Hello survivors! Hamilton here, hope you are all looking after yourself during this pandemic. I've got a bunch of news we want to share with you all as our Season 5 launch day approaches. Before I start of going into the new details I want to remind you all if you havent seen our Season 5 breakdown yet please view it here. It contains all information regarding the new season and more so I highly recommend checking that our first prior to reading this post!
There have been a few new changes introduced in the past week since our original post which I will cover below;
Latest Season 5 Changes
Our complete mod list has been finalised for S5
You can check out our updated Mod Pack here. It contains 3 new mods for this season. MTS Stacks, Auto Engrams! (previously a plugin) and Maga ORP. I will go into more information about ORP shortly. Ensure you are subscribed to all mods before launch!
Changes to PvP Cooldown
PvP cooldown is going to change slightly in the way it functions. If you are not sure what PvP Cooldown is in our servers its technically a system that detects if your tribe is in PvP/Raid (checks for player & structure damage inbound and outbound) and if found it will prevent the use of certain items and commands during a set time of 60 seconds. Previously, this would trigger Map-Wide. Any player or structure damage performed other side of the map would trigger the cooldown for all applicable players. For Season 5, we are changing it to range based and making it so structures need to be destroyed before PvP cooldown is applied - This means that you will only encounter PvP Cooldown now if you are in direct vicinity (approximately the length of render distance of players) of ongoing player damage, turrets firing or a structure being destroyed. No longer can you keep a tribe on cooldown by hitting a random structure, plus this allows the possibility for stealth soaking once again where players cannot metagame to check they are not under attack.
Wooden Benches & Cluster Grenades are back
Both have been fixed for what they were originally disabled for so we welcome back these engrams for S5.
Increased PvP Respawn Interval
Previously, when dieing in PvP you were faced with a fixed 60 second respawn timer. We have changed our servers for Season 5 with an +1 minute additional respawn that increases each time if you are killed by a team within 5 minutes of your previous death to that team (timer indicated on Spawn UI). This setting is enabled on all the official PvP servers by default, and we plan to replicate it on MTS. This change will hopefully make raid scenarios more interesting, where you have to be abit more decisive in your decision making and act with a little more precaution during intense moments.
ORP will no longer be a chat only command, it is the same system and same plugin as before. ORP will now be operated via an in game structure called MAGA ORP this is an engram craftable from level 1 which requires 200 metal ingots to craft. Once placed you will be greeted with the same messages you will all know and it acts exactly the same however this time its a physical structure. This means it can be damaged by other players and you can destroy enemy ORPs if you gain access to them, they have 250k health however so be warned! There is no visual indicator or bubble showing your range, you can still check the range of your ORP Zone by typing /orp in chat just as before. This change will make tribes think tactically regarding their ORP placement this season, as remember. We are only starting with 2 ORP Zones total. TIP - Do not build them on foundation or ceilings as they can easily be destroyed! If you're still unsure of how ORP works, you can view our guide in our ARK Server Settings page.
A fix for taming Bugged non-transferable Dinos
There is an unkindly bug on Valguero with Chalk & Ice Golems that prevents them from being taken off server when transferring. To combat this bug and the countless number of tickets we receive regarding this. We have replaced the spawners for Valguero Chalk Golems (Chalk Hills biome) and Ice Golems (Ice Desert Biome) with the standard Scorched Earth/Ragnarok Rock Elemental so that it will spawn in its place. You are able to tame these creatures and transfer them off server as it should be.
We can confirm now that Kentros previously had a damage recoil cap of 1000 damage. We have lifted this damage cap with modding and Kentros will now recoil whatever damage they sustain (in an attempt to counter some of the high DPS dinos we see). With a multiplier being applied to larger creatures. Before any thinks of trying, bosses are immune to Kentro recoil, and only adult, conscious, non cryosick Kentros will recoil damage. No other state. This change will be monitored accordingly and any further changes that are required will be made.
Official Poll Results
- Increase Organic Polymer/Corrupted Nodule stack size from 50 to 100.
- Add Aberrant Megalosaurus to Cryopod Debuff to counter Pocket Speed Megalo
- Make Magmasaur untameable first week of wipe
- Increase Structure Limit on Platform Saddles & Rafts from 0.35 to 0.5
- Add Genesis Loot Crates to /shop for high price
FAILED - Overruled by MTS Board following balance & P2W concerns
- Make Megachelon untameable first week of wipe
- Start Season 5 at 5pm or 7pm BST
798 5pm BST
80 7pm BST
5pm BST Confirmed
- Forbid the use of Turret Mode Parasaurs when building Artifact Caves (allows undetected access to Artifact)
PASSED - New Rule added 3.6
(3.6 When built inside Artifact Caves (allowing access to Artifacts within), you are forbidden to use Parasaurs on Turret Mode at any point unless facing a Full FOB versus your base within the cave, which must be disabled once the FOB has ended or attackers have left.)
We plan to open up orders a little later today, we are still waiting a final few changes to our internal system which will allow the process of pre orders to go smoothly. Before we open, we wish to share with you some changes to the Membership packages we offer. We will put an announce up once our store is operational.
Gold Membership Changes
Added 1 Time Kit Use for 2x Empty Cryopods
Added 1 Time Kit Use for 1x Chibi Giga
Added 1 Time Kit Use for Unlock All Head & Facial Hair Styles
Platinum Membership Changes
Added 1 Time Kit Use for 5x Empty Cryopods
Added 1 Time Kit Use for 1x Chibi Magmasaur, Giga & Pheonix
Added 1 Time Kit Use for 25x of each Dye Coloring
Added 1 Time Kit Use for Unlock All Emotes
Added 1 Time Kit Use for Unlock All Head & Facial Hair Styles
Additionally, any left over Dino Paints or saved Dino Paint Combinations from last season will transfer over to Season 5!
You can view our updated store here, stock coming soon!
We have also set in place a discount code for players wishing to pre order a store item for Season 5. Use "SEASON5" at checkout for 5% off valid all the way up until launch day. All orders you place from when our stores open will not activate until Launch day to ensure no days are wasted. Please note that this discount code is a limited time deal and will no longer be available post launch.
All MTS servers which releases soon are completely free to play on. However, due to popularity our servers are consistently full at launch. Therefore, we offer Memberships & Whitelists for players wishing to support MTS and to skip all queues and wait times allowing you to join even when the server is 70/70 with faster load times alongside some other perks and bonuses. Expect to see long wait times without a server pass!
Any purchases made before release will 100% be delivered if information is correctly provided, expect slow response time on delivery if you order after the servers have launched and are full.
We continue to encourage the use of #season-five channel in our discord for all topics Season 5 related and we look forward to seeing you all on May 1st.
And finally, we hit 1,000 followers today on Twitter! Many thanks - we will do some twitter giveaways leading up to S5 Launch soon!
- MTS Hamilton