ARK: Survival Evolved Update Brings New Music, Creatures, and Gear to Xbox One and PS4

Ark: Survival Evolved

Popular dinosaur-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved received a new update from developer Studio Wildcard introducing some new gear. The news also includes four new creatures, new music tracks, additional player character hair customization options, and a revised volcano. Other updates include adding full console-style gamepad functionality to the Steam version of the game, a welcome addition for PC gamers who prefer Steam’s Big Picture mode and gaming from their couches.

The big news, obviously, are the new creatures. First we have the Apis Lithohermaea (literally a Giant Bee). Those with melissophobia (fear of bees) might want to avoid this one, it’s a nightmare fuel. A massive bee that can sting multiple times, the good news is that players can tame the queen and farm the nest for honey. Besides being a useful food source, the honey can also be used as bait for trapping other land mammals.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Apis Lithohermaea

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Functioning indoor Giant Beehive farm

Next up is the Kentrosaurus Aethiopicus, basically a smaller, spikier Stegosaurus. These guys can also be tamed (but cannot be ridden, for obvious reasons), and look to be extremely useful assets during battles, or to protect players’ compounds from threats. Better than a guard dog!

Ark: Survival Evolved

Kentrosaurus Aethiopicus

If miniature Stegosauruses aren’t your thing, how about an undersea mount? The Liopleurodon Magicus arrives as a mythical undersea best that, if tamed, will boost the rider’s luck for finding fantastic loot. Don’t count on keeping it around forever though, eventually the Liopleurodon will use its own magic to escape.

Ark: Survival Evolved

Liopleurodon Magicus

Finally, there’s the Daeodon Comedentis, the largest known species of the entelodont family. Entolodonts are occasionally referred to as “Hell Pigs” and this one certainly fits that bill. Boasting extremely rapid healing, players may find this an extremely useful mount, though taming it may prove extremely difficult. Maybe don’t mention bacon too often.

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Daeodon Comedentis

Adventurous players will find that the reworked volcano now leads to the TEK Cave. Perhaps some of the new Tek Grenades (think “Sticky grenades”) will be inside?

Aaron is proof that while you can take a developer out of the game industry, it's much harder to take the game industry out of a developer. When not at his day job, Aaron enjoys teaching Axis & Allies to his kids, writing sci-fi stories, playing classic space sims on Twitch, and riding around the American Midwest on his Harley.

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