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  1. 21 points
    Deinonychus Common Name: Deinonychus Species: Deinonychus magna pede Time: Cretaceous Diet: Carnivore Temperament: Aggressive Wild By the time you hear the scurrying claws of the Deinonychus, it's often too late. Superior hunters, they leap from a hiding place and pounce on their prey. The Deinonychus is an agile climber as well, jumping from wall ledge to wall ledge as it seeks high vantage points to lie in wait. A hungry Deinonychus tends to be fearless and will hunt prey much larger than itself, latching onto a dinosaur's back with its sickle-shaped claws, then starting to feed before its victim is even dead. While it likes its meat fresh, a Deinonychus isn't above scavenging a carcass if no other food is available. Domesticated Raising a Deinonychus in captivity requires an ample food supply, as they have a fast metabolism to match their high activity level. The Deinonychus is also fiercely territorial near nests with eggs, even if the eggs aren't its own. This makes breeding successive generations a hazardous process. Unless raised from eggs, they cannot be tamed; the hunter instinct of a wild Deinonychus is so strong that it reflexively pounces on a would-be master. When will this creature make its first appearance on the ARK? Find out more soon! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  2. 17 points
    ARK: Genesis 1 Listen to the ARK:Genesis Theme Song: Continue your quest for survival and unlock the next chapter in the saga of ARK: Survival Evolved on February 25th. Get the ARK: Genesis Season Pass
  3. 17 points
    We at Studio Wildcard would like to wish you happy holidays! We're looking forward to the Genesis release and another exciting year for ARK!
  4. 13 points
    A Message from the Founders Hello Survivors, Jesse and Jeremy here! We know things have been a bit quiet on Genesis news for the past few weeks, even though there is much more to show you, we’ve been deeply immersed in the pre-release development process. That being said, we’re writing today to tell you that the final release date for Genesis Part 1 is now February 25th, 2020 simultaneously on all platforms. This additional delay will no doubt come as a disappointment to everyone who is eagerly awaiting Genesis. We’re extremely sorry to push it back an extra month, but as we have been heads-down with the rest of the team polishing, balancing and putting the final pieces together, we really felt that the extra wait will be worth it both for the quality of the base game and the ambitious new expansion. The live ops team is taking advantage of the scheduling change by making sure we have a really fun Valentine’s event in store for you (something we originally planned to skip because it followed so closely behind the launch of the new expansion). Plus, we’ve just deployed an initial anti-meshing patch, and next week we will be rolling out a definitive anti-meshing logic overhaul that should fundamentally address those long-standing issues. As we look forward to a successful cross-platform launch of Genesis, all of this will make ARK substantially better for everyone who plays PvP and PvE. On behalf of the broader Wildcard team, we thank you so much for your passion, creativity, feedback, and support. We are extremely thrilled to bring ARK’s next chapter to you, and are looking forward to a hugely exciting 2020! Meanwhile, here are some tasty new screenshots from ARK: Genesis Part 1! Jesse and Jeremy Studio Wildcard Anti-Meshing Efforts Hey everybody! I’m WC_jellyknee, the lead Live Ops Engineer on the ARK team. I wanted to tell you about our efforts to prevent cheating in ARK in general, and our continuing efforts to defeat undermeshing specifically. We're excited to get this post out in order to address the issue of meshing with the community and, also, to share news on how we will be countering meshing more aggressively moving forward via technical solutions. I'm going to start off by quoting from a previous developer diary: You can read the rest of the developer diary here: Undermeshing has been a thorn in the side of both players as well as the enforcement team, and a serious concern for the development team. To help mitigate this, we have further upgraded our anti-undermeshing system in order to help the enforcement team track down problematic map areas, as well as tracking down people who are breaking the ARK Code of Conduct. This underlying system has been in place for a while now, gathering useful data, and we have been testing it to make sure that it works reliably. We wanted to make sure that it minimizes the amount of false positives - we don't want it to flag locations where players can get to during normal play Now that this system has been proven to be effective, we've now built another layer on top of it to take advantage of this data. I don't want to give specific numbers here because it can only help bad actors try to find new exploits, but I'll explain how this system works: 1) If we detect a player undermeshing for a certain amount of time, it will teleport them to a valid position that they were previously at. It will then monitor that player for an amount of time. 2) If the system finds that player undermeshing again within that time, or if it's not able to teleport the player to a previous position, then the player's character will die. Any items being carried will remain at that location. 3) The system is aware of what the character is doing, and will take certain actions into account to help prevent player frustration. The system, whilst in a state we’re confident will have an impact on limiting meshing, is in a state of ongoing development. We will continually make improvements and updates, along with rolling out more definitive undermeshing-resolving changes in the next week. While we continue to introduce new content and experiences to fans of ARK we will remain focused on ensuring that everyone has a fair playing experience on the Official Network. By default, the anti meshing system will be on for the Official Network For Unofficials, these launch parameters can be used: -noundermeshchecking // Will turn it off the anti meshing system entirely -noundermeshkilling // Will turn it off the anti meshing player kills (but still allow teleporting) Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  5. 9 points
    Greetings Survivors! June 2020 will mark the 5th Anniversary of ARK: Survival Evolved, and what an amazing five years it’s been! We have some special treats planned to commemorate the occasion with our fantastic community! We’ll be celebrating this momentous milestone with multi-week long revelries which will include a special birthday in-game event, the arrival of a new dinosaur, and the initial rollout of the one-of-a-kind experience of the expansive Official “ISO: Crystal Isles” map! Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? Here’s a little teaser of our new real-world dinosaur primed to make its dizzying mark upon the skies on June the 4th across all platforms! Can you guess what it is??! Crystal Isles Crystal Isles is a stunning, other-worldly map filled with a vibrant display of teeming life scattered amidst its varied landscapes, awe-inspiring floating islands, and breathtaking biomes. Ever since Crystal Isles launched as a mod in 2016, its fantasy appeal has secured its place as one of the most popular maps within the ARK community and we’re thrilled to bring it to players as a fully supported free DLC. Crystal Isles will initially launch for PC on June the 4th, with an Xbox and PS4 launch coming later this summer as the team continues to hunker down and iterate on the console version. We hear you on the Crystal Wyverns and they’ll certainly be making their tameable appearance on the Isles! Anniversary Event! And finally, we’ll be donning our party hats and celebrating with a time-honored in-game event commencing on all platforms on June 4, featuring Party Dodos, interactive cakes, new chibis & surprises, and dazzling unicorns frolicking on rainbows. Yes, really! It’s been an incredible journey over the last 5 years filled with so many unforgettable memories and we can’t wait to celebrate with you once more! Eggcellent Adventure Winners! There were so many amazing entries we found it hard to choose just one winner from each category so we’ve decided to award more prizes. Grand Prize: 100$, plus a copy of the Genesis Season Pass and a special ARK Goodie bag! butwhytho Congratulations, what an epic creation! Winners: 100$ prize each! DodoPandora AlannahJay101 Mitharen Runners up: 50$ prize each! Amitaya1982 MagmaMage Thank you for all your creative entries! Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned in an earlier post, we've enabled 2x XP, taming, breeding, and harvest. We'll continue to run these rates for the time being as a gesture towards our community as we all deal with the isolation and stress during these tough times. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past five years and we couldn’t have done it without your love and support. Thank you! Stay safe and take care! Studio Wildcard Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  6. 9 points
    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Fear Evolved 3 From October 22nd to November 5th, the spookiest and most requested event will be active! We've been asking for your feedback on things you'd like to see in events and we have something exciting in store for everyone. For those who've seen the ghoulish graves and overgrown pumpkin patches; fear not, there will be a number of new items to collect! Stay tuned for chilling trailer reveal and more details on the event! NEW Event Items Jack O'Lantern Mask Hockey Mask Headless Neck stump Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy Panic Emote Spooky Dance Emote Zombie Emote Prior Event Creatures DodoRex Zomdodo Dodo Wyvern Skeletal Giganotosaurus Skeletal Quetzal Skeletal Jerboa Bone Fire Wyvern Zombie Fire Wyvern Zombie Lightning Wyvern Zombie Poison Wyvern Skeletal Bronto Skeletal Stego Skeletal Trike Skeletal Raptor Skeletal Rex Skeletal Carnotaurus Prior Event Items Pumpkin Stolen Headstone Scarecrow Prior Event Skins DodoWyvern Mask Skin Clown Mask Skin Vampire Eyes Skin Werewolf Mask Skin Giganotosaurus Bone Costume Jerboa Bone Costume Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume Wyvern Bone Costume DodoRex Mask Skin Carno Bone Costume Rex Bone Costume Raptor Bone Costume Bronto Bone Costume Trike Bone Costume Stego Bone Costume Witch Hat Skin Dino Witch Hat Skin On The Horizon PS4 Primitive+ There was an issue with the latest deployment that has prevented PS4 Primitive+ players from accessing their survivors. There is a patch being tested and we hope to share an ETA once we have more information. Valguero Transfers (Console) Transfers for console open up in 2 weeks! EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 18th of Oct at 1 PM EST until Monday the 21st of Oct at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  7. 8 points
    Greetings Survivors! In this edition of the Community Crunch, we’ll cover the details of opening Genesis Transfers on our Official Networks, the Dupe Protection System, Meshing detection, Third-party software, hardware upgrades for our servers, player dedicated servers for console, Mac, Linux, and we’ll touch on what we’ve been working on recently along with an overview of our focuses over the coming weeks. Before we dive into that, we’ll take a brief pause to acknowledge these unprecedented times for all of us - our team, our players, our families, and yours - things are tough right now and we could all use some support and camaraderie. Now, more than ever, activities like gaming allow us to stay connected and engaged with our community, particularly for those of us practicing social distancing, often in isolation. As a small gesture of appreciation for our extended ARK family, we will be continuing to run 2x rates for the foreseeable future. As we continue navigating our way through these extraordinary and challenging times together, our heartfelt thoughts are with all of you. Stay safe Survivors! Genesis & New Official Servers Transfers We’ll be opening full transfer of items and dinos into Genesis on May 15th, 2020 with two notes. The first note is that Extinction Titans will be restricted from transferring and the second is that Managarmr will be marked as unrideable. In the case of the latter, this decision was made in relation to their close-to-flyer status and their ability to dash through certain missions. We have opted to allow Gigas as they serve as a counter to tanking dinos, and Rockdrakes, as they bring some utility whilst being less mobile than Manas. New Server Transfers These were the latest servers added in tandem with our free weekend. Similarly to Genesis One servers, on May the 15th, they’ll also have their transfers enabled: EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland705 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter706 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland707 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter708 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok709 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok710 EU-PVP-Official-Valguero711 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland712 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero713 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter714 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok715 EU-PVP-Official-Valguero716 NA-PVE-Official-TheIsland717 NA-PVE-Official-TheCenter718 NA-PVP-Official-TheIsland719 NA-PVP-Official-TheCenter720 NA-PVE-Official-Ragnarok721 NA-PVP-Official-Ragnarok722 NA-PVP-Official-Valguero723 NA-PVP-Official-TheIsland724 NA-PVE-Official-Valguero725 NA-PVP-Official-TheCenter726 NA-PVP-Official-Ragnarok727 NA-PVP-Official-Valguero728 Server Upgrades We’ve also been recently working on upgrading the last of our servers to new hardware. A lot has already taken place across all platforms, these were our most recent that took place over the last week: PC EU-PVE-Official-Aberration222 NA-PVE-Official-TheIsland339 NA-PVE-Official-Extinction502 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero526 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland198 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland43 EU-PVP-Official-Ragnarok189 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok397 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer262 (on Nitrado) EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland333 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland343 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter349 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer272 (on Nitrado) EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland346 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland347 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland344 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland395 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter396 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer263 (on Nitrado) EU-PVE-Official-Valguero523 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero525 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-OfficialServer265 (on Nitrado) LEGACY-EU-PVE-TheCenter633 EU-PVE-Official-Ragnarok389 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-Isolated-Ragnarok60 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland78 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne661 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne662 EU-PVE-Official-GenOne663 LEGACY-The-EU-PVE-Ragnarok59 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland705 EU-PVE-Official-TheCenter706 EU-PVP-Official-TheIsland707 EU-PVP-Official-TheCenter708 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero518 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero519 OC-PVE-Official-Ragnarok208 NA-PVE-Official-Ragnarok383 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero516 PS4 Asia-PVP-PS4Official-TheIsland557 Asia-PVE-PS4Official-Valguero1116 Asia-PVE-PS4Official-Valguero1117 Xbox NA-PVE-CrossPlayOfficial-Valguero1169 Mac & Linux Late last week we were able to push out fixes for both the Mac and Linux versions of the game, which should allow those clients to play on the latest servers, with all the latest content. We appreciate your patience and will be working on improving our pipeline to get these out to you in a quicker and more stable state. Player Dedicated Servers We’re still in the process of iterating on getting Player Dedicated Genesis Servers working on the standard Xbox, PS4 and PS4 Pro. The reason it’s taking longer than expected is due to the fact that Genesis introduced a lot of new underlying systems to ARK, primarily related to the Mission System. This led to an increase in how much memory is required to host a Genesis server. Currently, our engineers are working on optimizing the server so that they’re less intensive on memory usage to see if we can get them under the necessary threshold to allow the other consoles to host them too. It’s on an ongoing process and we’ll keep you updated as we get further along. Live Game Over the past couple of months, we’ve shifted our primary focus for our regular patches between balance/quality of life and bugs/exploits. The past few weeks have been primarily dedicated to bugs and exploits in this regard. We’ve also been working on various crash fixes. We plan to pivot back to further balance and QoL improvements soon, including a pass on breeding to improve player’s experience and further tweaks to mission rewards and crates on Genesis. Anti-Cheat & Exploit Measures The last time we spoke about our efforts to combat cheaters, we unveiled our work on our Anti-Meshing systems which focused on detection and prevention. After rolling out the system entirely, we saw a 90% reduction in overall meshing cases across the board. Since then, we've continued the fight against the various ways that underhanded survivors try to cheat on the ARK, and we'd like to give you an update on that fight. Meshing Our Anti-meshing Detection System is proving effective and we’re continuing to see a vast decline in incidents. Like all exploits/cheats, this is an ongoing battle and here's our latest progress: As you can see the battle against meshers is not over, but cases remain low and will continue to decrease over time. Some of the additional changes we've been working on have included: Improvements to the Anti Meshing detection system. This has involved being able to detect meshing in new areas of the map, as well as eliminating false positives and refining the system where edge cases could slip through. Level Design changes across all maps which focused on filling in holes and ensuring that collision has been set correctly to prevent players from entering unintended playable areas of the map Tackling mesh-methods head on to prevent players from being able to get into the mesh in the first place Initial rollout of the Anti Mesh Biting solution on all platforms, to prevent creatures from attacking through the mesh. Still early days so far, but a lot of the primary methods of mesh biting have been eliminated and we’ll be continuing to monitor for new methods and reports to squash them too! We really appreciate and want to thank the ARK community for the reports and support, as the information provided helped us to improve the system overall. Keep it coming guys! Duping Similarly to meshing, this has been another hot topic that has plagued the game. In one of our most recent updates, we were able to release a system to identify duped items (in some cases retroactively), as well as prevent many instances of duping from occurring in the first place. It's still early days, but so far the results have been outstanding, as we're sure some of you have seen. The system is still being monitored by our team and we'll continue to iterate on improvements where possible whilst having our enforcement team dish out harsher punishments. Exploits & Bugs Fixing bugs and exploits has been the main focus of our most recent patches. We’d intended to push out some patches focusing on balance but they were put on hold whilst we address what we consider to be more pressing issues. Examples exploits we’ve fixed recently include: Fixed an exploit with the Rock Drake Fixed an exploit that allowed mission creatures to be used in unintended ways Fixed an exploit which allowed certain creatures to attack structures through walls Additional server-side protection against exploits Fixed an exploit with turrets and ziplines Fixed an exploit with meshing and the cruise missile Fixed an exploit that allowed you to get under the map. Fixed a mounting exploit with Magamasaur And there’s definitely more if you go through the rest of the patch notes, as well as a whole host of bug fixes! We know that the patch notes regarding exploits aren’t super detailed. We typically just reference the object surrounding the exploit and that is because we prefer to hold these cards close to our chest, especially to prevent these methods from being exploited on unpatched Unofficial servers. Player Reports We recognize that some of the auto-responses on tickets could be worded in a more precise manner so as to mitigate confusion and we’ll be working with our GM’s to update them. Something we’d like to clarify is that an auto-response with the ticket being closed does not denote that the case isn’t being investigated. It means one of the following: Enforcement action has taken place An investigation is ongoing No further information from the reporter is required. Our enforcement team (GM’s) does not disclose the outcome of player reports for player privacy reasons but rest assured that if a reported player or tribe is found in violation of the Code of Conduct, the enforcement team will be taking the necessary action against them. For those wanting to report a player for breaking the Code of Conduct on an Official Server, it can be done so here. Third-Party Software (Aimbot/ESP etc) Over the past few months, we’ve seen a spike in our CCUs across the platforms, which usually leads to a spike in cheaters too. In particular, on PC and Crossplay servers, we’ve witnessed a rise in aimbot reports and the team has been working hard with our partners to combat the use of third party software. For some additional insight into the cycle of fighting against aimbots, this is usually what happens: We notice an increase in the number of aimbot reports, we work with our anti-cheat partners to identify and detect the new software and once that has been done, we’ll issue a ban wave and punish cheaters accordingly. Following this, we’ll see a slight dip in the frequency of aimbot reports on our Official Networks, until either new software is released or older software has been updated, and then we repeat the process again of identification, detection, and punishment. This cycle can be as long as a few weeks, or as short as a few days. It’s a constant cat and mouse and our team is working diligently with BattlEye in order to detect new third party software and keep our officials as safe from cheaters as possible. In addition to that, we have also ramped up our enforcement measures, including, not only player bans but full wipes of tribes associated. In regards to Crossplay specifically, we’ve recently implemented and improved our systems & heuristics to identify those using malicious third party software and it is proving effective. Over the past week, our enforcement team has wiped multiple tribes and banned a large number of players on our Crossplay servers with more to come very soon. We’ll continue to enforce hard against these cheaters. Eggcellent Painting Contest As a reminder, the Eggcellent Painting contest is ongoing. There will be two competitions with a prize for the winner of $100! In-Game Painting Real-life Egg Painting The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg. You'll have the month of April to enter, with April 30th being the final day to enter. Submit your images in the comments below, and we look forward to seeing your creativity! Click here for more details and enter your painting for a chance to win On The Horizon Along with continuing to squash bugs, improve performance, and address any exploits that may arise, we will be working on planned balance and QoL for the Live Game. Some of the team are busy working on the upcoming Crystal Isles map and a unique new creature. We’re excited to release Crystal Isles on our Official Networks in the not too distant future! ARK is On Sale on PS4! Grab a copy of ARK for PS4 on the Playstation Store Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned above, we've enabled 2x XP, taming, breeding, and harvest. We'll continue to run these rates for the time being as a gesture towards our community as we all deal with the isolation and stress during these tough times. That’s about it for this Community Crunch. Stay safe and take care! Studio Wildcard Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  8. 8 points
    Winter Wonderland will be returning for the fourth time on Tuesday with all new presents for ARK survivors. The winter-themed holiday event begins tomorrow at 10am PST for PC, XBOX, and PS4 and will last until Tuesday, January 7th. All maps will receive Winter Wonderland and all its content including RaptorClaus and GachaClaus, however only The Island will have a visual winter theme. One of our most notable helpers, RaptorClaus, will be back to drop off holiday gifts filled with loot, event items, mistletoe, and lumps of coal for all those naughty survivors. You'll be able to catch RaptorClaus flying across the skies at midnight (game time) on all maps. GachaClaus is also returning to help RaptorClaus spread the holiday cheer! GachaClaus will be roaming all maps in holiday garb and sporting holiday-themed colors. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday themed items, or you can trade in your mistletoe and coal for a chance at event items. weapons, armor and a brand new event item, Chibis! While Winter Wonderland is active, you'll have a chance to collect over 50 ARK chibi pets. ARK chibi pets are cute miniaturized versions of the creatures you have become familiar with in your travels across the ARK universe. Chibi's pets can be leveled up by killing specific alpha creatures and in return, you'll be granted additional player levels . Some chibi pets may be harder to find so you'll have to visit GachaClaus and RaptorClaus to find all the chibi pets! Can you collect them all? Winter Wonderland Event Notes Initiation of Winter Wonderland: Can be manually activated with: -ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland launch parameter Increased rates to 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) Increased rates to 2X Player XP Increased rates to 2X Harvesting Increased rated to 2X Taming Added Event-themed wild dino spawns The Island has been given a makeover with a winter landscape and foliage. Coal and Mistletoe can be obtained from Raptor Claus gift drops Raptor Claus: Will spawn at midnight and drop gifts across the island. Gifts some special items like holiday structures, some skins, color candies, and chibis. Gacha Claus: Spawns on all maps Placing coal/mistletoe in the inventory of a wild Gacha Claus will cause it to grow crystals. The crystals have higher quality loot and a chance for chibis Added new items: Bronto Ugly Sweater Carno Ugly Sweater Chibi Ugly Sweater Red-Ball winter hat Gray-ball Winter Hat Purple Ball Winter Hat Reindeer Antlers Hat Nutcracker Slingshot Christmas Bola Skin 2 sets of Event-themed underwear (tops and bottoms) Chibi pets Added new emotes: Happy Clap Emote Caroling Emote Nutcracker Dance Emote Added prior event skins: Reindeer costume for Megaloceros Dino Party Hat Party Hat Top Hat Dino Santa Hat Santa Hat Candy Club Added prior event creatures: Gacha Claus Added prior event items: Coal Mistletoe Christmas Tree Snowman Stocking Christmas Gift Wreath Holiday Lights Chibis: Over 50 chibi pets from various DLC - including Genesis Randomized coloring Can be 'leveled' to increase character player level Wild Event Colors: Red Green Light Grey Light Red Dark Green Dark Red Dino Light Red Dino Light Green Dino Medium Green Dino Albino NearWhite We'll be looking forward to seeing you favorite chibi's and winter content from Winter Wonderland! EVO Event There will be no EVO event while Winter Wonderland is active Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  9. 8 points
    ARK: Fear Evolved 3 Trailer An Important Message from Studio Wildcard Co-Founders Jesse and Jeremy ARK: Fear Evolved 3 Details We are excited to bring you the third annual Fear Evolved, bigger and better than before! The blood-moon, DodoWyvern, DodoRex have made a return to ARK from October 22nd to November 5th! Find tombstones to and gather what you need to craft spooky skins or hunt down the elusive DoDoWyvern - the choice is up to you. For those who have experienced Fear Evolved before, we've added some new tricks and treats to ensure Fear Evolved maintains its legacy as a community favorite. Event Rates 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 2X Player XP 2X Harvesting Wild Creature Event Colors Dino Light Orange Dino Light Red Dino Dark Orange Dino Dark Red DragonBase0 DragonBase1 Dino Dark Purple Dino Light Brown Dino Dark Brown Dino Light Green Dino Light Grey Dino Darker Grey Dino Light Blue Dino Dark Yellow DragonFire NearBlack NEW Event Items Jack O'Lantern Mask Hockey Mask Headless Neck stump Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy Panic Emote Spooky Dance Emote Zombie Emote Prior Event Creatures DodoRex Zomdodo Dodo Wyvern Skeletal Giganotosaurus Skeletal Quetzal Skeletal Jerboa Bone Fire Wyvern Zombie Fire Wyvern Zombie Lightning Wyvern Zombie Poison Wyvern Skeletal Bronto Skeletal Stego Skeletal Trike Skeletal Raptor Skeletal Rex Skeletal Carnotaurus Prior Event Items Pumpkin Stolen Headstone Scarecrow Prior Event Skins DodoWyvern Mask Skin Clown Mask Skin Vampire Eyes Skin Werewolf Mask Skin Giganotosaurus Bone Costume Jerboa Bone Costume Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume Wyvern Bone Costume DodoRex Mask Skin Carno Bone Costume Rex Bone Costume Raptor Bone Costume Bronto Bone Costume Trike Bone Costume Stego Bone Costume Witch Hat Skin Dino Witch Hat Skin We hope the community enjoys Fear Evolved 3 and we look forward to bringing you more exciting events like Turkey Trials and Winter Wonderland! Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  10. 8 points
    Run wild on the beach! ARK’s Summer Bash 2019 event has everything you need for fun in the sun: fireworks, patriotic top hats, swimsuits, and more. Plus you can show off that beach bod with new flex emotes, or make special candy that gives your tamed dinos a festive look. From July 2 to 16, it’s time for some star-spangled survival -- ARK style! Event Details Boosted Rates (Including Valguero). Does not include servers with existing game modes (i.e. Classic PvP, Small Tribes) 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 2X Player XP 2X Harvesting Event-colored creature spawns Seasonal candy that, when eaten, gives tames random dino colors (50 cooked meat) Sparkler Skin (10 cooked meat) Fireworks Flare Gun Skin (25 cooked meat) RPG Firework Rocket Skin (50 cooked meat) Summer Swimsuits Skins (male and female) (50 cooked prime meat) Uncle Sam Tophat Skin (100 cooked prime) Dino Uncle Sam Tophat Skin (100 cooked prime) Flex Emotes (100 prime jerky) Dino Colors: Navy Red White Sky blue Brick Blue Silver Parchment Mud Orange Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  11. 7 points
    Introducing Tropeognathus! Common Name: Tropeo Species: Tropeognathus mesembrinus Time: Cretaceous Diet: Piscivore Temperament: Neutral Wild Up close, Tropeognathus mesembrinus is easily recognized by the keeled crests on its snout, but with wingspans of up to twenty-seven feet, you’re sure to spot it before then. These large wings are not only ideal for catching air currents over its ocean hunting grounds, but they also let Tropeognathus draft off of other flying creatures by flying behind them. While not the fastest flyer on the Isles, when combined with its remarkable stamina, this makes Tropeognathus well suited for long distance flight. Because it’s on the wing so much, Tropeognathus is best snared by those riding another flier. I've noticed the more clever tribespeople using chain bolas to capture them while airborne. Domesticated Once tamed, Tropeognathus has proven quite useful to the people of the Isles beyond mere transportation. For example, its toothed beak can grind down many common goods to their base components, which is a great way to recycle items and gear! Well, so long as you have a rag handy to wipe off the spit... That bite is punishing enough to crack armor and grind through it over time, and Tropeognathus can blow away flora and fauna alike with a gust from its wings. Air-to-air combat is where this creature really shines, though. And with the right tools, some survivors have managed to fit them with a saddle-mounted flak cannon and jet engine for maximum lethality. Trust me, you haven't lived until you've ridden a jet-powered pterosaur into a dogfight. Saddle one up and see for yourself - you can be my wingman anytime! Crystal Isles Prepare your tribe and get ready for another epic adventure! Crystal Isles will be coming to PC on June 4th! Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event As mentioned previously, we'll be keeping 2X rates on until further notice. Studio Wildcard Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  12. 7 points
    Eggcellent Adventure 5 Beginning Tuesday April 7th until April 21st, survivors will be able to experience our annual Eggcellent Adventure event on PC, Xbox, and PS4! While much of the world is at home, we wanted to give you some new adventures to hunt down. During Eggcellent Adventure 5, survivors will be able to collect special "Bunny Eggs" across the ARK from wild Bunny Dodo's. These Bunny Eggs can be painted or used in special Cooking Pot recipes to craft new holiday-themed item skins such as the Spear and C4 skin, as well as 10 returning skins. Similar to past Eggcellent Adventure events, Bunny Oviraptor's will drop festive Dino Candy. Collect the candy and feed it to your tames for a special festive effect! To top it all off, wild creatures roaming the ARKs will also find themselves sporting some eggcellent colors! For those that are looking to expand their chibi collection, you're in luck! You'll be able to collect the past chibi's we've introduced with the addition of 6 new chibi pets by placing and cracking event-themed eggs from wild bunny dodos. Event Details Rate Boosts 4X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 4X Player XP 4X Harvesting 4X Taming New Chibi's Megalodon Karkinos Beelzebufo Basilisk Seeker Bunny New Emotes Bunny Hop Dance Skins New Content Easter-themed C4 with easter-themed explosion VFX Chocolate Egg Easter Hat Easter-themed Spear Existing Content Bunny Ears Skin Bunny Ears Skin Procoptodon Bunny Costume Dino Easter Chick Hat Dino Easter Egg Hat Easter Chick Hat Easter Egg Hat Marshmallow Hat Skin Dino Marshmallow Hat Skin Chocolate Rabbit Club Skin Items Existing Content Festive Dino Candy Event-colored Wild Creatures Magenta Light Green Light Yellow Light Orange Light Red Dino Light Brown Dino Dark Brown Yellow Cyan Green Dino Medium Blue Turquoise LightPink DeepPink Peach Mint Teal PowderBlue Cream Eggcellent Painting Contest Want to show off your creative side? Similar to last year, we are bringing back the community egg-painting competition. After you've found a Dodo egg, place the egg down on the ground and take out your paintbrush and dyes. You'll be able to paint select regions on the egg as well as free-hand paint it with the brush to paint any design on it. Have fun and get creative! There will be three competitions with a prize for the winner of $100! In-Game Painting Real-life Egg Painting For the in-game egg painting, players are expected to paint their own designs and downloading templates or images to use is not allowed. For the real-life egg painting, we're looking for you and your tribemates to get together and paint some eggs in real life that somehow reflect the world of ARK! Screenshot or photo quality won't be taken into consideration but try to get a picture that best shows off your egg. The entries will be judged by our community team. Submissions are limited to three eggs per survivor, so choose your best egg. You'll have the month of April to enter, with April 30th being the final day to enter. Submit your images in the comments below, and we look forward to seeing your creativity! Click here for examples of entries from last year Steam Sale: Explorers Edition (75% Off) Want to introduce your friends to the world of ARK? Right now, the ARK: Survival Evolved Explorer's Edition Bundle is available for 75% off on Steam! The Explorer's Edition gives you access to the base game as well as the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction Expansion Packs. Go grab your copy now! EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 3rd of Apr at 1 PM EST until Monday the 6th of Apr at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 3.5x Harvesting Rates 3.5x Breeding 3.5x Taming Rates 3.5x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  13. 7 points
    ARK: GENESIS PART 1 - AVAILABLE NOW Continue your quest for ultimate survival and unlock a whole new chapter in the saga of ARK: Survival Evolved with the ARK: Genesis Part I! Waking up within a virtual simulation, the ultimate task of survival lies ahead with challenges that have yet to be seen! ARK: Genesis represents a new, story-oriented beginning in ARK’s epic saga of survival. With HLN-A, an in-game robotic companion, you must overcome the simulation’s rigorous tests. Uncovering the secrets of this ominous landscape will be no easy task. To pass the simulations test you will need to explore, build, tame and fight but also you must adapt just as the environment around you does. EXPLORE LETHAL LANDSCAPES ARK: Genesis presents a unique challenge with diverse landscapes and deceptively beautiful biomes. Put your survival skills to the test while traversing chilling mountain peaks, treading through the imposing alien bog, drifting in low-gravity on the surface of an alien moon, or submerging yourself into deep undersea trenches. Mastering each biome requires planning, preparation, smarts, and the ability to think fast on your feet. You never know when you’ll find yourself trapped in a whirlpool, escaping a sudden avalanche, or dodging a volcanic meteor shower. The biomes you encounter aren’t just trying to kill you, they are preparing you for the challenges and missions that await. GEAR UP AND BUILD UP As you make your journey through the simulation, being equipped with the right weapons will be more important than ever. With new threats lurking in Genesis, combo-capable plasma claws and remote-guided cruise missiles will help you keep your competitive edge. Tools like the fishing net and the mining drill allow you to be efficient on-the-go while vehicles like the hover-skiff may reduce your on-the-go time. Interactive structural elements such as pressure plates, alarm systems, jump pads, and ocean platforms will be fundamental while establishing yourself in the unique habitats the biomes offer. Whether you’re a go-it-alone survivalist, a weapon-making warmonger, or a base-building architect, ARK: Genesis has a crafting project suited for you. CONQUER EVERY MISSION HLN-A will be an extra set of ears and eyes as you embark on missions within the simulation. The simulation itself isn’t perfect, so you can earn extra credit (and experience) by fixing the glitches scattered all throughout the world. Through HLN-A, you will be provided a wide array of missions at varying difficulty levels to complete at your own convenience. You may find yourself hunting and tracking powerful bosses, speeding to the finish line in dino races, tearing through swarms of enemies with the aid of power-ups, escorting vulnerable baby creatures to their parents, or playing a casual game of Dodo-Basketball. HUNT AND TAME NEW CREATURES The environments may be forbidding, but they’re nothing compared to the new creatures who call ARK: Genesis home. Take flight on hyperspace-capable space whale, swing from trees on a web-spinning spiderlike beast, build on sea turtles the size of islands, admire the cute-but-deadly shapeshifters, or utilize lava lizards that act as living forges - the choice is yours. Master the simulation, and test yourself against a mysterious new boss… the likes of which ARK has never seen before WILL YOU PASS THE TEST? ARK: Genesis takes your story in an all-new direction — and your skill determines your success. Everything is turned up to the highest setting: the challenges, the dangers...and the vast rewards. Only the toughest and smartest survivors will pass all of the simulation’s many tests. Will you be one of them? Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  14. 6 points
    Introducing Crystal Isles We are very excited to announce that the one-of-a kind experience of the ISO: Crystal Isles map will be coming to PC, XBOX, and PlayStation this Summer! Crystal Isles is a stunning, other-worldly map filled with a vibrant display of teeming life scattered amidst its varied landscapes, awe inspiring floating islands and breathtaking biomes. Ever since Crystal Isles launched as a mod in 2016, its fantasy appeal has secured its place as one of the most popular maps within the ARK community and we can't wait to bring it to players as a fully supported free DLC. The Crystal Isles DLC will also launch resplendent with a new real-world dinosaur to tame! What do you think the new dinosaur may be? In other news, we've been itching to share that we'll be performing a TLC Pass 3 in the Summer of 2020! This TLC pass will see some of our classic creatures get some new love via visual and functional upgrades. As we move closer to the release of the new Crystal Isles DLC and our much-awaited TLC Pass 3 we'll share more details and information with our players. New Sponsored Mods Dead Survival Tired of dinosaurs? Of course you aren’t, but sometimes we do want a little change in our diet. Dead Survival does just that, you can swap out the wildlife of the game with some … not… quite life? Zombies… I’m trying to say you can have zombies. Lots and lots of zombies. Hordes of them even. Check out the Dead Survival Mod Roleplay Additional Items RP communities have been a long time aspect of ARK, but sometimes our core structures can feel a bit insubstantial when you are trying to build a set for acting in. Roleplay Additional Items can add a lot more flourish to your locations from lighting structures and gear, to new taxidermy stations! Check out the Roleplay Additional Items Mod ArkVenture Park I’m pretty sure we have all dreamed of having our own backyard water slides and roller coasters. (Zen may have actually tried at one point, and failed… obviously) But now you can do just that in your base. Build that mine-cart roller-coaster that plows through your living room or a water-slide to the lava pools out back! Check out the ArkVenture Park Mod Castles, Keeps, and Forts: Remastered CKF development went dormant for a little while while the author went on a break. But it’s back, and getting a face-lift. The author is taking what they learned over the years and working on a remastered CKF (The original is still available). So far it’s looking great! Check out the Castles, Keeps, and Forts Mod On The Horizon Primitive+ Primitive+ remains a priority. We have engineering teams working on the complications from the Genesis update. We will keep you informed with any significant progress Genesis Part I Update We're continuing to work on Genesis bugs and balance and we plan to keep up with the rapid iterations. Thank you for your reports and feedback. EVO Event There will be no EVO event this upcoming weekend. Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  15. 6 points
    Greetings Survivors! Zen Rowe here again, back for another spotlight on our glorious modding community. Today we’re going to be talking to Kiwiboys! Who are you and what do you do? That's a pretty intense modification. ARK itself doesn't really have much in the way of existing mechanics for you to tie into for that kind of system, right? Making mods can definitely be an exercise in creative solutions. May I ask about your background? Does your education or personal experience tie in well with helping you design the overall system or influence the direction of your solutions to problems? Shhhhh. Don't let Epic hear you! We'll talk a bit more about ARK settlements in a moment, but I do want to focus on you a bit. When we make our mods we tend to focus ourselves entirely on that and most of the people who enjoy our creations don't know a thing about us. So tell me, aside from making mods, what other things do you like to spend time on? Do you have any other creative hobbies? I can relate to the feeling, seeing your own progression in skill and surprising yourself with what you can come up with is a very satisfying thing to be able to look back on. So for anyone that wants to follow what you are working on, do you have a twitter, or discord, or any other social media you engage with? Thank you for that, prepare for a flood. You said you were working with unity before, were you making games for yourself or were you making mods that used that engine? What made you decide to start making mods? Sounds like modding has served you well in that regard, ARK settlements is definitely an ambitious project, I can't imagine you would have gotten it to this point if you hadn't learned a lot. Do you take any inspirations from other city-management style games when designing features? Would you be able to give us a high-level view of what your design and development process looks like for ARK Settlements? That's a good insight into how you approach the design. Do you have any other mod projects that you work on? well, if you want my opinion, that sounds like a fun idea! While I've got you here, do you have any secret features or plans for ARK settlements that you can share with us? What's to come? Leak the goods! That does sound exciting! I'll have to take a peek when you get the update out. Before we sign off, do you have any advice you would give to new mod authors? We should put that on an inspirational poster. It's been a pleasure talking to you, Jordan. I look forward to seeing where you go with Settlements! Until next time, Happy Modding! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  16. 6 points
    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Public Beta Over the past few weeks, we've been noticing increased feedback on balance and changes that affect the PvP meta and the ARK experience in general. As ARK ages, there will inevitably be changes to the meta that will expose opportunities to fine-tune some of the mechanics and creatures that have been introduced. Getting your feedback on these changes are valuable as they are often impactful to the community. In anticipation of your feedback, we've created a thread in the General forum for you to provide your input. Be sure to keep your feedback limited to the changes that are proposed. If this pilot proves to be successful, we'll look at doing this more in the future when the opportunity presents itself. We'll be opening an unofficial server for you to test these changes on. Feedback thread: How to opt into a beta: Right-click ARK: Survival Evolved in your Steam library and select Properties Select the Beta tab to expose branches that are available to switch to Click the drop-down list to select Experimental After making the selection, your download will begin! Proposed changes in beta branches: - Longneck rifle damage adjusted to have armor penetration - Fab sniper damage adjusted to have light armor penetration - Set Ice Titan freeze to last approximately 12 seconds - Plant Y should trap a player or tamed dino for 10 seconds max - Adjusted Shadow Steak Saute to no longer increase a players sensitivity to light (all other affects remain the same) - Set Forest Kaiju vine grab to not grab Mek riders - Prevented Forest Kaiju vine grab from going through Tek Forcefields (it will still grab through mek shields though) Server Information: ExperimentalBeta (31.214.128.22) Admin pw: testing Mod Voting Giveaway Remember to cast your votes for the current mod contest! At the end of the contest, there will be a raffle held for each category. Voting gets you a chance to win an ARK: Collectors Edition box set that has been signed by members of the development team! On The Horizon There are a number of things on the horizon that we'd like to keep on your radar. Valguero Console Launch We're busy finalizing some of the patched for the console release and will be announcing the release date soon! New Servers You've been providing lots of feedback on this topic and we've been discussing what the future looks like in terms of new servers/server configurations that may be fun in engaging. We hope to reduce the legacy server count by the end of summer to provide some new takes on the ARK experience. More to come! PVP Balance The beta that's being launched is part of a larger discussion on game balance and what the current meta is for ARK. We'll be fine-tuning and continually tweaking numbers. Classic PvP Season 2 A new season for Classic PvP will be coming soon. There will be more details on what this includes in the future. Opening Transfers for Valguero You'll be able to transfer out of Valguero starting later today. You will be able to begin transferring into these servers at the beginning of October. Official Server Saves The Great Migration and updated legacy saves for live PvE servers will be available this week Summer Bash Summer Bash started behind schedule for most platforms so we're happy to announce we'll be exending the event rates until 7/19. These rates will be in place until the EVO event begins on 7/19 (the EVO event will include Valguero. Evolution Event There will be no EVO event while Summer Bash is live. Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  17. 6 points
    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what this creature is? Jen Has Ascended! Jen has been with the ARK team since the beginning days of Early Access and has been critical in the overall development and success of ARK. At the end of the week, Jen will be ascending into a new opportunity - closing one chapter and beginning the next. We will always consider Jen a part of the Wildcard family and are appreciative of everything she’s done for the studio and our products over the years. Join us in wishing her luck wherever her future takes her. The Mother of Parasaur’s will truly be missed! Mod Community Updates and Developer Podcast In case you missed our separate announcement post last week, submissions for our latest mod contest opened this Friday, May 31st. Check out the current entries and don't miss out on your opportunity to win an ARK Collectors Edition by voting on your favorite entries. In other modding news, sponsorship applications close on Wednesday night 6-5. Since the mod contest is underway, we thought it might be a good idea to check on some of the modders who have transitioned into roles on the ARK development team. Since launch, we've hired over 30 members from the community for various roles. Hosting is Cedric, accompanied by Dave, Jackson, Zane, and Josh. Listen to their experiences in the mod community and the different perspectives of becoming official mods and working for a game development company. If this podcast format is something you'd like to see with other topics in the future, let us know! Note: The goal was originally to post a video format but we had video issues while filming and decided to use the audio and do a podcast format instead. The Great Migration! Once again it is time to remove some of our lower population legacy ARK servers on PC, Xbox, and PS4 from our Official legacy network. Over time the ARK population has migrated from legacy to non-legacy and in its wake left many servers with low populations. Here is a quick breakdown on how this process works: Taking Down Low Pop Servers With calculations based on sustained player-count as well as popularity of game mode we will be removing lower population legacy servers, most of which retain a 0-4 player concurrent population. These servers will be taken offline on June 11th. Any existing server that is not considered a low pop server and is not taken down at this time will still exist on the Legacy network. Legacy servers will continue to remain on a separate cluster from the new cluster, which means you will not be able to transfer anything between Legacy servers and the new servers. Servers Up for Deletion Below is a complete list of the LEGACY servers that will be deleted come June 11th. You have from now until then to move your belongings onto a server not present on this list. Please click one of the links below. They are separated by platform (PC, Xbox, and PS4). How To Move Servers If you are unfamiliar with the process, you are able to upload your items, creatures, and player through the Obelisk terminal, supply drops, as well as the Tek Transmitter. Survivors are advised to use Cross-ARK immediately to relocate their belongings onto a server that is not included in our take-down list above. Server Saves of Deleted Servers We will make the save files available as soon as we can. We will host the PC 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. Nitrado will also be able to provide the saves for use on Nitrado servers for console, as they have done in the past. Evolution Event! Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 7th of June at 1 PM EST until Monday the 10th of June at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates That's it for this post! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at: Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  18. 5 points
    Greetings Survivors! It's that time again, I am Zen Rowe and today we’re going to be talking to Eco, the creator behind a plethora of decor mods! Eco, You likely need little introduction, but for the sake of anyone who has yet to experience your mods tell us a bit about yourself. Your mods are some of the most popular in the Workshop, Eco. Seeing you branch out into more functional additions like this has been a joy. Do you have a background or hobbies that have influenced and guided the design of your mods? I imagine your empire mods involve a lot of historical research. I'll take ten... uh... for my god-daughter. Yes... for my god-daughter. I know a lot of players love your creations in ARK, but it sounds like you lived a fascinatingly creative life as well! Now if anyone wanted to follow your modding endeavors or wants to see what other artistic creations you've made, where can they do that? What prompted you to cross the bridge from more physical forms of art to modding? I take it that those Brontos are who we have to thank for the "Eco Trees" mod? That was your first one, wasn't it? You have certainly come a long way since then. Between your empire and primordial mods, you've also begun to cater to a wide variety of aesthetic styles as well. Personally I'm proud of my stick figure achievements but what you have accomplished in terms of variety boggles my mind. Would you be able to give us a bird's-eye view of your design process for your empire mods? You certainly put a lot of care and attention into your mods. What would you say are the most challenging parts of the process? Well, that's one of the things that is great about modding. You have a functional sandbox to experiment with and learn other skills in. Now, the question I'm sure many have been waiting for... Do you have any super-secret content you are working on that you could leak for us today? That's going to be an interesting one. Babylonian architecture is something that I think a lot of people hear reference to in media but may not have actually seen. I think we'll all be looking forward to that release! Before we sign off, Do you have any advice for mod authors that want to try their hand at projects similar to your own? Thank you for that, and all of the wonderful mods you have created for the community! Until next time, Happy Modding! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  19. 4 points
    Genesis Update We'd like to give a big thanks to the community for all the support you've shown during the Genesis launch! We've seen some amazing community content and enjoy hearing your experiences in the simulation. We have a busy summer coming up! Last week we announced the addition of a new map, Crystal Isles, and a new TLC patch coming this summer. Click here to read about the plans for Summer 2020. In the meantime, we have a number of tweaks we'll be deploying to Genesis in the form of bug fixes and quality of life enhancements over the coming months. We are planning for a patch Wednesday to address some of the more immediate issues following the Genesis launch. Enforcement Update The Enforcement Team has been monitoring the overall health of the Official Network and have new updates to share with the community. Recently there has been an influx of people reporting that dinos are being left in mission areas, including blocking the hoop in basketball missions. Going forward, we will be removing any dinos if they are reported to be blocking mission areas or mission objectives EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 13th of Mar at 1 PM EST until Monday the 16th of Mar at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  20. 4 points
    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Turkey Trial 3 Be sure to grab your tribe and flock over to ARK for the third Turkey Trial event! From Tuesday, November 19th through Tuesday, December 3rd you'll be able to harvest wishbones to gain new cosmetic items, event-themed undergarments, and all new emotes! Be prepared to hunt or be hunted by the relentless “Super-Turkeys”! Event Rates - 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) - 2X Player XP - 2X Harvesting New Event Items - Pilgrim Hat - Bonnet Hat - Turkey Hat - Turkey Leg club skin - Pitchfork Pike Skin - Thanksgiving-inspired Dino Colorization Candy - 3 sets of Event-themed underwear (tops and bottoms) New Event Emotes - Belly Rub Emote - Hungry Emote - Food Coma Emote Wild Creature Event Colors - Light Orange - Light Red - Dark Red - Dino Light Red - Dino Light Orange - Dino Dark Red - Yellow - Dino Albino - DragonFire - DragonBase1 - DragonBase0 - Light Yellow - Brown - Dino Albino - NearBlack - Light Brown - Dino Darker Grey Prior Event Skins - Chieftain Hat Prior Event Creatures: - DodoRex (Temporary tame) - Turkeys Prior Event Items: - DodoRex Tribute - Wishbone On The Horizon PS4 Primitive+ We are in the progress of testing a patch that should resolve the Prim+ PS4 issues that were introduced in a prior patch. We''ll share more information on this as it develops. Exploits and Enforcement We've recently put forth several patches in attempt to eliminate duping and related exploits. If you know of any current dupes that are still functioning, please file a ticket. In addition to ongoing patches to address exploits, we'll be continuing forward with large-scale enforcement initiatives on a regular basis. EVO Event There will be no EVO event rates while the Turkey Trial event rates are active! Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  21. 4 points
    ExtraLife 2019 Our 24 hour Extra Life stream is fast approaching and we welcome all of you across the ARK and ATLAS communities in joining us. Let’s see what we can raise for the kids through gaming and giving with our fundraising event starting November 2nd at 9 am PST! Live from our Seattle Studio to bring you entertainment, over 10k in giveaways from sponsors such as AMD, Alienware, MSI, Elgato, along with Collector’s Edition boxes, game keys, Discord, Nitrado vouchers, codes and more! So please tune in, whether you’re a streamer, a donator or just keen to be along for the ride, we’d love to have you! In the spirit of the event, we will be enabling boosted rates for all players on our Official Networks. These rates increase incrementally as each fundraising milestone is reached: 0.5x increase on all rates across our ARK Networks for every $5000 reached up to a maximum of 8x. If you’re feeling heroic, and want to support the event with your own stream and donation goals, sign up here(link) and let’s raise some money! Content Creators Extra Life Information We’ve also launched a Discord server for our Extra Life event: ExtraLife Discord Server Remember to read the guidelines in the #welcome channel to get you set up to come along for the ride. In addition to spicy challenges, contests, and in-game events, here’s what you can expect to see during the show: Key Events 9.30 am - Extra Life Interview 10 am - Donation Incentives Breakdown 2 pm - Alienware Interview 3 pm - Games 5 pm - Discord Interview 7 am - Developer Interview 8 am - Wrap Up Please keep in mind that exact times may vary As an added incentive to raise money and awareness for a great cause, we’ll be revealing unseen content from the new Genesis DLC as we inch further towards our goal. Tune in on November 2nd to find out what’s in store! If it’s anything like last year’s Extinction DLC reveals, you’re in for a treat. Gather your tribes, alliances, and stimberries and join us on an epic 24hr adventure!
  22. 4 points
    Recently we launched a new initiative, Classic PvP, which aimed to bring back the original days of PvP. These early days were full of fun and engaging battles with limited technology and an emphasis on the primitive aspects of PvP. Recent feedback from the community suggests that Classic PvP is a good start to reimagining early PvP but there's still more you'd like to see. When we originally launched Classic PvP, we launched it with a seasonal-based concept in mind. The idea of implementing a seasonal-based approach in an ARK game-mode was as enticing to us as it was to the community. On Friday 10:00 AM PDT, we'll be taking steps to get closer to the initial concept that inspired the game mode by implementing a few changes that have been requested by the community. In addition to these changes, Friday we will be wiping Classic PvP and preparing for Season 2. SEASON 2 CHANGES Cryopods are now craftable in obelisk terminals While we've heard feedback that you don't want TEK items like the TEK replicator, you do want items like cryopods for quality of life improvements. Cave building is disabled This change is one of the core requests from the community and a shift in the meta that we agreed on implementing for Classic PvP. We are excited to see how this change impacts Season 2 and we will adjust as necessary for future seasons. We’re anxious to get Season 2 underway but it's important to introduce changes slowly to monitor how they impact the current meta and gameplay. We’ll be looking forward to your suggestions and feedback for future seasons!
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    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Public Beta The Public Beta is set to go live this week! Like last time, we'll create a thread and give you information on how to access the beta via Steam. This beta will only be available on PC. The proposed changes for the beta are below. The cave changes mentioned in the last Community Crunch will not be in this beta build. - Mek shield debuff set to not be given on shield deactivation - Outside of Mek shield debuff reduced to 30 seconds (from 60) - Snow Owl freeze buff set to not dismount riders - Players and Dino’s are immune to the snow owl freeze for 10 seconds after being frozen - Snow Owl Encapsulate/freeze wind up changed from 1.3 seconds to 2.6 - Reduced Tek Tapejara Saddle projectile damage by 30% - Reduced Tek Tapejara Saddle projectile damage to structures by 75% - Dropped Plant Species Z Fruit weight to 10 On The Horizon Misc Valguero Issues There are some misc. issues related to Valguero (wyverns, etc) that will be patched this week. Patch notes with specific details will be updated prior to the patch going live. Duping and Exploits The enforcement team is actively taking action on tickets and issues that involve game exploits (duping, meshing, etc). Please refresh yourself on the Code of Conduct for the Official Network to prevent any action being taken against your tribe. Code of Conduct PVE Tribe Warfare System There has been an increase in abuse and enforcement tickets stemming from the tribe warfare system. To prevent further abuse we will be disabling the Tribe Warfare system on Thursday 8/22. Classic PvP Preparation is still underway for a new season in Classic PvP. We look forward to sharing more details on what to expect soon! Modding Sponsorships Mod Program applications will be opening up again on September 1st! This will be the last application period of the year so make sure to get your projects in. Apply For Sponsorship Only fill out the application if you are the owner of the mod. The sponsorship applications are not a nomination system; sponsorship comes with expectations that a given mod author may not want to actually add on to their life at a given point in time for any number of reasons. It's up to the mod author to decide if they want to put their project up for potential sponsorship. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (including Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 23rd of Aug at 1 PM EST until Monday the 26th of Aug at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard Cover image: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/gallery/image/3092-the-island/
  24. 4 points
    Welcome to another edition of Fanart Friday! We regularly showcase some of the incredible fanart and creations from the community in this weekly series. You can view the artwork in a short video format on our social media accounts along-side this post, which servers get a closer look at these works of AR(K)! Want to see your video, art, screenshot, etc, featured here? Tweet it at us and use #FanARKFriday and you could be here next week! Malabar - Wyvern anders_ovesen - Robotic Giga Chamillion15 - Managarmr ChiChoose - Dark Forest Concept DogaKaraalp - Ravager EsthersWorld - Unended Rock Drake Gr33n_DrAg0n - Snow Owl milokamilo - Arica RavenYT_NL - Ice Titan Sail - Amargasaurus
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    It's that time of year again, ARK: Survival Evolved is celebrating it's 4th birthday today! It's been FOUR YEARS since we first entered into Early Access on Steam. Hard to believe it's been that long, isn't it? From humble beginnings waking up naked on the beach to saving planet Earth from giant roaming Titans, it feels like we have done it all. And we have loved each and every moment of development, meeting you at events, hosting streams, and watching your content. Thank you so much for all the support you've shown us over the last 4 years. The past year has been a busy one for us. With the help of our vibrant community, we have been able to achieve quite a lot! Today we're taking a look back on all that's happened in the world of ARK in the last year. Things started out strong with the release of ARK on mobile! For the first time survivors were able to hold ARK in their hands and play on-the-go. If you haven't tried ARK on mobile, you can check it out for iOS and Android. Later in June we launched our ARKaeology event, where survivors were greeted with new stunning dinosaur skins and dig sites to unearth dinosaur bones and goodies. With the announcement of our third expansion pack ARK: Extinction coming later in the year, June was also the first edition of the Extinction Chronicles which included the TEK Rex as well as the first piece of corrupted armor. July, August, September brought with it a new TEK dinosaur each month, and one piece of the corrupted armor for survivors to collect. Our modding contest was launched in September, awarding big cash prizes to support our talented ARK modders. October was the final Extinction Chronicles that brought with it the TEK Quetzal and the final piece of corrupted armor to complete the five piece set. In October we participated in TwitchCon and gave influences a sneak peek at the Extinction orbital supply drop game mode. It was the first time survivors were able to get their hands on anything to do with the expansion pack. In November we participated once again in the Extra Life campaign raising money for sick kids charities. Together we raised $76,000+ over the course of our 25 hour live stream on Twitch. On November 6th ARK's third expansion pack ARK: Extinction became available for players to experience! New titans and bizarre element-infused creatures roam the desolate planet Earth and gave players a totally new experience unlike anything before. At the end of November, ARK became available on the Nintendo Switch! December borught the holiday season and with it, the return of Raptor Claus who had a new guest along with him this year: Gacha Claus! Romance was in the air during February with our cheeky Valentine's Day event. In March of this year we were finally able to get the kibble rework and Structures Plus into the hands of players under the name ARK: Homestead. April brought with it the return of Eggcellent Adventure, an event in which players must collect eggs to decorate and craft skins and holiday themed items. In May we announced our most recent mod contest, which just opened for entries! If you're a modder, definitely check out the mod contest and you could possibly win big cash prizes! Last but not least, Snail Games’ open world, voxel-based sandbox survival game PixARK launched for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One & Xbox One X, and PC on Steam this May! Thank You! On behalf of everyone here at Studio Wildcard, thank you for joining us on this journey and for being an awesome member of our tribe! We don't plan on slowing down any time soon, and the year ahead is shaping up to be another great year for ARK. We hope you join us. Keep on surviving!
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    Love Evolved Love Evolved (formerly known as Valentines Day) is returning tomorrow! Love Evolved will be active on Tuesday, February 11 18:00 UTC and will run through Tuesday, February 18 18:00 UTC. On The Horizon Genesis The team is hard at work putting the polishing touches on our next expansion: Genesis. We are anxious to share this new chapter in the ARK universe with the community. We can't wait for February 25th! Anti-Mesh System and Exploits Although the amount of false positive reports have decreased, we are still keeping an eye on your feedback and reports. In addition to meshing, we are investigating and diagnosing other methods of exploits (aimbotting, duping, etc). We are committed to creating a healthy playing environment free of exploits and cheats. EVO Event While Love Evolved is active, there will be no EVO event. Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  27. 3 points
    Love Evolved Love Evolved (formerly known as Valentines Day) is returning next week! Love Evolved will be active on Tuesday, February 11 18:00 UTC and will run through Tuesday, February 18 18:00 UTC. While ARK is under Cupid's spell, you can expect to find past event items and brand new skins! See the full event details below: Dates 2/11 - 2/18 18:00 UTC Activities For the duration of the event, Coelacanth will be fishing for some love. Reel in these amorous fish and be showered in candies, some chocolates and even chibi pets! Rates Increased breeding rates to 3x (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) Increased player XP rates to 2x Increased harvesting rates to 2x New Emotes Flirt Emote New Items "Cupid Couture Bottom" (Pants Skin) "Cupid Couture Top" (Shirt Skin) "Halo Headband" (Hat Skin) "Teddy Bear Grenades" (Grenade Skin) "Bow & Eros" (Bow skin) "Love Shackles" (Handcuffs Skin) 6 New Chibi Pets Wild Event Creature Colors Red Magenta Light Red White Past Event Items Valentine Chocolates - Chocolates can be used to heal your tames or provide a big boost in acquiring new tames! Valentine Candies - Candies can be used to give a tamed dinosaur a random coloring! On The Horizon Anti-Mesh System The results from the implementation of the anti-mesh system has had a positive effect on the overall health of the game. We ask for your patience as we continue to improve the false positives you are seeing. Every report you submit brings us closer to an exploit-free environment. Thank you for your patience! We realize this is a inconvenience for those who encounter these problematic areas. We are working diligently to correct any false positives that currently remain. When making your reports, please list the map you had the encounter on. Mod Sponsorship Applications A friendly reminder that the mod sponsorship application process closes on the 2/5. Apply for Sponsorship EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 7th of Feb at 1 PM EST until Monday the 10th of Feb at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  28. 3 points
    Legacy Server Removal Earlier this year we reached out to find out what type of servers you're interested in and what legacy players enjoyed about their experience. As we move closer to the release of Genesis and another year of ARK content, we have been monitoring the Official Network server population and Legacy servers. Due to the current legacy server population, we will be closing all PvP legacy servers on January 28th. We've read the feedback from legacy players and know that you've invested time and created memories on these servers. Immediately following the closure of legacy servers, we will be providing the save files from those servers for you to download. Below is a complete list of servers that will be removed following January 28th. We appreciate the time our legacy players have spent with us and look forward to an exciting year of content. Winter Wonderland 4 We know how important events are to the community and we've enjoyed seeing the community content, screenshots, and shared experiences from Winter Wonderland 4. The event ends at 10 AM PST Wednesday (January 8th). Complete your chibi collection before the event ends! Sponsored Mod Applications Sponsored Mod Program applications are once again OPEN! If you are interested in sponsorship for your projects, please fill out the application here: Sponsored Mod Applications EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 10th of Jan at 1 PM EST until Monday the 13th of Jan at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  29. 3 points
    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Ongoing Enforcement In an effort to maintain a healthy and fair playing environment, we will be conducting an enforcement initiative tomorrow, Tuesday December 10. A number of servers will be unavailable during this enforcement window. A list of affected servers will be announced and pinned in the forums prior to the enforcement window. Enforcement Tips Refresh yourself on the Code of Conduct Report any activity that is in violation of the Code of Conduct Be careful who you invite into your tribe, only invite those you trust. If you’re concerned someone in your tribe is in violation or has been in violation of the Code of Conduct, please submit a ticket with any questions you may have. Winter Wonderland 4 Next week Winter Wonderland is returning with brand new skins, items, and more! Our holiday helper, Raptor Claus will be roaming around dropping gifts off to survivors with Gacha Claus who will happily exchange treats for gifts. In addition to holiday decorations and items from the past, we are excited to introduce a new event item for all our ARK collectors. Stay tuned for event details! Be sure to send us all your holiday-themed pictures, videos, and artwork here on survivetheark.com or on Twitter as we'd love to see them! On The Horizon Primitive+ The team is still ironing out issues with Primitive+. We hope to have more information for our Primitive+ survivors soon Quality of Life Improvements We realize there are many quality of life improvements you'd like to see added to the game. While we've introduced some of these quality of life changes lately, we realize there's more you'd like to see. Continue to share your suggestions across our social media channels! We'll be collecting information and updating our Quality of Life Catalog with any progress we make. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 13th of Dec at 1 PM EST until Monday the 16th of Dec at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  30. 3 points
    Greetings Survivors! Zen Rowe here; for anyone that doesn’t know, I am the Mod Community Manager here at Studio Wildcard. We’re starting a new segment where we will look at the mod authors and the projects that can add so much extra life to a game. Today we’re going to be talking to Garuga123! Why don't you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about the project you are sponsored for. That's amazing, We don't have too many creators in the community that create new creature assets. If you don't mind me asking, could you tell us a bit about your background? What do you do outside of modding? Wow, so your background ties pretty heavily into what you do for your mods. It's always interesting to see how our history can impact our creations. Monster Hunter is a great game to take inspiration from as well. For anyone that wants to find you, do you have any social media channels that you are active in? That is fantastic, being able to see someone's workflow in action is an incredibly useful resource for new mod authors that might not be familiar with the particular medium they are trying to tackle. On top of that, attempting to stream while you work is incredibly difficult, there is so much trying to draw your attention. That's impressive. What originally brought you to start modding for the first time? Was it for ARK or for another game? Yeah, it's unfortunate, I know that a lot of people like seeing their favorite characters from TV and other games popping up in the world, but unfortunately that is an ever-present risk to such creations. Mods that use that content will probably get taken down at some point and copyright law is a messy thing that I don't recommend getting pulled into. I am glad that the experience did not discourage you from continuing! Let's switch gears for a moment because I'd like to talk about your creations. In particular, I'd like to look at my favorite one, the Brachiosaurus. (Credit to @UpFromTheDepths for this video) This thing is fantastic. When you showed me some videos of the working creature in development, I was awestruck. The first time I saw it rear up I was thinking "What is it going to do? Is it afraid? Is it going to fall over? Will it do a trick?", and then those legs came crashing down and it was a great moment of suspense in the design of the creature. The taming mechanic was a fantastic touch as well. Can you give me a bit of a high-level rundown on your process for creating a creature like this? Would you say you managed to capture your original vision for what these creatures would be? Did you have to make any compromises along the way? I think that's a great way to approach adding new creatures. And yours blend so well with the core game that if I didn't know better I would have a hard time identifying that they weren't. Since I've got you here... do you have any super-secret content that you are working on that you would be willing to reveal for us? That does sound interesting! Aside from balance, are there any other significant challenges you expect to face when creating it? I look forward to seeing what you manage to create with this idea! To wrap up, is there any advice you would like to give to any new mod authors that would like to make new creatures? Sound advice for anyone interested in making mods for ARK! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today, Garuga. Until next time, Happy Modding! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  31. 3 points
    Genesis Chronicles We're making the final preparations for a client and server side update that will bring Genesis Chronicles to survivors on PC, Xbox, and PS4! Leading up to the release of Genesis we will begin to include Genesis-related Explorer Notes on The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration. Survivors with the cosmetic HLN-A will find some explorer notes provide a glimpse of what to expect in the forthcoming Genesis expansion -- and how it all fits into the larger ARK story. If you want to unlock a new set of skins for your armor, be sure to collect them all! Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? On The Horizon Valguero Transfers for PC Transfers open up on Valguero for PC tomorrow. See the thread below for specific timing related to consoles. Beginner Servers Beginner servers will be wiped tomorrow according to the schedule outlined in a prior crunch. Check out the thread below for information on beginner servers and the current wipe schedule Mod Community Update October 5th is the last day to get your applications in for the Sponsored Mod Program. This is the last application period for the year, so don't miss it! Apply for Sponsorship For mod authors that are looking for tutorials, we would like to remind you all that there is a bounty board for modding tutorials. Submit or support your desired tutorials, and if it is a popular enough request, we will pay mod authors to make it! This is a good place to request tutorials for more specific topics or ones that are not likely to get covered on the official tutorial videos. Modding Tutorial Bounty Board EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 4th of Oct at 1 PM EST until Monday the 7th of Oct at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
  32. 3 points
    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Be sure to tune into http://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark on Thursday 10AM PST for a special announcement! Want to find out more about what's going on? Keep your eyes peeled on http://ark.gg/g if you don't want to miss out on the clues! EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (including Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 9th of Aug at 1 PM EST until Monday the 12th of Aug at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  33. 3 points
    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Valguero for Console It's a light week in terms of news, as this week the team will be busy addressing any recent issues related to the Valguero launch. We'll also be identifying ways to address recent duping from an exploit that was isolated to the XBOX network. We've fixed this particular exploit with the Valguero patch and will work with the community to identify exploits that may still exist. Transfers should be re-enabled on all servers now. As always, transfers on Valguero will be disabled for XBOX and PS4 for a period of time. The timing will be similar to PC (But adjusted) and updated in the thread below, once confirmed. It may be quiet now, but there are exciting things on the horizon! Voting Is Open! The ARK Modding Contest has finally opened the public vote! It's up to you, the players, to decide the final winners of the contest. The winner of each category will be awarded a whopping $10,000! Everyone gets one vote for each category, be mindful that once you submit your vote you will not be able to change it. If you are not sure who the finalists are we have compiled a playlist of short showcase videos for each finalist that you can find right here! We've also set up a steam collection with all of the finalists for your convenience. To vote, head on over to each of the contest pages for Maps and Mods. Voting will close on Sunday, 07/28/2019 05:00 PM (PDT), so make sure to show your support for your favorites before then. Voting will enter you for a chance to win a Collectors Edition box signed by the development team. The winners will be drawn at random after the contest has finished. One for each category. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (excluding Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 26th of July at 1 PM EST until Monday the 29th of July at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
  34. 3 points
    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Introducing Valguero We are excited to announce the next map to land on the Offical Network. This free map will be available for PC on June 18th 10AM PST and available on console in July. We are excited to partner with our amazing modding community to bring free content to all ARK fans. We know you will likely have lots of questions about the map if you haven't had the opportunity to play it. We've taken the liberty of compiling some frequently asked questions. Frequently Asked Questions What is the map size for Valguero? Approximately 60 km2 (24 sq mi) in size (In comparison The Island is 48 km2 (19 sq mi), Ragnarok is 98 km2 (38 sq mi) What engrams will be allowed on Valguero? The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration engrams will be allowed on Valguero. What unique biomes will I find in the Valguero? The White Cliffs Biome - From sprawling green flatlands encompassed by massive white rocks, to narrow canyons and tall plateaus, the White Cliffs are the perfect location for building your base. Tundra Biome - Dry and arid foliage covers the rolling hills of dying grass and desolate fir trees in this biome. A cold and unforgiving place, the Tundra is a place to tread lightly. Savannah Biome - Nestled adjacent to the Jungle biome a top a cliffside, the Savannah is a cozy starting location to build in relative safety amongst its dry and open fields. Aberration Biome - The first official mod map to include a massive fertile chamber unique to Valguero! This massive cave is a great location to find some of your favorite Aberration dinos, and find a safe place to call home underground. What unique creatures will I find on Valguero? While exploring Valguero, Ark players will run into our newest dinosaur yet, the Deinonychus! The Deinonychus is fiercely territorial in the wild. They will protect their nests against any who dare to trespass. Where can I locate the Deinonychus on Valguero? The Deinonychus can be found primarily in the White Cliffs biome with some packs moving into the Jungle and Savannah biome. Will cryopods and cryo-fridges work on Valguero? Yes. Will transfers be allowed when the map launches? Similar to past DLC launches, transfers will be disabled. Will Customer Service offer compensation for lost dinos at launch? Similar to past DLC launches, Customer Service will not be offering compensation (On Valguero specifically) for lost items until further notice. Is the Deinonychus tameable/breedable/ridable? Tameable: No Breedable: Yes Ridable: Yes What is the estimated size for PC? ~7GB When will this update reach console? July. What types of servers should we expect to see? Legacy: PVE & PVP: NA, EU, OC CrossArks Non-Legacy:: PVE & PVP: NA, EU, OC CrossArks SmallTribes Classic PVP Arkpocalypse (Short "Season") Upcoming Changes Included in the Valguero patch tomorrow, we'll be addressing some much-needed exploit fixes and balance changes: Fixed an exploit with Gasbags Plant Z's weight is now 21 Fixed an exploit with feeding Plant Y seeds. Cryopod and Cryofridge engrams are now available on all maps (edited) For modders, we've included some enhancements to the Dev Kit. Added Git Plugin Added JSON object library. Added blueprint interface for anonymous communication between mods. Added helper functions for: Searching for creatures by ID. Retrieving filtered class lists. Community Feedback Thank you for expressing your feedback about ARK and sharing your experiences with the team. Our community is very active in social media and contribute to our successes. Because of that, we want to make sure that we are getting feedback on specifics in addition to the Suggestions Forum and your general feedback on social media. Be on the lookout for your opportunity to weigh in! Evolution Event! Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 21st of June at 1 PM EST until Monday the 24th of June at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at: Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    Sponsored Mod Program Applications Congratulations to our newest arrivals in the ARK Sponsored mod program. The modding community continues to impress and engage players looking for new ways to play! Recently the modding community got their hands on an updated DevKit that includes the genesis content so it will be interesting to see what they come up with in the coming months. If you have an interest in making mods for ARK you can find the ARK DevKit on the Epic Games Launcher. Additionally, Sponsored Mod Program applications are once again OPEN! If you are interested in sponsorship for your projects, please fill out the application here: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/ Applications for the next selection of sponsored projects will be open until June 5th, 2020. New Sponsored Mods MarniiMods: Wildlife Want some extra hustle and bustle in the world? Marnii has you covered with this wildlife mod. It doesn't put dragons everywhere, it doesn't fill the world with hulking beasts that could murder you with a glance. This mod adds the touches of normal wildlife in an otherwise very abnormal world. Check out the MarniiMods: Wildlife Mod Hope Hope has been around for quite some time, and has seen a lot of quality and polish updates since it's original release. An almost familiar setup with solid creative direction. If you aren't looking for some of the more abnormal and surreal maps, give Hope a try! Check out the Hope Map Primal Fear Primal Fear is a community favorite among overhaul mods. It won the popular vote in a mod competition and is still regularly updated and expanded. Distributed across several mods in the collection, so that players can pick and choose content to a degree, Primal Fear adds a plethora of creature variants and items, as well as plenty of quality of life adjustments. Check out the Primal Fear Collection Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    Valentines Day Love is in the air! We know you love events and we love providing new experiences for ARK survivors. For Valentines Day 5, we'll be introducing new content similar to Winter Wonderland where we saw the introduction of Chibi's. In addition to existing content you'd expect from past Valentine's Day events, we'll be introducing new content to collect. Our pint-sized chibi friends were such a welcome addition we've decided to reintroduce them for this event! You'll be able to collect the 54 chibi's from the past event, in addition to 5 new chibi pets. We know you're probably fishing for more information on how to get your hands on the new chibi pets, emotes and skins. We'll hook you up with the details in due time Similar to the last event, we added new functionality that modders will be able to take advantage of in the future. This advancement expands our item skin functionality to allow support for items like the bow that support multiple ammo types. Simply put: We're able to add skins to more item types now! We're thrilled to share new emotes, skins, and chibi's with the ARK community for Valentines Day 5 and we'll be sure to post more details as we near closer! On The Horizon PvP Legacy Server Wipe Next week, On January 28th, PvP Legacy Servers will be wiped. Saves of the server will be provided following the closing. Please see below for more information EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 24th of Jan at 1 PM EST until Monday the 27th of Jan at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Ongoing Enforcement In an effort to ensure a stable and rewarding experience for survivors on the Official Network, we will be taking a more active approach in ongoing enforcement; including but not limited to wiping or banning tribes who are in violation of the Code of Conduct. In addition to acting on cases that are reported through the ticketing system, we will begin to take action based on metrics from game data and implemented logging systems. Going forward, we will regularly review data from implemented logging systems and third parties to initiate large scale enforcement initiatives. During times of large-scale enforcement initiatives, some servers will be inaccessible until enforcement completes. What Should I Do? Refresh yourself on the Code of Conduct Report any activity that is in violation of the Code of Conduct Be careful who you invite into your tribe, only invite those you trust. If you’re concerned someone in your tribe is in violation or has been in violation of the Code of Conduct, please submit a ticket with any questions you may have. On The Horizon PS4 Primitive+ We are still working to resolve the outstanding issue that's preventing PS4 players from accessing Primitive+. We are in the process of updating and attempting to recompile the mod with the latest content to see if it resolves the remaining issues. We'll keep you updated with any important developments. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 15th of Nov at 1 PM EST until Monday the 18th of Nov at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/sur Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Fear Evolved 3 Update Credit (@ScutalTheLizard) The content from the community from Fear Evolved has been nothing less than amazing! Due to some early launch issues, we'll be extending the event to November 8th 10AM PDT. We realize how important these events are for our community and have been monitoring your feedback throughout the way! There is still an update planned to iron out some existing issues with creature spawns. The feedback we receive from this event will be invaluable as we roll into Turkey Trials and Winter Wonderland. ExtraLife Charity Stream The ExtraLife charity stream this year On November 2nd at 9AM PDT is going to be a hot one! In addition to OVER 5K IN GIVEAWAYS, we'll have fun challenges and contests including 'Hot Ones' themed events. Be sure to stop by for the 24 hours stream and tons of hilarity! On The Horizon PS4 Primitive+ The engineering team is attempting another patch to address the current issues with Primitive+. We hope to have more news for you tomorrow! Valguero Transfers Transfers into Valguero open up tomorrow! See the details on transfer timelines below: EVO Event There will be no EVO event rates while Fear Evolved event rates are active! Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? On The Horizon Mesh Detection The engineers are hard at work on improving the mesh detection functionality. While we aren't always vocal about our advancements in this area, we hope to share general information about the work that's being done in the near future. Enforcement If you know if someone abusing game systems, please report it by submitting a ticket. Doing so helps us identify where the active issues are. Our enforcement team is eager and ready to look into any tickets that are submitted. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 27th of Sep at 1 PM EST until Monday the 30th of Sep at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? What an interesting discovery, can anyone guess what this creature might be? On The Horizon PS4 Transfers Enabling PS4 transfers is still the top priority at the moment Hacks/Exploits Abuse of game mechanics, such as the tribe system, have increased in usage on the Official Network. As such, we're working on implementing prevention and detection methods to lessen the impact it has on the community. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (including Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 20th of Sep at 1 PM EST until Monday the 23rd of Sep at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Sponsored Mod Program Applications Sponsored Mod Program applications are once again OPEN! If you are interested in sponsorship for your projects, please fill out the application here: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/ This will be the last application period until January so make sure to get those projects in! New Sponsored Mods Finally, We have three new projects joining the Sponsored Mod Program today! We have a pretty interesting range of mod types this time for creatures and a utility mod for builders! Clockwork Creatures Mechanical steampunk beasts are on the loose! If you are a fan of the steampunk aesthetic, check out this mod which adds a range of new creatures to the game, with more brass than you can shake a stick at. ARK Transcendence Do you wish that ARKs creatures had a bit more personality to them? This mod introduces new behaviors to the natural residents of the ARK. The number of creatures it modifies right now is relatively small, but the author is working to expand that. Structure Saver 2 Just got done building the perfect house and then found a better place to build? Maybe you just want ten more of that house? This mod will let you do that, allowing players to save constructions and place them elsewhere. Happy Modding! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    Welcome to another edition of FanARK Friday! Want to see your video, art, screenshot, etc, featured here? Tweet it at us and use #FanARKFriday and you could be here next week! Beakers By Enchantress-LeLe Shapeshifters By RavenYTArt Dino Nest By Sunny125 Purple Drake By WyvernLang Managarmr By Riinart Sugar Glider By Interface_5 T-Rex Under Attack By HemkeStekkers Snow Owl By DudeSolo1 Forest Titan By cfowler7-SFM
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    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Summer Bash 2019 Start your summer adventures in ARK tomorrow with the Summer Bash event. Servers will begin to be updated around 17:00 UTC (10AM PDT). If you missed the post, check out the details below! Modding Community Update Sponsored Mod Program applications are once again OPEN! If you are interested in sponsorship for your projects, please fill out the application here: https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/ The entry period for the ARK Modding contest has officially closed! We are now in a period of internal voting where we will select the finalists. Then, before you have a chance to vote on the finalists to determine the winner, we will be doing a round of spotlights on each of them. Best of luck to all of the mod authors that are participating! Lastly, We have two new projects joining the Sponsored Mod Program today! Please check out these projects and show the authors some community love & support. Automated ARK If you are like me and live by the phrase "Work smart not hard" Then Automated ARK might be just the mod for you. Build up processing systems to handle all those materials you gather while you go to enjoy other aspects of the ARK. Automated ARK will handle the crafting work for you. Antartika Do you like cold harsh environments? You might be crazy, but we still have just the map for you. Antartika is, as you would guess, a map that is themed around the icy environments. Survival will be a challenge on this map, but you're up to the challenge, right? Happy Modding! Server Maintenance/Updates We'll be performing maintenance on July 3rd 4:00 PM UTC for servers specified in the posts below. Stay up to date with current maintenance or report outages using the links below. Outages (ark.gg/outage) Maintenance (ark.gg/maintenance) For legacy players that had servers removed by the most recent migration: Saves will be available by end of the week, which includes updated legacy PvE saves. There will be no EVO event while Summer Bash is live. Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    Conquest Servers Return! Classic PvP was a Snail Games initiative to shake up the current PvP meta. Conquest servers offer a similar player experience which focuses on large-scale PvP that may be appealing for those looking for an alternative to the popular mega-tribe meta. Conquest servers are being re-introduced by Snail Games and to kick-start this initiative, our existing Classic PvP servers will be wiped and re-purposed for isolated Classic PvP clusters on Thursday 3/19 at 1PM EST. Conquest servers will launch with transfers enabled but Extinction transfers will be disabled for 30 days following the launch (items & dinos). Conquest Breakdown Experience gain, taming, gathering, breeding, hatching, and raising rates have been doubled compared to our standard Official Servers (2x). Tribes are set to 25 players max. Tribe alliances are disabled, though informal alliances are allowed. Servers have a maximum player count of 100. There will be 32 servers in total on the Conquest cluster. Server transfers are enabled. Conquest servers are unaffected by Evolution Events. Included Maps (Per Region NA/EU) 3 Island 3 Center 3 Ragnarok 3 Valguero 1 Scorched 1 Aberration 1 Extinction 1 Genesis As we reintroduce Conquest servers, we'll be looking for your valuable input throughout the duration. As these servers exist to shake up the PvP playstyle, it's possible that they may undergo change and seasonal wipes as the mode matures.
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    Anti-Mesh System Enhancements Last week we deployed upgrades to the anti-mesh system that significantly reduced the amount of meshing that is occurring on the Official Network. It’s been instrumental in creating a fair playing experience and decreasing the amount of meshing, as we are seeing an overall 90% reduction. We truly believe, with your help, we’ll be able to move the needle to 99%! The first iteration of the anti-mesh system only included detection which enabled us to collect critical data needed to upgrade the system to take action on those who were identified to be meshing. The wide-scale deployment of the second iteration last week allowed us to reduce the edge cases and false-positives that resulted from upgrading the system to take action. We’re now introducing an upgrade to the action-taking capabilities of the anti-mesh system that is much more aggressive than the prior version we introduced last week. Instances in which you may have been teleported before will be less forgiving now. This upgrade has been tested on multiple maps and across a large number of servers. After fixing the few edge cases that resulted from the upgrade, we are now confident in widening the scope of servers to ensure the system is ready for the larger network. It is possible that you may find yourself in situations where the system has not accounted for and we're asking for your assistance in reporting them. Your tribe log will contain important information about any actions taken by the anti-mesh system. That information is useful in determining if it was a legitimate action and will be utilized to make further improvements to the detection logic. We've created a thread for you to file your reports: We will be vigilant in reviewing your feedback and responding to cases in which the anti-mesh system acts incorrectly. With your help and cooperation we believe we can eliminate meshing, an exploit that ruins the gaming experiences for many survivors across Official and Unofficial Networks. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 31st of Jan at 1 PM EST until Monday the 3rd of Feb at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Patch Notes Round-Up As we near the launch of Genesis and a new year of ARK content, the current state of the game and the topics that are trending in the community remain essential to us. While we are excited to introduce new content and experiences to ARK survivors, it's important to take a brief moment and recap some significant updates that have made an impact on the current state of the game. Developers that are working on Live Ops updates have a different priority and focus than that of those working on new content. The main focus of these updates is to ensure that you have an enjoyable and fair playing experience with current game content. As you might imagine, it is a constant process of observing, investigating, adjusting, interacting, updating, reporting, resolving, and repeating the cycle. Performance, Bugs, Balance, Quality of Life and fixing Exploits are important to us and we know they hold a high priority for you folks too. These updates may not be new news for the well-informed survivor but they may provide insight into the thought process behind the changes. Without further ado, let’s get stuck into what we’ve been up to with recent live game patches: Performance Performance is an intrinsic cornerstone of a player's experience. Improving performance is an ongoing process for us that we’ll continue to seek to optimize. Here’s what we’ve worked on in regards to performance recently: - Changed droppeditem physics to improve server performance. - Added animation staggering system by default to reduce CPU overhead - Applied a one time disabling of replication on all sleeping players on all Official PvE servers. - Fixed a client-side crash related to rendering 3D text - Vastly improved server stability, with various Network Channel threading crashes fixed Unintended Mechanics / Exploits Addressing exploits and unintended game mechanics in a meaningful way is crucial to the health of the game on our Official servers. Recently, the team has focused quite heavily on eliminating various methods of exploiting and we’ll continue to hit them as hard and as often as we can! Many of our recent exploit fixes targeted meshing methods and dupes but there was also some focus on unintended mechanics like MEKs becoming invulnerable and the pretty damn rude Ice Titan breath going through the mesh much to the dismay of its targets, amongst others. Addressing exploits is an ongoing commitment and we look forward to rolling out more fixes in the near future. - Unattach all grapple hooks when sitting on a chair. - Disabled climbing pick from attaching to gateframes, charge lanterns, ladders, fence foundations, and railings - Fixed 2 mesh exploits related to creatures. - Fixed 2 mesh exploits related to structures. - Fixed ice titan breath going through the mesh. - Fixed some cases where building structures did not use a bidrectional trace check (allowing certain structures to be placed deep into the mesh). - Fixed a case where a collision check on players wasn't correctly applying thereby allowing them to go enter some meshes. - Fixed an incorrect collision profile which allowed MEKs to collide into and stack on top of one another. - Enforcer can no longer blink onto/or very very near creatures - Pipes can no longer be placed on enemy structures - Fixed an exploit with the snow owl that allowed it to infinitely freeze players - Added additional server-side protection to Explorer Notes to prevent cheaters from acquiring them with hacks - Passengers on creatures will now be ejected if the creature is picked up - Fixed an exploit related to turret damage - Fixed various duping methods Bugs What is there to say about bugs? We don’t like them, players don’t like them and they need to be squashed. Along with what we’d consider more run of the mill bug fixes, we’ve addressed some bugs with far reaching implications in regards to MEKS, Managarmrs and Velonasaurs, among other issues. Our players are adept at rooting out bugs and we’ll continue to iterate on your bug reports moving forward. - Reloading bows from prone TPV no longer gets them stuck - Firing bows while in orbit camera no longer gets them stuck - Firing bows while running no longer gets them stuck - Pipes can no longer be placed on enemy structures - Fixed the enemy build radius check for the fence support - Fixed the whip to properly pickup items that are flat on the ground (previously would miss such items) - Fixed a client crash related to Velonasaurs - Fixed a client FPS bug related to Velonasaurs - Fixed a bug which allowed Velonasaurs to shoot endlessly in turret mode without draining stam - Fixed a collision issue with Velonasaurs - Fixed a network desync related to Velonasaurs - Fixed a bug which allowed MEKs to be invulnerable to various types of damage - Fixed a bug which allowed Managarmrs to use their ice breath underwater/whilst swimming - Fixed a bug which allowed Velonasaurs to shoot endlessly in turret mode without draining stam - Fixed two damage miscalculation bugs with the Managarmr pounce and Velonasaur AOE Needle Spin - Fixed a bug which prevented players entering 'K' cam a second time if they had a weapon/tool in their hand. - Fixed a bug with the Velonasaur's attacks causing it to incorrectly attack the wrong collision group on Paracers, Diplodocus, Brontos, and more creatures. - Items placed on top of water pipes will now respect enemy foundations. - Fixed a bug which would sometimes cause the atmospheric fog to break - Fixed a bug which would cause the Snow owl heat vision to cause other clients FPS to drop when around large bases or a lot of creatures Quality of Life As many players will have noticed, we’ve rolled out a significant number of QoL updates recently. The time you spend in-game is valuable to you and is most rewarding when it's not filled with tedium. We prefer your time be spent on the things you enjoy. This is where Quality of Life comes in! These updates have incorporated changes to stack sizes, inventory slots and other miscellaneous tweaks to help make your time on the ARK feel engaging and rewarding. Please continue to let us know the types of QoL changes you’d like to see as we work together to identify what’s important to players. We understand that the ARK Community is diverse with each group holding a different perspective and all of your feedback is valuable to us. - Dedicated Storage weight reduced from 50 to 20 - Decreased cook time on the industrial grill by 50% - Shortened aberration earthquake duration by ~10% - Shortened Scorched Earth sandstorm duration by ~15% - Lowered gasoline consumption rate by 50% on the following structures: Chemistry Bench Electrical Generator Fabricator Industrial Cooker Industrial Forge Industrial Grill Industrial Grinder. - Modified the stack size on various items: Veggie Cake 5 -> 10 Raw Meat 20 -> 40 Cooked Meat 30 -> 50 Sap 20 -> 30 Fiber 200 -> 300 Thatch 100 -> 200 Organic Polymer 10 -> 20 Vacuum Compartment 100 -> 5 Vacuum Compartment Moonpool 100 -> 5 - Modified the inventory slot size of various items: Industrial forge 60 -> 100 Chemistry Bench 60 -> 100 Fridge 48 -> 80 Industrial Cooker 48 -> 80 Preserving Bin 24 -> 48 Mortar and Pestle 12 -> 24 Refining Forge 8 -> 24 - Made it easier to look at items to pick them up - Improved dropped item placement when dropping items from structures to reduce the chance of them getting stuck - Added “F” alternate activate option on items to pickup all items in a nearby range - Improved third person view offset so that it now positions at the average head height rather than the center of the character’s capsule to improve how it feels when the camera is brushed up against a collision in the world Game Balance Balance is an ongoing process and we’ll continue to monitor our servers to see how players are using creatures and items as we consider making balance changes. Healthy balance is achieved by a constant process of small nudges, changes, and tweaks in order to improve the entire ecosystem as it is maintained and honed in response to the needs of the player-base. It’s no secret the Managarmr and Velonasaur have held the top position in the food chain to dominate the meta since the launch of Extinction. The Managarmr intrinsically holds loads of utility and that has made it challenging to balance whilst retaining that utility that helps make it the popular dino it is. Our intention was never to make Manas capable of remaining constantly airborne. Granted, its place as the top player killer was partially due to some bugs/unintended mechanics which we also addressed. Velonasaurs were outputting extremely high DPS. Similar to the Managarmr, bugs are responsible in part for this (we see you, no stamina drain in turret mode and an unexpected scaling to the right click +c attack!). Velos are primarily intended to help in base defenses but they were far stronger in the meta than intended. That said, our statistics show they’re still two of the most popular creatures which is interesting! Other balance changes include some steps towards addressing the cliff platform meta, giving Brontos some love, smacking Plant Z a little and tweaking enforcers up after some functional changes we made in order to mitigate a meshing exploit left them looking a little sad. - Enforcer blink recharge cooldown reduced from 20 seconds to 7 seconds - Enforcer blink range extended from 4000 units to 5000 units - Enforcer can no longer blink onto/or very near creatures - Velonasaurs will now consume stamina whilst in AI-turret mode - Reduced Velonasaur recovery time from 4 seconds to 1 second - Managarmr limited to 3 jumps, 6 strafes, and 1 dash before it has to land - Reduced Managarmr ice-breath exponential damage scaling by approximately 20% - Reduced stun duration on Jellyfish and Eels by 20% Wild eels 7 -> 5.6 Tamed eels 1.5 -> 1.2 Cnidaria 4 -> 3.2 - Reduced Plant Z flash range by 50% - Plant Z Grenades weight reduced from 10 to 5 - Metal Cliff Platforms no longer take 50% less damage from explosive damage - Bronto should no longer be affected by knockback - MEK pistol Damage reduced by 10% - Fixed the enemy build radius check for the fence support Content The whole team has a lot of fun conceptualizing and implementing events and event-related content for our community to enjoy. The end of 2019 saw a return of our Turkey Trial Event and 365,085 player deaths from a well-known culprit. Shortly after, we released Winter Wonderland and introduced the adorably dorky chibi pets. Last year you indicated that events were important and listed several things you’d like to see. Because of this, we took some time to invest in events and make them more memorable for you. We get a kick out of the pics and art you folks share of your events skins and chibi collections, thank you for including us in your holiday adventures! As always, keep your feedback coming, whether we are interacting directly or reading and observing, we pay attention to, and value, your communication with us. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 17th of Jan at 1 PM EST until Monday the 20th of Jan at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates That wraps up this Community Crunch, our roundup of what we’ve been up to lately and a little insight into our process. For a more in-depth look at all of our recent patches, you can view full notes here: PC Patch Notes XBOX Patch Notes PS4 Patch Notes Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark
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    Beginner Servers ARK with all its complexities and depth is arguably not the easiest game to jump into. When beginner servers were introduced last year in May, we saw them as a way of introducing new players to the game while still providing some of the challenges they might run into playing on a more heavily populated server. This also provided the ability to transfer to a more popular server at your freedom. Since early game in ARK is the most challenging, we saw this as a low-stress way of getting up to speed. We didn't intend for these servers to be a long-term place to become established. Because of this, we'll be implementing scheduled wipes and announcing the future dates in advance. Be sure to spread the word to any new survivors you run across! Wipe Dates Oct 1st, 2019 Dec 31st, 2019 Mar 24th, 2020 Jun 16th, 2020 Sept 8th, 2020 Dec 1st, 2020 ExtraLife Stream For the past several years we've taken part in what is becoming a tradition - the ExtraLife stream. It's usually full of random challenges, events, and laughter but the main reason we're gathered there is to raise money for an incredible cause. As we get closer to the ExtraLife stream, we'll post a schedule of events and details on what to expect. Most of all, expect a good time for a good cause! Check out the link below to see who's streaming on our team and join forces if you want to help us reach our most ambitious goal yet! What is ExtraLife? Last Years Stats 11th Ranked Team Globally Over 1,800 donations as a team 70 Team Members Largest Donation was $2500 89% Individual Donation increase from 2017 23% Overall Team Donation increase from 2017 ExtraLife Information: ExtraLife SurviveTheArk Team On The Horizon PS4 Transfers Enabling PS4 transfers is the top priority at the moment and we have dedicated resources working on disabling exploits that caused transfers to be turned off. We understand this is a considerable inconvenience and we hope to have more information soon. Public Beta Update There were recent updates to the public beta based on feedback we received. Haven't checked it out yet? See below for information: Quality of Life Catalog @Cedric has been working on a comprehensive catalog of quality of life requests. Many of the requests have come from the community but some requests you see have been proposed by the design team. While places exists to catalog this information (Suggestions forum, Twitter, Reddit, etc), this is mainly for visibility purposes to let the community know what has been seen, requested, and being worked on. If this becomes something you'd like to see more, we'll look at different ways of formalizing it. Expect to see the catalog later this week. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (including Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 13th of Sep at 1 PM EST until Monday the 16th of Sep at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    We're excited to introduce the next saga in the ARK universe: Genesis! By purchasing the ARK: Genesis Season Pass, you'll get immediate access to the HLN-A cosmetic pet on PC, Xbox and PS4! Find out more about Genesis and where to purchase it below: http://playark.com/genesis
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    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Announcement Regarding Exploits It has been brought to our attention that there are some duping methods that are being exploited within the community. The engineering team is looking at potential fixes and determining the next steps. Exploits, like duping, are extremely important to resolve for a healthy community and we prefer to take action as swiftly as possible. We will keep you updated as this situation evolves and let you know what to expect in the future as a result of these exploits. Valguero for Console Valguero has reinvigorated the passion of the ARK community and we're excited to bring it to all of our XBOX and PS4 survivors! Valguero will arrive as a regular game update, similar to Ragnarok. You won't need to download anything special from the marketplace to initiate the installation. The update will begin to roll out on July 19th 17:00 UTC. Check out the post below for any Valguero questions you might have! Modding Contest Finalist The finalists for the ARK Modding contest have been declared and we are now in the spotlight phase of the contest. Over the next week, leading up to the public vote, we will be releasing small preview videos on all of the finalists. The public vote begins on 07/21/2019 at 05:00 PM (PDT). Please check out these finalists and of course, Happy Modding! Map category finalists: Faith The Chasm Hope Caballus Talamh i lár Olympus The Valley Teonus Catania Exogenesis Mod category finalists: Paintable Furniture ARK Steampunk Mod RP VIsual Storage Castles, Keeps, and Forts ARK Arena ARK: The Final Stand Human NPCs Pugnacia Dinos ARK: Parados Gaia Public Beta Thank you for your participation in the recent public beta! Your feedback is valuable and has resulted in us tweaking the numbers even further on your behalf. Public betas seem to be a popular approach with the community, so we'll try to utilize this avenue more often when testing balance changes. The feedback from the beta was compiled into a spreadsheet and shared with the dev team. Public Beta Responses (Google Sheets) There are a few other threads and topics (servers, events) that we will compile public response sheets for and share with the community in the near future. Legacy Server Saves For those affected by the recent server migration, the saves from those servers can be found below. If you're looking for the NOTEK servers, they're under the "LIVE Legacy PVE" section. Current Server Backups Summer Bash (Rates) Extension We hope everyone is off to a great summer in ARK. Due to the delay of the event on console, we'll be extending the rates of the event until the EVO event begins on July 19th. The event content (skins, etc) will end on the previously communicated date, July 16th. EVO Event Survivors on all platforms (including Valguero) will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 19th of July at 1 PM EST until Monday the 22nd of July at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates Until next time! Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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    Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! Valguero Spotlight Last week we launched Valguero, a new free DLC that has proven to be popular with the community. Much like Ragnarok, this map was created by members of the modding community. Our modding community has proven to be full of talent and great content! We love partnering with members of the community to bring free content to all of our passionate survivors. While the team is busy with the launch of Valguero on console, we'll highlight some of the videos we've been seeing on Youtube. We're excited to share what's in store for the future! Upcoming Events June 24 CLASSIC PVP MAINTENANCE With the launch of Valguero, some servers were decommissioned. Please see this list for affected servers. June 29 MOD CONTEST ENTRY DEADLINE Saturday will be your last chance to compete for a grand prize of 10K! Visit this link for more information Modding Updates Don't forget that sponsorship applications will open again on July 1st. Make sure to apply if you are interested! There are five days left to enter the ARK Modding contest! Make sure to get those entries in before the deadline. If you've already entered, make sure you have all edits to your entry pages finished. After submissions close, you will no longer be able to edit the pages. We'll have our internal vote for the finalists and then a round of video spotlights. During the finals it will be you, the players, that will decide the winner of the contest. So make sure that you check out the entries. Functional Mods can be found here. Maps, over here There are two separate categories, two sets of prizes, and two opportunities to vote. Each contest you vote in will enter you for a chance to win an ARK collectors edition box set signed by members of the development team. These box sets come with a soundtrack, some ark goodies, and most notably a large cloth map that would look great on your wall and a leather-bound, full color, creature dossier. Happy Modding! Valguero Roundup Here are some of the latest highlights happening in social media. Continue to share your favorite parts of the map and what you love about it! RE: Rock Drakes on Valguero RE: Meshing RE: Griffins on Valguero RE: ARKopocalypse Wipe Evolution Event Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 28th of June at 1 PM EST until Monday the 1st of July at 3 PM EST. All Official Servers across each platform will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes: 2x Harvesting Rates 2x Taming Rates 2x EXP Rates As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at: Twitter: twitter.com/survivetheark Facebook: facebook.com/survivetheark Reddit: reddit.com/r/playark Instagram: instagram.com/survivetheark Twitch: twitch.tv/survivetheark Steam: steamcommunity.com/app/346110 Youtube: youtube.com/survivetheark All the best, Studio Wildcard
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