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Post by Marshy on Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:27 pm

ARK Digest - Issue 5!
Hello Survivors!

Welcome to the fifth issue of the ARK Digest! For those who missed the previous issues, check out the Announcement section on the Steam Community Hub and be sure to catch up with what you’ve missed.

It’s been a helluva week, seriously! The last time we had a Digest we had announced that had sold over 100,000 units in 12 hours. One week later, this figure has more than quadrupled. We’ve sold about 500,000 copies! The game is a massive success and we really appreciate all the support and help you’ve given us in getting this far. This is a promise that we won’t let you down, we’ll create a magnificent game together and we will release something truly special!

Not only have we have we sold that many copies, but also we have maintained top 10 on Steam regularly, even at times holding the top 3 spot! For a new game this is an incredible feat, no other early access game has ever had such a successful start! We have become the fastest growing Early Access, seriously the amount of hours you guys have already played is staggering! By tomorrow afternoon we’ll have likely hit OVER 7,000,000 HOURS! That’s nearly 800 YEARS of GAMEPLAY… IN JUST OVER A WEEK!! Everyone at the Studio is over the moon and we’re all buzzing to get working even harder! If you thought you were impressed by our work ethic before, get ready for something even better.

We started off rough with an average Steam review of 44% this has now switched to a mostly positive review rating of 72%! Though we aren’t going to get complacent. We’re going to aim higher and higher to ensure that this is the best open world survival game to ever exist! You can count on it.

And Steam isn’t the only place we’re being noticed! Since we’ve launched we have regularly held a top 5 spot on Twitch! At times, the biggest-stream on twitch has been ARK: Survival Evolved! There have been TONS of footage, loads of fun, laughs and even a few tears! The amount of passion shown towards the game is nuts, we cannot believe it, so thank you everyone! We’re here for you!

Big News!

For those of you who haven’t been aware, we’ve been hosting a special event-filled week, known as “Jurassic ARK Week”, in the run-up to our favorite dinosaur movie on Friday, Jurassic World! We’re hosting loads of daily competitions, giving out prizes and have a lot planned for this coming Friday where we’ll be releasing our Jurassic ARK Content patch! There’s loads to come and you guys will love it Smile.

Announcement: Jurassic ARK Week!
ARK: Survival Evolved, 9 Jun Thanks @SgtStebe for the photo <3 Hold onto your butts Hello Survivors!

Check out the announcement page if you want to stay up to date, and definitely take part. It’s a lot of fun and all it takes to win some prizes is to play ARK and be creative! Which most of you are doing already :] <3

Your questions, Our answers!

Survivor, Dribi asks, “Have you set a date for the mac version?”


Yes! We’re excited to announce that we can finally confirm the release date of the Mac and Linux client to be the 25th of June! We can’t wait to see our buddies from other platforms join us on the ARK! Hopefully you’ve all kept in touch and informed via the announcement page and you’re ready to begin your journey Very Happy

Survivor, Azamataz asks, “Is there lore behind the implants and the obelisks? If so will you be implementing clues to a story or lore into the game at any point?”


You do not realise how many times we get asked this question! It’s become an hourly experience for some members of the team, and we absolutely love it! The fact that you guys are so excited about the game and the desire to learn more, it truly means a lot to us. As for your question…

Absolutely, and it will BLOW YOUR MIND! The lore plays a key part to the game and it is essential to the upcoming Ascension game loop. Ooh, what’s Ascension you ask? Well.. that is a question indeed! Wink It’s going to be some epic Matrix-level plot developments; soon we will be adding the in-game ruins and clue systems that flesh out the story and provide more quest-based objectives to progress. You’re gonna love it!

Survivor, CoLS Firestar asks, “Will there be more sound options soon? There’s no mic settings either so local mic chat is very difficult to hear because you can’t adjust it at all.”


You know what, you’re right. That would be incredibly useful to have. In fact, we’ll work on implementing that as soon as possible!

Survivor, Valdyeus asks, “Why do you not turn off reflection as it would help with FPS?”


Ditto! This is something that we’re actually working on right now and hopefully we will have it implemented as soon as possible. We want you guys to be able to reach higher FPS and if you want to disable reflection to reach that, it will definitely be a thing!

Survivor, jeremylinaf asks, “I've fallen in love with the Pteradon, and spend a lot of time hunting them in my own secretive way which I would never share so my band of merry nerds can ride them, will there be an upgrade to that dino soon?”


Will there be an upgrade? hmm.. I’ve heard some news travel about a particular creature that goes by the name Quetzalcoatlus.. We’d say that’s definite upgrade Wink

Survivor, ULiopleurodon asks, “Liopleurodon?”


They’re magical! Wink

Survivor, Lurk asks, “Will dinosaur husbandry/farming become a thing?”


We’re working on it Smile. Hopefully we’ll be able to provide some information soon! But it’s something we’re all very keen on and think can help take ARK’s lifecycle simulation to the next level.

Lurk also asks..”Will insects come a thing? I'm thinking giant prehistoric dragonflies and bees nests that if you disturb you get a nasty bite from and the possibility of allergies?”


Dossier: Meganeura
Community Created Artwork for ARK: Survival Evolved
By: Jat [Community Manager]

Survivor, Ebrim asks, “Are bleeding and disease/infection mechanics something that is being planned for the future?”


Yes! This is something we definitely want to include in the ARK world. In fact, we’re working on it right now and hopefully you’ll be able to see the fruits of our labour in a few weeks. We actually spoke about this a little while back, during a twitch stream!

We’re increasing the variety of things that can happen to you if you don’t look after yourself! There could be some potential “long term” illnesses, such as catching the flu if you’re hypothermic for too long, or getting heatstroke and hallucinating! Definitely something we think would be cool and want to work for ARK. Of course with this there will be new added items and tonics to help counter these effects!

Survivor, Jon1812 asks, “When will private property be integrated into the game? Currently if you have a tribe you have to share everything with your tribe. At least having pin codes work for anyone other than the creator would be nice…”


This Friday! The release of our epic Jurassic ARK content patch will include:

Tribe Governance Features: Do you want to be a full utopian Communist where
everything is shared, rapacious Capitalists with absolute private property, or something
in between?

Survivor, Vantus asks, “Will mounts be able to walk backwards?”


Yes! Fairly soon. We’ve just gotta finish working on the animation and with that we’re planning on a full “realism” second animation pass in the future as well! This will help enhance the feeling of movement and weight.

Survivor, Creesball asks, “Multi-Person mounts?”


Straight and to the point: Yes Smile

Survivor, awsomepizzaman asks, “How will we explore the depths of the ocean? Scuba Equipment maybe?


There are plenty of options available to you to help explore the depths of the vast and mysterious ocean which surrounds the ARK! Survivors are equipped with an oxygen stat, you’ve got creatures that can be tamed to provide assistance, special food that you can cook which will give you an added benefit when going down-under and of course, we’ll be implementing Scuba gear!

Survivor, peng asks, “Will a "sleep" mode for Dino's be added? It's difficult to be a player who only plays on weekends and plays alone as Dino's you time are likely to starve to death before you return. A sleep mode where the Dino does not consume food but is also practically unconscious would be very helpful and useful IMO


This is actually a very good idea! We’re going to look into it, and most likely do it soon Smile.

Closing thoughts

That’s it for this week’s ARK Digest guys! Thanks for tuning in and hopefully you’ve walked away learning something new about the game Smile. We really appreciate all the support that’s been shown and you can expect some big things.. real soon. We mean it. In fact.. Let’s just say, tomorrow you might want to put your creative game designer hats on Wink

All the best,

Your Community Manager Jat & The ARK Team!

...and I hope you aren’t afraid of ants Razz.
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