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At 1 PM Pacific Time on March 5th, members of the ARK development team will be hosting a Developer Livestream on our Twitch channel! Our Community-focused livestreams went over well with the community so we decided to restructure slightly to bring even more members of our team into the mix! We invite you to join us from our Seattle office as we discuss the latest developments with ARK. In next weeks' stream we will be showcasing and discussing our biggest addition and change to the game: the Structures Plus and Kibble rework. https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/966490264385501060/1FB08C6BF414D7F0D16392FD08BF2BBC65E3BA75/ We'll also be allowing questions from you--the community--in a live form Digest. We invite you to leave your ARK or development related questions in the comment section below and we will be selecting an assortment of your questions to answer live on stream. The developers on-camera this stream will be: Cedric: Host, Gameplay Programmer Chris: Lead Programmer & Lead Designer Colin: Senior Producer Jen: Community Manager We look forward to seeing you all on our Twitch channel on March 5th! Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta Closing! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/966490264385504342/165885740618734DE983AD44BA768FCA2C1801E1/ This week is the final week to participate in the open Structures

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https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/952978509142980320/B24556F76E49CAC72D3DD1284943EEC9FA325858/ Currently on-going until February 18th, love will fill the air as we celebrate Valentine's Day! The ARK will be placed under Cupid's loving spell. With this event, creatures have also been affected by Cupid's spell in the following ways: - Red, Pink, and White colored wild creatures can be found wandering the ARKs searching for true loves kiss. - When mating, creatures have a 25% chance to drop an item.  That item has a 50/50 chance to be one of the following: - Valentines Chocolate: Restores full HP, or knocks 40% off a creatures taming bar. - Valentines Candy: Gives your tame random dino colors when eaten. All servers official and unofficial will also experience the following bonuses (auto-activated or can be toggled manually by running ActiveEvent=vday): - Mate Boosted range increased by 2x - Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x - Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x - Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3 Survivors also have the opportunity to send out their own customs Valentine's Day card to their loved ones. Head over to playark.com/valentines and create your custom card! Be sure to send us a tweet with your image attached and the #MateBoosted, so that over the

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Structures Plus (S+) & Kibble Rework Beta! It is finally here! This is the first time we've done a public beta branch for ARK, so here is a lengthy but necessary introduction. As a quick starting note: Before accessing a beta branch you should create a backup of any single player games, characters, or server files that you may have for ARK to prevent any corruption or loss of player data from occurring. When you’re done playing with the beta you’ll need to navigate back to the branch selection dialogue and opt-out of the beta (choose NONE). You cannot access your official server while on the beta because they are not the same version. Depending on your internet connection this process could take some time so if you’re doing anything time sensitive on your official server, be cautious of swapping! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/956352814866447554/B9857ED3DE03AFE112F152F21F9B04244AF43AE2/ How to access the beta: From your Steam games library, right-click on ARK: Survival Evolved and choose Properties. From this new window you’ll click on BETAS at the top. Here is where you’ll swap between the beta version and the live version of the game. Choose the beta called qolbeta_public from the drop down list and then close the Properties window once the window says it has successfully accessed the beta. Your Steam client

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https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/956352814866447554/B9857ED3DE03AFE112F152F21F9B04244AF43AE2/ We're starting off 2019 strong! The promised public beta including S+ and Kibble changes will be available by the end of this week for survivors to play with. When we're ready to share the build we'll give you some more information on how to opt-in to this build through Steam. S+ Features that will be in the beta branch: - Made structure quick pickup time configurable in ini file (ServerSettings -> StructurePickupTimeAfterPlacement, default = 30) - Added new ini config option to ignore the duration and always allow quick pickup (ServerSettings -> AlwaysAllowStructurePickup, default = false) - Improved quick pickup HUD text to avoid overlapping other text, and to format durations as timestamps if over 60 seconds to support very long times if configured for that - Enabled structure quick pickup for ALL structures. For structures that previously had pickup disabled, they now auto-disable quick pickup as soon as the player interacts with the structure in any way (unless AlwaysAllowStructurePickup is set to true) New structures/variants: - Added 'smooth' sidewall textures variants (like the stone foundation) to the stock square foundations - Triangle foundations - Triangle ceilings - Triangle roofs - Large (4x height) walls - Flexible

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2018 in Review! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/956352339586261761/394C16D78B56BB4BD43DBCE6C718CD77D454B8B5/ Happy New Year, Survivors! Thank you all for making us a part of your 2018. It has truly been an insane year for us. As always we are humbled by your support of all things ARK and we could not have achieved these milestones without you. Let's bring in the new year with a roar, and keep on surviving in 2019! Structure Plus & Kibble Rework! We look forward to being back in the office this week and back to the grind so we can bring you more ARK this year. In case you missed our post about it, two of the main things we are currently working on in the month of January include Structures Plus and the Kibble rework, which you can read about here: https://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791438250696/announcements/detail/1698317167857800202 The extra exciting news is that we will be launching a public beta for the next round of S+ implementation and the kibble changes very soon. We will be relying on your feedback and making tweaks and changes during the beta process before these features make their way into the live game for everyone to enjoy. When the beta releases we invite you to break these new features as much as possible! ;) Extinction Transfers Opening Soon! https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/955221146161836085/B2E9D8324A7A7DF0589CC46E85330A0B0B9BC0BE/

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