ARK: Survival Evolved players on the Xbox One received a massive update Friday evening. The open-world dinosaur survival game received all of the content from the latest PC patch. Unfortunately, PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait through the weekend for the update.
The Xbox One update 755 is now available for the console, but console owners should expect a lengthy download. The update is a little more than 34GB due to optimizations and restructuring of game data, per ARK: Survival Evolvedcommunity manager Jat.
PlayStation 4 Update 509 is now scheduled for Monday, June 12. Studio Wildcard ran into some PS4-specific bugs, which caused the developer to bring the release back in for fixes over the weekend and resubmit the update to Sony.
Console Specific Updates
Studio Wildcard has added the ATV to the console version of ARK: Survival Evolved but it is not available in general play yet. Admins of player-run dedicated servers and those playing single-player will be able to use spawn commands to bring the motorized vehicle into the game world.
Painting has also finally been added to the console version of ARK. This feature was introduced to the PC long ago and has been much requested by the console fan base. Unfortunately, technical limitation of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have drawn out its addition. Players can now paint their Survivor along with any tamed dinosaurs.
Another round of performance enhancements have also been introduced by the development team. The improvements include memory reductions plus texture memory and mesh optimizations.
New ‘ARK’ Dinosaurs
The latest ARK: Survival Evolved update adds a total of five new dinosaurs, one more than the usual four in recent updates. This also wraps up all of the planned creature releases for ARK: Survival Evolved. Studio Wildcard has finally wrapped development on the announced animals, but will continue to add more after still has some structures and other features to be added to the game.
These new creatures may or may not get the chills when someone says “Mufasa,” but they are another set of pack creatures to worry about while exploring ARK: Survival Evolved. They stay together in groups of six and will only attack when they feel they have the advantage.
Taming the Hyaenodon requires donning a Ghillie suit and sneaking up close to one and petting it. This will not work on the alpha of the pack, though, as it is untameable.
Hyaenodon’s cannot be ridden, but they can be equipped with saddlebags that will increase the spoil timer on meat. Additionally, petting a tamed version will give it a buff to damage dealt and better resistance to damage received.
This is the goose that lays the golden eggs in ARK: Survival Evolved. The prehistoric bird can be tamed by dragging a fish corpse to it.
The main benefit of the tamed Hesperonis is feeding it live fish. Once it has consumed enough, it will lay an egg on land that has a chance to be a golden egg. This gives a 500 percent experience buff to non-rideable, tamed creatures and a 10 percent buff to all other tamed creatures and humans.
This giant mammal loves insects. So much so that it moves faster when insects are nearby and will extract more chitin than normal when it kills them.
The unique twist of this giant venomous lizard is its ability to climb walls and ceilings. Its attack will put a “Rabies” debuff on any creature of player bitten, which will decrease health and stamina for a period.
Taming a Megalania will give players a rideable mount that isn’t particularly fast, but capable of climbing anywhere on surface and caves in ARK: Survival Evolved.
The Yutyrannus is yet another two-legged carnivore in ARK: Survival Evolved at first glance. However, the beast has two different roars – Courage and Fear – that can buff allied units or debuff enemy units. The Courage roar will increase damage output and resistance of nearby allies by 25 percent. Meanwhile, the Fear roar will reduce damage dealt by enemies and may make them flee.
New ‘ARK’ Weapon
Survivors seeking more weaponry underwater now have a Harpoon Gun to play with. The existing Ballista Bolts have been replaced with Spear Bolts and can be loaded into both the Ballista and Harpoon Gun. Tranq Spear Bolts can also be crafted to knock out underwater creatures for taming purposes.
New ‘ARK’ Vehicle
ARK: Survival Evolved players have frequently asked for an upgrade over the existing raft, and it is finally here. A motorboat is now available with some bonuses over a regular boat. Powered by gasoline, the motorboat has more health and a higher structure limit.
Poopy New ‘ARK’ Structure
Poop has always been a central component to ARK: Survival Evolved for everything from creating fertilizer for crops to even killing other players in an embarrassing fashion. The new toilet can be hooked up to a water pipe and characters that go “number two” on it can generate fertilizer and receive a buff that grants bonus experience.
The PrimitivePlus official mod received a huge update as part of the new console update. The full list of additions, changes, and bug fixes can be found here, but there are some major changes in the form of PrimitivePlus items being replaced by those from ARK: Survival Evolved. For example, the Apiary and Honey have been replaced by the Beehive from the main game. Additionally, PrimitivePlus Adobe structures have been replaced by those from the Scorched Earth expansion.
Major Additional ARK Changes
- Studio Wildcard has finally extended pack behavior to Dire Wolves. Like the Allosaurus and Hyaenodon, the highest level Dire Wolf will be the alpha of the pack.
- Sound updates have been applied to the overworld as well as to the Ankylosaurus, Castrorides, Wooly Rhino, Stegosaurus, Paraceratherium, Araneo, Carbonemys, mounted turrets, and human footsteps.
- User Interface updates have been applied to the tribe log, custom recipe, painting and dyeing screens, plus the dino ancestry.
- Official PVE servers now use Studio Wildcard’s offline raid protection implementation.
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[Edit: Added forgotten paragraph on painting in console specific update section.]