ARK: Survival Evolved players on the Xbox One have been waiting for The Center map to catch up with the PC version of the game. That time finally arrived Tuesday as update 742.0 was deployed by Studio Wildcard to bring the Redwood Island, an expanded Edge of the World, and various fixes.
The 742.0 update for ARK: Survival Evolved is now available to download on the Xbox One and weighs in at 8.4 GB. Much of the size from the patch is the new content added to The Center map.
As previously covered, ARK: Survival Evolved finally brings the Redwood biome to The Center. Developer Ben Burkart has extended the map southward to make room for a massive new island to house the Redwoods and the Titanosaur. The island runs from almost the eastern edge of the map, past Skull Island and the Tropical South island, all the way to the waterfalls that go off the edge of the west side of the world by the Snow South biome.
A land bridge connecting the South Snow biome to the Redwood Island was also added. This bridge is past the location of the waterfalls that go off the edge of the world. It extends directly south before cutting east towards Redwood Island.
A new boss arena is also added to the top of the gigantic cliffs that mark the end of the southern section of the ARK: Survival Evolved map. The arena is actually above the world, and players will only be able to reach it via teleportation using one of the three Obelisks on The Center.
The Center has also added a huge new cavernous area to the Edge of the World just past the Green Obelisk. The Center map designer dug into the side of the cliffs to create a vast cavern featuring a river, plenty of buildable space, and an ice palace. Since it would normally be dark in such a space, massive crystals are scattered around in the walls and pillars to serve as both decorative ambiance and light sources.
The ice palace is situated in the very rear of the cliffside cavern and straddles the river that runs through it. According to Burkart, this area will serve as a new location for penguins to spawn. Since the creatures currently only spawn on the iceberg in the small lake next to the Green Obelisk, this is great news.
The cavern is a bit safer than most of the nearby areas around the cavern, primarily populated by non-predators. The ice palace in particular serves as another home for the under-utilized penguins on the map.
ARK: Survival Evolved players on Xbox One will also now be able to reach the water on the Edge of the World with this update. Expect to see Mantas, Megalodons, and other aquatic creatures down there, but no bottom. An invisible wall will keep players from venturing all the way to the bottom or further west than the current coordinate system allows.
New caverns to explore, fixed various dino spawns, and a deep ocean trench that will require ARK Survivors to use some additional lighting to see are added. Keep an eye out on the Inquisitr‘s existing The Center guide as it will be updated to reflect all the changes.
A lengthy list of fixes to The Center map comes with this update and were posted to the ARK: Survival Evolved website. Unfortunately, they are far too long to post here, but the good news is it confirms Bear spawns are in with mini-caves that serve as homes for them.
Other confirmed fixes include Pelagornis and Titanosaurus no longer turning invisible plus allowing Gigantosaurus to attack trees again. The official patch notes are posted to the ARK: Survival Evolved website and Community Manager Jat confirmed this brings the Xbox One version up to the 247.81 PC patch. This means the Archaeopteryx and Tapejara are now included as part of the Scorched Earth expansion.
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