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ARK: Survival Evolved gets giant kangaroos with first Xbox One update

ARK: Survival Evolved is now officially the Best Game Ever on two platforms.


Over New Year, ARK: Survival Evolved updated to include Procoptodons, a kind of giant kangaroo which is among the least terrifying of Australias fauna, past and present alike.

In doing so it became a contender for my personal game of the year award, and I was vastly disappointed to discover my ageing PC just can't run it. Luckily, the Xbox One version has received its first update, which just so happens to include pre-history's greatest ultra-bouncy two person mount. In case you've forgotten, the Procoptodon can easily leap obstacles, and an passenger player can use weapons. Rad.

The update also opened a huge stack of additional servers, brought content up to date with the PC build v231.9 and delivered a pile of optimisations and upgrades, informed by feedback from the 1 million players who have already spent more than 200,000 days worth of time struggling to survive on the island paradise. The development team would welcome more of your thoughts and reports if you care to join the Xbox forums.

Summarised patch notes follow.

  • Dino rebalancing
  • The addition of a primitive cage and stone fireplace items
  • Fixed Cave Loading crash/fall-thru
  • Improved performance: better framerate, less stalls
  • Fixed crosshair not appearing
  • Fixed potential loss of character save data in local mode
  • Fixed fur armor colorization
  • Improved speed of server listing
  • Fixed Taming Dinos losing Inventories/messed-up-Inventories upon reloading single player save game
  • Fixed a memory leak that was typically causing crashes around the Volcano area

Currently available through the Xbox Game Preview program, ARK: Survival Evolved will launch in full on PC, PS4 (with PlayStation VR support) and Xbox One in northern summer 2016.

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