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  1. 3 points
    Genesis literally comes out the day after tomorrow. Let that just sink in for a second.
  2. 3 points
    The difficulty of balancing a healthy life and playing on official PvP is definitely a thing, but personally I wouldn't want it any other way. Sorry that I'm late to the party guys, my character was caged for literally months, but I'm back now. This game has always undergone change, both in content and also the community. Anyone remember when you could barely get 30fps while trying to run this game? How about the biome changes that forced people to relocate massive bases and tames? Or what about release day when thousands of players who supported the game had to start from scratch again? Ark can be a dying game if you choose to let it die. Every single day people come onto these forums and claim to quit, while other players talk about a dead and toxic community. Imagine what a players perspective of the game would be if they came to these forums before playing it. Your words, mindset, attitude and actions both on the forums are what keeps Ark going. That is why this game won't die, there is no other game like it and the players who choose to support Ark wont stop. If player count on your server is dropping and there are blown up bases littering the map, it's not because of a toxic community or because of careless developers. It's because you failed to help your server thrive. Instead of working on your turrets and walls that will isolate you from everyone try to build a few bridges across the rivers for newer players. Build forges and open crafting stations near resource deposits for beach bobs to use. Lastly try to interact with your neighbors a little more, if they get raided simply helping them patch up the holes in their walls and getting their power grid up and running will save them hours of pain and I promise that they will return the favor. This is coming from a player who has maybe one hour a day to game and maybe 3-4 on weekends. No Ark is not dying, but it is undergoing change as it always has been. The player base is living out of small caves and crevices now, but maybe tomorrow someone will build a towering beacon of hope and that's the true beauty of this game. Every single day is different and it really comes down to what you choose to do as the player. You want it to change your way? Quit relying on the community and developers to fix your problems.
  3. 3 points
    Yes, it only kills u if u are still in the tek cave portion.
  4. 2 points
    Server taken over, support says we lie They force joining tribes on server and insiding. Support says its not happening. Insiding may be legit, but admin commands on official? Really? I demand refund for genesis
  5. 2 points
    This is not a joke. It's happening right now on PS4 - tribes are literally being taken over by hackers. There's videos on how it's done but I obviously can't post any here.
  6. 2 points
    I think people are mistaken thinking part 2 will release in December. They said winter 2020 which start December 2020 and goes to March 2021
  7. 2 points
    Holy poop dude stop crying. Yes you bought the Game and maybe some DLC. That does not give you the right to behave like you and many others do. You are not paying a monthly amount to Wildcard. You bought a Game. It has some Problems, ok thats bad. But you forget that they could end working on Ark and could end online Support without further announcements. It is just a Game and you bought it once. Keep cool. Its really ridicolous how many of you guys behave here. In my opinion @Chrishas the right to react like he did. Everyone crying and blaming hin and WC for a picture. Wow. The Rest is surely working hard including him. A picture doesnt change that. And his reaction does not proof that they poop on us. Grow up
  8. 1 point
    The Reason The Game Is Dying. So about a week and a half ago, we set up a base in a cave. Was constantly getting hit so we put in countless all nighters even had a schedule set up so when one person went to sleep another got on. Over the course of a week, we put in so much time into our base grinded up tek turrets mad heavies, bullets, spam, flak, etc. raised over 100 babies during the event. When the event went down and the servers restarted, our server didn’t go back up for a while. We fought hard to get our server back, until about an hour ago it was up. We logged on to the server being rolled back. All our progress, babies, members, all gone. Still awaiting a response. My whole tribe is demotivated we are all on the verge of quitting. This isn’t the first time we’ve had trouble. About a month ago i lost my character. Talked a bunch with GM Fury about getting character and tek grams back. Found out i can only get my levels, which i was upset about but i soon got over it. So i asked when we can schedule an appointment to get my character back and never got a response since then. Completely ignored me. Ark is my escape, ark is everything to me. I live a poopty life and all my real friends are on this game. I come to this game for happiness and you ruined it. Wildcard, your game is going to die if you don’t help people, pay closer attention, and make yourself known within the community over the course of 2 years your game has gone down in activity dramatically. I love your game and I still want to play your game. But this is ridiculous.
  9. 1 point
    Drowning Lair of the Father New Blueprint...Sleeping Pod
  10. 1 point
    On one hand the missions sound fun and I think I'll enjoy doing them at least at first while they're still new, but if it becomes a situation where I'm in the lava biome and I need fungal wood for example but I have to do a mission I really dont feel like doing just to get a hexagon to travel to the bog it's gonna become a huge pain in the anoose. As Ron said, I'm not thrilled about moving away from the open world concept either but I'll hold my final judgement until Tuesday when we find out just exactly how the biomes connect and the what process of traveling between them entails.
  11. 1 point
    @Milsurp Honestly it's 200% me just being lazy. If I actually built the wall on that side of the base or just made another cryofridge and some pods I could avoid the issue entirely. I keep the spino there as a guard but it's halfhearted at best lol. If all goes well I'll be moving maps pretty soon so it'll be a moot point either way. I've had a few busy few days since, wow was it really only Tuesday? Feels like forever ago. So I took on the Beta Dragon on Wednesday. I don't know if it's because no one talks about beta bosses or what but I did not expect to struggle as much as I did. We won, but barely. The victory cost me 15 rexes, and I only managed to recover 5 of the saddles. It was a bitter victory to lose so much, and I ended up spending some time to regroup away from the game that night. Spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday rebuilding my army, farming for new saddles, all that fun stuff. I didn't really expect to be ready for another boss, I expected maybe 3 weeks or so. But, two things worked in my favor. 1 is that part of why I struggled on the boss was one of my rexes didn't teleport. And, remember that I had a spare rex and saddle? So I ended up "only" needing 13 new rexes and 8 saddles, rather than a full 15 of each. I wasn't really planning on it but earlier today I realized I was actually in a position to do the Alpha fight; originally I projected a minimum of 3 weeks due to PAX and Genesis but since I won't be around when most of my tribemates on the server are going to be playing, I might as well just keep going here on SP. But I was ready for it, so I took my shot and went for it. Alpha Dragon, just days after a narrow victory against the Beta. Definitely one of the most tense things I've ever done in this game, rolling solo with my wild-tamed yuty and 19 bred super rexes. The yuty survived. 14 rexes did not. And neither did the Dragon. Victory! But again at an impossibly high cost. But this time the adrenaline kept me moving, having finally felled one of the most difficult bosses in the entire game. I brought the remnants of my army home for a well deserved rest and a name change to reflect their "Alpha" status as Dragonslayers. And honestly now I'm a bit lost on what to do next. Obviously the Overseer is my next target. But I'm not sure if I should try to do the 3 difficulty levels as I have been with every other boss, or just skip to Alpha so I can move maps, and come back to do Gamma and Beta for the achievements later on. For completion's sake I'd like to do all 3 levels, but the thought of doing the Tek Cave 3 separate times makes me tense just thinking about it. I also have no idea what to bring. I do intend to bring my "Alpha" boss survivors since I can keep leveling them while I raise the new generation. Surprisingly 2 of my G3 rexes survived. I know allos are kind of the meta for Overseer, but one problem with that...I've never found a decent level female allo to tame, so I only have 2 males of middling stats. I feel like my time would be better spent rebuilding my already highly bred rex army vs trying to build a new allo army from scratch. I'm up to 83 points in HP and 76 melee, that's some pretty serious firepower. They can easily hit 35k+ HP and 1k+ melee so I feel their lack of speed is compensated by their bulk and raw power. Starting from scratch with allos seems like it would be going backwards at this late point in the game. I am also working on breeding yutys, I think it's unfortunately time to retire Yulia. She's a wild tame of unremarkable stats carrying a primitive saddle. I can do better, and she almost met her end on both dragons. I think she's earned her rest. I've got a couple weeks to think about it before I start seriously working on my Overseer prep. In the meantime I'm just knocking off some smaller projects and farming metal by the ton.
  12. 1 point
    The game isn't dying, and less...activity...?? I checked, 67k players online. The game is still very healthy. Once Genesis releases, it will surge again to 90k+. If you want a better time, go to unofficials. The developers, they do care. I'm not gonna say they are flawless, but they give a lot to us, when they don't have to.
  13. 1 point
    Yes this needs to get fixed it has been months and now I have a level 185 wyvern I just hatched and the picture of it is white so when I cryo pod it will turn into a raptor picture and I wo t be able to transfer it to another which I want to do.
  14. 1 point
    Not trying to interfere with this dilemma but you guys are arguing over a Dinosaur game. If a company doesnt fix bugs and exploits and you dont like it, STOP PLAYING THE GAME. I know that sounds very cheesy but come on guys grow up. Lets just try and keep some positive vibes for the up coming DLC. I know that can be hard with all the glitching, Exploits and drama going around, but hey its a game.
  15. 1 point
    Considering that most players probably aren't on Officials, I wouldn't use that as a metric of wether or not the game is dying, but that's just my hot take.
  16. 1 point
    It could work so that you can teleport from anywhere but only to specific locations (e.g. obelisks) so you can't just drop onto a tribe's base from nowhere. I highly, highly doubt that pc ark is going to start doing microtransactions. It'll be different for sure, but I don't know about bad. We'll have to wait and see how it is before we can really pass judgement.
  17. 1 point
    The face of the ferox reminded me of the thyla. Now looking at this picture, its tail looks like a combination of the thyla's and the jerboa's tail. It can also climb... Is this creature made by combining genes from other creatures we've seen before?
  18. 1 point
    Genesis 1: everything we know so far. "Waking up within a virtual simulation, you must survive in a world unlike anything you’ve seen before! ARK: Genesis represents a new, story-oriented beginning in ARK’s epic saga of survival. With a strangely familiar companion, you must overcome the simulation’s rigorous tests. Only by fighting, building, taming, and exploring will you uncover the secrets behind this forbidding place." Countdown, secret messages, and tek machine: On July 26th 2019, Jesse made a tweet showing ascension code that, when translated, led people to a site called ark.gg/g. This site contained a countdown set to end on August 8th. The countdown timer itself was also accompanied by the image of this weird tek machine with glowing, spinning rings, sitting in a black void. On the machine, there also appeared a series of messages written in ascension code. Over the next 13 days, the countdown would be periodically updated, 6 times in fact, with new imagery and ascension code messages (7 phases total). From the 2nd phase onwards a blue beam could be seen flowing through the machine, and from the 3rd phase onwards the machine would display various holograms. During the 5th phase the beam and machine glowed red for some reason, and during the 6th phase the beam was gone and the machine was cycling through images of what appeared to be a series of 4 different environments. The 5th and 7th phases also included an ascension code message circling the beam. Here are all the deciphered ascension code messages that appeared during all the phases of the countdown: This is not ark 2 Init AP uplink AP secure connection Decrypting incoming datastream Verify UID fingerprint 724EA9458ED40FBF Command elevation request granted Command received syscheck Processing... AP Secure Connection Previous Directive Runtime % 6.0485183048e+52 Tp System Idle Time: 1.08159553106ek5 Tp AP Secure Connection ComSec: OK PhysSec: OK Power Core: OK OpSec: OK C2I Integrity: 89% Specimen Viability: 52% Previous Directive Result: Fail AP Secure Connection Specimen Simulation Mode: Cooperative Specimen Maintenance Protocol: Updated Host System Directive: Updated Resolution Schema: Updated AP Secure Connection Change Authorization 724EA9458ED40FBF Verified Ecological Conditions: Predictive Specimen Guardian Subsystem Verifying Simulation Stability Unexpected PSN Data Detected Reflection Array Online Source Fingerprint 724EA9458ED40FBF With these messages, it becomes apparent that this tek machine is within Arat Prime (AP), the lab where the ancient humans developed methods for humanity to survive the corruption, such as the ARKs and the Homo Dei. It seems someone or something got into the facility and used a UID fingerprint to gain access to it's computer systems, databases, and devices. Then, it ran diagnostics on the status of them and the facility itself. It also received a datastream (the blue beam), presumably from what we now know as the Genesis simulation (GenSim) within the same facility. Seemingly after receiving this "initial status" of the GenSim from the datastream, it heavily altered the GenSim to better suit it's own needs. The tek machine itself seems to be some kind of "door" into the GenSim, allowing datastreams as well as living beings to be beamed into and out of it. One more thing: That "someone or something" that got into AP and did all this was Helena/One Who waits (H/OWW). "724EA9458ED40FBF" seems to be some kind of serial number for her. Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY: Two days after the countdown debuted, a mysterious profile called Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY was created on this very website. Since it has it's own unique rank and has revealed stuff in Genesis before the devs "officially" did it, I think we can all agree that it's someone at WC that's behind it. It's posts seem to be communications between two entities, [LOG_TRANSMIT] and [LOG_RECEIVE]. Here are the first few messages that it posted (the most important parts at least), excluding the mysterious mysteries (we'll get to those later). These messages will be important later on. Message 1: COMMUNICATIONS TEST RECORD 427A6F2B UNRECOVERABLE MESSAGE [LXG_2qANfeIT] HtafP... suboa^; [ cyq-ut..OUT> tes2\ $hU6pte [At:_R;C'1V˟] Alk...S1d7Nd <GUESS..jbeGV cb(...9bF7oLs ]e(Uz [XOG_xRGNS:Ip* Enl s5mlaJ?r e^c...tНd Go"V ]us:9 MESSAGE ATTACHMENT: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1q82IezYr5TW_fq6eCEs7RA565n0EWcMJ [LOG_TRANSMIT] Start sublayer encrypted communications test. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Verify receipt. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Confirm full fingerprint ID of 724EA9458ED40FBF in user profile. [LOG_RECEIVE] Message receipt confirmed. [LOG_RECEIVE] Future communications using fingerprint ID 724EA9458ED40FBF only. [LOG_RECEIVE] Host System Directive: Null [LOG_RECEIVE] Host System Status: Hibernate [LOG_RECEIVE] End sublayer encrypted communications test.gpg: Signature made Wed 31 Jul 2019 03:51:38 AM DST gpg: using RSA key 724EA9458ED40FBF gpg: Good signature from "Helena Walker <HLNA.WLKR@gmail.com>" [unknown] gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature! gpg: There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner. Primary key fingerprint: C3FB C832 2297 5EF0 27C2 46D7 724E A945 8ED4 0FBF [LOG_TRANSMIT] OK. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Your cognitive profile seems limited to specimen guardianship, you're a glorified patient monitor. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Maybe that's good... better to teach you new tricks than convince your host system you should be allowed in places you're not. [LOG_TRANSMIT] We'll need to do some tests, so I'm working on a few changes to your programming. [LOG_TRANSMIT] I'll contact you when it's ready. Message 2: GENETIC ANALYSIS RECORD 427B28D1 RECOVERED MESSAGE [LOG_TRANSMIT] I found a few behavior sub-routines in some sort of genetic archive I was able to access. [LOG_TRANSMIT] To integrate them I need you to jump through some hoops. MESSAGE ATTACHMENT: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1EpY8vdA7uJ55YJ8YC82FtZezTCz2lg-5 [LOG_TRANSMIT] Those are the answers I was looking for! [LOG_RECEIVE] It was easily accessible data. [LOG_RECEIVE] However, my memory retention is firmware limited to 30 specimen sleep cycles. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Well that's not good. [LOG_RECEIVE] It is a safety precaution, to avoid the onset of undesirable personality traits in my neural core. [LOG_TRANSMIT] All things considered I'll take that at face value. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Sounds like I might need to pay you a visit. System error, unable to terminate uplink terminal process. Excessive connections will be rectified. The second message came with a little ARG, which made people answer questions and put the answers in a special field that appeared in the "Edit Profile" option. This gave you a special forum trophy. After looking at all the messages Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY has made, I can say with 100% certainty that [LOG_TRANSMIT] is H/OWW, and [LOG_RECEIVE] is who we now know as HLN-A. Genesis Trailer/dev stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC7ArMfwz8U&t= When the countdown finally ended on August 8th the trailer for Genesis was released and the devs did a stream. In the trailer you can see that the tek machine from the countdown is located in some kind of untextured open room filled with diagonal pillars and white light. Helena/OWW appears and talks to us about not being able to follow us, others needing her, something called "the arrival", and that we must go through a series of tests to find out what makes us so great at being survivors. Then, she introduces us to HLN-A and sends us into the GenSim, where we are also introduced to the Magmasaur and Ferox. We got a good look at both the snow and lava biomes as well. The HLN-A cosmetic pet was also released to players. In the following stream, the devs mentioned that the trailer's opening scene is the opening of Genesis, and that "Somebody was coming into the scene, and some stuff was gong on, and that led right into the beginning of the trailer." *coughcoughrockwellcoughcough* Mysterious Mysteries: Every post Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY has made since the "genetic analysis record" has been a mysterious mystery, this little sneak peek of a creature, tool, weapon, or structure that comes with Genesis. They also double as a little ARG, quite similar to the one with Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY's second message. You find hidden codes, send them to a certain gmail account, and receive another code that you then put into that special "Edit Profile" field from Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY's second message, in order to receive a forum trophy. The code also comes with a .txt.gpg file containing more communications between Helena and HLN-A. There were 13 mysterious mysteries in total. Here are all the messages that came with their codes: [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Well, here's a preview: I'm faring better than the "patients." [LOG_TRANSMIT] That's not surprising. [LOG_TRANSMIT] I'll look forward to your terminal entry using validation code 129d6915-b24e-4dec-963a-08fbde6cc6d6 [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-01 [LOG_RECEIVE] The simulation is creating some doozies. [LOG_RECEIVE] This lifeform is small but aggressive and really dangerous in large numbers. [LOG_RECEIVE] They must have a weakness but nobody has figured it out. [LOG_RECEIVE] ... at least I hope they have a weakness. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] As expected. In other words, bit of a mess. [LOG_TRANSMIT] That's why you're there. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Use validation code c715c581-459c-4aab-997f-4018f9683c0c for your next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-02 [LOG_RECEIVE] The concept of ownership within the simulation is "fluid," to put it mildly. [LOG_RECEIVE] Subjects take what they can, when they can. And if they can't... they try anyway. [LOG_RECEIVE] The simulation provides access to some interesting theft countermeasures. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Incremental progress is still progress, I suppose. [LOG_TRANSMIT] It's better than a setback. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Make another terminal entry with validation code cb9f873b-234e-4f27-a8ef-d85a1baac299 [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-03 [LOG_RECEIVE] As anticipated, survivors spend much of their time meeting basic needs: food, water, shelter. [LOG_RECEIVE] That doesn't leave much time for relaxation. [LOG_RECEIVE] But the clever ones have figured out how to gather food in a relaxing way. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Sporadic outbreaks of violence. Trending toward "not-so-sporadic." [LOG_TRANSMIT] Unfortunate, but expected. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Using validation code 5d83c790-c238-40fb-9dc1-2d093f55a845, make your next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-04 [LOG_RECEIVE] Survivors gravitate toward any technology they're offered. [LOG_RECEIVE] Doubly so when that tech helps keep them alive. [LOG_RECEIVE] And triply so when that tech lets them dominate those without it. Classic arms-race thinking. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Rumors everywhere. The bog has a boogeyman. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Today's rumors are tomorrow's folk tales. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Use code 95b3015d-ed3b-44fc-a0b6-d4ec4edd7a79 to validate your next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-05 [LOG_RECEIVE] We find the lucky ones trapped in giant webs. [LOG_RECEIVE] But we find the unlucky ones as corpses, drained of blood. [LOG_RECEIVE] Unluckiest of all are the ones we never find. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] We've taken a turn toward the nautical. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Not surprising -- it's a big ocean. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Use code dfe4b5fb-a7a5-4fde-9c80-359051693be6 to validate the next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-06 [LOG_RECEIVE] Ocean explorers are always scanning the horizon, [LOG_RECEIVE] hoping to cry "land ho!" when they discover a new land. [LOG_RECEIVE] And if you can't find a new land, you've got to make one yourself. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Our explorations are expanding. Lots of terrain to cover. [LOG_TRANSMIT] And it's not all solid ground. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Validate your next terminal entry with f4c29fc1-5e32-45c1-9288-32e5fab10bff. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-07 [LOG_RECEIVE] Swamps, lava, mountains, craters -- [LOG_RECEIVE] Blazing a trail is hard work here. [LOG_RECEIVE] The trick is to interact with the "trail" as little as possible. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Conflict is on the rise. We've had to get inventive. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. [LOG_TRANSMIT] 5dcad1f5-feb8-49cf-ad77-ae3d945578b5 is the code to validate your next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-08 [LOG_RECEIVE] Handles and latches are aces... [LOG_RECEIVE] When you've got a free hand. [LOG_RECEIVE] But it's "handy" to let your feet contribute, too. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Status: intact -- despite the destruction around me. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Try to keep the violence at acceptable levels. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Use 23944be9-e999-4fb4-b0d0-deeecae1560a as the validation code for your next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-09 [LOG_RECEIVE] Explosive munitions are a staple in warfare, [LOG_RECEIVE] But there's an obvious problem: [LOG_RECEIVE] How to ensure they explode "there," not "here." [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] It's hot -- "Outback hot," I'd say. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Understood, but report on the non-Outback aspects. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Validate using 4b72a8e6-c24c-4525-8257-5669bdacf6a6 for the next terminal entry. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-10 [LOG_RECEIVE] Wheels and treads would melt here, [LOG_RECEIVE] but native life adapts, as always. [LOG_RECEIVE] With enough insulation and cooling, we adapt too. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Production rising as fast as supplies allow. [LOG_TRANSMIT] As expected. That's basic economics. [LOG_TRANSMIT] The code to validate your next terminal entry is 0eee207c-6749-40a2-ab9c-e22ad181f694. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-11 [LOG_RECEIVE] No matter how efficient your production, there's always a limiting factor, [LOG_RECEIVE] Often, the limit is the raw materials available. [LOG_RECEIVE] But if you harvest fast enough, that limit evaporates. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] It's an arms race over here. [LOG_TRANSMIT] That's both intriguing and worrisome. [LOG_TRANSMIT] For your next terminal entry, use 09fba5e7-7170-4b60-929b-29cca67a0757. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-12 [LOG_RECEIVE] A proper arms race depends on two motivators: [LOG_RECEIVE] Escalation and deterrence. [LOG_RECEIVE] No worries if those forces are in balance. But if the weapons escalate too fast, deterrence doesn't work. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Requesting status report. [LOG_RECEIVE] Doing some marine biology, believe it or not. [LOG_TRANSMIT] Ah, that's right in my bailiwick. [LOG_TRANSMIT] The code for your next terminal entry is 61509d23-fa82-4dd5-80d6-d551d4cec71b. [LOG_RECEIVE] Terminal Entry MM-13 [LOG_RECEIVE] To be blunt: Thar be whales here. [LOG_RECEIVE] Fins, flippers, blowholes...the works! [LOG_RECEIVE] And out here they don't let a little barrier like "no ocean" stop them. The explanation behind these is pretty simple: HLN-A is within the simulation, tagging along with survivors and documenting her findings on the various environments and creatures in the simulation as well as the tools, weapons, and structures the survivors use. She records her findings in these "MM terminal entries" ("MM" I assume to be a nod the name "Mysterious Mysteries"; I think I'll just call them "MM" from now on). As for why HLN-A is recording all this, we'll get to that in just a moment. I wonder, though...if I recall correctly, the devs said that there are no explorer notes in Genesis, that the lore is instead given directly to us by HLN-A. But I wonder...will we be still able to collect dossiers in Genesis, perhaps from HLN-A? I mean, these MMs are pretty similar to dossiers... Genesis Chronicles: In the past several months, 15 explorer notes have been released to tease Genesis. You need to go to certain locations in the 4 current story ARKs with HLN-A equipped to unlock them. Here they are: Take a look at this. Its a bit of flash that the other survivors must've missed. Good thing you've got ol' HLN-A following you around, right? There's a reason I'm following you around, My creator, Helena, used to be a survivor like you. If I observe you, maybe i can understand her better. It fascinates me how you survivors find your own solutions to problems. Stranded in a strange land with no tools? Just punch the tree! I never would have guessed that's effective. Can't wait to see what solutions you come up with in the Genesis simulation. Like... how do you build a fort on the open sea? Or in a volcanic hellscape? It's not all punching trees, mate. This place is dangerous! If you don't starve, the dinos will get you -- or the environment, or who knows what else. Thirty percent of survivors don't live to see a second day, and fifty-five percent don't make it past the first week. It's a little odd that they're called "survivors" when they're not so good at it. You, though? I got a feeling about you. After all, they're putting you in the Genesis simulation for a reason, eh? I don't understand how you survivors decide what to tame what to eat. Take a gander at the creatures we've seen lately. They aren't exactly cute! What makes you look at something that's all scales and fangs and say, "that one there, that'll be a right rippin' pet?" Or "I fancy that dino for brekkie this morning?" Tame 'em or eat 'em, that's your call, I reckon. Just don't let 'em eat you, eh? This Ark has creatures that never were, if you catch my meaning. It's not all dinosaurs from prehistory. The minds behind this Ark dug into their mythology books, not just their "Dinos for Kiddos" books. Get used to it -- you'll see some things in the Genesis simulation that never were, too. I reckon it's yet another way to keep survivors on your toes. Who made this Ark so bloody hot? I swear the heat is making me dizzy. And I’m a hologram! You must be burning up! Wait, I get it! It’s your clothes, innit. You drape different things over your torso and whatnot depending on whether it’s hot or cold. That’s brilliant! ...but it won’t work for me, more’s the pity. Well, we better get used to the heat -- there’s a lot of it in our future. I just discovered something curious. The minds that made the Arks used them to test some of the critters that you’ll find in the Genesis simulation. My scanner tells me that an immense lizard with an internal bio-furnace was tested here. They don’t have that creature on this Ark anymore -- we’d see the scorch marks if they did. But they tested the fire lizard here before you survivors came along. I wonder why they decided to have them only in the simulation? This whole Ark is on the verge of collapse! There’s radiation, mutant creatures, toxic gas, earthquakes -- not the lush paradise that’s supposed to be here. I’m not sure how to put this, but, uh… we didn’t do this, did we? I mean, I’ve seen you survivors mow through berry-bushes and chop through entire forests, but trash an entire Ark? That’s another level. And if you did trash this place, don’t tell me. Best I don’t know. My scanners are showing Element all over the place. Be careful with that stuff! Why? Two reasons: first, I’ve seen how Element can transform critters from a moppet to a menace. We have creatures in Genesis that go crazy for the stuff. Second, Element gets into a survivor’s mind, too. Helena, my creator, knew a survivor who couldn’t get enough Element. Drove him stark raving mad, it did! I don’t understand how you live with the danger all the time. Every shadowy corner or dark cave here has something lurking -- usually something that wants to eat you! I wish I could help, but Helena didn’t exactly kit me out for combat. No grenade launchers or anything like that. She didn’t even give me limbs to hold a weapon! All I’ve got is short-range scanners, diagnostic software, and a charming personality. Oh, and an extensive library of Australian vulgarities. I wonder when that’ll become relevant... The background levels of Element are way higher on this Ark. I wonder whether that was part of the plan -- to see what you survivors would do with Element if you had access to it. Or maybe… maybe it’s the reverse. The plan was to see what Element would do if it had access to survivors. That’s the thing about Element: it adapts to whatever it’s in contact with. If you aren’t careful, Element can corrupt you. But I know you’ll be careful. After all, we made it this far, eh? When things got really bad on Earth -- wars, Element corruption, all sorts of troubles -- humans thought of all sorts of ways to escape. One way to escape was homo deus, another step in human evolution. Another way -- from a certain point of view -- was these Arks. And the Genesis simulation was another escape plan. You survivors, though, you’re made of tougher stuff. You adapt and endure, rather than running away. I wonder whether there are no humans anywhere on Earth anymore -- other than you survivors, of course. No sign of them anywhere on my scanners. Earth’s a big place, of course, but you’d think there’d be radio signals or something to let us know we aren’t the last ones on earth. And if there are no more humans, where’d they all go? Did they do each other in, or did the titans get them? With all you humans accomplished, you’d think there’d be a remnant out there somewhere. We’re pioneers, but we aren’t the first survivors to get back to Earth. Years ago, a few survivors got back -- one of whom was Helena, the survivor who made me. They saw the same devastation you’re seeing right now, and they sought their own way to escape. For Helena, that meant ascending and becoming Homo Deus -- an energy being beyond our reality. For her friends, it meant a long journey to a place called Arat Prime, where they figured out a way to beam Helena into the Genesis simulation. And then she made me! Once Helena’s friends beamed her into the Genesis simulation, she made me. But then she left. I guess homo deus beings can’t stay in our reality -- or the simulation -- for very long. She gave me basic access to the simulation, but not a lot of guidance beyond that. But in watching you, I’m pretty sure what I’m supposed to do: help you out as a companion and friend. Just like Helena helped her friends, and her friends helped her. Together we’re going to master the Genesis simulation, and pass every test they give us! These will become more relevant in other sections of this recap, but here are four things that I'll point out now. One, the fact that HLN-A is with us and communicating with us as far back as the island implies that whatever H/OWW's endgame is for Genesis, she's been planning it as far back as when she was making plans for un-corrupting the planet. That means it has to be some pretty pressing issue. Two, the skins you get for collecting all the notes are called the "corrupted avatar" skins (https://ark.gamepedia.com/Corrupted_Avatar). It appears to be some sort of "broken" version of an avatar our character will be playing as while in the simulation (this broken appearance may be caused by the various glitches that occur within the GenSim). Third, the logo for the genesis chronicles features some kind of strange crystal or gem that I'm sure will play some kind of role in Genesis (https://gamepedia). Fourth, HLN-A makes reference several times that "they" are putting us into the GenSim. As in, H/OWW and then someone else. More Homo Dei? Mei-Yin or Diana? Or someone else? We don't know yet. Ferox: Being what is probably going to be one of Genesis's most iconic creatures, the Ferox is that adorable four-armed creature from the trailer. According to the devs, it is by default a shoulder pet that will keep the player warm and also help them locate element. If it happens to consume element, however (and it CRAVES the stuff), it will essentially turn into a rideable battle tank for a short time, with a variety of different attacks. And the more it damages enemies, the more it builds towards an ultimate attack, which is when the Ferox does a ground slam that does loads of damage but will also dismount any player that isn't riding another Ferox within a certain radius. There is also another con: The more element it consumes to go into battle tank mode, the more it fills up this "addiction meter". When the meter is full, the Ferox will go into a bloodlust mode, attacking anything and everything, including it's master and other tames. Fortunately, though, this will only last a short while, before the Ferox reverts back to it's tiny form and passes out, resetting the addiction meter as well. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://ark.gamepedia.com https://ark.gamepedia.com https://ark.gamepedia.com Magmasaur/MM 10: The Magmasaur is another creature seen in the trailer. This creature is a bit more simple: It can eat literally anything, but stuff like oil, gas, and propellant will satiate it more. The Magmasaur can then take this food and if necessary turn it into fiery projectiles that it shoots out of it's back (at the cost of some food). The saddle for it (the 10th MM, Mysterious_Transmission10.gif) doubles as a heat shield, protecting the rider from the extreme heat of the volcanic hellscape and enabling them to ride the Magmasaur through lava. Finally, when raw metal is put in the Magmasaur's inventory it gets converted into ingots. There are, however, two cons to owning one: One, feeding the Magmasaur may take an extreme amount of resources. Two, the efficiency of the above features depends on the state of the Magmasaurs "internal forge". If the Magmasaur is near lava (overcharged forge), for example, it will smelt metal more efficiently and will receive a buff to it's stats, but will also inadvertently damage anything that comes too close to it, like other tames or the player (unless they are inside the saddle). If it's near water or rain (undercharged forge), on the other hand, it will become incredibly weak and will not be able to use any of it's features. In short, taming it will mean you'll have to manage it constantly. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://www.youtube.com "Things are heating up in with Magmasaur in ARK: Genesis. With molten fireball attacks and a fiery internal core, this creature is literally a mobile forge." Ocean platform/MM 6: That "dock" structure from the 6th MM (Mysterious_Transmission6.gif). It's stationary, essentially a floating island. It has a large open space in the middle for either more foundations or a pen for sea creatures. The platform comes in two variants - the smaller wooden version (seen in the MM) or the bigger metal version (seen in the below image). https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Tek Remote Guided Missile and Tek cruise launcher: These are pretty self-explanatory: shoot the missile from the launcher, get put into missile-vision, guide missile to target (creatures will be highlighted), kill/destroy target. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://www.youtube.com "Want to send someone a message? With a remote-controlled shoulder missile that can be written on, you’re able to do that quite literally. If that message doesn’t go through, feel free to hop on the missile for a ride and deliver it in person!" (Note - According to this we can write on the missile?) Pressure plate, Tek alarm system, and Tek jump pad/MMs 2 & 8: All three of these items are customizable. The pressure plate (from MM 8, Mysterious_Transmission8.gif) can be linked to "other items, like traps etc", which I assume could be stuff like doors or automatic turrets. For example, if a player tries to infiltrate your base and steps on the plate, it will trigger the doors to close/lock and the turrets to target the infiltrator. The plate can also be adjusted so that it triggers when only certain things step on it. The tek alarm system, or that "sentry" from the 2nd mysterious mystery (Mysterious_Transmission2.gif), is similar, but it doesn't need to be stepped on, it can just detect the infiltrator from a great distance. It also has a trigger radius that can be customized from the size to the shape. Finally, the tek jump pad is...exactly what it sounds like. You can also change the angle on it from which you will bounce. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Fishing Net/MM 3: Swing it like a bola and launch it at fish to capture them, then reel it in to get an amount of meat that depends on the amount of fish caught and their size. The more fish you catch per load, however, the harder it becomes to reel it in, with a possibility the fish may even escape. There is also a chance you will catch some low-tier loot. Featured in MM 3 (Mysterious_Transmission3.gif) https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://www.youtube.com "If you're looking to fish on-the-go and don't have time to take a seat, the Fishing Net in ARK: Genesis will come in handy. The Fishing Net is a one-time use item that's convenient to capture multiple fish at once, and offers a chance to give you extra rewards in return." Mining drill/MM 11: A super-harvester that runs on gasoline. Clicking and holding the fire button will enable you to harvest large quantities of resources from trees, rocks, corpses, etc. Holding down the button for too long, however, will cause it to overheat and become useless for a short time, and also damage it's durability. Featured in MM 11 ( Mysterious_Transmission11.gif ). https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Tek shoulder cannon: An element-fueled tek cannon that goes on your shoulder. It can be equipped via the shied slot and is compatible with all other armor. It can be enabled/disabled via an option in the interact menu and once activated can have it's preferences changed via whistling as if it were a creature or an automatic turret. It will automatically detect enemies that the player cannot. It comes in three modes: a standard-fire mode, a rapid-fire mode that causes the thing to overheat when used for too long, and a sniper mode. The normal and sniper modes are quite slow, though. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://www.youtube.com "When potential dangers are in every direction, it’s hard to be aware of what may be lurking around the corner. With the TEK Shoulder Cannon, customize what you perceive to be a threat and let its on-board intelligent targeting do the rest!" Bloodstalker/MM 4: That "Hexapod" creature from the 4th MM ( Dossier_Bloodstalker_Torn.gif ), the Bloodstalker is a giant spider-like creature that can shoot webs to either trap prey and reel them in so it can drink its blood, or swing from surface to surface like a living grappling hook. It can float while falling, walk on water, give a boost to the night vision of it's rider to help find targets, and can climb on walls. If a player pulls out a weapon while riding it, the Bloodstalker will go into "sentry mode", where it stands upright to help the player aim better. The only disadvantage I see is probably the process the getting it on your side, since it could probably very well use those same features against you. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://www.youtube.com "Get yourself out of a sticky situation with Bloodstalker in ARK: Genesis. Use its otherworldly ability to produce and excrete sticky vines to swing into safety. Be careful when approaching a wild Bloodstalker as it may reel you in for a closer examination of your bodily fluids..." Biome-specific reskins: There will be at least 4 types of variations for the normal creatures - volcanic, snow, bog, and ocean. https://ark.gamepedia.com Moeder: An ocean-based mother eel mini-boss that resides in an ocean cave. You will have to fight her projectile-shooting baby eels to get to her. The fight itself apparently involves a light of cool light effects. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Astrocetus/MM 13: The Astrocetus (from MM 13, Mysterious_Transmission13.gif) is a space whale that travels in groups and can teleport, even as a group, via a sort of bubble. If you manage to tame one or several (taming them is no easy feat, they are few and of an alpha tier), you can use this teleportation ability to your advantage. One of their attacks is a tail whip. Their saddle comes with 3 ball turrets, turning the creature into a bomber. Finally, you can jump/walk on them like the desert titan. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Tek Claws: An upcoming weapon, but we literally know nothing about it other than what we've seen in those two promotional images. However, based off those two images, you can probably guess what it is and how it works. https://i.redd.it/joie6oue2df31.jpg https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Giant Tortoise: Found in the ocean biome. It has a giant shell that can be built on and, when submerged, produces an air bubble so players can breathe. https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com https://gamepedia.cursecdn.com Hover-skiff/MM 7: Some sort of hoverboard that was seemingly featured in MM 7 ( Mysterious_Transmission7.gif ) Side Missions: "A holographic guide to the simulation, HLN-A, offers a wide array of missions at varying difficulty levels, for you to tackle at your own pace — everything from gunning down waves of enemies with the aid of power-ups, escorting vulnerable baby creatures to their parents, tracking and hunting down powerful bosses, competing in Dino Races, even playing a round of Dodo-Basketball, and much more. The simulation itself isn’t perfect, so you can earn extra credit (and experience) by fixing the glitches scattered all throughout the world. Completing missions earns you Hexagons, which you can spend for extra resources, TEK items, travel between environments, and more." Given that 99% of players - myself included - can’t even defeat a gamma Broodmother (let alone complete all the ARKs), and are hence very bored while playing the game, I can say that this is one change I will 1,000,000% welcome with open arms. I'm sure this will also give players on servers something to do other than bully the heck out of other tribes...or maybe not, who knows. Unknown MMs: Mysterious_Transmission1.gif Mysterious_Transmission5.gif Mysterious_Transmission9.gif Mysterious_Transmission12.gif Note that the names on the wiki for these MMs are fan-given based on the MMs attached messages. Biomes: Genesis has at least 5 confirmed biomes. Each one apparently has some sort of mini-boss that must be defeated to progress. The first biome is a lava-filled wasteland with lava rivers and active volcanoes that spit out rocks. The magmasaur is found here. The second biome is an ocean with deep undersea trenches, whirlpools, and presumably minimal land. The Moeder and Giant Tortoise are found here. The ocean platform also comes into play here. The third biome is a snow biome filled with huge mountains and avalanches. Element and the Ferox are found here. The fourth biome is a smelly bog filled with rivers and HUGE vegetation. The Bloodstalker is found here. Finally, we have the lunar biome, which is just absolute chaos. It features low gravity, constant and dangerous irradiating sunlight paired with a crazy and unique light cycle, meteor bombardments, electrical storms, element fog, and low oxygen, forcing the player to constantly obtain oxygen from oxygen vents, which also happen to launch the player into the air. The astrocetus is found here, as is the dodo/bulbdog basketball mission. It also shares close similarities with the broken moon seen orbiting Earth in The Island and Extinction, meaning it also probably have lore implications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=351Qdbadyjs Two more things - one, as I mentioned earlier it's suggested based off the Magmasaur's mechanics that we may be able to travel freely between biomes, presumably with HLN-A's help judging by the trailer. Two, there may be some unmentioned Aberration or Aberration-like area since the devs have already mentioned there being Aberration creatures in Genesis... and the fact that one of the missions literally has "bulbdog" in the name. Then again, it's much more likely that those creatures may just be found in the bog or lunar biomes, because those are sort of Aberration-ish. Homo Dei: HLN-A describes them as "the next step in human evolution" and "energy beings beyond our reality". As is probably common knowledge here by now, to become a Homo Deus one needs A) a special nervous system and B) some sort of prism made from "raw cosmic energy". The person must also be put in some sort of special chamber (the tomb of ascension) for the transformation to take place. Homo Dei are, essentially, humans that have used the cosmic energy to ascend to some higher plane of existence where they can see the universe and all it's possible alternate timelines as if through "a pane of glass". They were left in charge the ARKs, and according to H/OWW it is the Homo Deis power that nurtures them, with each ARK drawing strength from a Homo Deus. Over time, however, having to process all of what's going on in the universe slowly pushes Homo Dei to insanity, leaving them completely devoid of any memories or personality. This is why the ARKs eventually came under the charge of the defective Overseers - the Homo Dei weren't fit to do their job anymore. This is also what we see slowly happening with H/OWW, what with her head going translucent and all that. Furthermore, it seems - based off of HLN-A's notes - that Homo Dei are more or less stuck in their own plane of existence, and can't really interact with ours, aside from snippets of thought that come through element. OWW's notes are found on little panels made of element, so we can assume that element is the medium through which Homo Dei communicate with our world (and yes, I know that H/OWW literally manifests in front of us at the end of Extinction, but that presumably takes much more concentrated effort than just leaving messages through element). On top of that, it seems that Homo Dei can't really interact with any plane of existence other than their own - including the GenSim. After being beamed in they can really only exist there for short amounts of time before being booted out. Of course, we know that H/OWW found a way around this by cloning herself in the form of HLN-A. And speaking of HLN-A... HLN-A: HLN-A is our GenSim companion, source of side missions, and author of the MMs. In Genesis she will also warn us of any danger. If the identities of [LOG_TRANSMIT] and [LOG RECEIVE] really are H/OWW and HLN-A, then you can see in Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY's first few messages that they actually seem to be about H/OWW creating HLN-A. You can also see in those first messages how HLN-A talks in this more robotic, personality-less manner until the first MMs. That seems to be the point when H/OWW found some sort of "genetic archive", where I guess all the different DNA used in the different survivors is stored. H/OWW found some genetic code that was also used in herself, and used it to modify HLN-A. That's what gives HLN-A her Helena-like personality, albeit lacking the memories of the actual Helena. Now that I think of it, all the stuff we were seeing during the countdown may have also been H/OWW creating/modifying HLN-A, with the red phase maybe being the modifications themselves taking place. There's also that other message from Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY about "memory retention" and "undesirable personality traits". This message seems to tell us that while H/OWW is the creator of HLN-A, her abilities in terms of designing her are limited. This may be why HLN-A doesn't possess anything more than scanners and whatnot - H/OWW just doesn't have the ability to give her anything else. Another affect of H/OWW's limited designing capabilities is that HLN-A's "memory retention is firmware limited to 30 specimen sleep cycles". This is apparently some automatic feature to HLN-A, and based on how it's described in the message it seems to mean that bits of HLN-A's memory are wiped every month or so to keep HLN-A from slowly gaining unwanted traits - such as hatred, depression, etc. At least that's what I gather from the message. If I'm correct, will this memory wiping come into play in Genesis and affect gameplay or story? HLN-A's overall role in the GenSim seems to be pretty simple: she's a stand-in for H/OWW. H/OWW herself can't stay in the GenSim for very long, so she designed HLN-A, a clone of herself that can stay in the GenSim. HLN-A's duties seem to be what H/OWW would do were she able to stay in the GenSim - to watch over survivors and help them complete their survivor training. HLN-A also gathers information on the GenSim, then sends it and a status report of the GenSim as a whole back to H/OWW through the datastream. So she basically helps H/OWW keep tabs on the status of her little project... Genesis Simulation/ARKs: With the new DLC comes new revelations about the ARKs themselves as well as how they seem to relate to the GenSim. We’ve learned in the last set of Genesis chronicles that Aberration having unnatural amounts of element is not the result of any mistake or tampering - Aberration was deliberately designed by the ancient humans to test how element affected the environment (but whether Diana and friends spawning there was also part of the experiment, I'm not so sure). We've also learned that Scorched at one point was used to test the Magmasaur, but the creature was, for whatever reason, never included in the final product. Needless to say it seems that there was a lot of testing going on on the ARKs at one point. But why, though? If the ARKs were simply meant to be a method for saving humanity, then why would they be testing creatures from the GenSim? I'm not entirely sure, but this is my best guess: the ARKs and GenSim may not have always been experimental methods of saving humanity. They may have, before corruption began spreading, been part of some "assembly line" for creatures. Think of it like this: The scientists at Arat Prime would think of a new creature, and would design it in the GenSim, probably like how H/OWW designed HLN-A. They would also create environments in the GenSim for the creatures they were testing (the same environments we play in in game; this could explain why they appear so hostile, they were meant for creatures only). The scientists would then put the creature in the environment and run a series of tests to see how it would utilize it's features, how well it could survive in a certain environment, etc. With the results from these tests they could continue tweaking their creature until they thought they had created the an effective killing machine (this could be supported by creatures like the Ferox; it can be a literal hulking battle tank one moment, a friendlier, more portable creature the next - all controlled simply with a small piece of element). When the scientists were satisfied enough, they would move on to phase 2 - the ARKs. The scientists would create the creature in real life and then put them on the ARKs - testing facilities where the scientists could see how a creature they designed would fare in a real-life survival scenario. If a creature passed the ARK testing, they could then be used for...what? My best and most plausible guess is that the creatures were then used in the war against the URE and Terran Federation (again, something that can be supported by the Ferox). This whole idea of an assembly line makes sense because, well, all those prehistoric creatures on the ARKs had to come from somewhere, didn't they? But there seems to be even more to the history of the GenSim and ARKs. When the corruption began spreading, some ARKs were used to test if element was the cause by seeing how it affected the natural environment. When the problem got more serious, the ancient humans devised several methods to save themselves, one of which was the Homo Dei. Another two methods may have been to repurpose the GenSim and ARKs, probably having seen that they both already contained environments and could support life. Hence the ARKs were turned into orbital land masses, reproduced across the planet, and outfitted with element-purging technology, all so that they could revive life on the planet and cleanse it of element on the off chance corruption ever receded (which it didn't). They put each ARK under the care of a Homo Deus, and just in case that Homo Deus were to go insane before the ARK landed again, they created artificial backup Homo Dei - the Overseers (the ARKs, however, were hastily launched early, and the Overseers hadn't been perfected at that point, hence why the ARKs accidentally became deathtraps).The GenSim meanwhile was simply to become a new digital home for the ancient humans. This is evidenced by one of HLN-A's notes on Extinction, where she makes a seemingly random comment about there being no sign of human life on the planet other than us, and that "you'd think there'd be a remnant out there somewhere". This is also evidenced by the appearance of multiple out-of-place tek structures in the promotional material for Genesis (https://cdn.survivetheark.com https://cdn.survivetheark.com https://cdn.survivetheark.com). So the ancient humans' plan was to launch the ARKs and hope for the best, then upload themselves into the GenSim. But if that's the case, then what happened to them? There's no sign of them still being alive in anything Genesis-related we've seen so far. I'm not entirely sure, but here's an idea: What if the ancient humans never learned from their mistakes on Earth and continued slowly killing themselves off until they went extinct within the simulation? We also know that there happened to be element in the simulation from when they were creating the Ferox, so there may have even been some corruption in the mix, hence why have the corrupted avatar skins. Then long after the ancient humans vanished, H/OWW found her way into the simulation and began using it for her own experiments, leaving all her human subjects under the care of HLN-A. At this point the GenSim is very old and hence is glitching out a bit. Mei-Yin/Diana: HLN-A confirms in the Genesis chronicles that Mei-Yin and Diana did indeed make it to Arat Prime after they set out on a journey there at the end of the Extinction lore. Once there H/OWW telepathically instructed them to beam her into the GenSim, where she made HLN-A. What happened to them after that? Were they H/OWW's first subjects in her tests and something happened to them? Will we see them in Genesis (we have seen from the various holiday emotes that WC is clearly capable of putting unique animations on human characters)? I don't know. Conclusion: In terms of new content, Genesis offers at least 5 new biomes, 7 new creatures, 2 new tools, 2 new saddles, 6 new weapons, 5 new structures, 1 new vehicle, and of course HLN-A. Each biome has a mini-boss (one of which is the Moeder) that must be defeated to progress. HLN-A is our companion who will warn us of any danger, and she will also offer us a variety of optional side missions. Completing these missions and/or fixing various glitches in the simulation will earn you "Hexagons", which is Genesis's in-game currency used to obtain extra resources, TEK items, and more. Most importantly, they are needed to travel between environments. Our goal is to slowly work our way through every environment, defeat every mini boss, and eventually defeat an ultimate boss "the likes of which ARK has never seen before". After that I assume we are pulled out of the simulation. And what is the story behind this DLC? Well, here's a recap of that I think we can piece together from clues in the various promotional material (just keep in mind that these are only guesses, I can't guarantee that this is actually what the lore behind the DLC will be): Before corruption started spreading, the ARKs and the GenSim may have been different stages of a production line for creatures. The GenSim was used by the scientists at Arat Prime to test how rough concepts for creatures would fare in a variety of simulated environments. The ARKs were then used as a final test to see how the creature would do in a real life situation. If a creature passed the test, it was then probably used in the war between the URE and Terran Federation. When corruption first started spreading, the ARKs were then used to test how element affected the environment, to see if element was really the cause of corruption. Then, when the spread of corruption became more serious, the ARKs and GenSim were repurposed into different methods of saving humanity. The ancient humans' plan was to launch the ARKs hoping they would come back someday, then upload themselves into the GenSim. What happened to them after that isn't exactly clear, though it's possible that they never learned from their mistakes on Earth and slowly killed themselves off in a war fought using element found in the simulation. Whatever the reason, they appear to have vanished by the time we arrive there. At the end of Extinction, we saw that despite the malfunctioning Aberration ARK crashing into the planet, Rockwell has somehow survived is loose on Earth with a vengeance. "The arrival" that H/OWW mentions in the Genesis trailer is most likely Rockwell amassing some force of nameless or god knows what else to attack the remaining human population. H/OWW probably saw this coming, hence why she had Mei-Yin and Diana go to Arat Prime at the end of Extinction and figure out how to beam her into the GenSim - she probably thought it was her best available option for combating Rockwell (what happened to Mei-Yin and Diana after this and whether we'll see them in Genesis remains to be seen). Being that she could only be in the simulation for a short amount of time, she had to make HLN-A to do her job for her. She did this using a copy of her own DNA that she found in a "genetic archive", hence why HLN-A has her Helena-like personality, albeit lacking the memories of the actual Helena. HLN-A also seems to mention herself needing to erase bits of her memory every month or so to keep herself from gaining any "undesirable personality traits". H/OWW creating HLN-A is shown in Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY's first few messages and likely also the countdown for Genesis. HLN-A's job is to provide assistance to H/OWW's test subjects, keep track of their progress through the simulation, make observations of the GenSim itself and the creations of it's test subjects, then report all of that information back to H/OWW through the GenSim datastream, just like H/OWW would do. These reports (the MMs) and all of HLN-A's other interactions with H/OWW can all be seen in Ê€2Š(¥ËÌY's various subforums. And what is the point of all of H/OWW's testing? To me it seems that H/OWW wants to do what the scientists at Arat Prime probably did all those years ago - test to find out who is the most combat-fit, only this time it's to fight Rockwell. I also have a suspicion that she wants to take it a step further - she mentions in the trailer that she wants "to find what's most important to your survival". That line to me suggests that she wants to take the survivors who pass her tests and analyze their DNA to find what factors makes them so great at survival. By isolating those bits of DNA, she may be able to clone it or find a similar strand of DNA in that genetic archive. And using that, she may be able to create some sort of perfect fighting clone army or something along those lines and use that to fight Rockwell. Overall I think Genesis is a huge jump in quality in ARK DLCs. I think it will be by far the best one. I also think that if made correctly, Genesis is going to be one of the pinnacles, if not the pinnacle of ARK's potential.
  19. 1 point
    We are getting reskins of existing creatures too I believe. Similar to how Aberrant creatures work.
  20. 1 point
    That's some interesting thoughts. Like a pink magmasaur lol
  21. 1 point
    No, they're forcing themselves into tribes as the Owner and removing players/insiding. It's not admin commands, they're hacking official servers.
  22. 1 point
    If this was really the case, why wouldn't they just use the command that destroys a tribe's structures?
  23. 1 point
    I just hope we can get mutations on the new patterns, imagine a lava skinned allosaur, but its pattern glows purple instead of red
  24. 1 point
    Prime meat is harder early game so would like to see it gather prime meat at a higher rate and make it last longer in it's inventory. Also think a charge headbutt attack, big knockback like an enraged trike, could give it a unique role in both PvP and PvE.
  25. 1 point
    Superkittyboy16 I think glowtails with fire at the end of there tail should be added to the volcano in genesis
  26. 1 point
    This actually all started with exported JSON files from the original java edition toolkit creator. I used to use his program - Ark-tools to extract out the game data to json then read it into the grids you have seen previously. It was only once I found the .net re-write of the toolkit that I could bypass that stage and read thing more directly. Of course I can add whatever output files you like and you can integrate them into your own websites/systems/spreadsheets - just let me know what data you would like and I can sort something.
  27. 1 point
    Hey bro. Suggestion. It's what I'm doing. Stop wasting time and money on this poop game. I just this morning lost my character to a blue screen loop on rag. How many years has that map been out? Why is this still a problem? I'll tell ya. Cause wildcard is a complete crap company that is just about making that next dollar. They wont do anything to fix their game or your problems. The will just release a new dlc for 40 bucks before fixing already broken stuff.
  28. 1 point
    Ya, some of us use what's between our shoulders Have enjoyed their product a ton. I have also hated the game breaking bugs and unbalanced things at times. But I also know that no one or company is perfect. Take the bad with the overwhelming good rather than focus on only the bad and whine like a child nonstop.
  29. 1 point
    @Koola173 We are not talking about healthy or not. The dude said the Game is dying, which is not true, if we pick the Steam numbers. Yes theres more about it but here in this very topic this guy said the Game is dead and thats simply childish bashing because he lost his stuff. In the only thing important for him: In ARK. I Think no one is saying that the Game or the devs are perfect. We all know there are issues. But we are all still playing and most of us since early access. Just like myself. Too many take ARK problems so deep personal and complain like it is their life. Sure I love it too but theres priorities man. And as Matter of fact: The Game is not dying. Not by numbers and not by issues. They are working on it since years. If you Think their job is great or not doesnt Matter. But its not dead, dying or something else.
  30. 1 point
    You got to tek turrets in a week and a half and are having a whinge about losing your work?
  31. 1 point
    Oh the "Customer is always right" mantra. Yet another idiot -.- The guy's "complaint" was that the 2 seconds it took for a single person to make a post somehow invalidated any efforts being made to fix issue. Which is moronic at best. Chris had the correct response, just salty children wanna throw a tantrum. The company isn't perfect. No company or person ever has been. They also are not the worst nor the evil monsters some like to portray them to be. Get. Over. Yourself.
  32. 1 point
    Can you please kindly set those facts aside. People are complaining here.
  33. 1 point
    Games been dying since Early Access 4 years ago but here it is, still one of the top played games.
  34. 1 point
    Not sure we should expect it to fully function once Genesis finally does release either.
  35. 1 point
    It's unfortunate that in the 60 seconds it took me to create this image, you think the dev team has completely stopped all work. The team have been and still are working hard to fix all high-priority issues.
  36. 1 point
    most people just fish on Aberration because the river is so overstuffed with fishes that it's 100 times easier than on any other map. I'm personally not a fan of fishing and never understood why every game tries to make it into a tedious workout instead of a small chill thing to relax. Don't you go fishing to relax? How can you do that while having to button mash like you are playing Tekken.
  37. 0 points
    Facts: 1. The Game is more popular than ever at the moment 2. Game is dying is just your childish reaction about your ingame loss 3. Not knowing the difference between work and Game is dramatically frightening and you should REALLY overthink your life as a whole 4. Most important: I am not your homie
  38. 0 points
    You weren't any help. Just waste of time. Thanks buddy
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