Ark Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard released the latest “Community Crunch”, a weekly newsletter posted to their forums discussing new developments to Ark, Its Mod Program and community creations. This week they gave us a small road map to August 29th, Ark’s release date and introduced a new animal coming to its survival game, The Otter. When tamed the Otter can ride on the player’s shoulder providing insulation.
Found along the Island’s many inland waterways, Lutra Peloso have become exceptionally adept at hunting and foraging. This species of Otter has to be particularly cunning because of its diminutive size, and fierce competition for its preferred food source: fish. It is not a creature that excels at combat, and would not naturally pose an intimidating threat to any predators.
Finding packs of river Otters is simple enough: They are distinguished by their elongated bodies, bushy tails, and webbed feet. Their trusting and inquisitive nature ensures they are often hunted for their lustrous fur, but many prefer to tame them to become trusted companions.
There are few creatures which provide the companionship that Lutra Peloso does. Rather than traveling beside you, it would prefer to comfortably rest on your back, providing insulation. Once domesticated, it can be told to harvest fish on demand, with a specific goal in mind from the fish that it consumes, the otter has a knack for foraging silica pearls, and can even yield a slight chance at finding black pearls within!
Studio Wildcard says they intend to continue improving Ark trough free patches and to add more content through free patches and both free and paid DLC. Ark is still set to release August 29th, here is what we can expect at launch.
New Tek Tier items will be coming to Ark also. The New Tek Sword And Shield and Tek Light
- The TEK Sword, with a dash-charge attack as well as armor piercing capability!
- The TEK Shield, which can reflect incoming projectiles and bullets, and can completely stop splash damage!
- The TEK Light, that can be attached or picked up to and from any surface, and is self–powered by elemental shards or can be linked to generators!
On the Ragnarok front, Ragnarok will be receiving a new update on August 29th, adding approximately an island sized addition to the already playable area. The new addition will include new areas and biomes.
Coastal Wyvern Canyon, a Tropical Desert, Lowlands, Tasmania, several iconic beaches, a hidden temple, a new cave, an epic boss encounter and more!
Also confirmed was tamable Titanoboas!
We know you’ve been waiting a while for them and we feel confident with our latest optimisation work in adding them to the ARK. Their taming method will involve alluring these terrifying snakes with the fertilized eggs to feed on.
Mid-Month August will see the patch roll out that fixes console Player Dedicated Server crashing, introduce their DDoS Mitigation for all Official Servers, address the duping exploit and allow players to rent PC-Dedicated Console Servers.
PC-Dedicated Console servers will initially be rolling out on PlayStation 4 for the time being. This is just crap, as a PS4 user I know how it feels when you get left behind on a feature you really want in Ark. Wildcard says,
We will be technically set up to launch them on both of our console platforms from a development point of view but are currently running into some business & pipeline questions with Microsoft which we hope to resolve in the coming weeks.
Hopefully Microsoft takes some of these road blocks down and Xbox get to to enjoy rentable servers very very soon.
This week included a question and answer session with Lead Programmer/Wildcard co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz
Survivor, Blackwolfe asks, “In my opinion, building is one of the important pillars of Ark and the building system is long overdue for some love. Do you have any plans to improve the building system in the near future? (like with improved snapping, triangle pieces like in s+, decorations etc).”
We’re investing the possibility of including Structures+ as an officially integrated feature — beyond an Officially Supported Mod, directly into the core game itself. No promises yet though, it depends on how much of a clean implementation it proves to be.
Survivor Cynanic Ember asks:
Will the two upcoming Expansion Packs included in the Season Pass round out and complete Ark’s story entirely, or is there a possibility for additional Expansions beyond those?
We’ll see how the next two Expansions go, and if there’s more interesting story to tell and survival mechanics to explore beyond that. I’m hopeful!
Has the TLC pass for Legacy dinos been scrapped or pushed back to post launch updates?
Post-Launch update. I will not be able to rest until those initial launch dinos get their due.
On that subject, will post-launch updates be in much the same format as pre-launch? Or will we have larger themed updates like “Farming and Flora Update”?
Same format as pre-launch, at least for the rest of this year. Namely, firefighting and individual feature updating. Next year, will probably settle into a groove of less frequent, bigger themes.
Will the Ice Wyvern ever get a distinct model, texture, and breath weapon instead of a re-skin?
Yes, at the end of August! And it will be transferable.
Will we be getting a more robust TEK Arsenal? The current TEK Rifle is the successor to the Assault Rifle, but what about a TEK Heavy Weapon like the rocket launcher (plasma cannon or railgun maybe?), or a sidearm, sniper rifle, or close-quarters weapon? (i.e Shotgun, not Tek Sword)
Yep, you will, stay tuned. I’m a big fan of ‘Eraser’!
Now that the game’s full launch is approaching, will you be taking a look at any of the content that you originally wanted to implement, but was cut for various reasons? (Such as oil lanterns, primitive saddle mounted cannons, bean-bag ammo for shotguns, grapeshot for primitive cannon, etc…)
We plan to continue to add content post-launch, so I’m optimistic most if not all of these ideas will be realized in the months ahead.
Survivor Waterkeeper asks, “How’s the kibble tree rework coming along?”
It’s nearly ready for public feedback, just trying to decide whether I want to put it out now or wait until the Experimental branch is live post-launch. Leaning towards Experimental branch to enable us to have more time to collect live feedback before it affects Officials, in case we don’t get some of the values right.
IGNWhyt asks, “Are there any plans to make a colorblind-friendly mode? It’s 2017, as such its not a new concept game wise. Or at the very least make supply drops different colors (red/green and blue/purple) if you can?”
Yes, we will deal with this in the coming months, before the end of October. It’s important!
Scrysis asks, “Is Primal Ark still being developed? You know, the total conversion that allows players to play as the dinos?”
The team working on it had to put it on the backburner to help with completing our UWP and multiplatform launch goals (along with infrastructure improvements). We hope to return to it post-launch.
xKingPheonix asks, “Is the phoenix permanently scrapped or will you guys add it to another dlc?”
It’ll be added into Scorched Earth on August 29, as a thank-you for everyone making that Expansion such a success. We really do appreciate it!
Steyoung89 asks, “Where do you stand with the Windows 10 version of the game?”
It’s nearly ready — with Crossplay and Windows-hosted Dedicated Server and cross-buy and cross-platform transfer of data etc — and it should release on August 29 or near that (depending on whether Microsoft can certify it for launch quickly enough!).
ColossuS asks, “Extinction Servers have been dead for a very long time now and I have seen countless posts and tweets asking for the map to be reverted back to The Island; will this ever happen?“
Yep, we’ll likely make that change on the August 29 new-launch.
Survivor CarpeAmare asks:
Will console see a return of tether distance?
Nope, though we’ll see about widening it as we get on. It was an accident to allow that slider on console, and it did cause issues (they may have been subtle, but were quite serious and irresolvable).
Will console be able to place items straight from orbit camera similar to PC?
I don’t see why not, we’ll take a look at why it isn’t behaving like PC in that regard.
Will console see a system where you can download paint prefabs for Dino’s, canvases, etc. like PC?
We’re currently investigating the possibility of allowing players to trade templates inside the game itself. Odds are good this will work out.
Stonefather asks “Will insects ever become breedable? I feel like they are outclassed by other creatures and being able to raise your own would help bring them closer in line with other creatures.”
Not by us, their lifecycles are too different from animals so it’d be difficult to represent without a major amount of effort for each individual insect.
Oakwind asks “When are we getting the phiomia bacon we were promised?!?!”
Dino TLC pass, this year.
Lewiatan asks “Do you plan to make AI overhaul before or after premiere? What will AI overhaul contain?
Among other things, during the Dino TLC pass, for example, we plan to make various creatures biased towards being nocturnal or diurnal. So that, unless they are perturbed, you’d actually see them sleeping and recovering their vital stats during that time. This will provide more incentive for travel at a specific time of day or night, depending on where you’re going.
Survivor, SirMatthew asks “We will ever get banner/flag fixed in saddles, similar to the Tribe Flag from Survival of the Fittest?”
Very possible, just haven’t got around to it yet.
If you want to check out this week’s Community Crunch in its entirety head over to the official Ark Forums and check it out.
Ark leaves early access and launches version 1.0 August 29th 2017 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC