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Ark Digest issue 18

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Oct
08
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ARK: Fear Evolved

We have an exciting late-October special event in the works for all ARK Survivors, so fun that we just couldn’t wait to give you a brief preview. For about a week toward the end of October, the ARK will be undergoing a brief seasonal change where the air becomes cooler, the days shorter & the nights longer, the moon a certain shade of red, bats and other nasty creatures appearing above-ground, carvable pumpkins sprouting up, rumors of powerful undead beasts roaming the land — and emerging from the mists, the mythical Dodorex makes its appearance at last astride an army of bloodthirsty zombie Dodos, with limited edition treats for those Survivors brave enough to take on the many tricks of ARK: Fear Evolved! What a run-on sentence, phew! More details and media will be unveiled as we approach our favorite time of the year, happy hunting Survivors 🙂

ARK Digest!

Welcome to the eighteenth issue of the ARK Digest! For those who missed the previous issues, check out the Announcement forum section on the Steam Community Hub and be sure to catch up with what you’ve missed as there is tons for you to catch up on!

Alienware Modding Contest

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Hope you guys haven’t forgotten about the epic modding contest we’ve got going with Alienware! We encourage any and all survivors interested in modding and currently working on their own version of the ARK to submit their mods to the contest! We’ve got loads of prizes up for grabs and are super excited to see your envisions of ARK come to life!
We’ve also recently extended the original deadline, so check out this thread for all the extra details!

Survival of the Fittest: The Last Stand

Just a reminder Survivors that we’re still running our Survival of the Fittest: The Last Stand open preliminary qualifications! We’ve got a mega-thread on the progression of the tournament, including updates, rules, server-status, and patch notes that will be regularly updated when things happen which need to be brought to your attention. The next preliminary sessions will continue tomorrow at 12pm Eastern Time through 8 pm Eastern, so we encourage everyone to join up then and have your Tribe enter the competition, show the world what you’re made of! More details here: Survival of the Fittest: The Last Stand

Reddit AMA!

Tomorrow at 1PM PST / 4PM EST, One of our Co-Founders and the Co-Creative Director, Jesse Rapczak will be conducting an AMA on www.reddit.com/r/games – be sure to check it out and grill him with what you’d like to know about the ARK!

Community Crunch Contests

Be sure to check out our two-weekly running contests! ARKitect and ARKArt where we check out the best bases and the best pieces of art in the game! If you’d like to submit your base or something you’ve created in the game, you can check out the entries thread here which will fill you in on all the rules too! Community Crunch Contest Submissions
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ARK Digest Q&A

Survivor, _Mega_Noob asks, “Any chance of adding reinforced stone and metal storage box?”
Answer: We’ll add one more type of storage to the game then, a reinforced box with a stone emphasis. It’s unlikely we’ll add a metal box specially though, as we’d much rather just jump to the Vault!

Survivor, Lukasz asks, “How soon until we get Cannons? Medieval and modern day?”
Answer: Those are on the way! We’ll be adding medieval-esque cannons and some modern rocket emplacements 😉

Survivor, Lukasz also asks, “Could we please get a sneak peek at some Tek Tier concept art?”
Answer: Unfortunately they’re not quite ready to reveal yet 😛 but as soon as we’ve got something we’re happy with, we’ll be sure to share :)!

Survivor, Katt asks, “Will fishing be added? :P”
Answer: We’ve got the spear fishing for now, as for regular fishing – it’s something we’re heavily considering and some of the team are heavy advocates for it – however no final decision has been made yet!

Survivor, Jassar08 asks, “Seeing how we will be getting a RP-Cooking system, will there be a chance for there to be a RP-Blacksmithing system? Because all we want to say “Yeah I just made a Bad *** Sword!””
Answer: Let’s just see how widely used the RP-cooking system is first! Once we receive feedback from that and assuming that system goes over well, we may extend the functionality to other areas 🙂

Survivor, the_british_kiwi asks, “Taxidermy – I would simply love to stuff and keep my favourite dead dinos and decorate my house/create a memorial, and mount the head of the dino that killed it on my mantel.”
Answer: We’ll be working on this! Firstly we’ll be starting with Alpha Creatures. They will soon have skeletal items which can be placed on the new Trophy bases! From there, we’ll see how it goes 🙂

Survivor, the_british_kiwi also asks, “Broken Limbs, Blindness, Disease, Bleeding Effect – will we see these in game applied to both players and AI? Along with bandages, stints, cures etc!”
Answer: These are indeed something we’re planning and currently working on, as we get to the next phase of survival mechanics, you’ll start to see this!

Survivor, YWN asks, “Will Doedicuruses (Doedicuri?) lay eggs?”
Answer: Well as the Doedicurus is a mammal.. that might just be a tad awkward 😛

Survivor, YWN also asks, “Could you also add fences without having to stack fence foundations?”
Answer: Yup! We’ll be adding half-height railing structures next week! It is definitely about time they were in – though props to you genius players for figuring out that stacking work around 😛

Survivor, Icarus asks, “Can we please get a whistle for one dino to follow another? So you can whistle at one dilo and tell it to follow another!”
Answer: Yup, we can definitely do that and we’ll also do you one better! We’ll soon be adding the capability to hotkey groups of Creatures and issue orders to all of them and the ability to switch your selected group on the fly :). This will facilitate the capability to “select” a specific dino or a group of dinos, and then tell them to follow or attack a target!

Survivor, Palmoz asks, “When are we getting the full armor set for the Gorilla!”
Answer: We’re considering it 😉 — so we’ll see 😛

Survivor, Nui-chan asks, “How exactly will we hatch Eggs?”
Answer: We have held out on the taming information but we’ll share a few details now! Time and warmth will be key to making sure eggs hatch :).

Survivor, Nui-chan also asks, “How will a baby animals’ level be decided?”
Answer: It’s level will be decided and influenced by the genetics of it’s parents!

Survivor, Nui-chan also asks, “How will breeding work with mammals?”
Answer: As we roll out the first part of our breeding system, Mammals won’t be included — that’s for phase 2 :D!

Survivor, Voulost asks, “Any plans on having a way to research our engrams/blueprints (for a high cost of course) to make better blueprints?”
Answer: Hmm… not in the immediate sense, but we do plan to add other ways to get higher-level blueprints fairly soon!

Survivor, Chris Wargo asks, “Can you give us an idea of how the Sword and Shield will work?”
Answer: The shield will be able to be equipped as armor and it’ll be displayed when either no weapon is equipped or a one-handed melee weapon is equipped. Then what you’ll need to do is hold a key to raise the shield, but you won’t be able to melee attack when the shield is up. The shield will then convert damage into durability lost on the shield, with a multiplier. You’ll also move slower when the shield has been raised.

Survivor, elijahwan asks, “Can we get a mirror as a furniture item that we can use to put warpaint on ourselves?”
Answer: Hehe, that’ll definitely be one way to do it. Though don’t sweat, we’re just going to be adding an Inventory Menu option so you’ll have the ability to paint yourselves! 😉

Survivor, Cantreadlol asks, “I was wondering how you are going to keep up with this game, sure most content will be released during alpha and beta, but what about after the release? Will you keep up releasing new content and dinos or will you stop after the launch date? If you are planning on releasing content after the release, how often will it be? Thanks!”
Answer: We definitely plan to keep supporting the game with new content, new features, and updates post-release pretty much the same as we are pre-release! It’s just how we roll ;). This will probably be as close to an MMO as you’ll find in a premium title! 😀

Survivor, Kollins asks, “Any ETA on the new biome caves?”
Answer: These are going to be around Early November, for the Swamp and Snow biome specifically. That will also come with the Boss Arenas for the Broodmother and the Megapithecus! There are still some more caves beyond that which will come later on, those caves will be a lot tougher and present survivors with an extreme challenge.

Survivor, Phantasm98532 asks, “Could you elaborate on the upcoming Boss Arenas and how they will impact the game?”
Answer: We certainly can. Instead of the Boss simply appearing in the overworld when the Tribute is spent, there will be a teleportation visual effect which will spiral down from the obelisk and teleport anyone standing on the pad around the terminal into the Boss Arena. This Boss Arena is completely disconnected physically from the ARK overworld. The Boss will then proceed to dramatically enter their Arena, and will fight to the death against any brave survivors who dare enter their lair. When the boss is dead, survivors are given a few minutes to collect their winnings and are then teleported back to the Overworld. However they are able to select a Bed or Sleeping Bag to return to a location of their preference, so that they’ll be able to avoid being clobbered by an awaiting Tribe :p. Whilst a group is fighting in the Boss Arena, the Tribute pad is surrounded by a force-field so no other tribe can access it or teleport to the Boss Arena at the time. There is an overall timer on the Boss Fight after which everyone in the Boss Arena is killed, and note that you cannot build in the Boss Arenas either. They have been specifically designed to cater to and expand on the mechanics of fighting each boss, with appropriate specialized environmental hazards and minion support ;). — Just wait ‘till you see the 4th one! >:)

Survivor, major lag asks, “Will you add a profanity filter to thwart players from using offensive names?”
Answer: The problem with creating a profanity filter is that it is inevitably relatively easy to foil, it’s subjective and it also requires us looking up tons of awful words and phrases on Urban Dictionary, a mentally scarring experience. However we understand the importance of one, so what we will do is provide the functionality for server admins to create their own profanity-filters, they’ll be able to feed into their own text file for words they do not want to see in their game!

Survivor, ? asks, “With the new SOTF Trophies, can we please put our Cave Artifacts on a pedestal to show off our collections before summing the broodmother?”
Answer: Awesome idea! We will do this! 😀

Survivor, Crimson Avenger asks, “Can we have an option to limit unique (non connected) structures?”
Answer: We’re going to heavily decrease the health and lifespan of lone foundations shortly! This should help a lot with the current situation and may be sufficient enough to address it.

Survivor, xAureliusx asks, “A remote control that can open gates/doors from a distance?”
Answer: This is going to happen!

Survivor, ApeShet asks, “Will we ever see a tactical map? One that can be hung up on a wall where you can mark territories, paths and make war raiding plans?”
Answer: This is a great idea! We’ll make a large paintable map structure soon — but it’ll require exploring over 90% of your own map before you’ll be able to build it 😛

Survivor, ApeShet also asks, “Do you see the use of Behemoth Gates as walls, something you’d like to change?”
Answer: Yup, it’s something we’ve had on our checklist and it will be re-balanced in the next major update 🙂

Survivor, ApeShet also asks, “Will we ever see servers with small-tribe limits?”
Answer: That’s a neat idea, we’ll add it in as a server option for any unofficial servers who would like to take advantage of it!

Survivor, jakewhite99 asks, “Can you please give the Quetz a regular saddle?”
Answer: Yup, it’s on its way! It should be in next week 🙂

Survivor, Badger asks, “I was just wondering, to come with the war drums, is there any chance we will see a warhorn?”
Answer: Yup, you definitely will!

Survivor, jamesc77063 asks, “Will we ever see things that allow players to not just “ride the theme park” but also create new and interesting concepts themselves. To create their own fun!”
Answer: You’ll love our upcoming Role Playing recipe system then!

Survivor, BL00DHOUND187 asks, “Will you be expanding on the water effects at all so oceans are not always as calm as they are now?”
Answer: Hopefully! It requires more technical-art research at the moment but we’re definitely looking into it.

Survivor, BL00DHOUND187 also asks, “I know it may seem heartless, but a small cage to house smaller creatures of the ARK?”
Answer: That is heartless! But it sounds like fun! We’ll think about it 😀

Survivor, BL00DHOUND187 also asks, “Coloured smoke grenades?”
Answer: Coming to an ARK near you! 😉

Survivor, Vairent asks, “When are you buffing Tranq Darts”
Answer: Patch v. 219!

Survivor, Freakymary asks, “Why did feeding troughs get a shorter reach on them a few patches ago?”
Answer: Hmm… As far as we can tell and test, it seems identical.. we did change something about how overlap volumes are calculated, but verifying it shows us that mathematically it seems to be the same, however we’ll keep investigating it!

Survivor, Charolais.Bull asks, “Is the Argent ever going to be able to pick up a Saber?”
Answer: In Patch v. 219!

That’s it for this version of the ARK Digest!

Thanks for tuning in and for your continued support everyone!

All the best,

Wildcard Jat & The ARK Survival Evolved Team!

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