Ark: Survival Evolved has sold over 1 million copies on PS4, Tek Tier Phase One hits consoles today

Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Phase One of Ark: Survival Evolved’s Tek Tier rollout starts today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Along with news of the rollout, Studio Wildcard also announced Ark: Survival Evolved has also sold over 1 million copies on PlayStation 4 since its release on December 6.

It was also the number one selling game on PlayStation Network in both December 2016 and January 2017.

To celebrate, the ArkK: Survival Evolved “Survivor’s Pack” is now on sale worldwide on PS4 for 20% off ($54.99/€49.99). It includes an up-to-date version of the game, previously released content, plus the Scorched Earth expansion pack.

It also comes with a Bionic Giganotosaurus skin plus an entire Manticore armor set for all male and female characters, exclusive to PS4.

Phase One of the Tek Tier is available for free through v254 from today on Xbox One and PS4, and as previously reported, comes with new weapons, armors, gear, and dinosaur mounted laser cannons.

Players can also tame four new creatures and take part in the Valentine’s Day Event, a limited-time feature which allows users to increase creature mating speed. They will also be able to find a box of chocolates that can be used to unlock new event-themed hairstyles and an emote.

To gain Tek Tier loot, players will need to gather the newly introduced Element resource, which is granted after successfully completing Boss Arenas. Each Boss now has three difficulty levels and after defeating them, the player is awarded unique TEK Knowledge engrams, element and other Boss Rewards.

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Here’s what you can expect to find in Tek Tier Phase One:

  • TEK Helmet – Contains a built-in oxygen tank and three different type of vision: Sonar, which identifies tribes, allies, enemies and creatures, Night (see in the dark) and a combined Sonar/Night mode.
  • TEK Boots – These boots let players scale vertical surfaces with ease, along with negating any falling damage.
  • TEK Pants – Enable a super run that lets players speed through solid objects. Combined with the TEK Shirt, the pants allow for faster flight and a cool superheroic stance.
  • TEK Shirt – Jet Pack! Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Don this item then rocket upwards into space or hover above your enemies to better view the devastation you have wrought!
  • TEK Gauntlets – Powerful super punch – dash-smash your foes across the map with this powered up fisticuffs feature.
  • TEK Rifle – Powered by Element, the rifle features a scope that can sync up with the TEK Helmet’s vision modes for double the death-dealing.
  • TEK Rex Saddle – Mount lasers on your T-Rex. Yes…lasers…on…a…T-Rex
  • TEK Replicator – Needed for crafting items from the TEK tier.
  • TEK Transmitter – This portable terminal functions similarly to an Obelisk, allowing players to transfer characters, creatures and items across the ARK.

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Ark’s creature list has also expanded with the release of the Ovis Aries, Baryonyx Aquafulgur, Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit, and the Purlovia Maxima. It brings the total up to 96.

Purlovia Maxima – Resembling a giant weasel, the Purlovia is a nasty sneak, burrowing underground so it can ambush unaware passers-by.

Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit – One of the stranger water creatures is Basilosaurus, a powerful swimmer that is so adapted to life in the shallows, it has problems surviving in deep water. This hasn’t kept tribes from taming these gentle creatures, as their warm-blooded nature means riders can be kept comfortable in both hot and cold climes. Its blubber is also valuable, as it can be processed into a highly efficient form of gasoline.

Baryonyx Aquafulgur – Baryonyx has the distinction of being on the small end of the large predator tier, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It’s an extremely fast swimmer, and can threaten most creatures on land and sea, which makes it an efficient killer. Taming a Baryonyx makes it even more dangerous.

Ovis Aries – The Ovis has arrived in-game. This passive, stupid-tempered creature might be weak, but it’s definitely useful, with wool that can be repeatedly sheared and re-grown, and the ability to produce tasty, wonderful, lamb chops. Its also makes for a fun, albeit slow, mount.

Other Features in today’s v254 update:

  • New Weapon – Lance: Saddle up and prepare for medieval mounted mayhem with the arrival of this, the Jurassic Jouster’s weapon of choice.
  • New Mechanic: Hairstyles, Facial Hair, Hair Colouring and styling with real-time growing. Customize your avatars with awesome new beards and then watch them grow! Cut, dye and trim your hair as you go all out with your character design.
  • 16 Additional Explorer Notes
  • A ton of improvements for official mod The Center, and general game fixes

All of the aforementioned content has been available through Steam since January 30.

Ark: Survival Evolved is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game also supports PS4 Pro.

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