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ARK: Survival Evolved ARK: Survival Evolved - The Center!

The Center, a massive new ARK map which was created by modder Ben Burkart, is the first to be made into an Official Mod, following the announcement of the Official Mods Program.


Venture through The Center’s stunning new biomes and caves so large that they facilitate their own living eco-system.


The massive map doubles the in-game playable geography of the already enormous ARK landscape making it roughly 70 sq. kilometers. The Center is filled with stunning lighting effects, lava rivers, giant picturesque mountains, misty floating islands, ancient underground ruins, enormous ice caves, and of course beyond the breathtaking sights there lay dangerous threats and mysterious secrets to unravel with you and your tribe mates.


The Center is free for all ARK: Survival Evolved players, and for those who have yet to adventure into the mysterious dino-inhabited world, you’re in luck as ARK: Survival Evolved is now on sale for Steam Players for 25% off!

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General information:
-Video tutorials and "Modding for dummies" PDF available for free on GDN (GIANTS Developer Network, https://gdn.giants-software.com/ )
-Lots of optimizations has been made when creating the console version
-Traffic vehicles moved from script to engine in FS15, CPU time per frame went down from about 15ms to 0.3ms (factor 50)
-Game development: huge feature list, impossible to implement everything, from feature planning to implementation and game release takes about 3-4 years
-FarmCon in German like a testrun, if it's a success, could be possible to do one in english eventually

Modding General:
-Testing mods in MP should always be done with at least 3 people to make sure sync from client to host and host to clients work as intended
-One should not rely on the mod loading order, there are several ways and hacks to avoid the dependence on the loading order
-Using dynamicallyLoadedParts saves VRAM, editing easier since there's only one instance to edit
-ObjectMask is used to exclude objects from certain render passes, like reflection, can be left on default for most things
-many foliageMultiLayers with few foliageSubLayers vs vice versa: just a different structure, shouldn't affect performance
-Dedicated Server interface uses heuristics to show warnings, shows what could be a problem, not what a problem is, too much vs too little information...
0.13 release is getting close. The programming guys are trying to finish the features so we can start internal playtesting and bugfixing next week. The art guys are working hard on the new trains graphics.

In the meantime, here's some more information about the circuit network.

Circuit Network Connector Discarded

If you remember my last FFF[www.factorio.com] I wrote about adding a new entity called Circuit Network Connector that would have been used for connecting normal entities to the circuit network. The community had some good examples of why it was a bad idea, so we went back to the way it worked before. This means that you can continue to connect entities to the circuit network directly.

Consistent GUI

One of the problems that had to be solved was GUI interaction. Sprinkling circuit network related GUI elements randomly in the entity GUI looked pretty bad and was hard to understand. The solution is 2 small buttons in the top-right of circuit connectable entities GUI, they will appear when you research the circuit network and the logistic network respectively. Clicking the circuit network icon will open a window that lets you set up how you want the entity to interact with the circuit network. The logistic network button works in a similar way.

The window is usually separated into 3 parts:
  • Connection information: if and what it's connected to.
  • Mode of...
SCS Software Arizona Panoramas
We are hard at work putting finishing touches on Arizona DLC for American Truck Simulator now. Very soon we should enter first a closed beta and hopefully soon after an open beta phase.


Today we would like to treat you with three panoramas showing the principal river of the Southwestern United States - the Colorado River. The river will not be just a sight to pass. For the players who enjoy hunting for Steam achivements, we have prepared a new one - tied with the river.


Your task will be to cross the three bridges in Ehrenberg, Yuma and Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam. You will also have a chance to drive along the edge of two canyons carved by the Colorado River - Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon.


The panoramas above show an artist's depiction of Colorado River near Kingman, again near Yuma, and Glen Canyon.​