Ark: Survival just got a huge update, as the developers of the game added 248 maps and more to the game, despite it still being in Steam Early Access. That’s a lot of extra land to explore, and to make things even more interesting and dynamic, all 248 maps are procedurally generated, so you never know what’s lurking behind that next group of bushes.
How long you’ll be able to stay alive in these new landscapes remains to be seen, as you’ll find everything from tall mountains to dangerous valleys, rivers and more. To add to the new map generating features, you’ll also find a range of new animals to hunt, or be hunted by. The Chalicotherium, for example, is a primitive cold-dwelling create, which can be trained, even used as artillery, while other creates will allow you to swim underwater, and much more.
You’ll also find new chests to discover, the ability to wield weapons while riding smaller creatures and even the ability to neuter lizards. Check out the video below for more details.
Procedurally Generated ARKs! Generate your very own totally unique, customized or randomized world! Players can determine a myriad of landscape options from the heights of mountains, depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, rivers or oceans, to the kinds of each biomes they want, and more!
“The Kaprosuchus is a water-based carnivore primarily found among swamps and capable of high speed running on land or in water. Kapro is a solitary hunter that picks off small to medium creatures, especially those isolated from their packs.
The Chalicotherium, found in small numbers in colder regions, is a primitive creature with simple behaviors. It’s believed that Chalicotherium is best used as a trained mobile artillery, as its unique playtime habit delivers a devastating long-range assault tactic when it is given boulders to throw!
The Diplocaulus, at home mainly on the island’s swamps, is a small amphibian residing at the middle-bottom of the ecosystem. The few uses for tamed Diplocaulus include the (rather disgusting) practice of employing it as an oxygen bag. Because Diplocaulus stores air in the bladders of its head, divers can suck from these bladders to take deep breaths while submerged, supporting long-term underwater exploration without the use of external gear.
The ARK “Explorer Note System” finds its way into both the main Island and ARK: Scorched Earth. Found within 130 treasure chests and available now, these chests contain the stories of actual inhabitants who have previously lived on the isle, as well as provide a temporary XP buff to those Survivors who collect them. These 3D Explorer and Story Notes are punctuated with powerful personalities from a Roman Centurion to an Ancient Chinese Warrior to an Egyptian Priestess, each one chronicling their experiences on ARK and unveiling kernels of the story secrets they have uncovered.
The update also includes the ability to directly wield your weapons when mount-riding smaller Dinos, as well as allowing those avid breeders to Neuter/Spay their Dinos!
To join our growing band of survivors, join Steam’s Early Access Program on PC/Mac/Linux/SteamOS or Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One to download the game. For the latest updates follow us on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/survivetheark , like us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/survivetheark/ , subscribe to us on YouTube, visit the Website at http://playark.com and our Community Hub athttp://www.survivetheark.com plus watch us tame and train leviathan dinosaurs on https://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark“
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