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Jeremy Drake Stieglitz  [developer] Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:43pm
How Mammals Mate...
...in ARK!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=537888861

Ok so the way it's gonna work in v220 is that Mammals, upon Mating, the female then becomes pregnant and you have to wait a Gestation Period indicated via the HUD before she will give birth. During this period, her belly becomes larger and larger, and the female's Food consumption rate increases all the way up to double food consumption as the gestation progresses. When that timeframe is up, she'll give birth, and then the mating interval cooldown starts before she can mate again.

Also as noted in the v220 patch notes, there's now a random chance of genetic twins (10% chance) or triplets (2% chance). Bear in mind this is again first pass implementation, there will be additional layers of complexity going into this system down the line, including plans for random mutations with increasing chance of inbreeding penalties (representing the concept of "recessive alleles"). Also might add some temperature/care requirements to meet for the female during the pregnancy gestation period.

Have fun with your mating!

-Drake
Last edited by Jeremy Drake Stieglitz; Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:45pm
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Zovo Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:45pm 
Like the Discovery Channel?
Sistermatic Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:47pm 
Mating. I like. Immensely.
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Darckray Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:48pm 
Can't wait for railings!
^6Jynx Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:50pm 
Excited! Cant wait~
Johnny Garbonzo Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:54pm 
SWEET!
Why Watt Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:54pm 
YAY gonna be mating meh Doeds for lolz


EDIT: 6th
Last edited by Why Watt; Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:54pm
Knux Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:57pm 
"Bear in mind this is again first pass implementation, there will be additional layers of complexity going into this system down the line, including plans for random mutations with increasing chance of inbreeding penalties (representing the concept of "recessive alleles")."

EEEEeeeee! Breeding will be so much fun >D
Buster Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:57pm 
I like mating, I also like mating animations as well ;) hint hint.

Also

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WTgupy5yps
Last edited by Buster; Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:58pm
Hexwex Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:02pm 
So I assume once born, the babies will behave like the Dino's? Unable to fight and will need to go through the maturation progress through eating?
har.har Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:03pm 
The twins and triplets are an awesome addition. will we wever see something like color mutations such as albinism, melanism, piebaldism, chimeras, bicolored and so on? cause that would be awesome.
Defektiv Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:08pm 
ITT Drake explains the birds and the bees.
Defektiv Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:10pm 
Does this mean we will occasionally find our monkeys doing questionable things to each other when we walk by? I'm going to feel cheated if not.

including plans for random mutations with increasing chance of inbreeding penalties (representing the concept of "recessive alleles")

Make the mutations visual, too. So an inbred Carno really looks derped up.
Last edited by Defektiv; Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:13pm
NotDylan7055 Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:11pm 
14th, and is there an exact time? Or just monday night?
Ravenholme Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:15pm 
Going to paraphrase a few things I said on another forum:

"the thing I'm finding odd here is single births implied to be the norm for all mammals. Realistically, both the mammal carnivores (Direwolves and Sabertooths) should give birth to litters of 3 - 5 as a norm. The herbivores (Megaloceros and Mammoth) should have single births with a chance of up to triplets."

And replying to someone who said that the babies shown in the image in the OP were very small:

"Yeah, the Herbivore ones need to be about 4 - 5 times their current size, and the Carnivore ones around 2 - 3 times. Which is also why the litter numbers are important as I mentioned earlier. The Carnivore pups should be smaller because they are born with a longer stage of helplessness, whereas the Herbivores are born larger (and thus with fewer numbers) because they have to be able to move from very soon after birth to avoid carnivores (A pressure carnivores don't really have so can have smaller, more helpless offspring and more of them)."

Otherwise, I love the addition of breeding, but I work in the Zoological sector, and there are a few things that really irk me about it. (Mostly where it applies to the mammalian side of things, the Dinos are essentially fantasy so you could use almost any breeding strategy and say it makes sense)
Last edited by Ravenholme; Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:15pm
Out2kill Oct 19, 2015 @ 4:20pm 
Dino's with extra chromosome's for inbreeding. Guess we'll have to keep the shotgun handy just incase a baby with tard strength goes off the rails.
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Date Posted: Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:43pm
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