New Ark: Survival Evolved Update Out Now On PC, Here's What It Adds

The patch is one of the biggest yet and adds new creatures, a bunch of gear, and a new location.

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The developer behind Ark: Survival Evolved continues to support the game with new content, and the most recent patch is a big one. Available now on PC, Update V257 adds gear, creatures, a cave, and a bunch of tweaks and changes. You can check out the trailer for the patch above.

The update is "one of the largest to date," according to developer Studio Wildcard. Headlining the update are a number of changes to the game's TEK Tier, sci-fi endgame content. Players can now create a TEK cloning chamber to clone creatures, a TEK saddle to ride Megalodons, a TEK turret that's an enhanced auto-turret, and a TEK sticky grenade.

In addition, the update adds a high-level cave in an active volcano. By traveling to this cave, players can access the Ascension mechanic, another addition in this update. The Ascension mechanic is essentially a way of leveling up to make the game's world more difficult. Players must beat every boss, complete the cave, and defeat a final boss to Ascend.

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Four new creatures are also added to the game. The Apis Lithohermaea is a giant bee which wields its stinger as its main weapon; the Kentrosaurus Aethiopicus looks like a smaller, more dangerous stegosaurus; the Liopleurodon Magicus grants luck if players can tame it; and the Daeodon Comedentis is described as a "Hell Pig." You can see a gallery of the new creatures above.

A list of added features is below, and you can read the full patch notes here:

  • Structure: TEK Cloning Chamber
  • Structure: TEK Megalodon Saddle
  • Structure: TEK Turret
  • Weapon: Tek Grenade
  • TEK Cave and Volcano--The Volcano finally receives its long overdue, scorching redesign--and now leads to the entrance to the TEK Cave.
  • Ascension Game Progression
  • More UI overhauls
  • New Hairstyle and Facial Hair
  • Approximately 20+ New Explorer Notes
  • 15 new music tracks, per-biome and situational
  • Full console-style gamepad functionality (i.e. same as console versions)
  • Alpha Megalodon and APEX Loot for all Alpha creatures.

The patch is currently only available on PC, but the developer says that a version for PS4 and Xbox One is coming soon. You can read about the details of the previous patch, which was another substantial content update, here.

Although the game has done well on PC and consoles, it doesn't look it'll be released on Nintendo Switch any time soon. The developer said in February: "We don't have any current plans for the Nintendo Switch, though I will be closely watching how that console does in its launch."

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If you don't like it, then Uninstall and wait for the "Beta" Testing" to end. Early Access! = Data Collect.Patch Fix Testing.Debug Mode.Statistic Checks via steamworks. You all signed up by EARLY ACCESS to all be the "Digital guinea pig".

If you don't like the pill, spit it out don't get involved till it is "Completed" this Isn't exclusive demo mode its COME TEST with us.

+ No matter how much you all like to B**** about it; the Legal disclaimer at the bottom stated there is *No Customer Support* as in don't red\blue period until the game is Finished.

Legally, they don't have to tell you Squat; but they inform, update, and warn.

Uninstall your modifications and use SINGLE player and enjoy what you have.

The most of you "Cant" lower your setting's, due to you.

As for the Optimization's They said "It will be a OBVIOUS Later on

(Why?!)

:Do you add in your junk in a game, and then smooth it out; then add more junk only to "smooth out" the new junk just added.

Shut up and wait or, at the very least learn to Optimize for the game's issues.

Like taking all those BIG settings for your escapist, fantasy, RP & Game play and put them Lower and Lower till it wont Lag because thats Optimizing your own Game when it don't work.

@stuffy brat's

And yes, there are FEW things you can do for consoles.

Most of the issues PC and Console, could have been easer to deal with. They should have added a sub directory for multiple character & multiple island saves via a server \ cloud.

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this game has somehow gotten worse update after update at the moment it is virtually unplayable on console

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-- ARK.. Switch ? Never X my mind.. but.. I suppose it needs some Free Co-Op Multiplayer Game thats Mainstream or, Indy-Mainstream.

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Supposedly the Optimizations are coming at the end of this month, we shall see if they are true to their word... (Which lately hasn't been at all)

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I've given up on this game. It's been YEARS. The way the game was two years ago, but running at least half on-par with other titles would've been a good complete game. As is, it's a hot mess that only gets hotter. They'll NEVER make it run well on computers that can run comparable games at 60fps. You got a top tier computer? 25fps for you - if you're lucky and are on a beach.

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@contrapotatoes: You do understand what early access IS for . its for 1# You chose to: Support the company $ & 2# statistics checks via user\system crashes.

your expecting a game before its a game.

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@wh8that: I hear what you're saying and I'd ordinarily agree - but I really don't think they will improve performance to be on-par with simiarly-demanding games.

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@contrapotatoes: Not that big of a deal for us console players as almost all games don't run above 30 fps. I get it sucks for ppl with good PCs.

Give it time, they're working on essentially 3 different versions. They finally got around to fixing the UI, so stuff is getting done. Most games take at least 3 years development time, they're around 2. If not optimized by its official release coming up, then your complaints would be fair.

Warframe for example has finally been going back for the past year and fixing all the crappy stuff from launch with character reworks, and graphical upgrades and optimazations and it's just hit 4 years. It's just harder to deal with bc it's playable most of development now with early access and multi-year beta statuses.

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@inebriantia: Don't get me wrong, it's clear they're working and they're working hard, but I have a high-end build and don't get past 24fps, but drop down to 14 in places. After four years of development, people in my situation shouldn't have to choose between 24fps or fugly graphics.

I'm not sure what it is you foresee that will gain the additional 30% performance minimum the game badly needs, but I hope you're right.

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@contrapotatoes: I get it, I really, I'd be quite bummed out in your shoes, especially if it's dipping all the way down to 14.

The only reason I don't jump down thier throat is because they have been pretty honest for the most part and hopefully they keep thier word about optimization. Even though Im a console player, if it's not fixed by the "official" release, then I'll be right there voicing my displeasure on behalf of the PC users.

It's a fun game, that hopefully you get to enjoy :(

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@inebriantia: I've put hundreds of hours into the game, even at crappy framerates. It really is very fun. If it ever runs on Vulkan, or if they try to communicate back & forth with both AMD, it could be devastatingly addictive.

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@contrapotatoes: Totally agree, I may game on console, but my wife has a gaming PC, I'd learn how to play PC just for that lol.

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@inebriantia: Sadly, history has shown devs that get all of their money FIRST rarely go back and fix the game. I hope this game is the exception because I want to try it some day, but right now I don't dare throw down $70.

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@Barighm: To be fair, Hello games have been spiffing NMS considerably since launch.

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BRAKING NEWS: my buddy's sister makes $70 /hour on the computer . She has been out of a job for 8 months but last month her paycheck was $14224 just working on the computer for a few hours.

check my source_+_+_+_+_+_+__+_+_+_+http://www.99homejobs.com

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So high tech, but whats the point if they still can hit you unconscious with a lvl2 wood club by 2 hit max.

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@Veltoro: Yet...

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@Veltoro: If you need to be spoon fed something that simple, you're a lost cause. Good day.

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Optimizations?!?!? No!?!?!? Ahhh.... -___- Idiot developers...

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@maitkarro: Dude this game's been out for many years now and it still runs like garbage on top-end systems. And you're swinging your slimy 'fucking idiot' around like you just took it out of your pants. They will never optimize this game to run well.

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@maitkarro: Wtf I'm a idiot?!? So you're telling me there is no point in optimizing this mess of a game??!? How the **** could you be OK with this performance?? Sorry but I can't comprehend stupidity at your level. People defending bad optimization and bad performance while devs sell millions and get away with half ass games is fucking ridiculous. And it has been in early access for like 2 years or so now?!?? And still same shitty performance?!? And you people actually defend it?!?? You people are on a whole new level of stupidity... Wait to see how stupid the NEXT generation IS! Lmao! Idiots!

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@clay544888: They have said many many times they are focusing on adding content first then optimization, yes it sucks they decided to take that route but still how many times does it need to be said before it sticks?

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@killercondoms: Wtf, what they should be doing is optimizing what's there first not add content with shit performance. Well dumb devs and dumb people supporting this shit. They seem to go well together...No wonder they're banking on this half assed game. Because people with bottom barrel standards are supporting it! This game will probably be like DayZ and forever run like shit!

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@clay544888: I agree, was/is a bad way of going about it but they should be close to the end of adding content unless they come up with more stupid stuff plus the whole paid DLC thing was messed up as well.

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@clay544888: Yeah this game runs like crap.

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