I will definitely be hopping onto the servers to play with everyone first chance i get! And yes i think it is hard to play solo and reach end game content. You definitely need a team/clan for defensive purposes. The alpha and mega tribes out there can be issues if you get on their bad side, but im usually pretty friendly and get along with everyone when i play. Best way to survive till you build up your base.
As the topic states i am starting up ark again. I played when it first came out and then again when SE cane out. I had to take a break due to work but now that i have a steady schedule now i can start back up again. I currently enjoy SE the most but i have yet to be on the new map. I always enjoyed official pvp servers but its always hard to find a good tribe. I am the type of guy who loves to farm resources and breed/tame dinos and just make a great defensive base. The reason I prefer pvp servers over pve since i like to breed dinos is that towards end game things get stale and boring so pvp makes it more exciting. Also I have to say im curious to see if they whipe servers on release. I think this game has alot of potential and i am actually surprised by how many dinos they have released, upon it first comming out i never would have thought it would have as much content as it does. What is everyone's favorite thing about ark and their hopes for it?