In just a few short days, the Ark: Survival Evolved looks to get a major update that will bring a LOT of changes to the open world survival game. Among these changes will include the much anticipated first phase of the Tek Tier, more new dinos/prehistoric creatures, the ability to grow your hair out and a super-secret surprise for the consoles! The upcoming update will roll out first on the PC and then later on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
PC v254.0 ETA January 30th
First things first, survivors will be receiving a whopping seven new creatures to live along side. Among them include the sheep Ovis Aries that has been proudly touted in a joking fashion, the next prehistoric cat with the thylacoleo, the long overdue basilosaurus, the spinosaurus-related Baryonyx, the purlovia, micro-raptor and ammonite.
As previously reported, hair growth will be a thing starting with this update. Finally, characters will be able to move on from the same old-bob, the average-joe, the antique anne and plain-jane looks. Survivors are said to endure natural hair growth over time. They then will be allowed to grow as long as they would like, or create hair fashions as well as the ability to dye your hair. I reckon super-saiyen hairstyle and mutton chops will be a thing of our surviving future.
Other additions such as the new lance will enable survivors to joust other riders to knock them off their mounts. In addition, weapon wielders will be able to utilize a shield alongside one handed weapons. Alliance tribes will finally receive their own dedicated chat, so you won’t have to worry about everyone knowing your tribe business in alliances.
Probably two of the most unsung changes upcoming is the ability to choose the direction to dismount a tame as well as the ability to turn off resource gathering. It is not known if this will apply to all resources or if you can specify which resource they ignore.
Finally, and alas Tek Tier will finally be making its debut. For the first phase, survivors can expect to see the release of Tek Engram system, Element Resource system, Tek Replicator, Tek Rifle, Tek Helmet, Tek Visor, Tek Jetpack, Tek Boots, Tek Gloves, Tek Rex Saddle, Tek Transmitter, and potentially other unannounced Tek features. The Tek system looks to add a whole new spectrum to the game, a higher tier than what is currently featured.
Xbox v750.0 & PS4 v504 ETA February 14th
This upcoming Valentine’s Day, many survivors might find themselves without a significant other if the developer meets it’s ETA. In addition to including everything in PC v254.X, the consoles will finally be getting the pixel-by-pixel art system that will allow you to paint portraits for both décor as well as on your dinos. Now everyone will have a fun unique colored dinosaur, not just the mutated ones.
Primitive Plus will also be receiving a hefty update which looks to finally include missing engrams, saddles and dinos. There also will be more new items included which can be found here.
Lastly, there is a super-secret surprise feature that will be incoming to the consoles. Speculation has been floating around of what it could be, but if I were a betting man, I would suggest another mod will be making its way to the consoles. Only time will tell!