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ARK Digest #35!

Coming this July to an ARK near you!

Hello Survivors!

As the ARK continues to evolve throughout it’s development process, something we’ve wanted to do is to make sure that we’re able to introduce new features and gameplay mechanics that are not only beneficial and enjoyable to you as survivors, but also add to your immersive experience. Better grab your gear cause this July you’ll be able to take to the seas and try your hand at catching a fish!

This patch will also include some new friends;

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And of course we’re super excited about the Official Launch of Primitive Plus!

To celebrate the release of the Redwood Biome, ARK Survival Evolved has hit the Steam Summer sale with it’s best discount ever, and is now available to pick up for 45% off! If you haven’t got a copy yet, now’s the chance to grab one and experience life among the trees and get ready for the Official Primitive+ Launch coming July 28th!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/346110

ARK Digest Q&A!

Here is our question and answer session with Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Co-Creative Director of ARK: Survival Evolved, and Co-Founder of Studio Wildcard: Jeremy “Drake” Stieglitz!

Survivor, Mendoza asks, “Will we see different moon phases like a new moon, ┬ásolar eclipse , lunar eclipses? and if so, will they make some nights darker than others and also affect dino behavior?”

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Sounds like a great mod. It may be beyond the scope of our current work a little bit. Though, maybe we’ll get around to something rather like that for this year’s Halloween event and see how it goes over. Lycanthropy, anyone?

Survivor, SassinPr0ph3cy asks, “Would it be possible to have a multiple select feature in the inventory? ┬áLike if I have a decent amount of berries, meat, fish it would be much easier to select all and transfer them to Dino or food bin.”

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I’ll look into doing a drag-box and shift-multi selection, those would certainly be useful for advanced item management. However, I’m also going to make “folder rules” about items going into specific folders (basically, in an inventory, you’ll be able to tag an item class as “default” to the folder, and all subsequent new item pickups will then automatically go into that folder!).

Survivor, Neizan asks, “Can we have a option to “hide learned engrams”?”

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Sounds useful, I’ll do that ;)

Survivor, Rofelo asks, “Will there ever be a refrigerated food trough?”

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Tek Tier.

Survivor, Rulin asks, “Are we still getting the “no fog” server-feature for unofficial servers?”

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Yep, I’ll add that in v244.

Survivor, Rulin also asks, “Do you have plans for tougher glass structures, or at least an optional boost option for unofficial servers? Currently we can only boost all structure types at once.”

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Sounds like a good idea, I’ll add a per-Structure stats multiplier.

Survivor, Rulin also asks, “Can you please give us an auto-flight/run mechanic please (maybe via num key), so traveling long distances gets a bit more convenient?”

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Yeah, I’ll do a run toggle option.

Survivor, Shadowenigma250 asks, “Will we get things such as animal bones or animal/creature blood (other than leech blood) as resources? Or perhaps milk production by female mammals?”

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I do plan to add more animal-centric resources in a second resource-focused pass towards the later stage of development.

Survivor, Zachywilson asks, “With xbox cross platform play coming can we host a server with our PC and play on the Xbox with all the features, mods, etc.?”

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Initially at least, Mods won’t be supported when using the Windows-to-XboxOne cross-play feature.

Survivor, Lo’ruke asks, “Will we get banners or flags that are attachable to non-platform saddles similar to what is in Survival of the Fittest? (Maybe with an option to hide / unhide the flag like the raft sail)”

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Yes, I plan to add that this summer!

Survivor, jazzop asks, “Can we have the camera zoom out more when driving a raft i like to build extravagant rafts but can never see where im going”

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Yep, I’ll go ahead and make that change.

Survivor, gabessdsp asks, “Will you ever offer proper support for eyefinity/nvidia surround setups? I love gaming across my 3 monitors as to many others out there. I’d love to have proper support for this game.”

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Indeed, I’ll try to make sure we have better support for those implementations soon.

Survivor, Ruenan asks, “Tech question for you guys. With the recently announced Project Scorpio, and Playstation Neo is there a possibility will we be seeing you guys use the power theses consoles will bring to the table to improve the game on the console side? We know there many many months away over a year that is and you guys still don’t have an official release but if so what ideas may come to you guys that you may want to improve and target on these more powerful consoles?”

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If we get the support from Sony and Microsoft to make it happen, I’d love to do so.

Survivor, Illuvater asks, “Would it be possible to make the RB button on xbox more usefull when mounted, maybe to switch the camera view from third person riding to first person riding and back? Cause if you are mounted the RB button do nothing and we have to go to the options to switch third person riding to first person riding.”

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Yeah, definitely, I’ll have it switch the camera mode.

Survivor, Tomtoyer asks, “What species of fish we can catch? And the fishes will do animations to jump and trying to escape? How it will work the bait?”

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Coels and Salmon currently. And yes, they’ll try to escape, and yep, there will be multiple kinds of bait that have different effects. Leech Blood is one!

 

All the best,

Wildcard Jat and the ARK: Survival Evolved Team!

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