If the numbers are anything to go by, Studio Wildcard's sandbox title ARK: Survival Evolved
has got off to a great start since its Game Preview debut on the Xbox One. Launched last month, in less than a week the game had been downloaded more than 1 million times and Survivors had played more than 200,000 "real-life" days struggling or succeeding in their survival against Dinosaurs, other players, and the elements themselves.
With a heavy number of players spending time in ARK
's world, and lots of feedback and suggestions being provided by the eager community, Studio Wildcard has released its first major update for Xbox One players that includes the first playable denizen. The development team has more details on this denizen, a giant rideable prehistoric kangaroo, that will also be included in the update:
The gigantic hopping Procoptodon can cover great distances by easily leaping over obstacles with two players, one controlling the massive beast while the pouch-bound passenger can make effective use of all weaponry while riding.
Here's the content that is included in the Xbox One update:
Additional ARK updates delivered today open up 100+ more official servers and bring content parity with the PC version through v231.9, including:
• 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
A newly released spotlight video showcases the Dimetrodon & Dung Beetle amongst some of the interesting and colourful environments featured in this unique world. These two creatures are currently only available in version 232 of the game, which is not yet available on the Xbox One.
Those who check out the Xbox One version of the game will be able to enjoy these exclusive goodies:
A bionic “Tek” T-Rex, Safari Hat, and Survivor’s Trophy, free access to Xbox-specific ARK official servers (up to 70 can play on a server simultaneously), and a steady delivery of exclusive Xbox One content prior to full game launch.ARK: Survival Evolved
is available to try out on the Xbox One right now as part of the Xbox Game Preview program for $34.99 or regional equivalent. The full version of the game releases in June as part of the ID@Xbox program.