Xbox One owners of ARK: Survival Evolved won’t have to wait too long for this week’s and last week’s PC content update to hit the console. Studio Wildcard announced Monday the 733.0 update will hit Microsoft’s console the week of April 7 with new caves, new creatures, new features, and plenty of fixes.
ARK: Survival Evolved players on the PC received patch 237 over the weekend, which added the new Snow and Swamp caves along with the Eggcellent Adventure Easter event. Unfortunately, the event will not make its way to the Xbox One, but the new high-end caves will.
ARK players will not only have to contend with high-level creatures such as Yetis, Giant Scorpions, and Giant Bats, but the environment of the caves as well. The Snow Caves are brutally cold and will require Fur Armor or Riot Armor. For example, the water is so cold it will cause damage. Additionally, it gets even colder the deeper you venture in the cave.
Meanwhile, the Swamp Cave has a noxious atmosphere that requires players to equip a Scuba Tank and Mask to survive. Ghillie Suits are an alternative as well, according to a Reddit post from Studio Wildcard Community Manager Jat Karunakaran. This gives Primitive servers a chance to explore Swamp Caves as well since they don’t have access to scuba gear.
The Snow Cave rewards the Artifact of the Strong while the Swamp Cave rewards the Artifact of the Immune. Studio Wildcard has described the loot table for the caves as high-end, but players have received lowly primitive equipment as well.
The creature count will be increased by at least three with the 733 update to the Xbox One. The PC version of the game will receive the 238 patch later this week, which includes two sea creatures and a new land animal. This would be the underwater version of the Giant Scorpion, the Eurypterid, which drops Black Pearls along with Chitin and Silica Pearls; the Dunkleosteus armored fish that can be tamed to harvest stone and oil in the depths of the oceans; and the Wooly Rhino with its powerful charge attack.
Also included is the yet to be revealed new breeding mechanics and Tribe member rankings and management. There are several Xbox One-specific fixes coming to ARK, however. This includes teleporting players above ground if they glitch under the map to fix a known exploit, a fix for the wonky Mammoth colors, and a fix for the Spyglass in splitscreen. Players that keep accidentally leaving tribes will be happy to know that issue has now been corrected. Meanwhile, there’s another 10 percent framerate performance improvement, according to the developer.
You can check the complete 733.0 patch notes for ARK: Survival Evolved on the Xbox One below.
- All PC Content & Fixes Through PC v238 (such as “New Cave-Dungeons: Snow and Swamp. New Creatures: Woolly Rhino, Eurypterid, & Dunkleosteus. Breeding Mechanics Phase 2” etc)
- Improved game framerate by approximately 10 percent (rendering & cpu)
- Fixed Bug: Focus is now NOT on the Leave Tribe button when opening the Tribe Menu, also added a Leave Tribe confirmation dialog.
- If you get stuck underground, you now teleport back above ground.
- Mammoth colorization fixed
- Timer values that were resetting to 0 on “Reset Options” now reset to their correct value
- Server administrators can now specify a list of administrator users to have access to the full set of administrator (console) commands, as on PC. Singleplayer/Non-Dedicated hosts always have this option. If you have administrator access, all PC console commands can now be inputted at the Pause Menu.
- Server Options now have edit boxes for inputting direct arbritrary values.
- Spyglass now works properly in splitscreen.
It’s still unclear if the Basilosaurus will make an appearance in the next PC and Xbox One update to ARK. Studio Wildcard co-founder Susan Stielgitz was previously teasing the creature and its dossier was finally revealed Monday. However, neither the PC nor Xbox One upcoming patch notes have been updated to include the creature. Studio Wildcard is likely trying to get it for the next update on both platforms, but it could still slip.
Here is the Basilosaurus dossier for ARK: Survival Evolved.
“One of the stranger creatures in the waters surrounding the island is Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit. It’s a powerful swimmer which has adapted to the shallows so remarkably well such that it rapidly recovers from injuries when near the water’s surface. Conversely, it’s vulnerable to deep water pressure, which slowly cause it harm.
“Basilosaurus is usually closely followed around by other predatory creatures, as its eating habits leave a large amount of scraps for other scavengers to consume. It’s a gentle creature towards humans, and happily takes food directly from them. However, the creature which trail the ‘Basi’ tend to become dangerously enraged whenever this happens, as it leaves no leftovers for them.”
“Despite the hassle of engaging with its ornery followers, many tribes still attempt to tame the Basilosaurus, as its mammalian warm-blooded circulation provides a rider with perfect comfort from both heat and cold. Alternatively, Basilosaurus is hunted – perhaps too vigorously – for its special blubber, which can be refined into a far more efficient form of gasoline.”
[Image via Studio Wildcard]