Studio Wildcard updated its popular survival-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved today with an arsenal of highly anticipated dinos, mechanics and features. According to the press release, the most significant addition is support for 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.
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. Procedurally generated maps aim to bolster ARK’s replay value and player creativity level, adding a whole new dimension to the already immense game.
Also in update v248, three new creatures join the fray with the prey-grabbing Kaprosuchus, the boulder-tossing Chalicotherium, and the oxygen-giving Diplocaulus making their debut.
Also, 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 full ARK: Survival Evolved Update v248 features a broad spectrum of additions, including:
- 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