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    Hey survivors, we’re back with a few updates and a few new surprises too 😉! Let’s Raptor pounce right into our plans for Jan 31st that will ignite your creativity and fuel your adventures:

     

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    We’re excited to announce a date for the upgraded ARK Development Kit with an eye-catching side-scroller mod example. On Jan 31st, we’ll be releasing an update to the development kit that provides more ways to bend ARK to your imagination, with features that were previously locked away now at your fingertips!
     

     

    Here's a work-in-progress sneak peek of our upcoming two-player side-scroller example mod. The simple game framework uses no gameplay code from ARK: Survival Ascended, and has been stripped down to the foundational Unreal classes, so anything you could do in Unreal Engine 5. You'll have the ability to create your own unique games, and they could be released on ARK, changing as much or as little as you'd like!

     

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    We're introducing an upgraded cosmetics system, letting players forge their own visual masterpieces for structures, costumes, and more. Best of all, they can be used on any server without the need for the servers to download a mod. It can all happen under the hood of your client, including on Official Servers! So decorate your bases and suit up how you'd like! In a later update, these custom visuals will automatically download in the background while you explore, so get ready to discover fresh surprises on structures, items, and characters every time you venture around the ARK!

     

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    Spice things up with our brand-new premium mod initiative, launching on January 31st! These high-quality mods, moderated by CurseForge and Wildcard, look to add a whole new layer of excitement to your ARK experience.

     

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    We had to iron out a few kinks in the server transfer system and move the date back to Jan 31st.  Once enabled, players will be able to download items and creatures onto the map without restriction.

     

    We will also launch some fresh non-transfer Official PvP servers at this time and we’ll share more info on those prior.

     


     

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    The Oasisaur, a gentle giant of the Earth, stands as a living sanctuary, offering protection and sustenance to all creatures in its vicinity. With its unique ability to create a safe haven, it shields players from environmental threats and hostile creatures, though it offers little defense against other players. This majestic creature offers a beacon of tranquility on this scorching earth.

     


     

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    Download & play new custom content created by players, including new maps, creatures, items, and game modes, through a dedicated new Mod-bowser directly within the game. Enjoy an endless stream of new ARK content as the creativity and talent of the community is fully unleashed for the first time across gaming platforms and stay tuned as we spotlight more Cross-Platform Mods each week!

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    Are you interested in modding for ARK? Here's your chance to dive in! Our seasoned modding expert, Garuga123will be going live with Overwolf on Twitch to guide you through the creative process.

    Bring your questions, enthusiasm, and a thirst for knowledge as we embark on this modding journey together. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of our most popular modding members.

    Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 27, at 10:00 AM Pacific, and let's build something amazing!

    Watch on Overwolf or on SurvivetheArk!

     



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    wiki.gg Redirect is a browser extension that automatically redirects you from wikis that are abandoned from Fandom to wiki.gg. It will also adjust Google's search results to try and populate the wiki instead of Fandom's SEO.

     


     

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    Creator: LolsAtLance

    Discover an aquatic marvel in ARK: Survival Ascended with LolsAtLance's Ocean Base Resort, elegantly perched on stilts amid a vibrant coral reef. 

     

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    Jimbob has taken his first steps toward conquering the Abyss!

     

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    I'm surprised we still haven't gotten an explanation on why the Gigantoraptor has swapped with Shastasaurus for The Center map. The Oasisaur is pretty cool tho, I wonder if it will also produce resources similar to the Megachelon.

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    Will any of these new servers come with hardcore settings on? 😇

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    Great servers already can't handle anything now they'll have to handle custom structures.

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    9 minutes ago, Jmc1975 said:

    Evo??

    I think the whole team is busy playing PalWorld and they forgot about the Evo event this weekend. If we get one I'd be most surprised.

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    I thought that the additional Dino for the frontier pack would be a real extinct animal but holly cow that’s a flying colossal crab!!!!

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    Did they swap the dinos? I was under the understanding that we would be getting both now.

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    The Oasisaur is MASSIVE. And it flies/levitates ? And it has a... private lake ?!

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    We're introducing an upgraded cosmetics system, letting players forge their own visual masterpieces for structures, costumes, and more. Best of all, they can be used on any server without the need for the servers to download a mod. It can all happen under the hood of your client, including on Official Servers! So decorate your bases and suit up how you'd like! In a later update, these custom visuals will automatically download in the background while you explore, so get ready to discover fresh surprises on structures, items, and characters every time you venture around the ARK!

    I'm gonna stop you RIGHT THERE.

    First of all, don't install sh*t on my computer that other players make without my consent, simply because we play on the same server. Just as a rule.

    And second of all, there is no way that one player deciding what others have to install in order to render a base will backfire, ever. As we all know, noone in this community is toxic. There will not be rule-breaking content, there will not be attempts to slip in a virus of some sort, nothing of the sort. We're all happy unicorns in the garden of Eden.

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    so will the new servers be coming the 31st or 24th and will there be small tribes included?

     

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    Guess no Evo event, it's bad enough the whole .5 boosted rates xbox and ps5 got were taken away.

    All u gotta do is look at base tours to see how far behind console is from steam. Glad im building and raising tames just to get rolled by steam on the 31st and watch asa take a nose dive in active players

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    Oh look, dino's being added to game packs to buy. Didnt see this coming from their chinese overlords.

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    Oasisaur seems kinna OP... And the fact that it will potentially be tied to the paid Frontier Pack is kinna ridiculous and just makes these packs p2w. The paid packs shouldnt have anything more than cosmetics imo.

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    9 minutes ago, Cryha said:

    Oasisaur seems kinna OP... And the fact that it will potentially be tied to the paid Frontier Pack is kinna ridiculous and just makes these packs p2w. The paid packs shouldnt have anything more than cosmetics imo.

    Yeah... I thought it'd be a reskin of an existing creature. Like, say, a Hadrosaur with the same abilities as the Iguanodon, for instance. You have a cool unique tame with custom sounds and animations, but it doesn't give you the upper hand.

    Wonder how creatures are going to be "acquired", actually. The Oasisaur can't possibly be spawning only for you to tame it, you know what I mean ? That'd break every rule of an online game if no other creature but you can perceive it, and it can't be killed while you try to tame it (that thing is as large as at least 5 Wyverns, it would make no sense !). But on the other hand, it's not like owning the pack immediately gives you as many of an OP creature as you want, of course. So I'm quite note picturing how it'll work.
    Say you're the only one on the server who has bought the Frontier pack, can you unclaim the Oasisaur for someone else to claim it ? That's how it worked in ASE... (sidenote : the lovely dino-selling con artists will love this) Or does it disappear the minute you unclaim it, risking for some pretty nasty incidents ? Can it be cryo'd and captured during a raid ?

    Am I crazy or was that never explained ? Same as the premium mods' practicality never being explained ? Like, is it possible to see what premium mods are on a server before loading it ? Who is even paying for it between the server owner and the players ? Did I miss something ?

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    Can we just fix the console version so I can save my game reliability, and not loose entire days with of work? Pretty please?!?

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    On 1/15/2024 at 1:38 PM, Gamergirl7952 said:

    I've also got this problem it's not Microsoft problem it's WC 

    Yes I agree, because my tribe mates can see my wife's chats from the same xbox also another of our mates came back from work for a month and can see my chats 😑

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    54 minutes ago, ladyteruki said:

    The Oasisaur is MASSIVE. And it flies/levitates ? And it has a... private lake ?!

    I'm gonna stop you RIGHT THERE.

    First of all, don't install sh*t on my computer that other players make without my consent, simply because we play on the same server. Just as a rule.

    And second of all, there is no way that one player deciding what others have to install in order to render a base will backfire, ever. As we all know, noone in this community is toxic. There will not be rule-breaking content, there will not be attempts to slip in a virus of some sort, nothing of the sort. We're all happy unicorns in the garden of Eden.

    Wait are you taking about offical? If so, I don't think anything is downloaded as it states no mod downloads required.

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    I just want you to fix your servers the constant crashing and lag is ridiculous...the render distance is abysmal! 

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    1 minute ago, armymp3728 said:

    Wait are you taking about offical? If so, I don't think anything is downloaded as it states no mod downloads required.

    Both official and unofficial appear to benefit from this technology once it's implemented, according to the paragraph above.
    The way it's written seems to say that nothing is downloaded ON THE SERVER SIDE. But there is a download ON THE CLIENT SIDE, since they do say :

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    It can all happen under the hood of your client, including on Official Servers! So decorate your bases and suit up how you'd like! In a later update, these custom visuals will automatically download in the background while you explore

    That makes rule-breaking behavior hard to moderate. If you're on a server where racist content is forbidden, and someone makes, I don't know, a Confederate flag outfit... then admins have no way of blocking that rule-breaking content since it doesn't even pass through their server.

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    3 minutes ago, armymp3728 said:

    Wait are you taking about offical? If so, I don't think anything is downloaded as it states no mod downloads required.

    It sounds like how spray tags worked in half-life. You make an image on your computer and spray paint it on the walls and everyone gets to see it... except it's for making cosmetics for characters and bases. So yes, other players will have to download it, no, it won't be full of viruses - that's not how computers work, but it will likely have some phallic tendencies.

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    1 minute ago, MeatShield said:

    It sounds like how spray tags worked in half-life. You make an image on your computer and spray paint it on the walls and everyone gets to see it...

    So you'd say it's more paint than skin ? "Cosmetics" usually refers to skin-like stuff. Yeah if it works like paint I can see how that would not carry a virus indeed. But then... why does it need to be downloaded ?

    In ASE did we download something when someone would freehand a paint and we'd render their character ?

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    Cross-platform lag is almost horrendous, and there are no evo events! No matter how many buffs are fixed, I believe there will still be a lot of bugs when the transfer finally starts. After the emergency repair, the number of people online on the ARK server will drop significantly. what can we do? Wait or the server rolls back!

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    11 minutes ago, ladyteruki said:

    So you'd say it's more paint than skin ? "Cosmetics" usually refers to skin-like stuff. Yeah if it works like paint I can see how that would not carry a virus indeed. But then... why does it need to be downloaded ?

    In ASE did we download something when someone would freehand a paint and we'd render their character ?

    Yes. The pnt file is located in the save folder on the server in a separate folder, and gets deployed to your client when you get close to that entity. There where also big issues with save corruption due to this if there was a gazillion custom paintings. Hopefully thats no longer an issue

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    So still no comments or fixes for single player saves? This is just bad comedy at this point. Games saves have been a thing for 40 years, yet somehow it can’t be done consistently on ASA. Really sad. 

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