ARK: Survival Evolved - New Advanced Auto Turret

ARK: Survival Evolved -  New Advanced Auto Turret and Armor Improvements!

A new turret will be introduced to ARK: SE. The new turret will be a bigger, beefier turret, allowing for people who still need that damage density. This turret will be much more powerful. The developers are aiming for about a 4x increase in overall effectiveness. The cost will also see an increase. The turrets will be disabled and not allowed to be used on boats/rafts.

Here is a few reason why the developers feel that it is a good idea for the turrets to be added:

  • Conveys the power of the new turret clearly without needing to add any new functionality to anything else.
  • It doesn't create a sudden need to change the balance/functionality of existing turrets in any way, and thus rebalance all sorts of other stuff that could potentially break.
  • Existing turrets don't get a sudden, massive buff.
  • The developers can scale the cost/maintenance/upkeep of the new structure without inconveniencing everyone who isn't pushing these upper limits.
  • If they need to introduce any specific kinds of modifications to this new turret, the developers can do it without impacting anything else.


The developers are collating feedback to develop a better sense of what the game will need along with the addition of the new turret. Here are a few things that are to be looked at for now, but we can expect another post sometime before December 5th:

  • Stego Armor Plates are going to have to block less damage from either bullets, or turrets specifically
  • Veggie Cakes may need a more prohibitive delay on their use in combat.
  • Adding knockback to either the new turret, or both new and existing turret to offset specific movement speed + shield + rocket/c4 configurations may be in order.

We do a lot to make the game run as smoothly as possible, while still enabling the kind of freeform, open-world experience that the game was designed to be.

"The Right Hand" also wants to specifically take this opportunity to address a couple of things he has seen in comment threads. If you would like to read his responses check out this thread on the advanced turrets here:

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Nov 22 2017, 08:53 am
Zachary Smith
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