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Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/955218326351889976/E463DC3FD4A8ACA6E5A3F85A4F80E59A3E2C0814/ What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what this creature is? ??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVF5S4yBNX0 Mod Community Announcements! The ARK Modding Contest submission period ends in 5 days. Make sure to get your entries in before the end of the day on October 5th! After that, we'll begin the voting phase which will last for two weeks, so get your communities ready to vote on their favorite mods. Enter the contest here! I also have a new tutorial prepared for you today. We need to cover bitmasks before we start dealing with custom structures. After this we'll be moving on to a new project that builds on some of the concepts from our Dino Shrine mod, so look forward to the Virtual Sentry Mod that will be the focus of coming tutorials. https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/forums/topic/370188-wildcard-workshop-15-bitmasks/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCM5uIFkpmg ARK: Evolution Event! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/434987080574326036/286155E68D4EB67CDF1A47655A347DEC1CB66BAD/ Survivors will be receiving a special Evolution Event perk this weekend! It will be active from Friday the 5th of October at 1 PM EST until Monday the 8th of October at 3 PM EST. All

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https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/958595397830522388/978BD49F6EDBCCFFDC08AB4D49302B6F5D5BE097/ What is Conquest? Conquest is a new PvP player experience for PC players which focuses on large-scale PvP while avoiding the problem of mega tribes. Increased rates will allow tribes to set up and establish themselves quickly and enable them to rebuild after potential losses instead of being wiped completely. Conquest Breakdown: - Experience gain, taming, gathering, breeding, hatching, and raising rates have been doubled compared to our standard Official Servers (2x). - Tribes are set to 25 players max. - Tribe alliances are disabled, though informal alliances are allowed. - Servers have a maximum player count of 100. - There will be 36 servers in total on the Conquest cluster. - Server transfers are enabled. - Conquest servers are unaffected by Evolution Events. Enforcement: Our Enforcement team will be expanding to patrol this new cluster actively. We are testing this type of active enforcement and while we know this presents a challenge, we hope to be able to maintain this program while working alongside players. We desire to actively patrol and get to know the players of each server. The leader of each large tribe on Conquest will be able to submit a request to join a Discord server (to be announced at a future date) with

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Extinction Chronicles IV! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/927061036454241579/82FFEE2174666E9F0B5199983C28F883543EA208/ Extinction Chronicles IV is now live! Leading up to the release of Extinction there will be monthly drops of Extinction-related Explorer Notes on The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration. Once collected these notes will unlock new Extinction-related skins! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/965349832700466597/3385188674CB98FCA7C56F0753FF3CFBEBF36363/ There will also be the appearance of more powerful Tek-themed Dinosaur variants within the ARKs each month. These Tek Dinos are permanent additions (meaning they will continue to spawn even after the event is over), with a new one beginning to appear each month. * In Extinction Chronicles I we released three Explorer Notes, the Corrupted Helmet and the Tek Rex. * In Extinction Chronicles II we released three Explorer Notes, the Corrupted Boots and the Tek Stego. * In Extinction Chronicles III we released three Explorer Notes, the Corrupted Pants and the Tek Raptor. https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/965349832700471639/5CD8475FAD869C2B3D02896A0A586A92FABE1F1F/ And now, we're excited to bring you three new Explorer Notes, the Corrupted Shirt and a new Tek creature, the Tek Parasaur! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/965349832700463288/88C723762616732015E45758B29C17A0394CE7EF/

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Extinction Chronicles IV Next Week https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/927061036454241579/82FFEE2174666E9F0B5199983C28F883543EA208/ On September 18th Extinction Chronicles IV will be released on all platforms. As usual survivors can expect a new tek dino, new Explorer Notes, a new cosmetic, increased level cap, and special colored dinos on all ARKs! Developer Diaries! This weeks diary entry is brought to you by Lead Programmer, Chris Willoughby, as he talks about the process for designing gameplay mechanics for Extinction. Hello Survivors! Today, I'd like to talk today about what goes into designing and building new gameplay mechanics. For brevity, I'll focus on the Scout, a creature that we've revealed as part of our upcoming Extinction expansion. https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/959719626685873456/D974BCF129D932131BDFC5B2FFF65577989B248C/ When we approach designing gameplay mechanics we start by brainstorming interesting ideas that would make a compelling addition to our sandbox. The Scout started as a desire for the ability to fly around the battlefield with a drone. We have several members of the team who enjoy flying drones, so collectively we fell in love with the idea of remote piloting early. We also had another gameplay mechanic that we were interested in that finds its origins in another franchise - the

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Mysterious Mysteries: Introducing ??????? https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/960844256246464601/567A92EA0DA4BC6AEE1EED2F51FB4A25792836A1/ What an intriguing discovery survivors, can you guess what this creature is? Mod Community Announcements! We have two important announcements for the modding community! The first is that we are making some changes to the sponsored mod program. Previously it was more challenging to get eyes on the potential candidate projects as we would have to scour the workshop, discords, and forums; we could only see projects in their current public state, and what information the mod author chose to include. We will instead be moving to a more structured system. Starting on September 1st, you can fill out this application to apply for sponsorship. This will help ensure that only the projects that are interested and ready for sponsorship are being brought to our attention and allow those mod authors to provide some additional information about where they are planning to take their project. The program will also be moving to a more regular pattern, the application will be open for a period of five weeks starting in the months of January, March, May, July, and September at which point there will be slots opening in the program. Sponsorship periods will be capped at a year, but it is possible to re-apply

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ARK Digest 53! Thank you for all of your questions, Survivors! We're excited to be bringing back the ARK Digest as it's been quite awhile since we had one. We plan to do these approximately once a month going forward so Digest 54 will take place near the end of September. Here is our question and answer session with Lead Programmer Chris Willoughby! Survivor Tiny Hippo asks, “I'm getting the feeling that Extinction will be a no-flyer map like Aberration was. The new cryo-chamber system, the climbing Enforcer, the drone, floating boxes, and the Gasbags seem like things that would replace flying, so I just get the idea that there may not be fliers on Extinction. Would you please clarify if there will or won't be?” Fliers are allowed on Extinction! There will be a number of existing fliers that spawn in Extinction, and we’re working on a few more to add to your collection. That said, there will be new challenges for fliers on this map that we’re excited for you to discover and contend with. Survivor Max K asks, “Any news on the kibble tree rework?” While imperfect, a lot of thought and work went into building the kibble tree as it stands now. A number of us internally would like to make major changes to this, potentially rebuilding it from the ground up. The reality is that this represents a significant undertaking, and

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