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Studio Wildcard have announced another DLC named "ARK: Aberration"

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ARK: Aberration [Steam], the next DLC from Studio Wildcard for their expensive survival game has been announced.

I will get the trailer and info out of the way before I give my thoughts on this:

 

Gee, that sure does look nice! Quite beautiful even. It's a damned shame the Linux version looks nothing close to the Windows version in terms of graphical features.

It's a new derelict, malfunctioning ARK (haaah) which has an elaborate underground biome system.

Here's where it gets more interesting: there is extremely radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, cave dwellings, charge-batteries, and far more. There's plenty of new creatures, including some humanoids as well.

My thoughts

You might by wondering about my little "haaah" up there. Well, a malfunctioning ARK for a game that is traditionally very buggy is quite amusing. Amusing in the sad way, that is.

What isn't amusing is what Studio Wildcard have done. They released a paid DLC while the game was unfinished and in Early Access, then they bumped the price up by around double. Here we are only a few days after "release" and another paid DLC has been announced for release in October.

The Linux version is still in bad shape too. As mentioned, the Linux version really does look nothing like the Windows version. Not only that, but the water rendering is still broken on Linux, which results in a murky plain brown texture everywhere instead of water. You also still get bad graphical glitches when you leave the water too.

Sure, the cave graphical glitches are now fixed, great! The problem with that, is that it's probably due to the newer NVIDIA drivers. The ARK developers have never commented on the graphical problems the Linux version has, anywhere. So I highly doubt they actually fixed it themselves.

Will I be buying a DLC for ARK? Probably never. I don't think you should either, until they pay more attention to the issues encountered by Linux gamers.

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Kithop 1 September 2017 at 7:02 pm UTC
To be fair, I even have friends playing the Windows version who complain about this game's absolutely atrocious performance on even high-end gaming rigs, nevermind the other bugs, and whether the game is, you know, fun and balanced well or not.

Last time I tried to fire it up a week ago, under Linux, myself, it just crashed to desktop trying to play a new Single Player world. I gave up trying again right then and there.
slaapliedje 1 September 2017 at 7:20 pm UTC
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Wish we could get Conan Exiles ported. I'd rather play that myself. Plus boobs and physx for junk if you're into that sort of thing.
Ehvis 1 September 2017 at 7:35 pm UTC
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slaapliedjeWish we could get Conan Exiles ported. I'd rather play that myself. Plus boobs and physx for junk if you're into that sort of thing.

But no physx for boobs? Count me out!
slaapliedje 1 September 2017 at 7:36 pm UTC
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Ha, I guess I should edit that, it certainly has boob physics. There is even the server side option to allow full nude, topless or clothed. It's building up to be a pretty cool game, very much like Ark, but Conan!
m0nt3 1 September 2017 at 7:46 pm UTC
@laimdawe have you attempted to reach out to the developer for a response? I really want to play this game again, but all I get are big black blocks around models or my screen fills with big red blobs.
liamdawe 1 September 2017 at 8:37 pm UTC
m0nt3@laimdawe have you attempted to reach out to the developer for a response? I really want to play this game again, but all I get are big black blocks around models or my screen fills with big red blobs.
Yes, by all available methods, multiple times. They have never once replied to me.
m0nt3 1 September 2017 at 9:13 pm UTC
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m0nt3@laimdawe have you attempted to reach out to the developer for a response? I really want to play this game again, but all I get are big black blocks around models or my screen fills with big red blobs.
Yes, by all available methods, multiple times. They have never once replied to me.

That is sad to hear. Thank for trying to reach out. I do miss me some Ark.
raneon 1 September 2017 at 10:20 pm UTC
I was curious to see the game after some weeks, it looks worse... the screen has a red flickering and there are many small black blocks everywhere. Maybe a Vulkan version is the only hope, on OpenGL this game is really broken.


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Anders1232 1 September 2017 at 10:20 pm UTC
Sadly this one's of the games that's keeps me dual booting, aside with GTA 5. But I won't buy any of their DLC without them make the linux version as good as the windows version.


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Keyrock 2 September 2017 at 12:11 am UTC
slaapliedjeWish we could get Conan Exiles ported. I'd rather play that myself. Plus boobs and physx for junk if you're into that sort of thing.
Dong physics are the next evolution of video gaming. On a serious note, I would love Conan Exiles on Linux. It's one of the very few survival games that has me interested.
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