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Ark Gets It’s First Xbox One Update And New Creatures
Get ready to start the new Ark year with an Ark: Survival Evolved Xbox One update and two new creatures added to the PC roster!
PC players can now add the excrement-eating Dung Beetle and the defensive Dimetrodon to their dinosaur collections, and both come with interesting uses. The Dimetrodon is a highly adaptable carnivore that offers players shade during excessive heat (great for when you’re swamp-trawling) and insulation from extreme cold by using the massive sail on its back. Who wouldn’t want a portable parasol for those weird-weather days? You can find them roaming the swamps where there’s plenty of small prey.
The second newest addition (and a great contender for one of the grossest Ark creatures yet!) is the Dung Beetle, which eats excrement and other useless wastes and turns it into burnable oil, perfect for powering generators or fertilizing crops. Any new source of fuel is welcome in Ark, and these little critters would be perfect if you’ve got a large collection of dinosaurs.
While these two creatures are only coming to PC for the moment, Xbox One players can welcome the adorable Procoptodon, an adorable prehistoric Kangaroo, which allows a second player to join you in its pouch (making it the only dual-riding creature in the Ark universe to date!) As well as dual-riding positions, this creature can leap large distances like the Beelzebufo, making it great for travelling large distances quickly.
Moving over to the Xbox One update, v231.9 brings over 100 more official servers, as well the extra PC content and a slew of additions/fixes, including:
- Dino rebalancing
- The addition of the Primitive Cage and stone fireplace items
- Fixed cave loading crash/fall-thru
- Improved performance
- Fixed crosshairs not appearing
- Fixed potential loss of character save data in local mode
- Fixed fur armour colouring
- Fixed Taming Dinos losing Inventories/messed up inventories when reloading a single player save
- Fixed a memory leak that was causing crashing around the Volcano area
Finally, mod-creators have a change at netting themselves part of $60,000 in the Ark Worldwide Modding Contest. Studio Wildcard are looking for fans to submit entries in one of three categories: ‘Mods’, ‘Maps’ and ‘Total Conversions’, and each entry stands a chance of winning one of 15 prizes.
- 1st place: $10,000 in each category
- 2nd place: $5,000 in each category
- 3rd place: $3,000 in each category
- 4th place: $2,000 in each category
- 5th place: $1,000 in each category
Submissions are open from January 14th to March 15th, and you can find all the rules and regulations on the Ark Community Forums. Good luck to anyone entering!
Ark: Survival Evolved is currently available for PC and to download on Xbox One via Xbox Game Preview for $34.99/£24.70, and is set for a full launch in summer 2016 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 (with Project Morpheus support) and PC.