Ark: Survival Evolved console update brings it inline with December PC build, adds five new dinos and two underwater locations

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:56 GMT

Ark: Survival Evolved gets a hefty update on PS4 and Xbox One this week.

A new Ark: Survival Evolved update is available on consoles, bringing the PS4 and Xbox One builds on par with patch 253 on PC, which released in late December.

That’s not a lengthy wait for parity, and if you’re on PS4 there’s even better news: the addition of procedurally generated maps, as seen in the PC and Xbox One builds of Ark: Aurvival Evolved.

The update adds to big underwater caves which are designed to aid progression, being stock with artifacts. It also brings five new creatures to Ark: Survival Evolved, as outlined below and seen in the trailer above.

Cnidaria Omnimorph
A combination of everything good and bad about various species of Jellyfish, the Cnidaria is too simple to tame or train, but tribes keep schools of them around for their bioluminescence and their ability to sting. Containing them in pools around a camp is a great way to make a barrier of swimming, stinging security that also illuminates the night. They also drop a special biotoxin which can be used to create shocking torpor darts and is 2x as powerful as regular ones.

Troodon Magnanimus
Outside of human beings, the Troodon might just be the most clever creature on the islands. You don’t “tame” a Troodon, you earn its loyalty through its social nature and love of the hunt. While Troodon is considered a smaller relative of the island’s Raptors, they are no less dangerous, especially with their love of hunting at night.

Pegomastax Fructarator
Life ain’t easy when you’re at the bottom of the food chain on carnivore-filled islands, just ask the Pegomastax. This is a relatively harmless herbivore who prefers to live alone and gorges on just about any plants it can find. Far from the definition of “pretty,” Pegomastax features a nasty looking beak (with tusks for extra effect!) and feathers, making him a unique sight on the island. Some tribes keep a few Pegomastax around, as they are excellent scavengers who collect an extraordinary quantity of seeds and berries, while also handily gathering the rare Flowers, Mushrooms, and other ingredients necessary to cook up unusual concoctions.

Tusoteuthis Vampyrus
A monstrous relative of the vampire squid, Tusoteuthis bears a closer resemblance to giant squids. It may be slow, but the aquatic Tusoteuthis is a horrific threat to anyone who dares get too close, using its tentacles to first grab, then crush…and then syphon the blood out of its hapless victims. Tribes will sometimes tame this nightmare of the deep in order to extract its unique ink, which contains oils that can be processed into fuels.

Therizinosaurus Multiensis
Built like a T-Rex, but completely tameable and a herbivore to boot, the Therizinosaurus is one of the strangest dinosaurs on the islands. Its claws allow it to perform both brute-force or delicate actions; from taking down enemies (though it would prefer to just leave them alone) to plucking leaves from a particularly tasty bush. Because of this ability, Therizinosaurus are always handy to have around for harvesting specific resources, or, when needed, decimating enemies in combat.

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