New content vs quality of life
I would like to put this to a vote. Would you like wildcard to keep releasing new broken maps every few months, or would you rather see them take some time and fix the game?
So I’ve been a dedicated ark player since Pre-release. Haven’t missed a day sadly. I've been through it all. From floating baby Dino’s, the first Halloween event where bats would wipe any tames you didn’t have indoors, to the invisible Dino glitch. I could keep going but I don’t know how much room I have here lol. Ark is a great game imo. Ty wildcard. The concept of the game is beyond amazing. But sadly, it is beyond broken. It seems like the more content you add, and the more patches you release to fix the game (Or exploits), the more content you break.
My breaking point was today. I’ve dealt with a lot of messed up stuff in this game, but now you have completely broken bees. What end game player doesn’t rely on sweet cakes to feed their berry eaters during a boss fight? Or to keep their snails producing cp? So I decided to make my greenhouse bigger on my main server, the center map. I had to move my beehives for the expansion. No prob right? Wrong. Demolished a hive to get my bee/hive back. Poof. Gone. Tried 2 more times. Figured it was just another wildcard glitch. Nope. You can’t obtain a bee or hive from an existing non-exploited bee hive anymore. Ok. No problem. I have a few bees still podded between my 6 maps. Nope. They disappear when you throw them out too. So now I’m down 3 hives, and about 8 podded bees. Ok. Still not a big deal. I’ve come to expect this from this game. I’ll just go tame more. Nope. So, everyone knows taming bees can be glitchy in ark. Most times they will glitch in the stack of 4-6 hives that spawn ontop of each other. Long story short. I’ve spent 2 nights trying to tame a bee. Either they glitch in an existing hive, where you can’t get the feed prompt to show up. Or they get out and fly up in the sky where you can’t tame them, or they do get out on the ground but still can’t feed them. But the newest one I experienced tonight. The bee got glitched in the hive as usual. Actually got a feeding prompt. Awesome. Finally got a bee. Nope. As soon as it finished taming......poof gone. Naming prompt came up like it usually does when you tame something, then disappeared immediately. Spent a few mins looking around for my bee. Nowhere to be found. Checked my log. Says I tamed a lvl 7 queen bee. Also says “anti-meshing destroyed my bee”. DILO. Really? So I can’t pick up my current hives. I can’t unpod my existing bees. And I can’t tame one.
My point being. Wildcard, please put some time into the game itself before focusing on new content. This game is a negotiation at best to play. Takes a lot of patience and tons of time. There is so much broken in the game, and if you want to keep your fan base, you need to make the game playable, instead of just bigger.