Have you summoned the Brood Mother in ARK: Survivor Evolved? Neither has MassivelOP’s MJ. But that’s all going to change as the MOP ARK server bands together to call out and fight this formidable foe. How will it all go down? You’ll have to tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see.
What: ARK: Survivor Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 18, 2015
I had a strange thought the other day, at least as regards the MMO genre. I’m kinda having fun here. I know, it surprised me too because it’s been an eternity since I found MMOs fun. Don’t get me wrong because free-to-play still sucks, people still love lockboxes, and you can’t click on a news article these days without reading about monetization or raving lunatics.
But funk all that! I’m in a good MMO mood. Join me past the cut and I’ll show you the games responsible.
You don’t have to scrounge for everything you need in ARK: Survivor Evolved — sometimes goods fall from the sky! Everyone knows MassivelyOP’s MJ cannot resist a shiny, and the supply drops are the biggest shinies of all. No, seriously, you can practically see them from the other side of the island! And inside each capsule is an assortment of things to help a survivor, well, survive. MJ is dodging dinos and tracking down these supply drops hoping to find some good stuff. Will she find building materials? Weapons? Housing items? Blueprints? It’s RNG at its finest! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to see what she collects.
What: ARK: Survivor Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Do you like ARK: Survival Evolved? Do you like modding? If you answered yes, I’ve got good news in the form of the ARK’s newly launched dev kit. It’s basically a streamlined version of the Unreal Engine 4 editor, and Studio Wildcard says that it can be used to make mods and maps, which can then be uploaded to Steam’s Workshop for use by the ARK community.
The firm has released a tutorial, and co-creative director Jessie Rapczak tells Gamasutra that the dev kit will enable everything from custom modes to new creatures to new items. Studio Wildcard also intends to make its internal documentation available to modders.
ARK has sold over a million copies since its early access client debuted on June 2nd.
Well, the MassivelyOP ARK: Survival Evolved server is still a thing. It’s been running for just over 10 days now, and it’s been publicly available for a week. Peak concurrency thus far has been 23 players, and the server is being upgraded from 30 slots to 50 in order to provide more of a cushion.
Have you been intrigued by the dino-centric ARK: Survival Evolved? If so, you’re not alone: The survival game was a monster hit during the Steam Monster Summer Sale. Although Valve doesn’t release sales data, Steamspy collected and compiled data to determine that during the event ARK came in fourth place for number of sales (nearly half a million) and second place in total revenue (earning over $10 million). Players who missed out on the deals when the summer sale ended on June 21st can still buy into the early access for $29.99.
Massively OP’s own Jef Reahard is currently hosting a server for our community.
Is there anything as marvelous as finding out that your game got so heavily exploited that the whole game needs to be wiped? If you’re playing Ark: Survival Evolved, let us know what that’s like. Fortunately for players, there’s now a bounty system in place for hacks and an official server for folks from the site, so that’s awesome.
Other stuff happened with testing this week, too! We were told about it, and it did in fact happen!
And yes, there are more games in testing, which we’ve linked down below. If you know of something else that’s in testing or swapped phases without us noticing, please, do let us know down in the comments if you would.
I’m still enjoying ARK: Survival Evolved quite a bit, and as such I figured I’d set up a dedicated server for the MassivelyOP community. It’s been up for a few days now, but it’s largely unexplored since a grand total of five people have ventured onto it as of yet!
If you’re looking to engage in some dino-themed survival sandbox gameplay, click past the cut and see if the setup is to your liking. And if it’s not, feel free to offer suggestions in the comments.
The developers behind Ark: Survival Evolved are rewarding players for hunting the most dangerous game. Considering this is a game wherein you hunt and tame dinosaurs, you know that has to be good. Developer Studio Wildcard is encouraging the community to keep its eyes open for hacks, exploits, bugs, and the like, offering a $100 bounty for finding things that could negatively impact the game environment.
Lest you think that this is as simple as saying you found something and then getting paid, the developers are looking for straightforward and detailed methods for reproducing specific hacks or exploits at will. If you can provide that, contact the developers, and after they examine the bug, then will ultimately pay you money. Money! So instead of hunting dinosaurs, you’re hunting violations of the world in which you hunt dinosaurs. That’s probably a bit more awesome.
Hundreds of dinosaurs were horrified to learn this week that human invaders in Ark: Survival Evolved weren’t merely eking out an existence on their island but were absolutely dominating it with piles of ill-gotten weapons.
Reports have been coming in concerning a major duping exploit in the early access title. By taking advantage of this loophole, players had been mass producing goods and throwing the balance of the title out of whack.
As a result, Wildcard elected to do a complete wipe on the game’s PvP servers yesterday. “You have our word that we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” the studio posted. “It’s extremely painful for us to see you guys being frustrated and upset, we hate this, and it’s not something we want to repeat again, as we’re sure none of you guys do either.”
I’ve been playing a lot of ARK: Survival Evolved lately. It’s certainly not an MMO, just judging by player count, but it has elements of progression, persistence, crafting, and combat that many MMOs share. My question to you this morning, MassivelyOP readers, is whether or not there’s any aspect or feature in particular from ARK or its survival sandbox brethren that you’d like to see incorporated into an honest-to-goodness MMORPG.
Folks are talking about ARK: Survival Evolved, the dinosaur-infested sandbox that recently joined the ranks of early-access games. Sandbox? Dinosaurs? You just knew that would get the attention of MassivelyOP’s MJ! Although she’s not sure how much she wants to melee with a dino (really, punch the dinosaur in the face?!), she’s diving in to explore all the aspects of this new world. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. for her first look.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Five minutes after I logged into ARK: Survival Evolved, I punched a fish. A few moments later, I punched a tree. Shortly thereafter, I mustered the courage to punch a dinosaur, and while that didn’t go as well as I would have liked, I did in fact survive.
ARK is one of the ubiquitous early access survival sandboxes littering Steam these days, but because of some glowing recommendations and because dinosaurs, I opted to forego my usual bias against paying to test and dropped 25 bucks on the title.