action because they think you really care about them. Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. It's not criticism, if anything it's my way of saying "kudos to you, well played". Now here we are on the day of the official release and I see that the "powers that be" have us all tuned up and ready to be played. The only question that remains is for how much longer? In 3 months more servers will be wiped, and then 3 months after that, and then 3 months after that... how much longer are you going to let people cling to the false hope that you actually care about their hard work? You could do the right thing and just announce that there really isn't any way for you to fix the duping/cheating issue without a full wipe and then just do it. Yes people will be upset and quit, but after they've calmed down they'll be back. Yes people will call you liars, but they're already doing that so does it really matter? In the end the only thing that really matters (from Wilcard's point of view) is if they can make enough money to keep the bills paid. What matters to us as players is irrelevant. If 500 people stop playing and 501 start that's all that matters. As long as they can keep moving forward they don't have any reason to look back, nor should they. I know that because I made this post I am in for a barrage of insults, criticism, and name calling. My only comment to those that are about to attack me for my personal opinion is "fire away". What you say to me won't change anything, and honestly if you're busy attacking me then that means you're leaving everyone else alone.
  19. 2 points
    So our base finally got wiped after 7 months, while we were offline, by a big duping tribe who used raft exploits/bugs (according to my allies) but we're not too fussed. We didn't play much after duping spread like wildfire across many official pvp servers, which caused us to lose interest and motivation to continue playing and grinding, especially after our own friend duped a full tek base within a day or 2 and built near us. It has been a very interesting ride... it was fun and very stressful at the same time. I could list all of the problems with Ark official PvP but it would take me a while because there's just too many problems unfortunately. I do really respect the developers though, they have tried to improve it so much and they did with quite a lot of things, but it is tough to combat all problems, and not just bug-related either, but more like core gameplay problems. I didn't like the whole breeding system, it felt too slave-like. Especially imprinting... that was horrible. My first wyvern, lost so much sleep... 100% imprint and it died hours later when I disconnected while riding it over water and it flew off into a nearby hostile base. I didn't like how there were only a few defensive structures (turrets and lousy plant X) and attackers always had the upper-hand and had more options to work with. I didn't like the whole maintaining of Plant X fertilizer, Generator Gasoline (especially having 10+ generators for turret towers which ran out of gas after about 15 days instead of 1 month...) I didn't like the huge advantages of Tek. Grinding it legitimately was terrible, too. I didn't like how end-game (Tek) is focused on large tribes. I didn't really like the flyer nerf even though I was for the flyer nerf... I hate duping and DDoSing. If I was to give any new players some tips so that they don't make the same mistake as I, it would probably be a common tip; don't build big. It's really not worth it. Don't get attached to anything, because it will probably be dead the next time you log in. Don't be scared to use any tames for any situation, whether that be defending or attacking. We had 180 tames in our base that were bred for war and we never got to use them... Battle quetz, wyverns, 6+ gigas and 6 high level squids included. That is all really.... maybe we will give the new servers a try, casually... but if there's any suspicion of duping going on, we're officially out.
  20. 2 points
    They want to bury their legacy...servers. They are ashamed of their legacy...servers. The left behind, broken, harassed, bullied, peed on, legacy...servers of Wildcard. I'm thinking Wildcard's legacy...servers will be taught in game design classes in the future of how not to do things. Of incompetence and vindictiveness gone amok.
  21. 2 points
    "Yay!", so I wrote down hundrets of breeding stats for nothing... Again! Why did they nerf the bosses when they keep nerfing our creatures? It makes no sense at all!
  22. 2 points
    "...we're gonna need a bigger shark."
  23. 2 points
    All in all, they've made an amazing game and it will continue to get better. Ark is really a first-of-its-kind game in a lot of different ways. There are things Wildcard could have done better, and there are things Wildcard could have done worse...but ultimately they have defied all expectations of an indie developer releasing an early access game.
  24. 2 points
    My boss asked me to do overtime tomorrow and I said YES. Totally unexcited about the release. In past two weeks I played steam games for only 9 hours. Being free of addiction feels great, I should thank the devs for that
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