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Community Crunch 210Dec 9, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/4aa94dda9d7d7751ee62658b9dd2f8445e44cc35.png Please head over to SurviveTheArk for the latest community post!Community Crunch 209Dec 2, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/c9127af9a3cc5842b8797139e2b0bf5a317d503c.jpg Please head over to SurviveTheArk for the latest community post!Community Crunch 208Nov 25, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/35255e38d7b644aae9dbe4f40d5748fc43a563f2.jpg Image credit Please head over to SurviveTheArk for the latest community post!Community Crunch 207Nov 18, 2019 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/f38e9278829c33693fb9cd91c51b3676af0a7632.jpg Please head over to SurviveTheArk for the latest community post!Community Crunch 205Nov 4, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission8.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? ExtraLife 2019 Recap {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/b5aba05fa270c9b96e5bc80953394874a3b23fd1.jpg We at Studio Wildcard would like to give a sincere thanks to the community for participating in our latest 24 hour ExtraLife charity event. With the help of our community and ExtraLife team, we raised over $90,906.20 and beat our highest amount raised in 2018 at $76,630.27! We couldn't have done this without the help of our generous community, our amazing sponsors, and our dedicated community who signed up to join our team. We gave away over $10K in prizes with items from Discord, AMD, Alienware, season pass keys, and more! As with prior ExtraLife events, we take this as an opportunity to share sneak peeks at upcoming content. In true tradition, we shared video and visuals from the upcoming Genesis DLC. We're excited to take you on a new adventure in Genesis and look forward to sharing more unseen content. If you missed the event on Saturday and want a sneak peek of Genesis, we've created a clip of a recap on Twitch. This clip includes the videos and concept art of all the Genesis content that was shared during the event. ARK: Genesis Reveals ARK: Fishing Net Item Teaser ARK: Cruise Missile Weapon Teaser ARK: TEK Shoulder Cannon Weapon Teaser ARK: Magmasaur Creature Teaser ARK: Bloodstalker Creature Teaser ARK: Lunar Biome Environment Teaser ExtraLife 2019 Charity Facts Team Fundraising Total (as of this writing): $90,906.20 -Up from Last Year’s: $76,630.27 Team Size: 125 -Up from 70 last year Overall Participant Rank: 5 out of 47769 -Up from Rank 14 out of 48101 Participant Earnings: $57,422.57 -Up from Last Year’s: $45,183.27 Overall Team Rank: 6 out of 4954 -Up from Rank 11 out of 5137 Average Donation: $57.28 -Up from Last Year: $42.43 Largest Total Donation Sum (Top Donator) : $3,106 from Acidic -Up from Last Year: $2,500 Total Team Giveaways (excluding keys and vouchers): 33 -Up from Last Year: 11 Top 10 Team Donations: Studio Wildcard - $57,422.57 Burke Black - $6,063.50 Syntac - $4,238.92 Death & Taxes (ATLAS NA PVP) - $3,634 DarksideRP - $3,614 N3 (Exoleras) - $3,339.72 Belle - $2,049.99 Shockist - $1,505.01 Drewlbucket - $1,500 SvalaGaming - $910 Largest Community Donation: $1,337 from Acidic Scoville Units consumed of hot stuff: 31,081,600 A Jalapeno Pepper is about 2,500 - 8,000 Scoville During the stream, we also played a few ARK mods you might be interested in. For those who wanted to know more about them, we've included links to the mods and a short description below. Poker After Ark {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/36bbabf830cef6f6574e9980b3f3cee073f105f2.jpg Poker After Ark offers the ability to play NoLimit Hold'em Poker with up to nine players at the same table. There are four different tables to play on. - PokerTable FullRing (9Max) - PokerTable Shorthanded (6Max) - PokerTab...What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?Oct 30, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun HDR on PC hasn’t improved much in 2019. Despite there being more HDR gaming monitors than ever before, the very s for HDR continue to be quite expensive compared to non-HDR monitors, and the situation around Windows 10 support for it is still a bit of a mess. However, provided you’re willing to fight through all that, 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 Ultimate and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well, so you know exactly which PC games you can start playing in high dynamic range. (more…) Community Crunch 204Oct 28, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission7.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Fear Evolved 3 Update {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/68fe3c463ad2251b23b3c80d34d5a23b16e9cee4.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/b609ebcd8df1f5d67f4c9737b4ecc2a161c5ee89.jpg The ExtraLife charity stream this year 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! Want to hang out during the stream? No problem! We've set up a Discord server: ExtraLife Discord Server Invite https://discord.gg/v4YPpEf On The Horizon {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/9e000cc2fcabeda752842d0157e0ba6ee4168692.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/be8af67db3c63d05cfa58a77e3ef37a1966f2671.jpg 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/survivethearkARK: Fear Evolved 3 Begins!Oct 22, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAn Important Message from Studio Wildcard Co-Founders Jesse and Jeremy The upcoming Genesis expansion adds a lot of innovative and fun new features to ARK and is our most complex expansion pack to date, with a completely new mission system that dramatically changes the way you can play ARK. As a team we have decided that an extra month of polish and balancing is needed to deliver an awesome experience to everyone on launch day, so our anticipated simultaneous release for all platforms will be late January 2020. Meanwhile, we will continue to create fun new events and updates for ARK, including today as we launch Fear Evolved 3, and with the extra time we plan to add mouse-and-keyboard support on consoles this year as well as working on some surprises for the entire community at our biggest-ever Winter Wonderland event in December! Fear Evolved 3 Event https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_10/1629987348_ShooterGame2019-10-1422-36-56-697.00_00_54_35.Still008.jpg.2d798881c82afec28d5c31f1fd16269b.jpg 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 https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_10/2050592819_ShooterGame2019-10-1422-36-56-697.00_01_06_45.Still003.jpg.663caacddd48c8c3742f40b31078e4af.jpg 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...Community Crunch 203Oct 21, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission6.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? ExtraLife Charity Stream {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/1ad18f6ec1e8d8f9c92e96a7f7a33dccf145e0b3.jpg We are only weeks away from the ExtraLife charity stream on November 2nd 9AM PST!  As usual, this community event will be 24 hours filled with sneak peeks of future content, competitions, laughter, and embarrassment. Most of all, all of the proceeds go towards a great cause! What the community tends to love are the boosted rates that come with this event. There will be official server rates bonuses as we reach our donation goals (0.5x increase for every $5,000 raised up to a max of 8x). In addition to boosted rates, we will have giveaways and prizes for the community! Even if you aren't available to donate money, we'd appreciate you coming by to hang out. What is ExtraLife? Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $50 million USD for sick and injured kids 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 Fear Evolved 3 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/43ff59a698c8b3b32c6458536afaf4e6e6875f2a.jpg October 22nd to November 5th marks the return of Fear Evolved and we have some frightening treats in store! Stay tuned for a spooky trailer and more event details when the event begins tomorrow! If you missed the last post on Fear Evolved: On The Horizon {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/9e000cc2fcabeda752842d0157e0ba6ee4168692.jpg PS4 Primitive+ The engineering team is still hard at work on a Primitive+ patch to resolve the latest issues from deployment. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to bringing you good news soon. EVO Event {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/be8af67db3c63d05cfa58a77e3ef37a1966f2671.jpg 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/survivethearkGames like Minecraft 16 best games like Minecraft from the past ten yearsOct 16, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunThere have been a great many games like Minecraft over the past decade. Which is to be expected, because who wouldn’t want to capitalise on the runaway mainstream success of the decade, and the best-selling video game of all time? There are many things that are very special about Minecraft, and remain more or less unmatched even ten years later; but we’ve done our very best to condense all that specialness down into a simple list of six criteria, and from there, we’ve compiled our list of the 16 best games like Minecraft out there right now. Some of these games you might look at and think, “But Ollie, my dear fellow! You must be crazy! This game looks nothing like Minecraft!” Bear with me, and I’ll explain exactly why each game on this list has earned its place there. Each of these games are well worth a try if you enjoy Minecraft for whatever reason. And who knows? You might find your new favourite game within this very list… (more…) Community Crunch 202Oct 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission5.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Fear Evolved 3 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/997225dadb89b24c227e1da171dc903bcc30db2e.jpg 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! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/7465e54f3418f05bda128961b18b77bc3cbc5d60.jpg NEW Event Items Jack O'Lantern Mask Hockey Mask Headless Neck stump Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy Spooky Emotes 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/9e000cc2fcabeda752842d0157e0ba6ee4168692.jpg 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. EVO 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 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!Community Crunch 201: Mysterious MysteriesOct 7, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission4.gif What an interesting discovery, can anyone guess what this creature might be? On The Horizon https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_07/High_resolution_wallpaper_background_ID_77701718619-1200x506.thumb.jpg.5a78613a704026ed34bb3358d9ac12ca.jpg Hacks/Exploits Abuse of game mechanics, such as meshing and duping, are being reported at a higher frequency. As always, we will continue to implement changes to address any methods we have been able to reproduce. Please continue to report any known methods via the ticket system. Enforcement With the increase of reports, the enforcement team has been tasked with a larger number of tickets. This backlog of requests prevented our enforcement team from acting quickly to incidents that were being reported. We've made a considerable dent in the backlog and hope to improve our response time to incidents that are reported. Events If there's something you'd really like to see in events (regular and holiday), check out the thread and weigh in! Changes to the Code Of Conduct https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_10/cocchange.thumb.jpg.0ba336224d0a7b12a2dea9f52fa168ed.jpg The Enforcement Team are back again with another important notice regarding the Code of Conduct: New Addition: If you have been hardware ID (HWID) banned, any attempt to access the Official Network with an alternate account is subject to another hardware ID ban You can read the Code of Conduct in its entirety by clicking here. EVO Event https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_07/Ark_Evolution_Event_minimized.thumb.png.2d282a169df9bbbd0ba09a90303a7cec.thumb.png.c7b60ed6ac2d7fe6b3de8b5f3672b5cd.png Survivors on all platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 11th of Oct at 1 PM EST until Monday the 14th 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 Introducing Genesis Chronicles and Mysterious MysteriesSep 30, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsGenesis Chronicles https://cdn.survivetheark.com/uploads/monthly_2019_09/Gen_Chron_Header.thumb.jpg.dee842dccf8342a554adcd4cba4634d0.jpg 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 ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission3.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this might be? Check out the rest of the community crunch here.Community Crunch 199: Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ????Sep 23, 2019 - Community Announcementshttps://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission2.gif How perplexing, who can guess what this object might be? View the Community Crunch 199Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ????Sep 17, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsMysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???? https://cdn.survivetheark.com/mystery_transmissions/Mysterious_Transmission1.gif What an interesting discovery, can anyone guess what this creature might be? Sponsored Mod Program Update - Sept 2019Sep 5, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsSponsored 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: 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 https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1819883361 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 https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1785800853 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 https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1757259514 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! All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so farAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It’s Gamescom this week, which can only mean one thing – more confirmed ray tracing games for Nvidia’s RTX and selected GTX 16-series graphics cards. Indeed, the big one that’s just been announced is Minecraft, which (like Quake II RTX) is getting full, real-time ray tracing support for everything from water reflections to its entire lighting system. That’s not all, though. Dying Light 2 will also be getting real-time ray tracing, while Tencent’s freshly-announced action survival game Synced: Off-Planet will be getting ray-traced reflections and shadow support. In truth, the number of games on this list that you can actually play with ray tracing enabled right this second is still pretty small. A lot of the confirmed RTX games you’ll see below still haven’t received their promised ray tracing and performance-boosting DLSS support, so this 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 now’. Still, if you’re currently on the fence about buying one of Nvidia’s RTX or RTX Super graphics cards as opposed to the new AMD Navi 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…) Steam Charts: Do As You're Told EditionAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hi, it’s me! Yeah! No, nothing’s wrong, all’s good. I was just calling to see if you wanted some Steam Charts? … STEAM CHARTS … Yeah, that’s right. No, no it’s not. You don’t? Oh, um, I already sent them over. (more…) Ark: Survival Evolved unveils new two-part Genesis expansion, coming in DecemberAug 8, 2019 - EurogamerDeveloper Wildcard has unveiled Genesis, a new two-part expansion for Ark: Survival Evolved, and it's coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, starting in December. Genesis will ultimately deliver Ark's fourth and fifth paid expansions - following on from Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction - and will form the game's second season pass. Those with good memories may recall the controversy surrounding Ark's first season pass, which arose when Studio Wildcard opted to introduce paid DLC into the game well before it had left early access. It remains to be see if the community will be more accepting of a new season pass with Ark: Survival Evolved now approaching its second year as a full release. As to what Genesis will bring in terms of specifics, that's a little harder to gauge right now. Despite being unveiled in a 50-minute livestream, the bulk of the expansions still remain firmly under wraps. What we do know, however, is that both parts will include a "really cool map", with the first map set within a simulation, enabling Wildcard to do things that were "even too crazy" for previous expansions. Read more Everything we know about Ark: GenesisAug 8, 2019 - PC GamerArk: Genesis was announced by Studio Wildcard—a two-part expansion pack for the multiplayer dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved. We've seen the announcement trailer and some screenshots, and we talked to Studio Wildcard to learn a few interesting details about the upcoming expansion. Here's everything we know about Ark: Genesis. Ark: Genesis release date There are two parts to the Ark: Genesis expansion.  We don't have solid dates for either part yet, but as the announcement trailer above shows, we know Part One is coming in December of 2019. Part Two will follow in Winter of 2020. Where and when does Ark: Genesis take place? The name Genesis would seem to indicate that this expansion could be a prequel of sorts. An interesting detail from the teaser could hint at that: The wrist of the player isn't embedded with the specimen implant we've always seen in Ark. However, the presence of Helena and the fact that this appears to link up with the ending of Ark: Extinction, the previous expansion, contradicts the idea of Genesis as a prequel. In other words, we don't really know where this fits into the Ark timeline. Feel free to speculate! As for the map that will arrive with Ark: Genesis, we can see it has some volatile volcanic regions, some snowy mountainous areas, and some more temperate biomes. There will also be an expansive water biome. You'll have an AI companion, HLN-A You won't be alone in Ark: Genesis. Helena, the biologist who authored the lore-filled explorer notes, has created a hovering AI companion designated HLN-A. Fully voiced, she'll act as a guide, providing you with missions, tasks, and story, and she'll also have practical uses as she follows you around, like illuminating dark areas. HLN-A can also perform her own version of emotes—as you can see in the image above, she can display a danger warning by projecting a skull and crossbones (though you probably already grasped the peril from the looks of the extremely angry creature.) She can also signal warnings for extreme heat, dangerously low temperatures, or even just give you a thumbs-up. You don't have to wait for December to meet HLN-A. Players who pre-purchase the season pass can have her join them in Ark immediately, on any map in the game. She's not fully feature-complete yet but she can talk a bit and Studio Wildcard says she may give players bits of lore relating to Genesis as we get closer to its release date. You can also customize her looks with various dyes. You can build a base on a giant turtle's back No need to settle on one spot to build your base in Ark: Genesis. If you tame a giant sea turtle, you can build your home right on its shell. The turtle can swim around in the water biome, and even dive underwater with your base, which will be protected and oxygenated by the turtle with no need for scuba gear. Resources will grows on the turtle's shell, so you can even do a bit ...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.