ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
At 1 PM Pacific Time on March 5th, members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel!

Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK.

In next weeks' stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework.



We'll also be allowing questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream.

The developers on-camera this stream will be:

Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer
Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer
Colin: Senior Producer
Jen: Community Manager

We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel on March 5th!

Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta Closing!



This week is the final week to participate in the open Structures Plus and Kibble Rework beta before the testing period closes to the public. If you have not tried it out and/or given your feedback regarding the changes we invite you to do so! Please check out the post below for all of the information on how you can get involved in play testing this beta.

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/articles.html/structures-plus-s-kibble-rework-beta-is-live-r1074/

Mod Sponsorship Applications Opening!

Get your mods ready, sponsorship program applications open again on Friday! We will also be announcing a couple of new sponsored projects next week!

We're making some adjustments to what has been our focus for sponsored projects. Going forward we will be looking at more small scope projects as well, instead of only the large scope projects like we have been up to this point. A result of this adjustment is that you will begin to see more projects with shorter-term sponsorship's making their way into the program and, by proxy, a somewhat higher rotation rate leading to more opportunities.

We want to encourage everyone, no matter the scale of your projects, to apply for sponsorship during each application period. Even if a project isn't selected during a given application period it helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of everyone that's interested in being sponsored and seeing how your projects and plans develop.
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen


Currently on-going until February 18th, love will fill the air as we celebrate Valentine's Day!

The ARK will be placed under Cupid's loving spell. With this event, creatures have also been affected by Cupid's spell in the following ways:

- Red, Pink, and White colored wild creatures can be found wandering the ARKs searching for true loves kiss.
- When mating, creatures have a 25% chance to drop an item.  That item has a 50/50 chance to be one of the following:
- Valentines Chocolate: Restores full HP, or knocks 40% off a creatures taming bar.
- Valentines Candy: Gives your tame random dino colors when eaten.


All servers official and unofficial will also experience the following bonuses (auto-activated or can be toggled manually by running ActiveEvent=vday):

- Mate Boosted range increased by 2x
- Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x
- Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x
- Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3


Survivors also have the opportunity to send out their own customs Valentine's Day card to their loved ones. Head over to http://playark.com/valentines and create your custom card! Be sure to send us a tweet with your image attached and the #MateBoosted, so that over the course of the week we can retweet your loving messages! 
HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the [cms-block]s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date.

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QUAKE II - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

With the arrival of the RTX 2060, we now have four [cms-block] cards that can take advantage of the GPU giant’s cool new graphics features, such as their reflection-enhancing ray tracing magic and performance-boosting DLSS tech. But not all games can do both things at the same time, and many more still have no confirmed support for ray tracing and DLSS at all. So I thought I’d do the hard work for you and put everything in a nice, big list, detailing every ray tracing and DLSS game confirmed so far. The list is still quite small at the moment, but if you’re thinking about upgrading to either the RTX 2060, RTX 2070, RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti, then these are the games that are going to get the most out of them.

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ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta!

It is finally here! This is the first time we've done a public beta branch for ARK, so here is a lengthy but necessary introduction.

As a quick starting note: Before accessing a beta branch you should create a backup of any single player games, characters, or server files that you may have for ARK to prevent any corruption or loss of player data from occurring. When you’re done playing with the beta you’ll need to navigate back to the branch selection dialogue and opt-out of the beta (choose NONE). You cannot access your official server while on the beta because they are not the same version. Depending on your internet connection this process could take some time so if you’re doing anything time sensitive on your official server, be cautious of swapping!



How to access the beta:
From your Steam games library, right-click on ARK: Survival Evolved and choose Properties. From this new window you’ll click on BETAS at the top. Here is where you’ll swap between the beta version and the live version of the game. 

Choose the beta called qolbeta_public from the drop down list and then close the Properties window once the window says it has successfully accessed the beta. Your Steam client will begin to download the beta (at the time of this post, v290.103). 

Depending on your internet connection this process could take some time. You can tell you are successfully on the beta when [qolbeta_public] appears next to ARK: Survival Evolved on your Steam games list. 

Providing feedback:
In order for us to effectively analyze feedback from beta users we have set up two separate threads, one for Structures Plus related feedback and one for the Kibble changes. Please use these threads linked below when reporting issues, bugs, and feedback to us.

Feedback about Structures Plus changes:
https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/forums/topic/399606-structure-plus-beta-feedback/

Feedback about Kibble changes:
https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/forums/topic/399609-kibble-rework-beta-feedback/

Please see the first comment under this post for currently known issues. We will be taking your feedback into serious consideration regarding both of these changes. Once we're happy with where these features are at, we will be bringing them over to the PC main game.

Changes on the beta include:

Structures:

- Structure quick pickup time is now configurable in ini file (ServerSettings -> StructurePickupTimeAfterPlacement, default = 30)
- Added new ini config option to ignore the duration and always allow quick pickup (ServerSettings -> AlwaysAllowStructurePickup, default = false)
- Improved quick pickup HUD text to avoid overlapping other text, and duration is now formatted as a timestamp if over 60 seconds to support very long timers.
- Enabled structure quick pickup for ALL structures. For structures that previously had pickup disabled, they now auto-disable quick pickup as soon as the player interacts with the structure in any way (unless AlwaysAllowStructurePickup is set to true)

New structures/variants:

- 'Smooth' sidewall textures variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Thatch, Wood]
- Triangle foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Triangle ceilings [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Triangle roofs [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Large (4x height) walls [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Flexible pipe [Stone, Metal]
- Flexible electrical cable
- Stairs (with freely swappable ramp variant) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double door frames [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double doors [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Dedicated storage (Tek structure that allows storing a large amount of a single resource)
- Fence supports (allows you to build fences that are level along the top) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]

The blueprint paths for the new structures are listed below so you can spawn them in for testing. You can also use creative mode for easier and faster building. With admin enabled you can type cheat gcm into the console (press Tab) to enable creative mode.

Triangle Foundations
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Foundations/Triangle/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Foundations/Triangle/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Foundations/Triangle/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Foundations/Triangle/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Foundations/Triangle/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_TriFoundation_Wood'" 10 0 0

Triangle Ceilings
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Greenhouse/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Greenhouse.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Greenhouse'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Meta'l" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ceilings/Triangle/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_TriCeiling_Wood'" 10 0 0

Triangle Roofs
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Greenhouse/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Greenhouse.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Greenhouse'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Roofs_Tri/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_TriRoof_Wood'" 10 0 0

Stairs
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ramps/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ramps/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ramps/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ramps/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Ramps/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_Ramp_Wood'" 10 0 0

4x Height Walls
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Walls_L/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Walls_L/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Walls_L/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Walls_L/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Walls_L/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_LargeWall_Wood'" 10 0 0

Double Doorframes
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Greenhouse/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Greenhouse.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Greenhouse'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/Doorframes_Double/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoorframe_Wood'" 10 0 0

Double Doors
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Greenhouse/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Greenhouse.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Greenhouse'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Doors/Doors_Double/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_DoubleDoor_Wood'" 10 0 0

Fence Supports
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/FenceSupports/Adobe/PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Adobe.PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Adobe'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/FenceSupports/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/FenceSupports/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/FenceSupports/Tek/PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Tek.PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Tek'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Structures/FenceSupports/Wood/PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Wood.PrimalItemStructure_FenceSupport_Wood'" 10 0 0

Flex Pipes and Wires
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Pipes/Flex/Metal/PrimalItemStructure_PipeFlex_Metal.PrimalItemStructure_PipeFlex_Metal'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Pipes/Flex/Stone/PrimalItemStructure_PipeFlex_Stone.PrimalItemStructure_PipeFlex_Stone'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Wires/Flex/PrimalItemStructure_Wire_Flex.PrimalItemStructure_Wire_Flex'" 10 0 0

Tek Dedicated Storage
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/StructuresPlus/Misc/DedicatedStorage/PrimalItemStructure_DedicatedStorage.PrimalItemStructure_DedicatedStorage'" 10 0 0

Kibble:

All eggs have been assigned a value based on the size and rarity of the egg. These sizes include: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Special. The eggs are used in a recipe to create kibble of a coinciding value, which are: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary. 

The blueprint paths for these new kibbles are listed below so you can spawn them in for testing:

cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_XSmall.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_XSmall'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Small.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Small'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Medium.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Medium'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Large.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Large'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_XLarge.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_XLarge'" 10 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Special.PrimalItemConsumable_Kibble_Base_Special'" 10 0 0

The recipes for these new kibbles are as follows:

Basic: 5 Fiber, 5 mejoberries, 10 tintoberries, 10 amarberries, 1 cooked meat, 1 extra small egg
Simple: 5 Fiber, 5 mejoberries, 2 rockarrot, 1 cooked fish, 1 small egg
Regular: 5 Fiber, 2 savoroot, 2 longrass, 1 cooked jerky, 1 medium egg
Superior: 5 Fiber, 2 citronal, 2 rare mushroom, 1 cooked prime, 1 sap, 1 large egg
Exceptional: 5 Fiber, 10 mejoberries, 1 rare flower, 1 focal chili, 1 extra large egg
Extraordinary: 5 Fiber, 10 mejoberries, 1 honey, 1 lazarus chowder, 1 special egg

Regarding previously crafted kibble:

- Old kibbles will not be wiped, and will inherit their new "value/color" appropriately.
- Old kibbles will still work to tame their appropriate creatures.
- Old kibble will no longer be craftable, only the new types will be craftable.

Further notes:
If you have a single player or unofficial save file it is worth loading it up on the beta and checking if there are any obvious bugs or compatibility issues. Your pre-existing structures should see no changes on the beta, and kibble that is already crafted should work as normal. If there are any inconsistencies you notice, please report them to us using the threads linked above so we can address them.

Attention builders!
Fancy yourself a top tier builder? We want to see what you can do with the new structure changes! 

Hop into the beta and build to your heart's content using any of our officially supported maps (The Island, The Center, Ragnarok, Scorched Earth, Aberration, Extinction). You can do this in your single player world or your unofficial server if you have access to one. We’ll be picking the best builds submitted to us for featuring in an upcoming video trailer showcasing the building changes to ARK similar to the announcement video we did for our latest mod contest. 

Submit pictures and/or a video of your build, your map save and coordinates to your build to arkfans@studiowildcard.com so we can take a look. You can get the direct coordinates to your build location by enabling setcheatplayer true and jotting down the coordinates presented on screen. You can upload your map save to a file sharing website such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc, and include the link in the email. 

Entries are due by February 4th, 2018. We look forward to seeing your masterpieces!

Extinction Transfers Are Open!



Server transfers into our official Extinction servers are now open.
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen


We're starting off 2019 strong! The promised public beta including S+ and Kibble changes will be available by the end of this week for survivors to play with. When we're ready to share the build we'll give you some more information on how to opt-in to this build through Steam.

S+ Features that will be in the beta branch:

- Made structure quick pickup time configurable in ini file (ServerSettings -> StructurePickupTimeAfterPlacement, default = 30)
- Added new ini config option to ignore the duration and always allow quick pickup (ServerSettings -> AlwaysAllowStructurePickup, default = false)
- Improved quick pickup HUD text to avoid overlapping other text, and to format durations as timestamps if over 60 seconds to support very long times if configured for that
- Enabled structure quick pickup for ALL structures. For structures that previously had pickup disabled, they now auto-disable quick pickup as soon as the player interacts with the structure in any way (unless AlwaysAllowStructurePickup is set to true)

New structures/variants:

- Added 'smooth' sidewall textures variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Thatch, Wood]
- Triangle foundations [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Triangle ceilings [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Triangle roofs [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood, Greenhouse]
- Large (4x height) walls [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Flexible pipe [Stone, Metal]
- Flexible electrical cable
- Stairs (with freely swappable ramp variant) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double door frames [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Double doors [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]
- Dedicated storage (Tek structure that allows storing a large amount of a single resource)
- Fence supports (allows you to build fences that are level along the top) [Adobe, Metal, Stone, Tek, Wood]

Kibble changes that will be in the beta branch:

All eggs have been assigned a value based on the size and rarity of the egg. These sizes include: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and Special. The eggs are used in a recipe to create kibble of a coinciding value: Basic, Simple, Regular, Superior, Exceptional, and Extraordinary. This new system will make it so that creature kibble desires are based on the quality levels instead of specific creatures, which should greatly decrease the number of tamed creatures needed for the purposes of taming.

Regarding previously crafted kibble:

- Old kibbles will not be wiped, and will inherit their new "value/color" appropriately.
- Old kibbles will still work to tame their appropriate creatures.
- Old kibble will no longer be craftable, only the new types will be craftable.

We will be taking your feedback into serious consideration regarding both of these changes so we invite you to communicate with us on our social media, the forums, reddit, etc with your opinions and critique. Once we're happy with where these features are at, we will be bringing them over to the PC main game.

Modding Community Updates!

Hello, Modders!

I just wanted to remind everyone that the application for the sponsored mod program is open again. There is still a month to prepare your projects and apply for the program. Remember that these sponsorships are longer-term support, so I want to see what everyone has planned for up to a year of sponsorship time.

Head over here to find the application:
https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/modding/apply-for-sponsorship/

For anyone that isn't familiar with the program, we have a rolling set of community projects for which we provide support to the mod authors. You can check out the current sponsored projects here:
https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/ark-sponsored-mods/

Be sure to read the weekly Community Crunch over on our website, survivetheark.com!
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
2018 in Review!



Happy New Year, Survivors! Thank you all for making us a part of your 2018. It has truly been an insane year for us. As always we are humbled by your support of all things ARK and we could not have achieved these milestones without you.

Let's bring in the new year with a roar, and keep on surviving in 2019!

Structure Plus & Kibble Rework!

We look forward to being back in the office this week and back to the grind so we can bring you more ARK this year. In case you missed our post about it, two of the main things we are currently working on in the month of January include Structures Plus and the Kibble rework, which you can read about here:

https://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791438250696/announcements/detail/1698317167857800202

The extra exciting news is that we will be launching a public beta for the next round of S+ implementation and the kibble changes very soon. We will be relying on your feedback and making tweaks and changes during the beta process before these features make their way into the live game for everyone to enjoy. When the beta releases we invite you to break these new features as much as possible! ;)

Extinction Transfers Opening Soon!



We have been getting a lot of questions about this lately and rightfully so. We will be opening server transfers on our official servers into Extinction on January 15th! There will be no transfer restrictions on creatures (unlike Aberration).

Winter Wonderland!



Don't forget that Winter Wonderland is here but it won't be around forever! This winter-themed holiday event ends on January 7th so be sure to get your fill of this festive event before Raptor Claus and Gacha Claus make their way back to the North Pole.

Be sure to read the weekly Community Crunch over on our website, survivetheark.com!
Dec 24, 2018
ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen


Raptor Claus and Studio Wildcard would like to wish you a very Happy Holidays this season!

Thank you for making us a part of your festive time this year!
ARK: Survival Evolved - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

There’s a pirate MMO on the horizon, and its sea-farers look ambitious. Atlas is being made by Ark: Survival Evolved devs Studio Wildcard, and sets sail on early access today. It plops 40,000 players into the same fantasy world, where they compete to govern territory and can fire at any ship on the sea.

I spoke to project director/lead programmer Jeremy Stieglitz and creative director Jesse Rapczak over Skype. We chatted about singing to stave off boredom on voyages, player politicking, ship combat as a team sports game – and a plan to save every player before they die of old age.

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ARK: Survival Evolved - Jen
Winter Wonderland 2018!



Winter Wonderland is almost here! This winter-themed holiday event begins tomorrow at 10am PST and will last through until January 7th. All of our maps are supported in both single player and multiplayer. The event will automatically activate on any map, even on your modded map servers.

Raptor Claus will be sailing across the night sky in his sleigh, air-dropping presents filled with high-end loot as well as Mistletoe, and Coal for those naughty Survivors. 



Raptor Claus won't be alone this year. He is joined by Gacha Claus who will be roaming all maps in a dashing Santa Hat and sporting holiday-themed colours to help out the very busy Raptor Claus. He will be accepting your coal and in exchange will gift you holiday themed items, or you can trade in your mistletoe for weapons and armor!

Gacha Claus will also have a random chance to gift you with a new special dino holiday candy when given mistletoe. This candy appears to have a strangely festive effect on any creature that eats it however. Better give it a try and see what happens. Bon appetit!

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1594036744
Survivors can stay warm this season in their festively decorated homes with the holiday lights, decorative Christmas tree, wreaths, stockings, snowmen, and wrapped presents they receive from trading with Gacha Claus. Be sure to spread the holiday cheer wherever you go while it lasts!



Be sure to send us all your holiday-themed pictures, videos, and artwork on survivetheark.com or on Twitter as we'd love to see them!

In addition to the holiday event, we've included a bevy of fixes that we're launching simultaneously across all three platforms. We're starting to reach into the backlog and fix issues that you've been asking for starting with improvements to commanding flyers and better AI for the Manticore.

Patch Notes:

Winter Wonderland!
- Raptor Claus
- Flies over any map between 0am and 2am in-game (with event enabled)
- Drops Holiday Gifts     
- Gacha Claus
- Spawns where you'd find Parasaurs on all maps
- Has holiday colors and wears a Santa Hat
- Cannot be tamed
- Doesn't like being near other wild dinos
- Accepts Coal
* Gives Holiday Items in return
* Drops Dino Candy
* Feed this to a tamed dino for a strange effect    
- Accepts Mistletoe
* Gives Items in return       
- Colorization
- 20% of wild dinos will spawn with Holiday colors
- Uses the ActiveEvent system
- ActiveEvent=WinterWonderland
- Cleans up after ActiveEvent is reset
- Auto applies to all non-TC sessions from 12/18-1/7 (UTC)
- Run with ActiveEvent=None to disable

Extinction
- Fix for King Titan environmental effects starting again after boss despawned
- Fix for other bosses interrupting King Titan environmental effects
- Cave entrance cooldown display bug fix 
- Increased radius of city meteor shield
- Improvements to dome shaders
- Reduced meteor impact damage to 750
- Improvements to height fog in desert biome

Titans  
- Increased Mek sword damage to tamed titans approximately 9x
- Increased Mek pistol damage to tamed titans approximately 3x
- Increased turret damage multipliers to tamed Titans
- Changes to Titan downloading
- Titan is disabled for 15m after download
- Titan takes increased damage during this time       
- Increased Titan download cooldown to 6+ hours
- Fix typo in vertical Can't Damage message

Orbital Supply Drop
- Buffed Legendary Drops in difficulty and quality of loot
- Can now be claimed by a tribe in PVE
- Only that tribe can disable shield, eject items, gather loot
- Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
- Improvements to shield behavior on low FPS servers 
- Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

Element Vein
- Can now be claimed by a tribe in PvE
- Only that tribe can harvest element
- Fixed bug that eventually only allowed 1 event at a time in a session
- Improvements to attacker pathing and behavior

Desert Titan
- Increased damage when it strikes itself with lightning
- Improvements to Desert Titan follow to address flying away
- Fix for flocks not defending properly
- Improvements to tail attack accuracy
- Made tail attack damage consistent
- Disabled cryoing the flock
- Fixed encumbered movement when walking on a Desert Titan

Dropped Items   
- Improvements to dropped item interpolation on low fps servers (less poking -through ground)
- Prevented dropped items from falling through structures on load
- Prevented dropped items from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them

Eggs
- Improvements to egg interpolation on low fps servers (less poking through ground)
- Prevented eggs from falling through structures on load
- Prevented eggs from ghosting through structures if thrown close to them
- Fix for invisible Rock Drake and Wyvern eggs

Velonasaur  
- Increased accuracy of AOE attack
- Reduced AOE damage to compensate for increased accuracy
- Wild Velonasaurs will no longer shoot for too long
- Fix for Wild Velonasaurs not doing damage in PvE
- Improvements to desyncs between spines and damage
- Reduced hovering when walking
- AOE attack will no longer loot victims

Managarmr
- Fixed anim bug related to Ice Breath
- Fixes for several orientation desyncs
- Fixes for desyncs when moving on low fps server
- Minor buff to landing damage
- Improvements to ice breath targeting
- Added message when you are unable to dive
- Slowed down baby Managarmrs

Enforcer
- Fixed instances where Enforcer could teleport to a non-existant wall
- Fixed instances where it could jump back to its last jump position 

Scout
- Improved Scout tagging accuracy
- Improvements to player inspection mechanic
- Scout will now show floating damage text when damaged

Item Balloon    
- Fixed instances of it not going to the correct destination
- Fix for cases where balloons didn't explode after landing
- Improvements to weight calculation

Gacha
- Fix for unclamped loot quality 
- Fix for incorrect UI when taming is interrupted

Ice Titan
- Fix for broken dino animations related to Ice Breath
- Increased collision radius for shoulder Corruption

Flyers  
- Improved flyer following when in water
- Added Whistle Land Flyer command
- Commands a flyer to land nearby

Crash
Fix low frequency crash

Manticore
- Improvements to landing logic

Performance
- Improvements to server performance

Map Markers
- Add support for decimal values

Snow Owl
- Slowed down baby food consumption rate

Daedon
- Disable healing when frozen

Modding Community Updates!

A reminder for mod authors that the sponsored mod program will be opening up applications again on January 1st. If you would like to apply for sponsorship you will have five weeks after the application period starts, so make sure that your submissions are ready!

In the meantime, I have received a couple questions about the sponsorship applications that I would also like to address. While this is is not all encompassing of the process of selection, in regards to the application process itself I hope that this helps you ready your submissions with more confidence.

One thing that has been a common request is for feedback on why a given project isn't selected. While I would like to be able to give feedback on projects, it is extremely time consuming to prepare these, especially with the volume of applications I receive. I want everyone to understand though that not having your project selected does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with it, there are simply limited slots available with each application period. So don't let it discourage you from applying in the future.

The other question I have received rather frequently is for what kind of information you should include in your applications and design documents. How you choose to organize your design documents is up to you, but here is a very general explanation of what I am looking for. First is that you have a plan for the duration of sponsorship; the more detailed this plan, the better. After looking at the design documents and learning about what you do with your project, I then look at the mods as they currently are available on the workshop and try to determine whether or not the content available shows a good probability of being able to deliver on that plan. I might also look at other projects in your workshop to help determine that information.

I look forward to seeing what everyone puts forward in January. Happy modding!

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