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Community Crunch 228Jul 3, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsSummer Bash Extension {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/b95b40246979ba9924745848a8153e5057307c42.jpg We realize some players were unable to take part in the beginning of Summer Bash and have extended our Summer Bash event an extra week. You have until July 21st to kick back and relax in the summer sun Patch Notes Roundup {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/66780e1ec5f45c32c2c62b06c9b4de29e2b2f5de.jpg It's been a few months since we've done the last patch notes round-up and much has been added. From the launch of Crystal Isles on PC to the introduction of ARK to the Epic Games Store, there's been much going on. With hundreds of additions, changes, or fixes, we figured it'd be good to kick off an ARK summer with a recap of the past few months. Significant Milestones - Launched Crystal Isles as a free expansion on PC - Launched ARK on the Epic Games Store - EGS Clients can now use the favourite server feature - Whisper (ALT+B) and Yell voice (Shift+B) chat have been added - New command line arg: -PublicIPForEpic= If this command line arg is used, this is the public IP that EGS clients will attempt to connect to. If this command line is missing and -Multihome is specified, then EGS clients will attempt to connect to the Multihome IP Note that if you're using Multihome and specify a non-public IP address, then players will not be able to connect to your server using EGS. Make sure to set a public IP address (e.g WAN or external) Crystal Wyverns - Crystal Wyverns can now be cryopoded - Crystal Wyverns can now be transferred between maps Bees - Queen Bee will no longer spawn bees when encumbered - Queen Bee will take 3% of health as damage when a bee of hers is killed - Queen Bee will stop spawning bees when at 10% HP MEK's - Reduced MEK pistol damage to players by 85% - Reduced MEK Pistol range by 25% - Prevented MEKS from being able to be stacked inside each other TEK - TEK Shield now has a limited number of crafts (like other TEK blueprints) - Fixed an issue with TEK durability that prevented stat capping - Made some UI improvements to the TEK Grenade Launcher and the Giant Turtle's Breath Attack Creatures (General) - Scout can no longer pushed tamed dinos - Increased Ovis corpse harvesting scaling by 4x - Reduced the Giant Turtle's bubble-blowing attack on when above ground - Valguero Ice wyvern class switched to Ragnarok Ice Wyvern - Adjusted (reduced) the Thyla cost for cloning - Argents can no longer pick up smaller wild aggressive creatures in PvE Cryopod's - Introduced an increase incoming damage multiplier from the cryopod-release debuff Genesis - Additional protection added to glitches on Genesis - Titans cannot be transferred into Genesis - Managarmr cannot be ridden on regular Genesis servers (can be ridden on flyer-allowed servers) - Lava Lizard can now be spayed or neutered - Ferox breeding/mutation movement speed has been corrected to be consistent between small and large Ferox. - X-Dinos will now receive the Active Event Colour Override General - Impro...Here are all the confirmed ray tracing and DLSS games so farJul 2, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunRay tracing is the big buzz word of 2020 in PC gaming, so we’ve created this list of all the confirmed ray tracing games you can play on PC right now, as well which this year’s will get ray tracing support in the future. And because ray tracing tends to go hand in hand with Nvidia’s performance-boosting DLSS tech these days, we’ve also listed all the games that support DLSS, too. (more…) Community Crunch 227: Summer Bash 2020 Is Live!Jun 25, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsBreak out your shades and catch some rays in the 2020 Summer Bash event. If you ever needed an excuse to celebrate summer and soak in some sun, we've got you covered. From June 25th to July 14th the second Summer Bash event will be underway. Spend your time relaxing by the beach in the new Hawaiian shirts or have a fight your tribe using the new water-gun skin. However you choose to spend your summer in ARK, Summer Bash is bound to cook up a lot of entertainment. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/31532929f7e17f4dfad11e7e1329639bcbe8adb4.jpg Server Settings -activeevent=Summer Event Start PC: 10AM PDT XBOX & PS4: 1PM PDT Rate Boosts 3X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 4X Player XP 4X Harvesting 4X Taming New Emotes Guitar Riff Drum Solo Head Banger New Skins 4 new Hawaiian-style shirt Skins 3 new Swimsuit Skins BBQ-themed Grilling Spatula (Club Skin) Frisbee Skin (Boomerang) 1 Sunglasses Skin w/ customizable lenses Super Soaker style Squirt Gun Skin (Flamethrower) New Chibi Pets Manta Ammonite Cnidaria Plesiosaur Astrocetus Event-Colored Wild Creatures Dino Dark Blue Red White Dino Sky Blue Dark Red Blue Light Grey Cream Cammo Orange MediumTeal DarkBlue LemonLime Peach Coral The event kicks off at 10AM PDT. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/5b33688ba58291834d0c6f3a20cf1b69b386dfb2.png Breeding Performance Improvements With the start of the 5th Anniversary event, we implemented some changes to the way our servers calculate growing baby dinos. By distributing these calculations we can recover some of the performance costs related to breeding calculations, which is quite cost-intensive. In more technical terms, we have done this by measuring the stress on a server with each tick and batching the actors to process their breeding calculations over the course of several ticks rather than all of them on every tick. For a server that is already in a stable state not much might be noticed, but for a server under intense stress players may notice that breeding calculations, and the initial start of mating may be a little delayed. The good news is that players should notice less performance issues during boosted breeding rates. Servers will always be put under extra strain during event rates, especially so in regards to breeding rates but we've sought to minimize that with these changes and we've noticed some positive improvements. If you are on a busy server and experiencing some delays, this is why and we're currently iterating on this so these response delays don't feel like as much of a disruption. Our Community Crunch Is Moving {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/a8cbf9a6511a869ed343ef019743e3fcbb9f7bf2.jpg We're moving the Community Crunch back to Friday's! In addition to moving the Crunch back to Friday's, we'll start to feature community content in the Community Crunch rather than its own separate day. If you are creating or sharing ARK content, be sure to tag it with #playARK for a chance to be featured! ARK Summer Sale {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/872928...Community Crunch 226: Summer Bash 2020!Jun 19, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/874d5d2a4e8ceb8ceeeae82a0fe8d81c3fa9fa2e.jpg Break out your shades and catch some rays in the 2020 Summer Bash event. If you ever needed an excuse to celebrate summer and soak in some sun, we've got you covered.  From June 25th to July 14th the second Summer Bash event will be underway.  Spend your time relaxing by the beach in the new Hawaiian shirts or have a fight your tribe using the new water-gun skin. However you choose to spend your summer in ARK, Summer Bash is bound to cook up a lot of entertainment. Rate Boosts 3X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 4X Player XP 4X Harvesting 4X Taming New Emotes Guitar Riff Drum Solo Head Banger New Skins 4 new Hawaiian-style shirt Skins 3 new Swimsuit Skins BBQ-themed Grilling Spatula (Club Skin) Frisbee Skin (Boomerang) 1 Sunglasses Skin w/ customizable lenses Super Soaker style Squirt Gun Skin (Flamethrower) New Chibi Pets Manta Ammonite Cnidaria Plesiosaur Astrocetus Event-Colored Wild Creatures Dino Dark Blue Red White Dino Sky Blue Dark Red Blue Light Grey Cream Camo Orange MediumTeal DarkBlue LemonLime Peach Coral We at Studio Wildcard wish everyone a sun-filled summer with tons of fun. 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 Crystal Isles - Free ARK Expansion MapJun 11, 2020 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/45084a7ebbc6e325958f235b543c1cf17f626db4.jpg Celebrate the return of an ARK community classic, updated with a new real-world dinosaur for you to tame, and now added to ARK’s Official Server networks! Crystal Isles is 150 square kilometers of colorful scenery and awe-inspiring biomes teeming with life. This map's supernatural beauty has won the hearts of the ARK community since its debut as a mod in 2016, and we've polished it to bring out its shine. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1270830/Crystal_Isles__ARK_Expansion_Map/ Whether you think you know Crystal Isles or plan to explore this map for the first time, you should be prepared for new discoveries. Build your bases high in rainforest canopy and mysterious floating islands, then dive deep into undersea caverns in search of resources. Tame and saddle up your own Tropeognathus—ARK’s newest pterosaur—for a dizzying jet-fuel-powered ride into aerial combat, complete with powerful mounted flak cannon! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/5d2347a6bb8362909069efa40ccfe17d1a8c3106.png {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/4382de84465d64537c2a056c6e4d50f1ec4442e3.jpg Crystal Isles includes: A 150 sq km map with a wide variety of unique biomes to explore The Great Valley, a rainforest with bogs and towering tree limbs that lend new options for base-building Emberfall, a fantastic region of vibrant foliage and volcanic danger that also rewards exploration Eldritch Isle, an eerie and challenging realm worth braving for its valuable resources, like Element and oil Apotheosis, a cluster of floating islands tangled with vines and roots, shot through with cavernous pockets, and spilling over with waterfalls Three types of crystal wyvern types for you to tame and breed A new custom boss arena New Dinosaur Tame: Tropeognathus! This large pterosaur from the Cretaceous period can now be found making its home on Crystal Isles. Tropeognathus’ keel-tipped snout can quickly gnash victims’ armor into bits, and when outfitted with a saddle containing a jetpack, its speed and maneuverability are second-to-none. Also providing a built-in flak cannon available to the pilot, this terror of the skies can engage in aerial combat with extreme deadliness {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/84fb81aa18cbee80a034035e2f952df3217ba946.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/38dc71aeb0fc8cfda5a60c313678534ac56e7a3e.jpg 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: Survival Evolved is free on the Epic Games Store this weekJun 11, 2020 - EurogamerDeveloper Wildcard's perennially popular dinosaur-themed survival game Ark: Survival Evolved is the latest freebie to grace the Epic Games Store. Ark: Survival Evolved first reared its head in 2015 as a Steam Early Access title, eventually making its way to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch - albeit in the form of a barely functional smear in the latter case. Yet despite its age, Ark has still rides high up Steam's list of concurrent players, all drawn to its compelling, if shamelessly time-gobbling mix of prehistorically themed homemaking and bloodthirsty PvP. Initially, Ark was a fairly focussed game of dinosaur taming, base building, and survival meter management, all in service of massive-scale tribal warfare (unless you joined a PvE server, in which case your worse, most terrifying foe was usually a pillar). Things have changed tremendously over the years and four paid expansions, however, with developer Wildcard taking a more kitchen sink approach to development, upping the sci-fi and fantasy elements, while heaping endless new tricks of an already creaky base. Read more Ark: Survival Evolved is free on the Epic Games StoreJun 11, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun As well as a load of old Samurai Shodown games for free, the Epic Games Store is this week giving away Ark: Survival Evolved for keepsies. That’s the one with the dinosaurs. The survival sandbox is still one of the most-played games on Steam, five years after first launching in early access, so maybe you’re curious to see what it’s all about? (more…) Community Crunch 225: Crystal Isles, 5th Anniversary, Timecapsule and more!Jun 11, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsIt’s been five exciting years since ARK: Survival Evolved opened the way to the ARK and survivors around the world set out on half a decade’s worth of adventure. In this Crunch, we’ll be covering the unique, real-world dino, the Tropeognathus, the much anticipated Crystal Isles launch, our fun Anniversary Event, and a blast from the past by way of Timecapsule Servers. Crystal Isles Launch {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/45084a7ebbc6e325958f235b543c1cf17f626db4.jpg If you’ve been following the mod community, you’re probably familiar with Crystal Isles. Its supernatural beauty won the hearts of the ARK community since its debut as a mod in 2016. For four years it has grown to over 240K subscriptions and has called for many requests for the community to make it an official map. We’ve decided to give it a new coat of polish to bring out its true shine. The newly updated Crystal Isles launches with a 150 sq km map with a wide variety of awe-inspiring biomes teeming with life. Whether you think you know Crystal Isles or plan to explore this map for the first time, be prepared for new breathtaking discoveries. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/38dc71aeb0fc8cfda5a60c313678534ac56e7a3e.jpg Build your bases high in rainforest canopies or mysterious floating islands, then dive deep into undersea caverns in search of resources. The Great Valley, a rainforest with bogs and towering tree limbs, lends new options for base-building and traversal. Eldritch Isle, an eerie and challenging realm, will be worth braving for its valuable resources like element and oil. Emberfall, a fantastic region of vibrant foliage and volcanic danger, will reward those who chose to explore in the region. Perhaps most awe-inspiring, Apotheosis, a cluster of floating islands tangled with vines and roots, shot through with cavernous pockets and spilling over with waterfalls. With three types of crystal wyvern for you to tame and breed and a new custom boss arena, Crystal Isles is sure to keep you busy. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/84fb81aa18cbee80a034035e2f952df3217ba946.jpg Celebrate ARK’s anniversary with an updated Crystal Isles map and a new real-world dinosaur for you to tame on ARK’s PC Official Server networks! https://store.steampowered.com/app/1270830/Crystal_Isles__ARK_Expansion_Map/ And of course, with a new map, comes new servers! Please remember that transfers into these servers will only be enabled for characters and not creatures or items. We'll be opening those up at a later date, however, transfers out are enabled for characters, items, and creatures. Unofficials can host the map themselves using the following map name: CrystalIsles Protip: Adjust your map filter to CrystalIsles to find them quicker! EU-OfflineRaidProtection-CrystalIsles-CrossArk5 EU-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk1 EU-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk2 EU-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk11 EU-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk13 NA-OfflineRaidProtection-CrystalIsles-CrossArk6 NA-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk8 NA-PVP-CrystalIsles-CrossArk12 NA-PVP-C...Introducing Tropeognathus!May 22, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsIntroducing Tropeognathus! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/6bba04595d07361170942326ca025f37b85f5023.jpg Common Name: Tropeo Species: Tropeognathus mesembrinus Time: Cretaceous Diet: Piscivore Temperament: Neutral 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! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/aa514cea15642e6194c46013ce57f01db28ff71a.jpg Crystal Isles {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/5d2347a6bb8362909069efa40ccfe17d1a8c3106.png 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) {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/44c6794a71d41feb165b950715519bd39799eb50.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/f90265bda571d276453d5fc94e60165325de06eb.jpg 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/survivethearkThe 9 deadliest sharks in videogamesMay 22, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun One Off The List is our weekly list feature. Is there something you think doesn’t deserve to be on this list? Comment with your reasons why, and next week it may be struck off. Listen, never mind that sharks are not the mindlessly violent animals we’ve been trained to fear, and simply additional victims of mankind’s global vertebrate binge. Dismiss, please, the ongoing cultural rehabilitation of this toothy swimmer, who is statistically quite poor at killing humans. Ignore also their adorable habit of falling asleep when you hold them upside-down. Forget it, forget it all. No more lovey-dovey thoughts for these wondrous aquatic beings, more maligned than malignant. This is a list about videogame sharks. And videogame sharks are the baddies. Here are the 9 deadliest sharks in PC games. (more…) Community Crunch 224: Anniversary Event, Crystal Isles Launch, New Dino More!May 8, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings 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 ??????? {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/fd3fde65993fa66d2333acae415f1a5e07f07fa7.png 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/eb0fd5b0d029728ffc910c4ebd43d9cf67f96763.jpg 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. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/bc7d41119241d8b0bc808e7fe37f759dbbb6cd2f.jpg 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! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/eb0fd5b0d029728ffc910c4ebd43d9cf67f96763.jpg 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. We’ve decided to award more prizes! GrandPrize: 100$, plus a copy of the Genesis Season Pass and a special ARK Goodie bag! ButWhyTho {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/1f304d79d065d85c72150880ae06b5d09c417397.jpg Congratulations, what an epic creation! Winners: 100$ prize each! DodoPandora {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/691f423271b65d4efca8da5836c5532dc6ec5514.jpg Progress Pictures AlannahJay101 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/f80ed5b5733fce7cef56e99c869132decb105e47.jpg Mitharen {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/b7936b520c1a4e573914c6201a227eaa5063593e.png Congratulations to these winners! And finally... Runners Up: 50$ prize each Amitaya1982 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/8c422e55c96f6ff3be54e5b4d082263ece70c823.jpg Magmamage {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/...Community Crunch 223: Genesis Transfers On The HorizonApr 27, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsGreetings 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! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/7f24e3275f076cd5b0297eff47e8069874d48a26.png 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: EU-PVE-Official-Aberration222 NA-PVE-Official-TheIsland339 NA-PVE-Official-Extinction502 EU-PVE-Official-Valguero526 EU-PVE-Official-TheIsland198 E...Community Crunch 222Apr 6, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsPatch Notes Round-Up {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/200779db5a8c7d4f9dd7b37b572351fd4f244757.jpg Much has happened since our last edition of the Patch Notes Round-Up. Since then, we've launched Genesis: Part 1 and introduced several improvements and bug fixes that have been circulating in the community. With close to 300 improvements, changes, and tweaks since the release of Genesis, we figure it might be a good time to summarize them and get you caught up to speed! General- Completed a full pass on Loot Crates to improve loot variation and quality - Unofficials can now use flying creatures by adding the following setting to your GameUserSettings.ini under the section: bForceCanRideFliers=True - Building is now enabled in mission areas by default on Unofficial Servers (no longer need to use the aforementioned ini to change it) - Increased the reliability of repairing glitches - Added a debuff to reduce damage to tames, players, structures for a short duration of time after releasing from cryo. - Increased the placement radius check for ocean platforms to prevent them from being placed next to enemy foundations/platforms - Added an optional visual indicator for the TEK trough radius - Added a "Grind All" function added to grinders Magmasaur- Basilisks can now be tamed on Fertilized Magmasaur Eggs - Magmasaur now requires metal ingots to shoot projectiles - Magmasaur projectile speed and gravity adjusted for proper turret targeting in low FPS conditions - Ambergris weight now scales by 0.5 in Magmasaur to help with raising babies Snow Owl- Players recover 50% faster from the frozen state left by the Snow Owl dive - Removed the Snow Owl heal effect on enemy players and enemy-tamed creatures (wild creatures are still affected) - Snow Owl dive slow has been reduced to 2.5 seconds MEK's- Pistol Damage versus Tamed Creatures reduced by 30% - MEK Rocket Boost (tapping/holding space) should no longer damage tamed creatures or players. - Reduce MEK movement speed by 20% when shield is up - Sword Damage versus Tamed Creatures and Players reduced by 25% Ferox- Adjusted Ferox knockback distance for PvE scenarios in which it could move other tribes tames - Ferox can no longer be trapped with a bola Bloodstalker- Reduced the range at which it can grapple an enemy to just slightly below maximum auto turret range (5800 units) - Reduced mobility for BloodStalker while over-encumbered - Improved the overall feel and appearance when webbed by BloodStalker Pelagornis- Polymer weight reduced by 80% when in Pelagornis inventory - Increased polymer harvesting by approximately 30% Rhino- Decreased the maximum damage scale from 12.5x to 8x when charging - Increased the time/distance it takes to charge up to max by 20% (so it'll take longer to hit that 8x) - Rhinos are now affected by Plant Y crowd control Cluster Grenades- Cluster fragments if shot by a turret will now detonate all other fragments from the same originating grenade Fabricator- Can now craft the TEK Replicator ...Community Crunch 221: Eggcellent Adventure 5!Mar 29, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsEggcellent 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/5c02363f4dd33ced79095d0f5831999ec15c0775.jpg Rate Boosts 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation) 2X Player XP 2X Harvesting 2X Taming New Chibi'sMegalodon Karkinos Beelzebufo Basilisk Seeker Bunny New EmotesBunny Hop Dance SkinsNew 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 ItemsExisting Content Festive Dino Candy Event-colored Wild CreaturesMagenta 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/bf3b700b3e421a55ab82397b893c69219b17b10c.jpg 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. Su...Community Crunch 220Mar 16, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsCommunity Crunch 202 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/8a41430ce30b793269e47d36acdb6857bfb5a7a1.jpg Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch! We've got a short one this week. We're all busy working on new and exciting content for upcoming months. We are remaining focused on the health of the Official Network and collecting bug reports and feedback from various social media platforms. You should expect to see a continued focus on existing bugs and polish as we round into the summer months! On The Horizon {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/9e000cc2fcabeda752842d0157e0ba6ee4168692.jpg Enforcement Updates Mission Areas Last week we encountered a bug that rendered some caves build-able. If you have structures within a mission zone (cave) on the Genesis map, you should remove them. The Enforcement Team will take the appropriate actions to remove them otherwise. Teleport Zones Teleport zones are treated as spawn zones and should not be blocked or have turrets in them on PvP or PvE Mindwipes Recently we deployed a patch with a fix to the cooldown timer on mindwipes. We are aware that this didn't resolve all the existing issues that players are currently seeing. We are actively working on a fix for the remaining issues. Player Dedicated Servers We hoped to have player dedicated servers up and running but we've hit a roadblock that will delay us from being able to deliver the feature as we had previously hoped. We will keep you updated on the progress we are making! Voice Chat We're excited to introduce new chat modes (whisper and yell) for those that found the previous chat functionality lacking. We expect to have this feature deployed to PC in the near future! EVO Events We've enhanced our tuning system that's responsible for rates, like harvesting and taming, to be more accommodating for the various game modes and play styles we have available. This will allow us to do specialized rates for those who didn't normally receive them. We're putting the final pieces in place and we'll let you know when the system is live and ready to go. We'll do a detailed post outlining how you should expect EVO events to work in the future. 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 20th of Mar at 1 PM EST until Monday the 23rd 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/survivethearkCommunity Crunch 219Mar 9, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsGenesis Update {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/d1c9f8a8ae3edf004ed07f08ff0403aa79bf5c34.jpg 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 {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 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/survivethearkARK admin commands: all ARK Survival Evolved cheats explainedMar 5, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunI believe it was Dr Ian Malcolm who first spoke those iconic, halting words: “Life, uh, finds a way.” And it turns out he was right, because with our ARK: Survival Evolved admin commands and cheats guide you can “find a way” to do pretty much anything you want. God mode, infinite stats, spawning items and dinosaurs out of thin air… You name it, we can teach you how to do it. (more…) Wot I Think ARK: GenesisMar 5, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Developer: Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, Virtual Basement Publisher: Studio Wildcard Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam Price: 28/ 30/$35 It s a little-known fact that the ARK in ARK: Survival Evolved is in fact short for arsebark . And that s fitting, because that s exactly what its latest DLC, Genesis, is like: a fart. And what a fart. Not an abrupt, spluttering guff, nor an undulating trouser howl that reduces its culprit to ever more contorted grimaces of shame as it continues. No, ARK: Genesis is a proper, merciless, nine-tins-of-beans ripper, unleashed in a crowded lift on a wet Monday morning. I wouldn t be half so childish if the developers hadn’t already made a fortune from pre-orders, or if Genesis wasn’t so bloatedly overpriced. I’d be reasonable, even, if it seemed they had attempted something beautiful and ambitious here and fallen short. But they haven t. After hyping Genesis to high heaven, they ve released an expansion that manages to negate everything that conceivably made it possible to call ARK a flawed masterpiece, while retaining every iota of the game-busting jank that made it feel like a shoddy, never-ending beta test. (more…) Community Crunch 218Mar 4, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsIntroducing Crystal Isles {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/1cc9802b7a4f631021964a93d84fb47c2daf688e.jpg 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. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/eb0fd5b0d029728ffc910c4ebd43d9cf67f96763.jpg 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. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/bc7d41119241d8b0bc808e7fe37f759dbbb6cd2f.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/df850799cc34552e8f752a1e75ec0dcc9f34b2ca.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/12452ffa5a7b43282b185dd5ff5ac23f1e299d84.jpg 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/29e1a57ed2879f1ce95e46bda6bffc8d1576b62c.png 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 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/8729288/a17b859791811da968009b45e83e6228e926463c.jpg 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! ...Part one of Ark Genesis' monstrous expansion is out nowMar 1, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Dinosaur survive ’em up Ark: Survival Evolved has always had one problem. Exactly, and only, one single game-breaking issue. Until now, you couldn’t build a castle on the back of a colossal sea turtle. Shameful, really. But after numerous delays, Ark: Genesis‘s sea-bound houses finally arrived earlier this week. Now it’s just a matter of finding someone to lend you planning permission for that shell. (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.