Following its launch on PC, ARK: Survival Evolved’s largest ever update, titled Tek Tier, is live on PS4 and Xbox One. The update notably includes many new weapons, gear, and much more.
The Tek Tier update will be implemented in multiple phases, with Phase I arriving today. It includes the following:
TEK Helmet – Contains a built-in oxygen tank and three different type of vision: Sonar, which identifies tribes, allies, enemies and creatures, Night (see in the dark) and a combined Sonar/Night mode.
TEK Boots – These boots let players scale vertical surfaces with ease, along with negating any falling damage.
TEK Pants – Enable a super run that lets players speed through solid objects. Combined with the TEK Shirt, the pants allow for faster flight and a cool superheroic stance.
TEK Shirt – Jet Pack! Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Don this item then rocket upwards into space or hover above your enemies to better view the devastation you have wrought!
TEK Gauntlets – Powerful super punch – dash-smash your foes across the map with this powered up fisticuffs feature.
TEK Rifle – Powered by Element, the rifle features a scope that can sync up with the TEK Helmet’s vision modes for double the death-dealing.
TEK Rex Saddle – Mount lasers on your T-Rex. Yes…lasers…on…a…T-Rex
TEK Replicator – Needed for crafting items from the TEK tier.
TEK Transmitter – This portable terminal functions similarly to an Obelisk, allowing players to transfer characters, creatures and items across the ARK.
Players wanting this Tek Tier loot will need to gather the newly introduced Element resource, which is granted after successfully completing Boss Arenas. Each Boss now has three difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard) and after defeating the respective Boss, players will be awarded with unique TEK Knowledge engrams, element and other general Boss Rewards. Collect the Element, then use the TEK Replicator to craft all the above listed TEK items.
The new update also comes with a new batch of creatures: Ovis Aries, Baryonyx Aquafulgur, Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit, and the Purlovia Maxima. The four new creatures bring the game’s creature count up to an impressive 96. You can find more details on the new creatures below:
Purlovia Maxima – Resembling a giant weasel, the Purlovia is a nasty sneak, burrowing underground so it can ambush unaware passers-by.
Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit – One of the stranger water creatures is Basilosaurus, a powerful swimmer that is so adapted to life in the shallows, it has problems surviving in deep water. This hasn’t kept tribes from taming these gentle creatures, as their warm-blooded nature means riders can be kept comfortable in both hot and cold climes. Its blubber is also valuable, as it can be processed into a highly efficient form of gasoline.
Baryonyx Aquafulgur – Baryonyx has the distinction of being on the small end of the large predator tier, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It’s an extremely fast swimmer, and can threaten most creatures on land and sea, which makes it an efficient killer. Taming a Baryonyx makes it even more dangerous!
Ovis Aries – The Ovis has arrived in-game! This passive, stupid-tempered creature might be weak, but it’s definitely useful, with wool that can be repeatedly sheared and re-grown, and the ability to produce tasty, wonderful, lamb chops. Its also makes for a fun, albeit slow, mount!
The other following (notable) features are included alongside the update, via the ARK V254 patch:
New Weapon – Lance: Saddle up and prepare for medieval mounted mayhem with the arrival of this, the Jurassic Jouster’s weapon of choice.
New Mechanic: Hairstyles, Facial Hair, Hair Colouring and styling with real-time growing. Customize your avatars with awesome new beards and then watch them grow! Cut, dye and trim your hair as you go all out with your character design.
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A ton of improvements for official mod The Center, and general game fixes!
Studio Wildcard also announced today that the game has sold over one million copies on PS4 since its launch back on December 6, 2016. It has also been the best selling game on the PlayStation Network in both December and January.
Jeremy Stieglitz, co-founder, lead designer, lead programmer, development director, co-creative director at Studio Wildcard accompanied the news with the following statement:
“We want to say a big THANK YOU to all the fans who have supported us as we march toward completion of this epic game. The community is the key part of what makes ARK an exciting, dynamic experience and keeps survivors coming back for more!”
ARK: Survival Evolved is in development for Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, for PC via Steam Early Access and for PS4. The game is currently playable on all three platforms, and includes Oculus Rift VR support. A final release date has not been revealed.
For more details on the game’s new Tek Tier update, check out the trailer below: