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Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???, Community Crunch #109 & ARK News!

Hey Survivors! Welcome to the latest edition of the Community Crunch! :Jerbhi:

The Community Crunch is where we share important things going on with ARK, as well as host contests and showcase creations made by the community! Let’s get started with some news.

Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ???????

What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what creature it is?

Upcoming Turret Change

Over the past few weeks, we have been carrying out analysis on our Official Servers to see where we can improve server performance and what the biggest difference is currently versus Early Access. Since ARK went retail, we were expecting to see our servers have better performance due to optimisations, better allocation and usage of hardware, and improved DDoS mitigation. What we have learnt is that there has been a dramatic change in how turrets are being used on Official Servers. The fundamental issue is that tribes are not only significantly increasing the number of turrets they use, but reducing the space they occupy, so the server is having to do more calculations in denser areas. In some cases, we’ve seen an increase of 7x versus the previous server-profiling data we had. It is clear that we need to make a change in regards to how turrets are placed, but we understand that they are an important part meta-game on Official PvP servers and therefore want to give you as much notice as possible.

With the following change, we are expecting a performance increase of 50% on average for our Official Servers (extreme cases up to 300%) and this will have an impact on all maps.

Starting from today on PC (and next week on console), you’ll receive an update which indicates the number of turrets you have within 10k units. When you exceed 100 turrets within 10k units, there will be a warning placed on the turret to inform you, so you can make adjustments as necessary. On December the 5th, we will flick a switch on our Official Servers which will disable all turrets that exceed the allocated limit. You have the period from now until then to make any changes you want to avoid your turrets from being turned off. Once the turrets are within the permitted amount, they will function again. This patch will also allow the mounted minigun turret to shoot non-mounted tames, but reduce their range to be the equivalent of the auto turret.

In accordance with this change, we will also be increasing the damage of autoturrets and TEK turrets by 20%, increasing the item slot count of autoturrets by 50% on the 5th of December.

The turret limit will effect: Plant Species X, Autoturrets, and TEK Turrets.

So remember, you’ll see the visual change first and will have a couple weeks to prepare for the actual change which prevents turrets from being used over the limit. This is all enabled through a server-setting which can be used in the game.ini:



  TLDR:  Turret usage had changed since the game went retail, it has been having a huge negative impact on the server. We will be introducing a limit to how many can be placed within a certain radius on the 5th of December. On PC a patch will be deployed today to inform you of the limit so you can make changes as necessary (and next week on console also). The change affects Plant Species X, Autoturrets, and TEK Turrets. We will also be buffing auto turrets, tek turrets, and minigun turrets.

ARK Play Anywhere!

This is just a brief update on ARK: Play Anywhere, as we know a lot of you are excited about it (as are we!). It will be entering final submission this week for Xbox One (OneX) and Windows 10. We are expecting to complete the cert process in December for a release alongside Aberration. Alongside this, we plan to launch some Official Servers which will support CrossPlay but will not be enabling it for our entire network, due to anti-cheat mitigations. Unfortunately, TruePlay is not quite ready yet but we are hopeful that BattlEye will be able to make it onto the platform, until then we won’t be doing much crossplay on our Official Servers, however, players will have the option to enable crossplay on their servers, be it hosted on an Xbox, PC, or rented through Nitrado.

ARK Sponsored Mod Update!

It’s that time of the month where we announce new mods entering the sponsored mod program! We’ve seen our fair share of maps, total conversions, rebalance, and creature mods but not often do we get to share mods that are tools that benefit other modders. This month we are excited to announce one of those mods, ArkFrame created by ZenRowe.

This isn’t the typical mod you might find yourself subscribing to because it doesn’t actually contain end-user content. It is essentially a standardization library that modders can use.  To most people browsing through the workshop, this wouldn’t typically catch their eye. They are more likely to browse through the workshop and find they are already subscribed to it!

Why is this mod important for the program and Ark? It will, in time, create an easier way for people to get into modding by standardizing some of the most common functions.

Here is an example of a mod made using ArkFrame:

Scent Tracker

If you’re interested in making your mod compatible with ArkFrame or want to start a new project using it, be sure to check out the website and Discord.

ARK: 2x Evolution Event Weekend!

Survivors across ALL Platforms will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It’s already live now and will remain active until Monday the 20th at 12 PM EST. All Official Servers will be undergoing this evolutionary change which includes:

2x Harvesting Rate
2x Taming Rate
2x EXP Rate
2x Maturing
2x Hatching
2x Gestation
2x Faster Mating Interval Rates

Community Contests!

NVidia Ansel Photography Contest

Super Resolution Version: http://images.nvidia.com/ansel/SuperResolution/ARK-SuperResolution1/ARK__Survival_Evolved_HighRes_2016_09_01_-_14_38_36_55.html

ARK: Survival Evolved and the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack now include support for NVIDIA Ansel — a revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots.  Compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share the screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.

Learn more about these features from the NVIDIA blog.

Now let’s get to the contest!

There were 3 potential categories for survivors to enter their shots into and they were the following:

Three Categories

Super Resolution: These should be taken at 8x Super Resolution. Players can optionally use Depth of Field effects accessible in Spectator mode by pressing the [Delete] key.

Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D: These should be taken at 4x Super Resolution,  in 360 Stereoscopic 3D mode. We will crop them to 2D for web display, while also providing the 3D version for viewing within VR display.

Freeform: Any settings, whacky and creative use of Ansel filters are encouraged. Adding humorous titles/captions in Photoshop is also acceptable for this category!

And now without further ado, here are your entries!

You’ll want to click on the image title to be able to download the maximum size image, we’ve resized them for display purposes

Super Resolution!


Blue Dragon – Darkness falls

Runners up!

Blue Dragon – Fire and Water

Wolf Angelus – Scenic Flight

StateofMynd42 – Unicorn Temple

Maxib1250 – Enhanced Reality

Ego – Morning

Honourable Mentions!

Wolf Angelus – Waterall Shores

Wolf Angelus – The Great North

Vakarian – Invincible

Vakarian – Griffin attack

Vakarian – Blue and White

StateofMynd42 – Riverside Trot

StateofMynd42 – Magic Fountain

StateofMynd42 – Lazy Day

Maxib – Relaxing Sun

Joe Lally – Woodcutter

Joe Lally – Gazing at it’s prey

FataL1ty – Surrounded

FataL1ty – Sucker Punch

FataL1ty – Subnautica

FataL1ty – Monster

FataL1ty – Direwolves in Highgarden

FataL1ty – Brave Little Guy

FataL1ty – Battle Chaos

FataL1ty –  Strafe Run

EXFIB0 – Mountain Lake

EXFIB0 – Into The Ocean

Ego – Showdown

Ego  – Love under the moon

Ego – Invasion

Blue Dragon – Liquid fire

Ego – Battle

christopher warburton – Unfortunate

christopher warburton – ROAR!

christopher warburton – Forgotten

christopher warburton – Flying Free

Blue Dragon – Sneaky swimmer

Blue Dragon – Paradise

Blue Dragon – Burning steps

Blue Dragon – Just a bite

Blue Dragon – Into the sunset

Blue Dragon – Flower peddle flurries

Blue Dragon – Fall mist

Blue Dragon – Decay

Blue Dragon – A storm is coming

AsH – Halloween Interior

AsH – Halloween Cabin

AsH – Flying Caps

AsH – Aberrant Snails

AsH – Aberrant Nightmare

Panoramic 360 Stereoscopic 3D!


Vakarian – The first Griffin on Center

Runners Up!

Vakarian – The End

Honourable Mentions!

EXFIB0 – Icy Lakes

Wolf Angelus – The Great Valley

Wolf Angelus – Raging Rapids

Vakarian – Tek Revolution!

Vakarian – Run for Life and Death

StateofMynd42 – Daytime Temple

EXFIB0 – High Up!

EXFIB0 – Bridges

Blue Dragon – Tranquil

Blue Dragon – Over the trees

Blue Dragon – Burning mountain



Wolf Angelus – Super ARK Odyssey

Honourable Mentions!

FataL1ty – Oh Sh-

Morgengrau – Lights will guide me

Joe Lally – Christmas Dreams

Cheb – Supply Crate

Cheb – Hang On!


This contest is open to all types of video be they funny, epic, scenic, stories, whatever inspires you. Just a general reminder that they should remain safe for work, think of the children!

And without further ado, the ARKVideo for Community Crunch 109 is…




This is an award given to Survivors to celebrate the amazing structures you build. These bases are judged based upon a number of different factors such as their creativity, uniqueness, how fun of a base it is, the difficulty of building it, the functionality it provides and much more!

The ARKitect for Community Crunch 109 is…


we’d also like to give huge congratulations to our runners-up for this week!



Fan Feature!

MUTATIONS GONE WRONG! – ARK Skits by Lame Wolf Productions

ARK: Survival Evolved | Eco’s RP Decor Mod | The Cinematic Experience by Jukari

ARK: Survival Evolved | Eco’s Shoppe Decor Mod | The Cinematic Experience by Jukari

Ark Puns by Tag and Dax

ARK: Survival Evolved | The AHHH-RK Edition! | A Short Cinematic Parody

Taming Mantis and Basilosaurus Ark Survival Evolved Ragnarok Multiplayer EP12 by Firespark81

Explore the Ark #14: How to Tame a Phoenix (Ark: Survival Evolved) by MrWhitehearth

Patron Base Tours by MonkeyManTV

Ark Survival Evolved – Holiday (PART 68) by GeeKy gAMer no.1 & gOOgly Owl

Mario Odyssey Quetzal Ship by Wolf Angelus

AmnesiARK by Valoule

Dodoraptor(RaptorKil’s artstyle) by DodoRupter666


DodoRaptor Concept art(again) by DodoRupter666


AmnesiARK by Valoule!

You can check out the full album here: https://imgur.com/a/1hZgq

The Phoenix by Godly Red’


Snow Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat


Forest Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat


Desert Camo Baryonyx by Sharkcat


Acro is coming back… by milokamilo


Cave Wyvern by milokamilo


 Ark – Bigger Teeth by cfowler7


The first hunt. by Ozwickta


Scavengers by OOF!!!


Dragonboss by LeOnO


Guanlong Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi


Sinotyrannus Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi

Mesothelae Dossier [FANMADE] by Djaymasi


Dossier: Indoraptor by Scanova the Carnotaurus


Dossier: Torvosaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus


Dossier: Dart Frog by Scanova the Carnotaurus


Dossier: Ultimasaurus by Scanova the Carnotaurus


That’s it for this post guys!

All the best,
Studio Wildcard






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