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ARK Summer Bash is Here!Jul 2, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/41ba3bf0f41f3a7ed925609dfe33701f14b3b0f7.jpg 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. Starting July 2nd and running for two weeks, 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 Steam Charts: Meaningful Effluence EditionJun 24, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello friendly people! Welcome to the always-lovely, always-cheerful soft-play-of-fun-and-hyphens that is Steam Charts! Today we’re going to laugh together, learn together, and maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, laugh and learn a little. Please, pull up a trouser, take a seat (take as many seats as you need – we have too many seats), and prepare to enjoy, laugh, and maybe even learn. (more…) Midweek Madness - ARK: Survival Evolved, 65% OffJun 18, 2019 - Product ReleaseSave 65% on ARK: Survival Evolved during this week's Midweek Madness*! *Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time Ark: Survival Evolved expands again tomorrow, this time for freeJun 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunArk: Survival Evolved is nearly as popular now as it was at launch, so it’s no great surprise that Studio Wildcard’s Dino Riders-ish survival sandbox is still being supported. What is a pleasant surprise is that the new Valguero expansion will be completely free of charge, and released tomorrow. It won’t require any existing DLC, and will include one new dinosaur to hunt or befriend; the agile and feathery Deinonychus, seen tussling with a Tyrannosaurus above. Below, a trailer taking us on a scenic tour of the multi-layered, 63 square kilometre new environment. (more…) Introducing ValgueroJun 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsIntroducing Valguero! The next free map headed to the Official Network! Tune in today at 3PM PST for more info! the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farJun 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The number of confirmed ray tracing games for and selected GTX graphics cards has just got a little bit longer. With E3 2019 in full swing, Nvidia have confirmed that both Watch Dogs Legion and the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will also be getting full ray tracing support, and in the case of Call of Duty, adaptive shading support as well. That ray tracing games list is still pretty small, admittedly, and the number of games you can find it in right now can almost be counted on a single hand. Indeed, a lot of confirmed RTX games are yet to receive their ray tracing and performance-boosting DLSS support, so the list below is more of a complete ‘this is how many games will have it eventually’ kind of thing than ‘these are all the games you can play with ray tracing right this very second’. Still, if you’re currently on the fence about buying one of Nvidia’s RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards as opposed to one of the new GPUs, this guide should hopefully help you decide whether ray tracing is something worth investing in. Here’s every confirmed ray tracing and DLSS game we know about so far. (more…) The Great MigrationJun 10, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe Great Migration {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/8ab207cd4c59dcd460e30fd486f681a235e080b9.jpg As a reminder, tomorrow we are removing some of our lower population legacy ARK servers on PC, Xbox, and PS4 from our Official Legacy network. These servers will begin to go offline permanently at 11AMPST/1PM EST. See below for a list of affected servers: List Of Servers For Removal 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. We're Going Live! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/7925dd12c4b73df31704aa39d4021ec6ae67599b.jpg On Tuesday, June 17th, we'll be going live at 3:00 PM PST on Twitch to discuss a few things in store for ARK. Tune in to get a "pizza" what's coming up. You don't want to miss out! Mod Contest News {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/69b799d42e73311a02a2d51637455690de602a86.jpg A quick reminder that the mod contest is still open for submissions. You have until 6/29 to enter your submission before voting begins. 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! Social Roundup {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/d112138948a303ac66bc66184b9ff2235046985d.jpg The Social Roundup is geared to showing you some of the social activity you might be otherwise missing. Here we will highlight some of the posts that happened on our various social platforms. Topics might range from existing bugs to questions about events or future content. GASBAGS EXPLOIT MOD WINNERS BECOMING OFFICIAL CONTENT METRICS MESHING TIMELINES AND DATES Evolution Event {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/be8af67db3c63d05cfa58a77e3ef37a1966f2671.jpg Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 31st of May at 1 PM EST until Monday the 3rd 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 week! As always if you’ve got anything to share you can find us at: Twitter: Facebook: Reddit: Instagram: Twitch: Steam: the Deinonychus!Jun 8, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/72b0795bfcaf3651044a3321cf2a9f9de3b0d59f.png 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: Facebook: Reddit: Instagram: Twitch: Steam: Youtube: All the best, Studio WildcardAll the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farMay 30, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun With the arrival of Nvidia’s new GTX ray tracing driver, the number of graphics cards that can now take advantage of the tech giant’s fancy new lighting tech has grown exponentially. In addition to the four new cards, everyone with a 6GB GTX 1060 and up can now get a taste of that ray tracing magic. Sort of. Alas, the number of confirmed ray tracing games is still pretty small. There have been a couple of new, notable additions to the list in recent months, including Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but even now the number of games you can find it in right now can be counted on a single hand. The same goes for Nvidia’s performance-boosting DLSS tech, which is still only available on the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. So I thought I’d do the hard work for you and put everything in a nice, big list, detailing every confirmed ray tracing and DLSS game we know about so far. (more…) Classic PvP Changes, Patch Wednesday, Social Roundup, and Game Suggestions!Apr 22, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsUpdate On Classic PvP! It's been over a month since we launched Classic PvP and we've read a lot of feedback since launch! Today we'd like to announce upcoming changes for Classic PvP this week. On Wednesday 4/24, Classic PvP will be merging all of the separated clusters into one large cluster. Our current Official PvP Network will remain unaffected. Tweaks to existing gameplay and the addition of removed content are still things that are under consideration. Thank you for sharing your ideas and suggestions on Classic PvP! Let us know your thoughts! Upcoming Patch This Wednesday! We'd like to let survivors know that there is a patch coming down the pipeline this Wednesday to fix a couple of issues that popped up in the Eggcellent Adventure update. Here is a list of the changes coming on April 24th, 10am PST. Patch Notes! Eggcellent Adventure - Added missing Dino Marshmallow Hat skin to the Cooking Pot Plant X - Disabled Fast Turret Targeting change for now, further iteration required Dinos - Fixed movement bugs related to stacked impulses change which affected movement for Managarmr, Gasbags, and others Turrets - Now ignore players using 'leavemealone' or 'enemyinvisible' admin cheats Mantis - Fix for weapons not equipping properly Social Roundup! The Social Roundup is a new addition that is geared to showing you some of the social activity you might be otherwise missing. Here we will highlight some of the posts that happened on our various social platforms. Topics might range from existing bugs to questions about events or future content. Let us know here if this is something you'd like to see more of, and we'll be sure to include more posts in future Community Crunches! Game Suggestions! Suggestions and feedback are very important for developing a healthy and successful game and we want to make sure we're seeing them all. Currently, there is a dedicated forum for Suggestions on our Community Forums, but well be turning that into something much more robust! Soon you will be able to submit feedback and upvote other ideas you would like to see in the game. This will allow us to easily see what things are getting the most attention. We'll be looking to make this change to the Feedback forum tomorrow. Be on the lookout for the change and start getting your ideas in! We're excited to implement new ways to engage and hear your feedback. Oh, and happy Earth Day, survivors!Ark: Survival Evolved cheats and console commandsApr 18, 2019 - PC GamerTired of the goody two-shoes dino life? There's a solution: Ark cheats. Dinosaur sim Ark: Survival Evolved lets you enter all sorts of console commands to enable god mode, level up, teleport, spawn items, instantly tame dinosaurs, unlock all engrams, and more. These Ark cheats are for singleplayer mode, or for multiplayer mode if you're the server admin (or if you've been given the server admin password). Otherwise you can't use them online. And if you're looking to further tweak your experience, check out our guide to the best Ark mods. You can access the console in Ark by pressing the Tab key—you'll see a narrow box open at the very bottom of your screen. That's where you'll be typing in the cheats. To close the console, press Tab again. In singleplayer mode, just type the cheats to enable them. In multiplayer, if you have the admin password, you'll need to type 'EnableCheats <password>' before you can use cheats. Some cheats (while playing on a server) will require the prefix 'admincheat'. In singleplayer, you don't need to worry about a prefix. Just type them and press Enter. The cheats are written in bold below (and they're not case-sensitive). Ark cheats: Player commands God - Toggles godmode, protects you from all damage (except drowning) InfiniteStats - Refills health, stamina, oxygen, food, and water GMBuff - Godmode plus infinitestats and additional experience points EnemyInvisible - All creatures ignore you, even when attacked LeaveMeAlone - Combines the cheats God, InfiniteStats and EnemyInvisible ChangeSize <value> - Changes your size by this multiplier, the default value is 1 Fly - Lets you fly. Use 'Walk' to disable Ghost - Activates noclip mode. Use 'Walk' to disable GiveEngrams - Unlocks all crafting recipes GiveEngramsTekOnly - Gives you all Tek engrams GiveColors - Gives you a quantity of each dye DoTame - Tames targeted dinosaur (if it's tamable) ForceTame - Tames targeted dino, and dino is rideable even without saddle ForceTameAOE <Radius> - Tames dinos in specified radius (default is 2000) Ark cheats: Spawn armor and weapons GiveArmorSet <Tier> <Quality>  - Gives you full armor set for the specified tier and equips it Armor tiers options can be entered as a number or word, as follows: 0 (or Cloth) 1 (or Chitin) 2 (or Metal or Flak) 3 (or Tek) And also Hide, Fur, Desert, Ghillie, Riot, Scuba, Hazard Armor quality options are: Primitive, Ramshackle, Apprentice, Journeyman, Mastercraft, Ascendant, Alpha GiveWeaponSet <Tier> <Quality>  - Gives you all weapons in specified tier Weapon tier options can be entered as a number or word, and are as follows:  0 (or Primitive): Bow, Pike, Spear, Bola 1 (or Basic) Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Longneck Rifle, Sword, Grenade 2 (or Advanced) Compound Bow,  Fabricated Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, C4 Charge 3 (or Tek) Tek Gr...Eggcellent Adventure Returns Tomorrow!Apr 15, 2019 - Community Announcements Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday April 16th until April 30th, survivors will be able to experience our annual Eggcellent Adventure event! During Eggcellent Adventure, survivors will be able to collect special "Bunny Eggs" across the ARK from wild Bunny Dodo's. These Bunny Eggs can paint or used in special Cooking Pot recipes to craft new holiday-themed item skins the Marshmallow Dodo Hat and Chocolate Bunny Club, as well as returning skins: Bunny Ears, a Bunny Costume for the Procoptodon, Knitted Chick Hat, and Egg Shell Hat! Bunny Oviraptor's will also drop festive Dino Candy this year. 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 feeling eggcellent, sporting bright colours of Green, Magenta, Yellow, and Blue! New Items: cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_EasterDinoCandy.PrimalItemConsumable_EasterDinoCandy'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoMarshmallowHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoMarshmallowHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_MarshmallowHat.PrimalItemSkin_MarshmallowHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_Club_ChocolateRabbit.PrimalItemSkin_Club_ChocolateRabbit'" 1 0 0 Existing Items: cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoChickHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoChickHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_EasterChick.PrimalItemSkin_EasterChick'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_DinoEasterEggHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoEasterEggHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_EasterEggHat.PrimalItemSkin_EasterEggHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Skin/PrimalItemSkin_BunnyHat.PrimalItemSkin_BunnyHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Leather/PrimalItemSkin_DinoBunnyHat.PrimalItemSkin_DinoBunnyHat'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Armor/Saddles/PrimalItemCostume_ProcopBunny.PrimalItemCostume_ProcopBunny'" 1 0 0 cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Halloween/PrimalItemStructure_EasterEgg.PrimalItemStructure_EasterEgg'" 1 0 0 Eggcellent Adventure Patch Notes! Eggcelle...Classic PVP, Eggcellent Adventure Returns, and More!Apr 1, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsClassic PvP Begins Tomorrow! Last week, in conjunction with Snail Games, we announced a new game mode called “Classic PvP” as an exciting large-team competitive experience for ARK. As a studio, we want to explore fun, new ideas and we believe large group PvP has a lot of undiscovered potential. With Classic PvP we'll be looking for your help to suggest balance changes throughout the seasons, while we strive to make this mode fun and competitive for everyone. Over time, as the game mode receives its adjustments and tweaks, we will be connecting the isolated clusters to each other so that they form a more extensive network. Although Aberration and Extinction aren’t available in Classic PvP, the development team is actively looking for opportunities to re-include the content into the mix with balance changes that are in line with the new Classic PvP game mode. While we hope to re-add this content to expand on Classic PvP, there is no specific timeline or timing on this. The Classic PvP game mode will also serve as a test for new experiences to come, and we’re excited for all the possibilities it can lead to. To start, we'll be working with the community to actively seek out tribes and tribe leaders to be representatives in a new type of broadcasted competitive Classic PvP event. These representatives may be sponsored; therefore they must ensure that they’re upholding fundamental values within their tribe which promote clean and fair play. By doing so, they'll be playing a significant role in expanding ARK’s competitive PvP gameplay and helping us shape the future of large group PvP. Look out for the launch of our Classic PvP servers tomorrow at 10 AM PST! If you missed the Classic PvP details last week be sure to read up on them at the link below: Undermeshing Concerns... Last week it was made very clear by the community that meshing remains a critical issue in ARK. Without going into extreme technical detail, it is complicated to show our internal efforts to combat meshing, which is something we have continually been working on. Since it is such a hot topic, ARK developers have been more vocal on social media about ways we've tried to detect and circumvent those who do mesh. If it's one thing we know - players are ingenious and creative, which extends into how they approach meshing, and exploiting the game at large. Giving up too much of the internal working of changes we have made and continue to work on would compromise these efforts. With that said, here's what can be said definitively: - We'll make an effort at being more transparent about what we’re doing in regards to preventing undermeshing partly by calling them out in the patch notes going forward - We are actively seeking out people who use mesh exploits and banning them As you might i...Ark: Survival Evolved YouTuber protests exploits by showing how to use them, gets bannedMar 29, 2019 - PC GamerOn Tuesday, an Ark: Survival Evolved YouTube channel called H.O.D. Gaming uploaded a video called " 2019 GUIDE TO MESH MONKEYS (PART 1). " The owner of the channel, a 27-year old Australian named Luke, told me that it was at least partially inspired by his own personal vengeance. "Each time i would build a base a cheat or exploiter would come and ignore my base defense and exploit my base and steal my work," he said, over email. "Bases take hundreds of hours to build and cheaters can ignore the in game defense through this method." So naturally, Luke framed his video as a dulcet nature documentary. "Mesh monkeys," he said, are the vile, regrettable creatures who populate the server blades of Ark: Survival Evolved and muck up the multiplayer with cheap tricks that ruin the experience for everyone else. "Today, we're going to explore the mesh monkeys, and the techniques they use to supersede base defenses," he says. For the next 10 minutes, Luke methodically unveiled a few of the tried-and-true exploits that have existed in the game code, he says, since the game released back in 2017. They include a clever server-relog that puts your character out-of-bounds, a hidey-hole in the top corner of a map that you can clip through easily, and a wall that can be rammed through with a jetpack. Luke mentions that he found all of those exploits with a simple YouTube search, and adds, "Why can't the devs fix this themselves?" The following day, Luke uploaded another video, showing that he was globally banned from Ark servers. "There was no communication with the devs, and no reason given for the ban," he says to me, over email. " I have exposed meshing in the past and was not banned for it, and they still have not taken my feedback from this first video." H.O.D. Gaming is one of the more prominent YouTube channels in the Ark community. In total, Luke has around 190,000 subscribers, so it was unsurprising to see that his banning emerged as a significant controversy. The news penetrated the front page of the non-denominational r/pcgaming subreddit, where it earned nearly 50,000 upvotes. (Personally, I saw the news on r/all, where it was also on the front page.) Several other Ark YouTubers made videos in response to the ban, and all offered the same tepid analysis of the situation. Our first instinct is to do whatever is in our power to prevent abuse. Studio Wildcard When I reached out to Studio Wildcard, the company behind Ark, they directed me to a statement they made on the forums shortly after the Reddit indignation. In it, they announced that H.O.D. would be formally unbanned, but also didn't fully exonerate Luke's content. "Any issue that violates our Code of Conduct is subject to a fair appeal process. When things land in the gray area, our first instinct is to do whatever is in our power to prevent abuse," it read. "Upon further review of...What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?Mar 26, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date. (more…) ARK Stream Homestead Update Tomorrow!Mar 4, 2019 - Community Announcements It's finally arrived! We're beyond thrilled to be releasing Structure Plus (S+) and the long-awaited kibble rework (now packaged together as 'Homestead') to all of our survivors March 5th 2019! If you can dream it, you can build it! Homestead includes the major elements of Structures Plus (S+), a player created Sponsored Mod by Orionsun. S+ has maintained a large following of users over an extended period of time, and its move to console has long been requested. We are particularly excited to finally be able to share this with our console survivors who will be using it for the very first time. Here are the new building features included in Homestead: - Dedicated bulk storage - Triangle foundations, ceilings and roof pieces - Four high walls - Fence supports for level walls - Flexible pipes and electrical cables - Double doors - Swappable variants for ramps/stairs - New visual variants for existing structures Along-side the update to structures we also have our kibble rework included in this patch! Previously the Kibble system worked like a tree, the egg of one creature being used in a kibble to tame the next creature in line. Often these kibbles didn’t make sense in terms of game progression and became more redundant with each new creature that was added to the game. Each creature now falls into one of six categories, and that creature’s egg can be used to tame any creature within that specific category. Instead of having 50+ different kibbles all requiring a different specific egg, it is drastically reduced to: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary kibbles! You can expect the Homestead update to hit your respective platform around 10am PST tomorrow starting with PC and concluding with PS4. We invite you to watch our Homestead trailer to see a preview of the variety of structures that are now possible. All of the builds featured in the trailer are player-created and you can find links to how to build the structures in the video description. It has been an amazing experience for us to see our dedicated players create things we could have never imagined! We hope these changes to ARK inspire survivors to turn their wooden shack on the beach into the fortress of their dreams! Homestead patch notes: S+ Variant System - Added Structure variant system to cycle visuals for a structu...ARK Stream Returns S+ Kibble Rework Beta Closing!Feb 25, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAt 1 PM Pacific Time on March 5th, members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel! Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK. In next weeks' stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework. We'll also be allowing questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream. The developers on-camera this stream will be: Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer Colin: Senior Producer Jen: Community Manager We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel on March 5th! Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta Closing! This week is the final week to participate in the open Structures Plus and Kibble Rework beta before the testing period closes to the public. If you have not tried it out and/or given your feedback regarding the changes we invite you to do so! Please check out the post below for all of the information on how you can get involved in play testing this beta. Mod Sponsorship Applications Opening! Get your mods ready, sponsorship program applications open again on Friday! We will also be announcing a couple of new sponsored projects next week! We're making some adjustments to what has been our focus for sponsored projects. Going forward we will be looking at more small scope projects as well, instead of only the large scope projects like we have been up to this point. A result of this adjustment is that you will begin to see more projects with shorter-term sponsorship's making their way into the program and, by proxy, a somewhat higher rotation rate leading to more opportunities. We want to encourage everyone, no matter the scale of your projects, to apply for sponsorship during each application period. Even if a project isn't selected during a given application period it helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of everyone that's interested in being sponsored and seeing how your projects and plans develop.Valentine's Day Event On Now Until 18th!Feb 15, 2019 - Community Announcements Currently on-going until February 18th, love will fill the air as we celebrate Valentine's Day! The ARK will be placed under Cupid's loving spell. With this event, creatures have also been affected by Cupid's spell in the following ways: - Red, Pink, and White colored wild creatures can be found wandering the ARKs searching for true loves kiss. - When mating, creatures have a 25% chance to drop an item.  That item has a 50/50 chance to be one of the following: - Valentines Chocolate: Restores full HP, or knocks 40% off a creatures taming bar. - Valentines Candy: Gives your tame random dino colors when eaten. All servers official and unofficial will also experience the following bonuses (auto-activated or can be toggled manually by running ActiveEvent=vday): - Mate Boosted range increased by 2x - Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x - Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x - Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3 Survivors also have the opportunity to send out their own customs Valentine's Day card to their loved ones. Head over to and create your custom card! Be sure to send us a tweet with your image attached and the #MateBoosted, so that over the course of the week we can retweet your loving messages! What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?Jan 31, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date. (more…) All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farJan 31, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun With the arrival of the RTX 2060, we now have four cards that can take advantage of the GPU giant’s cool new graphics features, such as their reflection-enhancing ray tracing magic and performance-boosting DLSS tech. But not all games can do both things at the same time, and many more still have no confirmed support for ray tracing and DLSS at all. So I thought I’d do the hard work for you and put everything in a nice, big list, detailing every ray tracing and DLSS game confirmed so far. The list is still quite small at the moment, but if you’re thinking about upgrading to either the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, then these are the games that are going to get the most out of them. (more…) Despite Mostly Negative Reviews, 23% More People are Playing ARK Now Than One Month Ago on SteamSep 19, 2016 - GitHypAlmost one month ago on September 1, Studio Wildcard made the controversial decision to release a $19.99 expansion pack for their $29.99 early access game, ARK: Survival Evolved. And while the Scorched Earth pack has received almost 2,000 "Very Positive" reviews on Steam, the move by Wildcard has triggered a huge backlash on ARK’s primary review hub that tells a different story with close to 12,000 "Mostly Negative" recent reviews from angry players who purchased the game before the expansion. With so many negative reviews on Steam (many from users claiming that they’ll be dropping support for the game), surprisingly, ARK’s player count values have actually increased over the past month since the expansion pack launched. Looking at ARK’s weekend peaks on Saturdays over the past month, the average players per hour has gone from 36,637 players on August 20 to an average players per hour value of 47,681 most recently on September 17. [caption id="attachment_201575" align="aligncenter" width="800"]GitHyp’s ARK: Survival Evolved Player Count per Hour Data GitHyp’s ARK: Survival Evolved Player Count per Hour Data[/caption] So despite all the controversy, ARK: Survival Evolved isn’t actually losing players as it would seem based on just reading news and reviews… and the developer’s questionable decision to release more paid content while still being in early access has actually increased the game’s active playerbase by 23% on Steam.