The Xbox One version of ARK: Survival Evolved is receiving the 732.0 patch today, March 7, to bring a host of new content to the open-world dinosaur survival game after a brief delay. The console version has actually reached content parity with the PC courtesy of the additions of the Terror Bird, Giant Beaver, Grappling Hook, and more.
Studio Wildcard announced the release of the update via Twitter. The patch should be deployed around 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Note that anyone playing ARK when the update is deployed will be booted from the game, so make sure your character is somewhere safe.
This is the first time ARK: Survival Evolved on the Xbox One been on par with the PC version since it was released to the Xbox Game Preview Program in December. It likely won’t last long, as the PC will always be the first platform for any updates to the game, but it is good to see Studio Wildcard meet its expectations of releasing console updates approximately every two weeks.
The 732.0 patch adds all of the PC content up through the 236.0 patch delivered to ARK on that platform. This includes Terror Birds, Tribe Alliances, and Grappling Hook, plus the Giant Beaver and Handcuffs.
The previously promised, additional options for server settings are also included. The patch notes state all options will be exposed, including custom lists of Engrams and Dino Multipliers. This is only listed for dedicated servers, however, implying these settings will not be available on non-dedicated servers and local play.
The developer has also made more performance improvements to ARK: Survival Evolved. The new update promotes a 20 percent performance increase. That’s in addition to the 20 percent performance improvement with the last console update.
Meanwhile, those who desire to play ARK: Survival Evolved in other languages got their wish. Studio Wildcard added 10 different localizations to the game that were generated by the game’s community.
Here are the complete 732.0 patch notes posted by Studio Wildcard.
- All PC Content up thru PC version 236 (Terror Bird, Grappling Hook, Handcuffs, Giant Beaver, Tribe Alliances, etc etc)
- Approximately 20 percent performance increase! Woohoo thanks Microsoft
- All options exposed for dedicated servers, finally! Even custom lists of Engrams & Dino Multipliers, etc!
- Numerous crash fixes
- Community-contributed Game Localization, added the Following Localizations:
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
Tribe Alliances is one of the more significant features added to ARK: Survival Evolved and serves to help smaller tribes work together against large “Alpha” tribes. Players will be able to utilize Tribe chat, which works for all members of the alliance, build near each other, and collaborate during tribe wars. Additionally, Tribe Alliances on PVP servers keep dinosaurs, turrets, and Plant Species X from attacking allied tribe members.
Grappling Hooks are a fun addition to ARK that allows players to use their Crossbows to reach cliffs, trees, tall buildings, and other locations or drag around other players and animals. There are some limitations, though. First, each Grappling Hook can only be used once and they are fairly expensive to craft, requiring three Stone Arrows, one Cementing Paste, nine Metal Ingots, two Thatch, and 35 Fiber. Second, while dinosaurs can be grappled, they will break the line as soon as they flee. Third, large dinosaurs that are hooked will drag the player around.
One Grappling Hook trick worth mentioning comes up when you are hooked by another player. You will remove the line if you hit them with your Grappling Hook.
Just try to avoid another player putting Handcuffs on you. This new item will keep you from opening your inventory to use or use items. You can still walk, run, and use any consumable items you might have had in your hotbar before getting cuffed.
On the new animal front, the Giant Beaver is an incredibly useful utility animal, as covered in the taming guide. It harvests wood and thatch at prodigious rates, plus they will harvest on their own if left to wander. The large furry creatures also have a carry bonus that makes wood, thatch, and fiber weigh only 20 percent of their normal weight, and stone 50 percent of its normal weight. It also doubles as a mobile Smithy thanks to the Castoroides Saddle. Be sure to keep an eye out for Beaver Dams as well, as they are packed with useful loot such as Cementing Paste.
Meanwhile, the Terror Bird (taming guide) is an aggressive avian standing as tall as 12 feet. Generally speaking, it is in the same class as the Raptor, Carnotaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex in terms of utility as a mount to attack other dinosaurs and humans as well as explore the island. The differentiating factor with the big bird is its ability to jump and glide short distances. It cannot fly, but it will be able to get to places the other two-legged carnivores can’t.
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