Studio Wildcard announced the new updates to their popular survival adventure game with new dinosaurs, mechanics, and features but most surprising addition is procedurally generated maps. By introducing procedurally generated maps into ARK’s already huge geographical landscape, Studio Wildcard gives Survivors infinite choices to generate random ARKs (maps) and to tailor them to their liking.

Procedurally generated maps now give players tons of new 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. By have procedurally generated maps gives Ark: Survival Evolved a higher replay value and player creativity brings a whole new dimension to the game.

Know as Update v248 some of the new features include:

  • New Feature: Procedurally Generated ARKs! Generate your very own totally unique, customized or randomized world!
  • New Dinos: Kaprosuchus Paludentium, Diplodocus Insulaprincep, and Chalicotherium Obsideoquus
  • New Mechanics:
    • You can now directly wield your weapons when mount-riding smaller Dinos!
    • Explorer Notes
  • Tree Platforms now have +70% HP and +50% resistance to explosive damage
  • Neuter/Spay Option for Tamed Dinos (irreversible!)

Kaprosuchus Paludentium: A smaller relative of the Sarcosuchus, “Kapro” 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. Survivors are generally split about the usefulness of this dino. Some love its versatile speed, while others do not like its physical frailty and and do not think its high speed and damaging attacks make up for this shortcoming.

Diplocaulus Natatorinutrix: At home mainly on the island’s swamps, Diplocaulus Natatorinutrix 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. Diplocaulus’ unique capability to retain vast quantities of oxygen allows to effectively remain submerged for hours at a time, usually outlasting even other amphibious creatures that might otherwise prey upon it.

Chalicotherium Obsideoquus:Found in small numbers in colder regions, Chalicotherium Obsideoquus is a primitive creature with simple behaviors. While normally a peaceful herbivore that prefers to spend its days lazing about or playing with its family, it is very territorial, and the entire family, young and old, will turn against an encroaching creature at just the slightest provocation. 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, rather than snowballs!

Also the first expansion Scorched Earth is on sale for $14.99(Original Price $19.99) on Steam.

For information on this update and more visit PlayArk.com.

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