With the addition of new creatures and features, each ARK patch normally brings excitement and delight, but not v256. With every addition comes change; on Friday the 31st of March, patch v256 was released, introducing 4 new creatures, Tek, underwater structures and a huge nerf to the flyers of ARK: Survival Evolved.
Say Goodbye to the Kings of the Skies
So you’re all probably wondering what Studio Wildcard did to their bird beasties. In an attempt to balance the game and keep players “grounded”, developers decided to significantly reduce the stamina levels of all flying creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved. Players are finding that their high tier Pteranodons and Quetzals cannot make flights nearly as long as their used to before being forced to land and regenerate stamina. Since the nerf, a large portion of the community has made it clear on ARK forums, Reddit and all other forms of social media that they are hacked off with the changes.
Due to this nerf in flyer endurance, players now believe all flying mounts to be “useless“. Some frustrated players claim on forums that even their high level flying mounts are unable to make it to herbivore island (and small land mass close to the mainland). What does this say about low level flyers? How far can they travel and is it even worth the tame and grind?
“I’m all for nerfing, but my previously level 400 pteranodon with close to 50 points in Stamina can barely make the flight to herbivore island from the mainland with the new values.” – 3mptylord ARK-Forum.
But not everyone hates this downgrade. There are a select few in the community that are glad to see the flyers fall. Many people find flying mounts annoying and feel they have an enormous advantage in PvP and PvE against land based creatures and mounts. Many people are responding to the complaints with strong answers that do make a lot of sense. Maybe the nerfs are justified.
“Use a boat or build a raft half way between to land and recharge on. Other dinos cant get across so easily, why should birds?” – BulletForce ARK-Forum.
Many players are wondering whether or not this nerf was an april fools joke from Studio Wildcard. So far there hasn’t been any response or message from Wildcard addressing the nerf, aside from a singular sentence in the patchnotes for v256. Sadly, it seems that this is not a practical joke.
We believe that this flying nerf is both good and bad. We think that something had to be done to the over-powered nature of flying mounts, but reducing their stamina pool in such a devastating manner was a bit much. According to an official report, developers Wildcard will take into account the community’s concerns and make changes accordingly. We can only hope that they adjust their nerf to be both balanced and playable.
What is your opinion? Did flyers need a nerf, or have Studio Wildcard taken things too far? Below you’ll find the reveal trailer for all the exciting things patch v256 has to offer. Read more about the patch here.