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First ARK Digest Released

Hello fellow ARKaholics! We are excited as ARK has posted the first of their weekly ARK Digest. The ARK Digest is a weekly update from the ARK team that announces new features, answers three questions provided by the community in detail, and what’s this? A new dino dossier?! We will give you the rundown of everything that has been announced in their latest update.


New Features

Field of View Slider (FOV Slider) Added
Due to high demand from the community, the team at ARK have added in a FOV slider so that you will be able to increase your field of view to see more of your surroundings. Their slider will scale from 80 to 110.

They had previously stated that an FOV slider would be present in the FAQ, but they said at the time that it’d range from 70-110 degrees instead of 80-110. No reason was given for the change.


Official PvE Servers
The team at ARK said they will be hosting official PvE servers for the community! They had previously rejected this notion, instead opting to host only PvPvE servers. Due to a large number of users who voiced their opinions on the Steam forum, they have agreed to do both.


The developers did an excellent job listening to all of the community’s feedback, which can only serve to improve what already appears to be an amazing game. On top of their general responses to the community as a whole on these sorts of issues, they also picked three questions from community members to provide an in-depth answer to them. They provided lengthy explanations to each, but here is our synopsis:


Question: Can we tie unconscious players to dinosaur(s)?

Answer: Yes! They stated that you’ll be able to knock out a survivor into a rag-doll effect where you will then be able to manipulate the other survivor by picking them up, moving them, spinning them, and even throwing them. This also applies to dinosaurs and other tameable creatures. This uses the same weight system as everything else does, however, so if you exceed what you can lift you’ll be too weak to move other things.


Question: What kind of things can you grow on your own?

Answer: They mention they will have a intricate farming system that you can begin preparing for by gathering seeds while exploring so you can use them later. You’ll have to create a water irrigation system to hydrate a crop plot which come in various shapes and sizes. You’ll then place everything you’ve gathered in your plot, which needs to be near a spout with water for the irrigation to work. Then you use a compost pot to turn thatch or feces into fertilizer. Apparently, dinosaurs’ excretions are “higher quality” than humans’. Once all these things are done, the plants should start growing, a process that they say will take “a few day/night cycles.” These plants will serve a variety of functions, such as hydrating/feeding you (obviously), healing you, knocking people and dinosaurs out, and more to come.


Question: Dinosaur Mechanics?

Answer: The main feature of ARK’s dinosaur system is that most, if not all, of the species are tamable. The process is relatively simple, though I suspect it will be easier said than done. The first step is to render an animal unconscious. This can be done several ways, including hitting them unconscious or hitting them with poisoned arrows. Next, you take care of them while they’re knocked out, which will increase their trust in you. However, if you aren’t quick enough and it wakes up before trusting you, the developers assure “there will be hell to pay.” Fortunately, you can keep an unconscious dino down by feeding it “narcoberries,” giving you more time to gain its trust. Once a creature is tamed, it will be an ally to both you and your tribe. Each species is able to do different things once tamed, such as assist in mining, gathering foliage, or fending off would-be attackers. Additionally, they can be trained to be hostile to any players not a part of your tribe, which would allow them to function as guard/attack animals.


Wednesday Dino Dossier

Welcome the Coelacanth
The coelacanth is primarily used as a source of food, though due to their small size, you’ll have to catch quite a few to satisfy your hunger.