Studio Wildcard managed to sneak in the latest ARK: Survival Evolved update to the Xbox One Thursday evening. The 733.0 patch just went live and covers content up from the last two PC patches along with some console specific fixes.
High-level ARK: Survival Evolved players have the new Snow and Swamp Caves to explore with this update. Survivors 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 also an alternative. 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 too.
The new creatures added include the charging Woolly Rhino (taming guide), the armored Dunkleosteus (taming guide), and the black pearl dropping Eurypterid. The latter two can only be found in the oceans.
The addition of what Studio Wildcard calls “Extinction Servers” has not quite arrived yet, but will go live soon. The developer was surprised to see the patch exit Microsoft certification Thursday, so the new servers will likely hit overnight or into Friday. Update: The new servers are now live.
Extinction Servers will reset once a month complete with a meteor impact to signal the reset. The meteor can be seen in the sky and will grow larger as the end counts down. These are in response to some ARK: Survival Evolved players seeking a fresh experience in-game instead of dealing with servers where established tribes dominate the island. It also keeps the developer from constantly adding new servers.
“These time-limited servers are a great way for new players to start on a level playing field and a challenging gameplay choice for those who want to see how far they can progress before the end of days! Participants will earn badges to mark their accomplishment,” Studio Wildcard explained.
The Extinction Servers are an experiment for now, so expect tweaks as Studio Wildcard gets feedback from the community. The harvest, experience, and tame rates were upped to two to three times normal not long after the new servers went live on the PC, for example.
Several Xbox One-specific fixes are included with this ARK: Survival Evolved update. 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 split-screen. 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, and server options now have input boxes to directly enter values.
You can check the full patch notes for the ARK: Survival Evolved 733 update below.
- All PC Content & Fixes Through PC v238 (such as “New Cave-Dungeons: Snow and Swamp. New Creatures: Woolly Rhino, Eurypterid etc)
- All-New “Extinction Event” Servers, which reset after each month, with an in-game countdown! (these are additional brand NEW servers, not existing servers)
- Improved game framerate by approximately 10% (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.
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