ARK: Survival Evolved Patch for Xbox One Adds More Dinos and Stability

Posted by at 11:35 am on January 17, 2017

Studio Wildcard is still hammering away at ARK: Survival Evolved. A new update for the Xbox One version of the open-world survival title was released Tuesday with five new dinosaurs, new underwater caves for The Island, and a promise of big memory savings to help with the game’s performance and crashes. ARK: Survival Evolved update 749 arrives as two separate downloads. The base game patch weighs in at 4.5 GB while the Scorched Earth expansion update is a much smaller 40 MB.

The big additions to ARK: Survival Evolved on the Xbox One is two new caves to The Island. These were included with the 253.0 PC patch released last month and offer Survivors new high-end areas to explore and earn loot. Both have artifacts hidden deep within. Sadly, the Tek Tier did not make the last PC patch and is thus absent from today’s Xbox One update. The developers held it back for a January release on PC, which means console owners will have to wait until February.

This Xbox One update also adds all the subsequent smaller patches to the PC version, all the way through 253.95. These are Studio Wildcard’s smaller changes to ARK: Survival Evolved to fix issues that have cropped up and adjust to player behavior. For example, Non-Quetz flyers can no longer pick up characters carrying C4. Additionally, spike walls can no longer do damage to underwater creatures.

The memory savings are perhaps of most interest to Xbox One owners dealing with performance issues and crashes in ARK: Survival Evolved. The growing number of creatures and large structures built by players puts a strain on consoles.

Community Manager Jat explained on Twitter: “This Xbox patch has a lot of memory savings, even with the additional creatures + caves – we’re much better off than before, it’s sweet.”

There are five new dinosaurs included in ARK: Survival Evolved PC patch 253.0. Two make the seas more dangerous while the other three are a unique collection of land-based animals.

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