ARK: Digest #11
Welcome to ARK Survival Evolved!
Are you excited for the eleventh issue of ARK Digest? We are here to bring you some fantastic news regarding our ARK world! If you missed the preceding issues, you could come to the Announcement forum section on the Steam Community Hub for checking out!
Per-Pixel Sign Painting!
The Per-Pixel sign painting has been released already! We are so excited to report this awesome news! The survivors are permitted to implement the real-time multiplayer simultaneous painting with this new feature. Your friends can see you as you create the Mona Lisa of the ARK universe!
There were lots of awesome things painted that we have already seen, now. Don’t you think it’s time for you guys to show us what you have in store? But first, let’s take a closer look at some examples from the Community Hub:
Community Crunch Contests!
Our Community Crunch will be held tomorrow, we are so excited to announce the winner of the week of the #ARKitect award! The person who creates the most magnificent base will be received 200$ as a prize. We will judge the bases based on the unique designs/layout, functionality or just how fantastic and creative they are!
We will scour out the community sites for submissions, but here is the dedicated thread that we have got, it can be found here for any last minute submissions.
If you are planning to step into the #ARKitect, make sure that you post in the thread that has attachments or URL for screennies or pertinent map files. This is considered as a continuing tournament for every Community Crunch with 200$ as a prize.
Besides the #ARKitect award, there is a 50$ weekly Community Crunch award that we will sponsor, it’s for the most awesome drawing using the Per-Pixel painting system. You can step into your pictures for #ARKArt in this dedicated submissions thread.
New threads will be launched each week for the upcoming contests when we report the winners in the Community Crunch, make sure to check out the tomorrow and good luck to you!
Your Questions, Our Answers
Survivor, Dexez asks, “Will you support DX12 right when Windows 10 releases?”
Toggle title+We won’t have it quite ready for public use the day that Windows 10 becomes available. However, we are planning on releasing it by mid-August. We understand it’s going to be a very important change, and we just want to ensure that everything is running smoothly before shipping it out to you all. We’re all very excited about it!
Survivor, jakewhite99 asks, “Can you make it so that we can actually paint over darker colours with the painting by pixel? I want to paint my white clan symbol on a green backdrop, and it doesn’t show up.”
Toggle title+Yup, that’s something we can do! We’re going to add a flood-fill option to make painting over darker colors, among other things, easier. The Per Pixel painting that’s in the game now is the first edition, as we progress and push out more updates, you’ll see it receive improvements and more functionality! Some of the things we’re tinkering with and looking into are decals that you can ‘save’ to quickly apply designs to other paintable surfaces (will be great for showing off your Tribe’s emblem!), as well as an improvements in the general UI, and in the future the addition of new items or paintable surfaces (tombstones anyone?)
Survivor, Apex Demon asks, “Why was the quadrupedal Spinosaurus chosen over the bipedal one? Just curious as to how you guys came up with that decision would be interesting to know! =)”
Toggle title+There’s a lot of reasons why we design our creatures the way we do, some are for lore-related purposes and what makes sense in our game, others are designed in what is more iconic and fun for the survivors playing the game. We’ve also got to take into consideration what other creatures we’ve got in the game, in the Spinosaurus’ case there are A LOT of large bipedal carnivores, so we decided to go with the quadrupedal to get some more visual differences in play, plus there’s science too, though of course this differs between creatures and some are going to be more scientifically accurate than others.
Survivor, Draxxalon asks, “Is there a plan to allow server admins to modify decay rates for dino/player food decay rates, body decay, item decay, etc.?”
Toggle title+You know what Draxxalon, that’s not a bad idea mate. We’ll work on adding functionality for that 🙂
Survivor, Shadie asks, “Will we ever get to see one of the smaller cousins of the Spinosaurus?”
Toggle title+Yes, you will!
Survivor, Nubsly asks, “Does mate boosting have an impact on Dino’s laying eggs?”
Just a moment….
It does now. Mate Boosted Dinosaurs now have twice the chance to drop an egg on Tamed Dinosaurs.
Survivor, Mr. Skeltal asks, “Will Mammoths move to the glacial area of the Island and be replaced by the Paraceratherium in the warmer areas?”
Toggle title+Spot on! They will, in fact, move over once we have the Snow biome in, however of course with player interaction, you’ll be able to lure them back to wherever you’ve set up shop 🙂
Survivor, Captain Punch asks, “What kind of solutions are being discussed for the bases-on-spawn point issues?”
Toggle title+We’re still discussing internally however right now we are currently leaning towards adding a PvE No-Build zone in spawn areas for a pretty wide distance around the location to make completely encircling them impractical, if not impossible.
Survivor, eylesman asks, “Are you planning on adding berry equivalent of prime meat? I think maybe ripe berries that you can get off bushes and have the same drop rate and soil time as prime meat.”
Toggle title+Yes indeed! We are actually planning to do a pass/rebalance on herbivore taming very shortly so you can expect to see an equivalent introduced 🙂
Survivor, Musa Dudush asks, “Are there any tutorials for the ARK Dev Kit?”
There are loads of different resources to help you out! First of all you’ll want to check out the Unreal Engine 4 ARK Survival Evolved forums, where you’ll be able to discuss and learn about the tools, as well as share your mods and see what others are getting up to.
Don’t forget there are plenty of contributors around the modding scene helping each other learn so you’ll always have some form of guidance, be it the UE4 forums, the videos, the Workshop discussion section at here: or the ARK Modding sub-reddit.
Survivor, Musa Dudush also asks, “Are rare animals like Semi-Bosses going to be the same type but bigger, better and stronger?”
Toggle title+Yup! The upcoming Rare Animals will be arriving fairly soon to the ARK. They will grant significant experience and drop a lot more resources. For the time being they will not be able to be tamed to prevent stat inflation. You’ll be able to distinguish these unique creatures with their name, unique colour scheme and massively boosted evil stats!
Survivor, Ansgar Odinson says, “I would love to see guard rails to finish off balconies and things in a more aesthetically pleasing way, there are many screenshots of these but they don’t exist in the game.”
Toggle title+Ah yes, we’ll be adding in proper rail guards fairly soon 😉
Survivor, Buster asks, “When will you implement the taming feature for certain animals whose dossiers claim that they can be tamed, notably the Bats, Megapiranha and the Spiders?”
Toggle title+Not long to go yet Buster! We plan to introduce them as part of the revamp for non-torpor Carnivorous taming methods!
Survivor, Kimsie asks, “Will we see actual windows (e.g made from crystals) further on?”
Survivor, Flappies says, “Hey guys, just wanted to know, since there is a HUGE Ark following in South Africa / Namibia, is there ever going to be a South African official server. We would love to play on official servers, but latencies are very high.”
Toggle title+We will see about adding servers closer to the South African region as soon as possible and will keep you posted via the forum on progress with that!
Survivor, meuqsaco asks, “Will you create official South American servers? We have 70+ Unofficial servers in Brazil alone, at the moment.”
Toggle title+Yup! South America will also be looked into, and we will keep you guys posted on the progress and any updates in regards to those servers coming up.
Survivor, RampantCreature asks, “Any chance there will be other torpor-centric creatures to tame, even if they are smaller/weaker creatures?”
Toggle title+Coming soon to an ARK near you! 😉
Survivor, Nobody asks, “When will the Dodosaurus Rex be added because we all want it badly!”
It will make a limited-event appearance on certain, very special days this year 😉
Survivor, MeisterKleister asks, “Are there any plans on giving the admin better tools to be able to do their work? I made a post on reddit with some suggestions.”
Toggle title+Good list! We do appreciate all the feedback you guys provide and in regards to these particular suggestions, we’ll try to get through the whole lot in the next week or so!
Survivor, chvonglica asks, “Any news on the wall glitch issue? It’s kinda silly having your dino killed in his pen, from the outside, without destroying the wall, because his head/tail/wing is sticking out.”
Toggle title+We should be definitively be tackling this next week!
Survivor, paulthemine asks, “Are there any plans to add cold/hot weather gear?”
Toggle title+Yup! As we introduce some of the new biomes, we’ll be adding in clothing and suits to go with that. Some things you can expect are Mammoth-based clothing which will be used for cold weather, and a skinsuit for hot weather.
Survivor, bon201 asks, “How about war drums you could apply to a dino saddle? Imagine a raid where you hear an incoming attack with ‘BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOOM!'”
Toggle title+We love it when you guys express yourselves, through character creation, story telling, painting and soon you’ll be able to add music to that list! We will be introducing instruments to the ARK, including drums. You’ll be able to have someone playing them on your upcoming Bronto platform! A new meaning to the word marching band :)!
Survivor, Seb asks, “The Ocean is still full of “big” predators. Will we see more other live creatures like maybe the jellyfish or some other ‘smaller’ friendly/neutral creatures?”
Toggle title+Oh man! For sure, we’ve got loads incoming 🙂
Survivor, Megameatloaf asks, “Please for the love of god, complete the food pyramid! For the sake of healthy bowels all over the ARK, give us bread!”
Toggle title+Bread is on the way, along with it’s buddy Beer, which will provide a beneficial purpose in game 🙂
Survivor, BikeJones asks, “Is there any way we could have the “U” whistle hotkey changed, so it only affects mounts currently following you specifically? My tribemates keep getting upset with me when I land a flyer and hit U causing their mounts to unfollow them.”
Toggle title+Done as of v188 😉
Survivor, Sveden asks, “Why don’t Phiomina’s defecate!?”
Toggle title+We’ve fed them some laxative in version v188, so they’ll be pooping, a lot.
Survivor, Clever Girl asks, “Will there eventually be an end game cooking pot?”
Toggle title+How about an industrial version of the cooking pot? 🙂
Survivor, SADAR asks, “Can you make dead dinosaurs have realistic damage skins when being eaten by other dinosaurs?”
Toggle title+As a matter of fact we can! We’ve got a team currently working on procedural dino damage skins!
Survivor, Jerisho asks, “Is there any hope for the loading screen to be fixed ??? it litterly take ages to join a server”
Toggle title+As of version 188 we will have an experimental method to massively improve loading speed, and version 189 should take it all the way officially. We’re talking a 75%+ loading speed reduction 😀
Survivor, Dantedt2 asks, “Have you been thinking on a tranq gun, or tranq ammo? if not, think about it for a second: a gun that allows you to use tranquilizing ammo, instead of the normal arrows, for an increased range, and increased torpor, in exchange for an increased production costs.”
Toggle title+We’ve got something for you Dantedt2! The upcoming machined Sniper Rifle will be able to take fabricated tranquilizer darts!
Survivor, Liftoff asks, “When will we be seeing the implementation of some type of sickle/shovel item to make the harvesting of plants and stray rocks easier?”
Toggle title+You guys really want that Sickle! The demand for it has been overwhelming, well then to compliment the Gigantopithecus and the Therizinosaurus’ Fiber harvesting capabilities, next week we’ll be adding a Sickle that you can craft. It’s primary function will be to harvest Fiber ;).
Survivor, DracoSerpentor77 asks, “In the mesopithecus dossier, it shows mesopithecus clinging to the back of a survivor screeching, does this imply that certain small creatures will be able to be “equipped” to the survivor?”
Toggle title+Good eye! Yup, soon enough you’ll be able to have small creatures perched on you 🙂
We have unveiled a new Dino Dossier; this is the favorite speedy herbivore of everyone named the Gallimimus!
That’s all for the ARK Digest of this week. Thank you very much for checking in and we hope that you guys have learned something new! Thanks for your support, engagement and feedback up to now!
Your Community Manager Jat and The ARK Survival Evolved Team!