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Official Site: ARK: Survival Evolved, Steam
Studio: Studio Wildcard
Launch Date: June 2, 2015 (Early Access)
Genre: Dino Survival Sandbox
Business Model: B2P (One-Time Fee)
Platform: PC, Xbox One

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The Stream Team: ARK's big Broodmother raid, take two

The first attempt at facing the Broodmother in ARK's newer raid arenas ultimately failed in the end. The team just didn't have the numbers they needed for this DPS challenge. But now, Massively OP's MJ has learned that they can take 20 dinosaurs into the raid instead of just 10. Between those beasts and more alliance members joining in, it looks like the group's chances of winning are much higher. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch the fireworks and see if they can defeat the massive spider and earn the rights to use Tek gear.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 18th, 2017

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ARK: Survival Evolved recruited one million players on PlayStation 4

Is there any stopping the juggernaut that is ARK: Survival Evolved? Not right not on console, at least. The dino sandbox topped PlayStation 4 Network sales in both December and January, netting over a million players (and sales) to date. The game came out on PS4 back on December 6th. To celebrate the milestone (or simply make some more bucks), ARK is selling the PS4 Survivor's Pack at 20% off. This pack comes with the game, all content to date, and the expansion.

It's a good time to be a console player, too, as that ARK community gets to enjoy a brand-new update with four additional animals, the TEK tier of armor, and lots of luscious hairstyles. Oh, and did we mention the dinosaur-mounted laser cannons? Because a T-Rex isn't dangerous enough on its own, apparently.

Check out the patch highlights in the video alone, and definitely don't miss a certain Dirty Dancing tribute at 1:10!

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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ARK: Survival Evolved's Jeremy Stieglitz on Scorched Earth and console launch

ARK: Survival Evolved Co-Founder Jeremy Stieglitz has posted to Reddit an unreleased interview he did for Eurogamer, which apparently won't be published there. In it, he addresses some of the criticisms the game has received, specifically the Scorched Earth expansion -- paid DLC for a game that hasn't technically launched yet.

"We should have messaged it sooner and explained our goals with it before launch, rather than at the last-minute of release. In the long-run though, it’s been good for ARK’s gameplay: the new metagame-expanding feature called 'Cross-ARK Travel' which allows players to dynamically travel their characters, items, & creatures between servers is entirely due to the technical work done for the launch of Scorched Earth, which was the intent: to get our key technical & design systems to support expansion ARKs down the road."

He also says that he was surprised the game ever made back its original $2M budget and that the console launch is a necessity.

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The Stream Team: ARK's night is dark and full of dinos (to eat)

Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? You should be in ARK -- especially if that bump also bites! Unless, of course, you are riding on a Rex, because then you are doing the biting. Massively OP's MJ is heading out to hunt so that the new raid Rexes can get stronger. Those night-loving Megalosauruses should offer some challenge, right? Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to watch as MJ stomps across the island looking for levels.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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First Impressions: Struggling to survive in Conan Exiles

I am no stranger to covering survival sandboxes for Massively OP. I wrestled with dinosaurs before ARK: Survival Evolved was a thing. I got kidnapped and tried to drown myself in a puddle, spent days building a glorified shack before hackers or server admins could destroy them, and got to better understanding of what it's like to be an Asian gamer thanks to Valve's social experiment. There have been some good memories for sure, but the cancelled games, broken promises, and fact that most of the genre is in an infinite non-launch state are just some of the reasons I've been losing faith in online, multiplayer survival games. I love the idea of PvP allowing for meaningful social gameplay, but in reality, I mostly experience only ganking. But without PvP, I generally get so bored of PvE that I run into the arms of a (J)RPG so I can get drama and permadeath in a finished product, often without kids screaming at me to stop moving and just die.

But here I am again: roped into another shot at the genre. I'm looking at pay-to-play Conan Exiles like a launch title, "early access" be damned!

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The Stream Team: Attempting an ARK arena assault

The tek tier is finally here! That means Massively OP's MJ is going to show off dino laser helmets. But in order for everyone to start making his or her own to keep, the team needs to defeat the raid bosses in the arena. Today, MJ and the crew are taking a pack of T-Rexes in to face the Broodmother. It's a DPS race against the clock -- if they can stay alive. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to watch the assault.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 4th, 2017

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The Soapbox: The sorry state of ARK Survival Evolved

When ARK: Survival Evolved came on the scene in June 2015, it was met with enthusiasm (dinosaurs!) as well as some skepticism (Early Access). But Studio WildCard quickly won over many fans with the game's delivery, which included frequent updates (and dinos of course). And we do mean frequent! The studio was cranking out meaty content and bug fixes at a rate never seen before in any other EA title --  sometimes updates were multiple times a day! Stuff came so quickly it was hard for server admins to keep up with at times. Many of us started holding ARK up as an example of early access done right. Why couldn't other studios do early access more like WildCard?

But over time, that sentiment changed. A year and a half later, folks who have championed long for ARK -- including me -- have taken a few steps back. Enjoyment is giving way to frustration. Fans are giving up and leaving. Why is that? Bugs? Devs? Shifted priorities from finishing to milking money? Different eyes might see different causes, but the one thing stands out: The development process has changed. What was once so great is now not so great. And you have to wonder if this spells trouble for the studio.

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Life is Feudal aims for late 2017 launch, hires on public relations firm

As Life is Feudal bears down toward its launch window of "late 2017," it has a new ally to help with getting the word out about this medieval sandbox.

Bitbox Studio announced yesterday that it signed a deal with gaming public relations firm Reverb Communications to assist with the promotion of the MMO. This move should help the already-popular title to expand its audience and prime the MMORPG for a strong launch.

According to the press release, Reverb "will be managing media, streamer, and influencer outreach for the game." Some of Reverb's other clients include ARK and Escape from Tarkov. You don't need a PR firm to get you excited, of course. Perhaps checking out these new screenshots might do the trick all on their own?

Source: Press release

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ARK: Survival Evolved adds high technology with its newest patch

What's better than dinosaurs? Dinosaurs with laser beams on their [REDACTED] heads. The latest update to Ark: Survival Evolved is delivering just that with its new tier of Tek upgrades. Yes, that might not be the right spelling, but you know what happens to people refuse to build high-tech laser armor for dinosaurs based on spelling errors? They get blown the [REDACTED] up by people with [REDACTED] laser dinosaurs.

Of course, there's more to the update than just technology that can only be described with repeated use of the word [REDACTED]. There's also the new hair styling and coloring system, new critters to tame and ride, and the new jousting system to let you knock people off of their mounts with a lance. Assuming, of course, that you don't just shoot a [REDACTED] laser beam right through the mount. Let's see a pointy spear contend with that [REDACTED] in the trailer just below.

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PSA: ARK and expansion bundle drops below $20

Is that another survival game over there? No, don't look over there -- Studio Wildcard wants you to look over here. At the dinosaurs. ARK: Survival Evolved and its Scorched Earth expansion have just gone on sale for a bundled cost of just $16.73 on Steam. For folks who already have the original game, the desert expansion is on sale solo for $9.97. And anyone wanting the base game sans desert of death can nab a copy of ARK for $9.89; that's quite a savings from the the $29.99 original price.

If you haven't decided which flavor of death by dino you want, you have until February 6th to decide before the sale prices meet their demise.

 

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The Stream Team: Not letting ARK's sleeping dinos lie

Should you let sleeping dinos lie? Probably. But Massively OP's MJ was never one to choose the safest route. She wants to hunt and hopefully tame one of ARK's newer dinos, the Megalosaurus. The best way to find them is when they are resting during daylight hours; if you bump into them at night when they are strongest, you might get more of a challenge than you bargained for. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to join in the hunt.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 28th, 2017

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We're gonna have gorgeous hair in City of Titans

A few weeks ago, the Massively OP writers were hanging in the news room on a tear about mohawks. We're not against mohawks. Mohawks are cool. But when we open up a character creator and see 50 different types of mohawks and little else? Not cool -- just lazy.

So it's with excitement that I pass along this City of Titans forum piece that profiles Hunter Robins, the 3D developer working on the indie superhero game's hairstyles, who says he got into game design after catching the team's eye with his self-taught Sims modding, which he eventually turned into a revenue stream in Second Life, and then into ARK: Survival Evolved modding.

"My job is to deliver a set of quality hairstyles to give the player a variety to choose from, hoping to guarantee at least one they will really enjoy," he writes.

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