Penguins and angler fish board ARK as tribal warfare begins

    
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ARK: Survival Evolved has gone to the birds — and the fish — in the latest update. On top of a feathers and fur graphical update, yesterday’s addition of update 223 introduced the adorable Kairuku Waitaki, better recognized as a penguin, and the deep-sea Melanocetus, or anglerfish. Both new creatures are useful in the quest for survival.

Although the penguins aren’t really any good in a fight, players may want to collect a rookery of them as they exude body heat that can keep you warm while adventuring on the tundra. On a more morbid note, these docile creatures also have blubber that works as polymer, with the highest concentration found in the babies. The distinctive light found on the anglerfish makes it the perfect companion for underwater exploring, whereas harvesting this fish nets materials used for making a long-lasting fuel and organic lights for your house. Get a glimpse of them both in the video below.

In addition to new creatures, this update introduces the new Tribal Warfare Alliance system. Tribes can now declare war against each other for a specific time frame that all parties agree upon, encouraging large-scale PvP instead of offline raiding.

Source: Studio Wildcard press release
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Damonvile
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Damonvile

I Iaughed because its a game ive played and understood the context but talk about being unintentionally sick and twisted :)

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

John Bagnoli I cried! GAH

John Bagnoli
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John Bagnoli

I did chuckle when I read that you get more out of the penguins using a club.

tanek_09
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tanek_09

Damonvile These devs seem to be very serious about creating a game that people can play as they like. With this addition, players who did not like the offline raids but still wanted to participate in PvP have an option.  And if you want to run your own server, the amount of customization you can do (even aside from modding) is great.

Valcan321
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Valcan321

DemonicPossession I wouldn’t say its a net negative. If people that made war were weaker in the end than those who didn’t than history would have been a lot less peaceful.

Besides most games ignore one of the biggest reasons for warfare outside the modern era. Slaves. Slaves were basically the machine power of the ancient world as well as a hundred other things.

Basically warfare is a net negative if you lose or win badly.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I assumed they’d just do the same lame old player vrs offline thing….until I actually read the whole bit :P. I’m impressed they actually took steps to guard against that… I’m actually shocked! I never really thought anyone would take that seriously.

Cambruin
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Cambruin

Can you guys stop reporting on Ark already? There’s not enough hours in my day for my main MMO, I don’t need to be reminded every other day how awesome this semi-MMO is! :)