Ark Updates  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Ark Updates  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network ARK's Ragnarok Coming to PS4 and Xbox One Very Soon Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:40:17 -0400 Adreon Patterson

Everything for the ARK: Survival Evolved update 'Ragnarok' seemed to be on course for its July 4th rollout until Studio Wildcard announced a delay for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Since the update's announcement at E3, fans and gamers alike had been anticipating the launch after the poor reception of v. 256. In a way, this update is a reset for the celebrated action adventure RPG.

While PS4 and Xbox One updates had a hitch in their launches, the PC version went ahead with no delays. But the update seemed to be in trouble a few days before the release when Ark's Community Manager tweeted:

By the July 4th release date, a little trouble turned into a big problem when Jen announced on Twitter:

This bad news came with a little bit of sugar coating, though, as she revealed that the update would have a possible launch date of July 10th only a week later than expected.

The full launch of ARK: Survival Evolved is coming soon on August 8, and will be available digitally and physically for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Everything You Need to Know About ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 253 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:20:12 -0500 Damien Smith

The latest update for Wildcard Studio's Steam Early Access survival title ARK: Survival Evolved is just on the horizon. Currently scheduled to release on December 22nd, the patch V253 will add in an array of new features. Let's take a look at what is in store for the players.

Five new dinos!

Let's start with the five new dinosaurs Wildcard Studio is implementing into the game. The new dinosaurs are: 

  • Cnidaria
  • Troodon
  • Tusoteuthis
  • Pegomastax
  • Therizinosaurus

The first new dino is Cnidaria (Pictured below) is a relatively large jellyfish-like creature that lurks underwater. Using its long trailing tentacles, it poisons both prey and predator alike. The poison acts as a sedative leaving it's victim defenseless.

Next up is the Troodon, a relative of the raptor family. It has large eyes that are perfect for spotting its prey in the dead of night. To make things worse it has serrated teeth that are also venomous -- meaning it isn't capable of just ripping you apart, but also poisoning you.

Tusoteuthis is another aquatic addition to the update. This creature bears a resemblance to the giant squid but it is far more terrifying than its kin. It has powerful tentacles that have hooked suckers on them, allowing it to drawn blood. Not even a Megladon could escape such a horrible fate. 

Pegomastax is a small herbivore. While it looks like a creature of nightmares, its aggressive appearance is more an illusion than reality. They have a beak that allows them to crush nuts and fruit. Inside the beak is a small boarlike tusk for defending itself against threats both human and dinosaur. The porcupine-like quills on its back may look lethal but are nowhere near as dangerous as the real thing.

Finally, the Therizinosaurus one of the largest creatures that a survivor will ever find on the ARK. While it is built like a T-Rex it is actually a herbivore. It uses it scythe-like claws to pull down leafy-vegetation for it to eat. Its claws, however, are equally as good for defending itself against enemies too.

The new dinosaurs are all looking absolutely amazing and are sure to get fans excited. They are a real Christmas present from Wildcard Studios to its audience. From underwater horrors to gigantic scythe clawed herbivores, there really is a nice variety available.

What else is the patch bringing to the ARK?

As if the excitement of new dinosaurs isn't enough to get fans eager to play over the holiday season is an array of other new features and changes too including:

  • 2 New Full-scale underwater caves (Progression orientated with artefacts)
  • Tek Tier Phase 1
    • Tek Engram system, Element Resource system, Tek Replicator, Tek Rifle, Tek Helmet, Tek Visor, Tek Jetpack, Tek Boots, Tek Gloves, Tek Rex Saddle
  • Additional networking performance gains of approximately +15%
  • BattlEye is now enabled by default for dedicated servers, use NoBattlEye to run your server without it
  • Winter Wonderland 2 Event!
    • Follow Raptor Claus around The Island, Scorched Earth, and The Center as he drops items, coal, and the occasional tough-as-nails creature to keep you warm at night! Lots of cosmetics and the DodoRex make an appearance, along with new items!
  • A special surprise Item!

With two new underwater caves to explore and the Tek Tier set for players to work towards and the Winter Wonderland 2 event, there is plenty to get excited about keep the fans of ARK very busy over the Christmas holidays.

But wait, that is not all

Along with the announcement and details for the upcoming update, Wildcard Studios also gave a few details on what is to come in the very near future that includes:

  • New Structure: Dynamic-Length Bridges
  • More Creatures, Gear, Armors, Weapons, & Structures!
  • Tek Caves, "Ascension" Game Progression, "Boss Wars"
  • Aquatic and Amphibious Mating/Lifecycles
  • DirectX12 Mode for Windows 10! Approximate +20% perf
  • Specific Representative "on-ground" meshes for all dropped items
  • Random GPU Driver crash fix: TrueSky

As if the update for Christmas wasn't enough, the promise of even more performance updates and new features is enough to get fans of the game absolutely ecstatic for the New Year.

A good time to be an ARK fan

With everything going on with Wildcard Studio's ARK: Survival Evolved -- between a PS4 release, a big update for Christmas and already notes on what is to come in the very near future -- it is a good time to be a part of the ARK community.

With so much still to come it is a very exciting time for fans. As if the content that is already in the game wasn't enough to persuade you to buy the game, with all the new additions, there is no better time than now to get started.

What are your thoughts on the update? Are you excited for it? Let me know in the comments below!

Scorched Earth Brings the Heat to ARK: Survival Evolved! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:55:26 -0400 Ty Arthur

Following in the footsteps of Killing Floor 2, the developers of Ark: Survival Evolved decided to go the problematic route of releasing paid DLC for an unfinished, early access game. Needless to say, fans aren't exactly pleased with this development, and it is definitely a practice of questionable ethics, as you are essentially paying for additional content of a demo version.

Since the whole point of early access titles is to get updates towards a full, stable release for free over time, paid DLC leaves a very sour taste in many a gamer's mouth. Seeing the rebellion brewing on their forums and in reviews, the devs issued this justification for the decision:

Scorched Earth: Our original vision for ARK always included the creation of Expansion ARKs, along with the infrastructure and technical systems to transfer data dynamically between live ARKs. We determined that it is more sound to iterate on these systems during Early Access than after retail launch, given the significant risks involved if we didn't "get it right."

While that meant unveiling the first Expansion early, it also means an easier time integrating further post-launch Expansions into the ARK network. We understand that this isn't everyone's cup of tea, and we appreciate the enjoyment people seem to be getting out of this initial view of how Expansion ARKs can work. Now that we have the systems in place to support them, we can ensure minimal integration issues with subsequent releases after ARK: Survival Evolved itself has launched.

I'll let you decide whether or not releasing paid DLC ahead of the game actually being finished to test content further is acceptable or not, and instead focus solely on what's offered here and whether its worth the price tag.

Outside The Controversy – What's New Here?

ARK was already the sort of game where it's possible to put thousands of hours into just exploring, making new dyes, building in new configurations, etc. and Scorched Earth just seriously increased that number.

Changing the tone of the flora and fauna, Scorched Earth features large new areas with different sets of challenges to overcome; in this case extreme heat, food that spoils faster, and flying wyverns.

That modified environment drastically changes what sort of structures and equipment you will need to craft to meet those new challenges, resulting in a very different experience with the same base mechanics as the original game.

 Nary a stream or river in sight...

Of course there's plenty of new creatures to kill or tame, from the adorable Jerboas that warn of impending sudden weather changes to the awesome new Morellatops that can store water for you.

If you've seen any of the promo art, you couldn't have missed the epic rock golems or burrowing death worms. It's a whole new tone and flavor to the game, and that alone makes it worth picking up if you love ARK but are tired of jungle and rivers.

Prepare To Die... And This Isn't Even Dark Souls!

One caveat for potential newcomers... Scorched Earth has a very high difficulty, so you really need to have absolutely mastered early game crafting already to have any sort of shot at surviving the new area, and I wouldn't recommend trying this DLC solo at first.

The base game already has a hefty learning curve with no explanation of what to do, and that continues in the expansion, where you can easily die of thirst while frantically searching for a water source because you didn't realize liquid could be procured by harvesting cacti or attacking specific bugs, for instance.

To keep you alive a bit longer, we put together a getting started guide for those brave enough to venture into the desert wastes.

Probably the most extremely difficult and time-consuming new feature is stealing a wyvern egg, incubating it, hatching it, and then having the baby wyvern imprint on you. Once you actually get it done correctly though, its quite the satisfying achievement (read our full guide here).

Speaking of, there need to be more actual Steam achievements for this game. With how much can be done and how many hours the average player sinks in, only having seven achievements is way, way too low.

Mama wyverns aren't known for willingly giving up their eggs...

The Bottom Line

Questionable business practices aside, Scorched Earth is an excellent update for ARK, and well worth getting into for fans of the base game.

There's still quite a bit of polish that needs to be done to this game in general – updating the UI, making the learning curve more user friendly, optimization, etc. - but as it stands Scorched Earth is worth playing if you want something new in the ARK universe.

While the trailer below gives a great overview of the new weapons and options on display, beware that it is sort of misleading on the graphical front, as of course they have it all set to “epic” and somehow don't get any lag while connected to an official server, which has never been my experience. In the game's current unoptimized state, “medium” to “high” is the best you can get without some serious slowdown, even on a very high end machine. So that is something to be aware of.

What do you think of the Scorched Earth expansion? Let me know in the  comments!