ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved

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Jat  [developer] Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:10am
Updated 08/31/15 ------ Survival of the Fittest: Unnatural Selection MEGATHREAD! Latest updates at the top!
Latest Update:

The last Unnatural Selection Preliminary Sessions will begin at MIDNIGHT EST (1 hour) for all servers!

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All servers are back online and fully updated! Good luck everyone :)

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Preliminaries 1-3 has now been resolved and they've been brought back online!

As preliminaries 4 - 6 finish their games, we will bring them down to deploy the fix to them too, afterwards we'll bring them all up together.

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Survivors, currently looking into the connection issues on Preliminaries 1 - 3. They will be brought back ASAP. Thank you for your ongoing patience <3.

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We'll be launching round two of the preliminaries with double the amount of servers! We've also done some live-iteration, yay development <3. Thank you guys! Great games so far :D. Very entertaining. Be sure to check out www.twitch.tv/survivetheark and http://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/ARK%3A%20Survival%20Evolved for loads of great perspectives!

Latest notes:

- The Dragon is now 15% easier to tame and arrives 20% earlier in the match, has only 1/3rd of his previous Health (about 9k HP), and 20% less Stamina, only lasts for about 10 minutes as opposed to 20, and is auto eliminated when only 10% time remains on the match (at approximately 15 minutes in our case).

- Tamed dinos have a 10% Damage Buff and 15% Damage Resistance Buff

- Herbivore Madness Red Fog is reduced

- There is now a global message when the dragon is tamed, and by whom.

- Gigantopithecus got a big of a damage and health scaling buff.

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http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=507387818

Come Battle in Survival of the Fittest “Unnatural Selection” Tournament to Ride the Dragon and Win Cash Prizes!

Hello Survivors!

We’re super stoked to be announcing that this weekend starting from right now! (Thursday 10AM PST) through til Sunday 1PM PST - ARK will be available for everyone on Steam with some very cool updates to come! Including the highly anticipated DirectX 12 Support for Windows 10!

Edit: DX12 update

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=507399662

Throughout this free weekend there will be hundreds of new Official Servers featuring a one-time-only Extinction Event Meteor Impact, and special items to find randomly in supply crates! If you get your hands on one of these Strange Artifacts, you’ll find a steam code on it which can be redeemed for 50% off ARK: Survival Evolved, or in some cases, a free copy of ARK: Survival Evolved! Careful though, if someone kills you and takes your code, they’ll get the chance to use it first ;)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=507388828

The Meteor Extinction Event servers will only be online from 12PM EST Thursday through 11:59PM EST Monday. The event will end with a gigantic meteor that comes crashing into the ARK on these servers specifically, destroying them at the end of Monday. Therefore, we recommend only playing on them if you are just trying the game out! We will be uploading and posting the save data from these servers later, for anyone to download who wishes to continue playing their character in singleplayer or re-hosting their data on their own Unofficial Server.

(Note: the Extinction Event will only occur on new 'Free Weekend' Servers. All previous Official Servers will never go Extinct!)

But that’s not all!

Survival of the Fittest: Unnatural Selection

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=507387996

Survivors will be provided with the opportunity to participate in the open “Unnatural Selection” Tournament! You’ll be battling in 4-player tribes against hundreds of other players for a chance to ride the Dragon and earn cash prizes! Similarly to our regular Survival of the Fittest mode, survivors will find themselves descending in dramatic fashion from the sky onto the ARK in a circular formation via beams-of-light! There will be a cache of valuable items in the centre and survivors will need to decide whether they do the dash for the loot and battle it out, or run into the jungle to begin their SotF experience! Gradually as the game progresses there will be a continually shrinking “ring of death” which forces contestants ever closer together over time and the question to ask is, Can anyone tame the Dragon and bend it to their will? ;)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=507388108

This limited time ARK: Survival of the Fittest “Unnatural Selection” event will run from 6AM EST, Saturday August 29th through til 11pm EST, Monday August 31st with 24/7 open-preliminary matches on three 100-player Official Servers. When they open, these servers will be prefixed with "UnnaturalSelection" on the Official Servers list, simply join them to enter the tournament! The battle will last for 2.5 hours each and the winning tribes will advance to a Pre-Championship Tournament set to take place on September 1st at 10AM where contestants will again duke it out until we are down to the final 36 Tribes who will get placed into an epic 144-player Championship Match set to take place at 2:30PM EST and will be streamed on our SurvivetheARK Twitch Channel[www.twitch.tv]. The massive Championship battle will take place over the course of 4.5 hours and survivors will compete to win:

- Championship First Place Winning Team receives: $20,000 split 4 ways
- Championship Second Place Winning Team Receives: $10,000 split 4 ways
- Championship Third Place Winning Team Receives: $4,000 split 4 ways
- All 144 Players who make it into the Championship Match get a $100 Steam Gift Card!


In this special iteration of Survival of the Fittest: Unnatural Selection, survivors will get to witness distinct updates, most noticeably six new world changing Evolution Events and the first appearance of the Dragon! Midway through the match, the Dragon will become available for taming at the central platform. Beware as it can only be ridden for a short time before it turns on it’s master! Furthermore, the dragon will reappear during extended sudden death to eliminate all remaining survivors if they are not sufficiently murdering each other!

Good luck to all survivors and may the odds forever be in your favor!

Edit: DX12 update
Last edited by Jat; Aug 31, 2015 @ 8:04pm
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Red River Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:10am 
anything exciting for us solo players?
Azrael Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:11am 
So awesome!!!!!!
Frantz_Hubermann Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:13am 
Play Now button it doesnt work !!! Even if the timer says: Ends in 3 days and 3 hours...
AstroZombie Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:14am 
VERY cool!!!!
ٴ Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:16am 
is this the BIG news? = \
Red River Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:16am 
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥♥ Ass Cracker:
Play Now button it doesnt work !!! Even if the timer says: Ends in 3 days and 3 hours...
just buy the game it's worth it!
Kal Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:17am 
Wowwwww. Mind blown
Frantz_Hubermann Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:17am 
Originally posted by Red River:
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥♥ Ass Cracker:
Play Now button it doesnt work !!! Even if the timer says: Ends in 3 days and 3 hours...
just buy the game it's worth it!
I want to test it before I buy it, most of the people are saying the optimization is ♥♥♥♥♥♥...
Red River Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:19am 
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥♥ Ass Cracker:
Originally posted by Red River:
just buy the game it's worth it!
I want to test it before I buy it, most of the people are saying the optimization is ♥♥♥♥♥♥...
do you have W10 and/or SLI?
Frantz_Hubermann Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:20am 
Originally posted by Red River:
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥♥ Ass Cracker:
I want to test it before I buy it, most of the people are saying the optimization is ♥♥♥♥♥♥...
do you have W10 and/or SLI?
I have Win8, I have no problems in playing other games.... just that the Play Now button is doing nothing.
psycho c Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:21am 
will there be a way to use the moon/metor in solo lol
MooP Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:27am 
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥♥ Ass Cracker:
Originally posted by Red River:
do you have W10 and/or SLI?
I have Win8, I have no problems in playing other games.... just that the Play Now button is doing nothing.

They havent fully started optimizing yet just heads up, they stated once they start working on DX12 thats when it will happen from what I read this fall they will start working with DX12 for this game thats when we should see huge improvements in performance.
Last edited by MooP; Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:28am
Some Guy in NC Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:28am 
You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?
kuba Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:30am 
Free weekend for ark? Secure the hatches!
Rikze Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:30am 
amazing!!!
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Date Posted: Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:10am
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