Ark: Survival Evolved Lawsuit Has Been Settled

Who doesn’t love building a base? Well, when it comes to building a base having some help from your tribe sure comes in handy, even more so when they bring a T-rex to help keep you safe while you finish your little hut. Ark: Survival Evolved allows players to enjoy this amongst so much more, but the future of the game was brought into question when its origins were questioned in a lawsuit, don’t worry through because the lawsuit has now been settled.

The final word was said on the 13th of April 2016 according to the documents both parties involved filed, saying that they had finalised a “written settlement agreement”. The parties involved are Wildcard, the creators behind Ark: Survival Evolved and Trendy, the creators of the popular co-op game, Dungeon Defenders.

Earlier in the week Susan Stieglitz, wife to Jeremy Stieglitz, the man at the core of the lawsuit, posted the following hinting at the sum that Trendy were after.

https://twitter.com/SusanCStieglitz/status/719987095796711424

In a Reddit post there appears to be an image capturing a conversation in which Susan Claire Stieglitz states that “we ended up settling for 40”. With no confirmation and the details not being publicly released, there isn’t any hard evidence to talk about the outcome of the lawsuit expect speculation and the fact that it has in fact ended. With Ark: Survival Evolved still marked as early access on Steam, losing out on any income (especially something as large as 40 million), the game is sure to feel the impact and people will want to know if they have had to pay this money rather than towards developing an outstandingly exciting game.

ARK: Survival Evolved DirectX 12 Patch Coming Friday

ARK: Survival Evolved is a visually stunning survival-adventure game and already amassed a huge community. As with any graphical masterpiece, the GPU demands are quite high especially at UHD and QHD resolutions. The developer, Studio Wildcard, has announced a huge update via the Steam Community which releases this Friday. Included is a DirectX 12 patch which promises performance gains of 20% compared to the DirectX 11 rendering. However, it will be interesting if this is an average figure and how it scales across various GPUs. Will the DirectX 12 functionality work better on lower-end cards or AMD GPUs going by previous results?

Below is the complete patch notes for Friday’s update:

“– Specific Representative “on-ground” meshes for all dropped items
– Water Raft
– Driveable Dune Buggy Modding example (we’ll let modders have the first crack at vehicles with this example
– Human and Dino Warpaint

– Collidable Saddle Platform & Build-on-Saddles: make your big brontos and plesios into mobile bases, build just about anything up from them! Build ladders to climb up onto them, whatever — the possibilities are nearly endless!!! We originally were gonna limit it to sleeping bags and turrets, but let’s just go all-out and make it work with everything.

– Powered Elevator Structures
– Controllable Ballistas/Turrets to place on structures and on the backs of your dinos
– Swamp Biome & New Swamp Cave
– Snow Biome & New Snow Cave
– Random GPU Driver crash fix: TrueSky”

In addition to technical improvements, there will also be a new creature called the Doedicurus. To accompany this announcement, the ARK team has unveiled a trailer and explanation of the animal’s abilities.

“The Armadillo-like Doedicurus is a handy creature to have in your stables, as it can efficiently harvest stone on an industrial scale. It also has tremendous defensive protection via its hard shell, to which it will retreat if threatened. Most importantly, when riding it, you can enter “shell-charge” mode and roll through the ARK as a hardened, nearly indestructible ball… similar to a certain blue rodent! This ability is great for rapidly closing the distance towards enemies, or just plowing through them like a bowling ball, making the Doedicurus fun for the whole tribe.”

With DirectX 12 powered games finally becoming mainstream, there’s no better time to get into PC Gaming the reap the rewards of a truly optimized API.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

Ark: Survival Evolved Rewards Players $100 for Reporting Exploits

Open world survival games have proved to be extraordinarily popular in recent years and Ark: Survival Evolved is the latest to take the gaming world by storm. Unfortunately, multiplayer focused experiences are usually susceptible to user hacks from unscrupulous players wanting to outfox their opponents through exploits. These modifications can cause utter chaos and practically ruin the immersion of being in a realistic, vibrant environment. The developer of Ark: Survival Evolved is attempting to tackle this head on and offering $100 through Paypal payment for providing evidence on damaging hacks. However, each report has to be verified and reproduced internally before the financial incentive is sent.

According to Steamspy, who provides fairly accurate metrics, there are 802,594 owners of this game with a peak concurrent figure for yesterday reaching 61,141. It’s still unknown how many reports have been sent and the number of payments made but I feel this is a very wise move to maintain interest and close any loopholes. Surely with such a large player base scouring around a complex world, there will be many instances of minor exploits which all add to an unbalanced game.

Have you ever been deterred from joining a game’s online scene due to hacking? If so, let us know how troublesome it was.

Thank You Develop-Online for providing us with this information.