Developer Wildcard has unveiled Genesis, a brand new two-part enlargement for Ark: Survival Evolved, and it is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, beginning in December.
Genesis will finally ship Ark’s fourth and fifth paid expansions – following on from Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction – and can kind the sport’s second season go. Those with good recollections could recall the controversy surrounding Ark’s first season go, which arose when Studio Wildcard opted to introduce paid DLC into the sport effectively earlier than it had left early entry. It stays to be see if the group might be extra accepting of a brand new season go with Ark: Survival Evolved now approaching its second 12 months as a full launch.
As to what Genesis will carry by way of specifics, that is slightly more durable to gauge proper now. Despite being unveiled in a 50-minute livestream, the majority of the expansions nonetheless stay firmly below wraps. What we do know, nonetheless, is that each components will embody a “actually cool map”, with the primary map set inside a simulation, enabling Wildcard to do issues that have been “even too loopy” for earlier expansions.
Genesis’ first map will embody new snowy mountain, lively volcano, and water biomes, and every brings its personal distinct fauna. The volcano, as an illustration, is dwelling to a brand new creature nicknamed the Lava Lizard. This beast, nearly the scale of a T. rex, is described as a siege dino, and is, naturally, constructed for warm environments, functioning higher because the temperature rises
It’s capable of construct up swimming pools of magma, so can be utilized as a transportable forge, and may shoot huge magma projectiles at enemies, even launching an area-of-effect fireplace assault when cornered. But whereas it has no hassle swimming in lava, Wildcard warns that it is much less eager on water.
Over within the snowy mountain biome, gamers will run into Ark’s new shape-shifter, at present referred to as Tiny. This curious critter begins off as an lovely shoulder pet, however will achieve the flexibility to rework into a large, rideable four-armed beast if it munches down sufficient Element.
Wildcard’s closing Genesis creature reveal for now comes within the type of the water-dwelling Giant Turtle. It’s a everlasting tame and large enough that gamers are capable of construct on its again, primarily turning it right into a cell water base and submersible raft. It additionally grows assets on its shell and may even generate an oxygen bubble that can shield riders whereas underwater.
Elsewhere in its livestream, Wildcard supplied a really transient tease of the brand new Tek Claw weapon coming in Genesis, enabling double-fisted melee assaults that get quicker as gamers proceed to pile on hits. The bulk of its consideration, although, was spend on Ark’s new absolutely voiced AI companion, which is able to accompany gamers on their travels, no matter map.
Known as HLN-A, the brand new addition is obtainable now to anybody that purchases the Genesis season go, and is actually a beauty pet in its preliminary guise, capable of discuss to gamers, touch upon their actions, and possibly even relay a few of Ark’s lore.
However, the model included in Genesis will, says Wildcard, be considerably upgraded. The concept is that, alongside Ark’s conventional open-ended sandbox survival play, Genesis may also embody one thing nearer to a semi-directed story.
As such, Genesis HLN-A might be a supply of missions and targets, setting targets that introduce “cools issues to do on the planet”, whether or not solo or taking part in as pals.
At current, Genesis’ first instalment is scheduled to launch on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 this December. The second half, nonetheless, is not due till subsequent “winter”. Those courageous sufficient to make the leap with out extra concrete info on Genesis can choose up Ark’s second enlargement go for round £30/$34.99 USD now. The base sport, in the meantime, is at present discounted by 65% on Steam and the PlayStation Store, and could be bought for round £14.