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Sad news for players of ARK: Survival Evolved as it now uses BattlEye for online play, but the great news is the developers of ARK have confirmed BattlEye is coming to Linux and they are throwing money to help it happen. This will also be good news for Arma 3 players.

Copied from the Steam forum (not the full forum post, emphasis mine):
QuoteJust wanted to chime in here. You're absolutely right to feel frustrated and upset at us due to the latest patch and what it meant for our current Linux and Mac Players wanting to play on servers that have enabled BattlEye. I sincerely apologize that we weren't ready to have it deployed for Mac and Linux too.

We're still working diligently on bringing it to Mac and Linux and we will have it available as soon as we can, we're actually specifically paying the guys over at BE extra money right now to ensure that Mac and Linux are finished as soon as possible.


I get that a fair few ARK players on Linux will be annoyed by this, but I hope they can see the bigger picture. They are a fair few people raging at the developers in that forum topic which is sad, because the developers themselves say it should be done in a few days.

Arma 3 also uses BattlEye for online play on most of their servers, and it limits are ability to play online in their experimental Linux port that should be getting updated soon. They spoke about possible BattlEye support before too, but now it looks like it will be much easier for them as well. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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bubexel 10 February 2016 at 3:24 pm UTC
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I think they should let linux/mac players log in to the server without battle eye till they have it done. Btw, how many cheaters could have linux/mac players? if they are only 1-2% of the amount online players? Don't let them log in is like ban all mac/linux users because you can't proof they are innocents and you think they could be cheaters. Simple apply it on windows players and wait till you can apply it to linux/mac users. But ban them from all servers is just stupid and against logical.
Swiftpaw 10 February 2016 at 3:48 pm UTC
QuoteWe do not have that many sales on Mac/Linux combined

Uh yeah, because your OpenGL is horrible, but that's just for starters. See previous comments.
alien2003 10 February 2016 at 4:28 pm UTC
SslaxxWould it really have hurt them to delay the release if BattlEye is only going to take "a few days"?
They want Windows users to test a patch before actual Linux release. Windows users are familiar with unstability and bugs, so just let them test the game
GustyGhost 10 February 2016 at 4:36 pm UTC
Those of you complaining about performance probably haven't played ARK in the last few weeks. They've begun optimizations as summer release draws near and I haven't had any performance issues. It can even run rather smoothly on integrated if you turn everything down to console peasant settings.
liamdawe 10 February 2016 at 5:02 pm UTC
AnxiousInfusionThose of you complaining about performance probably haven't played ARK in the last few weeks. They've begun optimizations as summer release draws near and I haven't had any performance issues. It can even run rather smoothly on integrated if you turn everything down to console peasant settings.

Really?

I just tried it on my 980ti and I still consider the performance to be pretty bad. On High at 1920x1080 it still struggles to stay at 60FPS, and utterly kills the FPS at any higher resolution on Linux.

Medium and below look terrible too.
Cpukiller 10 February 2016 at 5:03 pm UTC
I must correct this post as most of the servers of ark are NOT YET affected by BattlEye. Most of the unofficial servers run without it so linux users can still play. The official servers use BattlEye though.

My dinos on the 204 server will still probably die now i was not there for 3 or 4 days and now i cant feed them :/
jasonm 10 February 2016 at 5:33 pm UTC
I run Ark on my 980 Ti @ 3440x1440 resolution with everything on High or Epic and I get upper 40's to mid 50's generally. I use to run it on Epic everything on 1080p and I got upper 50's to 60 ( which I had vsync on so it never went above 60 )....
GustyGhost 11 February 2016 at 12:38 am UTC
TheBossReally?

I just tried it on my 980ti and I still consider the performance to be pretty bad. On High at 1920x1080 it still struggles to stay at 60FPS, and utterly kills the FPS at any higher resolution on Linux.

Medium and below look terrible too.

Yes, boss. At first I played it on an A10-7870K w/ DDR3-2400 on fglrx-updates. I ran ARK at lowest settings, 1280x720 getting ~20 FPS.

I now upgraded that same system with an R9 285 (ASUS Strix) and latest AMD Radeon Crimson and it's perfectly smooth at medium preset, 1600x900. I could probably try turning it up to high preset but I don't want to be back down in 30 FPS territory.

That is why it baffles me whenever I go reading about ARK online and everyone is complaining about performance. I guess I just got lucky with my configuration?
edo 11 February 2016 at 4:49 am UTC
GuestIt's still early access, as long as the intended features are working when I buy it after full release, I'm not bothered.
This guy understand it, early access is early access, its anoying than many people gets mad because they expect their early-access game to works as a finished product.
Anyway, back to the topic, those devs are great, they look like they care for mac/linux users if they are wiling to spend their own money on this project.


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Tux1c 11 February 2016 at 7:34 am UTC
khalismurARK devs W.T.F?
From Steam:

Quoteand the number of active players on our official servers is really, really low from those demographics. Like orders of magnitudes less.

I'd love to play Ark, really. But the game wouldn't even play at 2fps for me, even though my rig should play the game fairly well.
You can't gimp a game for a specific platform and then complain when nobody on that platform plays your game

For comparison, on Windows, I used to get anywhere between 40 and 60 fps.. that's a shame.


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