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Community Crunch 288: ExtraLife Team Sign-Up, Community Corner, and More!

Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch!

This week we’re preparing for Fear Evolved 5 which will run from Tuesday, October 26th until Tuesday, November 9th!  We’ll be sharing the full event details in the next Community Crunch.  In addition to Fear Evolved, Extra Life is right around the corner!

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If you’ve never tuned in for our 24-hour ExtraLife stream, you’re in for a treat! As usual, we’ll be sharing upcoming ARK info, playing games, and most importantly raising money for kids in need for 24 hours!  It all goes down on November 6th at 10am PDT.  Join us for our seventh ExtraLife event and help us raise some money #ForTheKids!

If you are interested in joining our team to help raise money, we’d love to have you!  Check out this link for more information on how to get started.  All donations go to the Extra Life organization and contribute to raising the Official Network rates!  We’ll be sharing an event outline and details on boosted Official Network rates in the near future!

 


 

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There is no EVO event this week!

 


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Creator: SINZAHH

How unstoppable is this duo?  You watch and be the judge!

Creator: Flipsider Entertainment

Getting a little tired of your setup?  Take a look at an episode of Extreme Home Makeovers: ARK Edition!

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Allosaurio by norat5224

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ARK Experience in Nutshell by LastKrystalDragon

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Tyrannosaurus by _morena_goddes_

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Untitled by DiscountWendigo#5827

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My Best Mana Art by Zock#4258

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Best kitty of the ARK! by @Alvozath

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Untitled by @VELUKO1

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@BlueDragonARK

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@EgoSilentium

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BaldisBasics201#4735

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Community Crunch 287: Sinomacrops, EVO Event, and More!

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Have you met our feisty and featherweight flier, Sinomacrops?  In Community Crunch 282, we released the Sinomacrops dossier for the upcoming Lost Island free DLC map.  Although our new friend may seem to mostly have its strength in traversal, Sinomacrops brings substantial utility for players of all types. A secondary inventory is available to players whilst it is shoulder-mounted and Sinomacrops packs a significant weight reduction on the items it’s carrying for you!  Who’s ready to say hi to their new backpack buddy!?

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In addition to Sinomacrops, Amargasaurus and Dinopithecus will make it’s way to Lost Island later this year.  Although Dinopithecus won the community vote for the Lost Island Creature Submission, we’re looking forward to doing it again later this year.  What creature would you like to see added to ARK?

Quality Of Life and Balance Patch

We plan to release a Quality of Life and Balance pass next week on PC, and a little further down the road on console. This patch will include various QoL additions along with some important balance-changes predominantly aimed at PvP. One of the key aspects we looked at in regards to balance is the prevalence of chain-stuns/crowd control in the current PvP meta – most specifically Void Wyvern, Shadowmane, Netgun and Plant Z. We’ve also made balance tweaks to various creatures and items that we think will make PvP more fun and interesting.This patch also includes two newly breedable creatures!

We do plan to make some more currently un-breedable creatures breedable in the future so stay posted if your favorite isn’t included in this one!

Last but not least, we’re kicking this weekend off with a breeding EVO event and a look at some amazing community content!

 


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Monday the 11th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 2X Beeding and Imprinting
  • 2X Taming
  • 2X Harvesting
  • 2X XP

 


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Creator: pterafier

We are all excited to see what the Season 1 MONARKY series has in store!  Check out the trailer below and hop on over to Episode 1 if you’re as interested as we are!

Creator: The AxeMan

Get an early look at the new Titan Map by @codigoalex_.  We have a feeling this will be a popular community map!

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X-Yutyrannus by Amberghini

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Feeding the Little Ones by Nalak

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Godzilla vs. the Ice Titan by Daizua123

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The Scorched Earth Guardian by Kitty#7656

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Fanart of my Shadowmane by Fordale#4520

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Untitled by MayaPatch#8071

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 Khal Alastor -Dusk-#8673 (Edit)

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Prissiie#6186

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@DreadTamer (Fjordur)

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Community Crunch 286: EVO Event, Community Corner, and More!

Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch!

We’re getting the weekend started with an EVO event and taking a look at some amazing community art!

 


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Monday the 4th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 2X Taming
  • 2X Harvesting
  • 2X XP

 


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Creator: The Johtunn Bandit

What is an super-omni-trap?  Check out this video which boasts to hold over 65 creatures!

 

Creator: Cantex

Do all ARK creatures stand a chance against the Ice Titan and Forest Titan?  Let’s find out!

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ARK Survival Evolved Hollow Knight by Chervendiga

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TEK Therizinosaurus Fan Concept by EmilyStepp

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Acro Head Final by GarboAnimations

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Three Gun Mussel by @J0vando

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Ark fan art by LionsAngel22

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Aberration by archipelagornis

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 Avie

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@XxStevieLad87xX

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@Petergames_666

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Community Crunch 285: EVO Event, Community Corner, and more!

Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch!

This week we rolled out the optimized Dedicated Storage change to PlayStation.  We’re working on rolling those changes out to XBOX next week.

Take a look at some community content from this week as we prep for an action-packed end of the year!

 


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Monday the 27th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 3X Taming
  • 3X Harvesting
  • 3X XP

 


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Creator: UpFromTheDepths

Check out a teaser for the upcoming episode of the Paleo ARK series!

Creator: Syntac

Would you try and fight The Overseer with a Deinonychus?  Well, Syntac did!  Find out if he succeeds!

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Primal Fear by GustavoGarcez

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“Kiara” The Shadowmane by Irinaal9

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Giganotosaurus by @N_Life93

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Battle For The Highlands by Kitty#7656

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Jerboa by LunarSiren#8178

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@sis_6193

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Rasvim1313#2269

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  tilou

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Who the hell#1082

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@sam_stimo

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Community Crunch 284: Dedicated Storage Change, Evo Event, and more!

Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch! This week, initially on PC, we rolled out a refactored version of the dedicated storage structure. Our impetus for doing so was optimization and performance improvements for dedicated servers.

Previously, Dedicated Storages used to hold up to 1800 stacks of a single item. On a typical popular server, there are usually thousands of dedicated storage boxes across an entire save, many of which are filled with stacks. On some of our most populated Official Servers, we see save files with over 65,000 dedicated storages — many of them full (these were PVE servers). As you can imagine, this is a lot of items, like… a lot, a lot. How does this impact our servers? In our worst case scenario, taking a server with 65,000 dedicated storages, let’s assume 70% of these are full; that means we’re talking 81,900,000 stacks, just from dedicated storage boxes alone. These all contribute to how well the server runs in terms of framerate, as well as the memory cost. Each ‘stack’ costs a little bit of both.

So a rework was necessary, and the results have proven to be great! This isn’t a magic bullet and you won’t suddenly see servers drop half their memory cost or double in performance, but we are seeing significant gains across our network on all maps. Some savings are as high as 10GB on memory usage, which is pretty phenomenal! Additionally, this change slows down the growth of memory usage on servers, as previously it would exponentially increase with additional dedicated storage boxes.

So here’s how the rework ‘works’ under the hood:

  • The idea of having ‘multiple’ stacks is no longer the case when using Dedicated Storages. When viewing your UI, you won’t see the items on the right-hand side anymore, and it won’t display the item slot count when looking at the structure.
  • Instead, the dedicated storage box now contains a single item, and when you deposit items into it, we adjust the quantity of the said item. So instead of having 1800 stacks, you have one giant stack, if you will. Don’t panic if you don’t see items on the right-hand side, it is intentional! The items are still inside of the dedicated storage, it just works differently
  • The good news is that you’ll still be able to withdraw one regular-sized stack at a time, should you need to as the game can calculate what that number would be.
  • As we’ve removed the ‘items’ from the storage, you can no longer interface with the remote inventory on the right-hand side. This means you can’t split stacks inside of it, you can’t drop items from it, etc.
  • The team is working to mitigate some of the changes, and one thing we’ve done and implemented is changed the  ‘Transfer All’ function on Dedicated Storages to ignore your weight. Previously players could ‘popcorn’ items from Dedicated Storages (which is spamming the ‘O’ key, to drop them quickly) and then pick them up with a whip, but unfortunately that no longer works – which is why we’ve made this QOL change.
  • We are currently working on some additional QOL changes, which will enable players to pull out 1,5, or 10 items at a time if an entire stack isn’t needed (You can press/click these buttons multiple times to get your desired quantity).

We’re still monitoring community feedback with the change as we knew it would be an impactful and necessary change to increase performance for dedicated servers. We also want to make sure that the structure still feels pretty good to use as we know how important it is to base/item management. We’ll do our best to take in the community feedback and see whether we can act upon it!

We’re also working on getting all of these changes moved over to console as soon as possible.  This includes the quantity-display in different locations and fixing/improving the PlayStation version of the Dedicated Storage box so that you’ll be able to see the quantity of the items on the box itself similarly to the other platforms.


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Monday the 20th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 3X Taming
  • 3X Harvesting
  • 3X XP

 


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Creator: Shockist

Follow along with Shockist as he takes you on a tour of the largest official genesis 2 base!

Creator: SINZAHH

Ever wonder what you can accomplish as a solo player in ARK?  SINZAHH takes us along for an epic solo raid!

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The Grave of the Lost by Kitty

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Untitled by @kawarayane

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Reaper by @KarkinosGaming

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Rockwell (Pyschonauts Mashup) by @edmundium

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Crystal Wyvern by Dronade#0814

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  MR RED#4506 

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Jøŋ Sŋøẃ

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@EgoSilentium

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Community Crunch 283: Community Corner, EVO Event and more!

Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch! This week we’re taking a look at what’s happening in the community in the Community Corner.  Things may seem quiet on the homefront, but we’re gearing up for a great close-out to the year!  Lost Islands, three new creatures, another community creature vote, Extra Life, holiday events, and more will give everyone something to enjoy this holiday season!

 


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Monday the 13th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 2X Taming
  • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, imprint, and maturation)
  • 2X Harvesting
  • 2X XP
  • 2X Hexagon Bonus

 


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Creator: Leo

The various ‘100 days’ series have become popular in the community, so here’s a different take: 100 days as a master tamer!

Creator: Cjthecheesedj

Are these these the top 10 traveling creatures to tame?  Chime in and let us know!

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ARK Raptor evolution to TEK by @Ica7

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Ferox for Jinx by alphaeuscreatives

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ARKrptr by salamantha

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Mei Yin by 龍&玥

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Prissiie#6186

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CryptidCorvids#0449

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Good luck Shinehorn  by Kitty#7656

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  @LolosArtCorner  

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@PurdyTrevor

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@sarrisrainbows

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Community Crunch 282: Introducing Sinomacrops, Sponsored Mods, EVO Event, and More!

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Welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch!

In the lead-up to the release of the Lost Island, a free DLC map coming later this year, we’ve been engaging the community and seeing what creatures you’d like to see on the upcoming release.  During the first-ever official community vote, we saw a heated race as we narrowed down which creature would be one of the 3 new creatures that release with Lost Island.

Although Dinopithecus emerged as the clear winner, today we may have an addition that’s fairly familiar to the community and the final creature being added to Lost Island!

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Sinomacrops bondei is a friendly and curious little pterosaur. It may approach and investigate unfamiliar creatures, but Sinomacrops does spook easily. When threatened, it will unfurl its wings to reveal deimatic eyespots in an attempt to confuse or scare predators away. Still, Sinomacrops seems to be a highly intelligent creature that craves social interaction.

While it’s normally curious and friendly, Sinomacrops’ adorably oversized mouth turns into a deadly weapon at the slightest sight and smell of insects. Even alone, this cute little critter can take down insects far larger than itself. Unfortunately, this means that armor made from chitinous plates is going to trigger an attack response from the otherwise sweet-hearted pterosaur.

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Taming a Sinomacrops is fairly straightforward (in theory) — just feed them without scaring them. Once tamed, they absolutely love travelling with their humans, and prefer to cling to them whenever possible.

Not only are they sociable, but they’re fiercely protective     once bonded. Any small creature approaching someone with a tame Sinomacrops will be met with its flashing eyespots and  piercing shriek. That’s usually enough to stun an undersized interloper.

For such a small flier, Sinomacrops can carry surprisingly heavy loads. It can even support the weight of a fully-grown human adult, though it will struggle to gain altitude. Still, any creature companion that can double as a glider and parachute is invaluable for anyone traversing an ARK… as long as they bring plenty of snacks for their new friend.

 

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It’s that time where we introduce new projects in the sponsored mod program! Our first set of picks for the year is ready for you to enjoy.  The ARK Sponsored Mod Program is also now accepting applications for the next selection, you will be able to apply until October 5th. Don’t forget to submit your projects at https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/.

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Alemia

Alemia is a map project that reworks many aspects of the game to take the player on a challenging survival adventure without any trace of technology. You’ll find new structures and mechanics for crafting, exploration, taming and harvesting. And if that’s not enough for you, there are many dungeons hiding underground… Alemia awaits.

Check out Alemia
ARK Genomes – Extinction Evolved

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ARK Genomes brings forth a significant overhaul. Complete with challenges, a new tiered improvement system for creatures, and it’s own story flow. Take on difficult challenges to fight off the corruption of element, gain new rewards and raise your tames through multiple stages of genetic evolution!

Check out ARK Genomes – Extinction Evolved


 

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An ARK Evolution Event is active until Tuesday the 7th with the following EVO perks on all Official Servers!

  • 2X Taming
  • 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, imprint, and maturation)
  • 2X Harvesting
  • 2X XP
  • 2X Hexagon Bonus

 


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Creator: Finn Reinhardt

Want to see what happens when some well-known creators and players from the PvP and ARK community hide valuable items on an Official Server?  Check out this amazing cinematic story from Finn Reinhardt!

Creator: Sefiro Ultima

Learn one of the more complex builds to pull off in ARK, the spiral staircase!

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Genesis 2 by @co3na3

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[VN] Pet me mommy ! by Ampraeh

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I can haz element? by nezuyu

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Genesis 2 Vibes by Firefly

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VELUKO#6347

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Ares#2032

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The Amazing “Gacha”  by Oriah

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@slime_of_toilet

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Matte iru Lietz | Comms Open#2149

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@ARKLove9

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Sayvaris

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Wishing you a happy Labor Day!
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