Ark patch delivers giant bees, 'Hell Pigs', dinosaur cloning, and a volcanic end-game

PC Gamer
Jan 30, 2017

Want to make a perfect copy of your favorite pet dinosaur? You can now, thanks to Ark: Survival Evolved's patch 257, which adds a Tek Tier cloning chamber. Have your dino step inside, and what was one is now two. That's not the only Tek goodie the patch brings: there are also new sticky grenades, cybernetic armor for Megalodons, and auto-firing turrets. And don't forget, the volcano has been transformed into the "ultra-dangerous new cave" that leads to the Ascenion end-game system. Check out the trailer above.

New dinosaurs? Yep, four of them, including giant bees that produce (presumably giant) honey. There's also a stegosaurus-like creature, though it can't be ridden because it's covered in spikes, and something known as a "Hell Pig" that has a quick-healing attribute, making it difficult to tame. There's also a new sea creature called Liopleurodon Magicus that sounds a bit mysterious:

"...this mythical creature has been said to have the ability to reward the adventurous survivors who tame it, the special attribute of luck. Treasure hunting tribes who have encountered the beast have used this magic to obtain loot beyond their wildest dreams. You're probably wondering why these claims are tales, well it's said that the Lucky Liopleurodon's magic is so powerful, it cannot be kept under control, and after some time, it harnesses this power to get away."


Other offerings: new hairstyles and facial hair, 15 new music tracks, 20+ new explorer notes, and some more tweaks to Ark's improved UI. When the patch goes live, players will also receive a perk for the weekend granting 1.5x harvesting, taming, and EXP rates. Have a look-see at some screens below, and read the full patch notes here.

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silvertyrah Feb 7, 2017 @ 5:14am 
This was once my favorite survival game of all time. logged more than 1147 hours into it. But it has become so tech heavy now that it has just become "another game" to me. and i have lost interest. a pity. the concept was so cool back when it was still about survival. I hope you all enjoy it as much as i did. I am sure some like this new game that ark has become. I have ot logged in in about 3 months and dont forsee logging into it again. so farewell.
Hummingbird Jan 31, 2017 @ 11:45am 
Its not up. linux/mac ppl still waiting and cant access official servers cuz of that. gg
KingCobra Jan 30, 2017 @ 9:18pm 
Awesome cant wait :) stay safe guys
Slordar Jan 30, 2017 @ 7:15pm 
Fyi I had to free up 57 gb of space for it to download the 4gb update -_- tis the curse of wildcard.