Ark: Survival Evolved Aberration Expansion Arrives This Week

Posted by at 9:15 pm on December 12, 2017

Today Studio Wildcard, the developer behind Ark: Survival Evolved, released the game’s second expansion called Aberration. You can download it right now on Xbox One, Steam, and PlayStation 4. Survivors wake up on the Aberration, a derelict, malfunctioning Ark featuring an elaborate underground biome. What’s different about this map is that extreme radiation and environmental hazards require increased attention. Exploring the world is also more treacherous because the caves house new challenges and creatures.

According to the developers, the intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in new creatures with amazing abilities. The Rock Drake is a camouflaging, chameleon-like creature that can clamber up walls and glide through the air. The Lantern Pug can illuminate the dark caves which you must traverse. Lastly, the grotesque Cave Crustacean and Reaper Queen are good for taking out enemies. You have to use all of these creatures to thrive in this new region.

Ark: Survival Evolved is all about gathering resources and crafting. Aberration adds more than fifty unique new items. You can protect yourself with hazmat outfits, explosive rounds, railguns, and much more. Gathering resources is also easier because now you can use fishing baskets, gas collectors, and other tools. This makes accumulating resources in bulk feasible.

Environmental hazards are a new problem to contend with and players will experience everything from earthquakes, radiation damage, and gas leaks. One of Aberration’s greatest challenges is a group of monsters called the Nameless. These creatures have been infused with a mysterious substance called Element that makes them incredibly powerful. They’re controlled by a leader which only the most skilled survivors should attempt to face.

Aberration is available as a separate purchase for $19.99 or as part of the season pass. This week Studio Wildcard will also enable cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10. Gamers have been asking for the ability for months now so hopefully it’ll work well. Ark: Survival Evolved also supports Xbox One X even though the title is still quite rough around the edges.

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