Studio Wildcard has now brought giant beavers, handcuffs, the terror bird and the grapple hook from the PC release of ARK: Survival Evolved to the Xbox One version. Wildcard says these additions bring the Xbox One release to “near parity” with its PC forebear.
For the unfamiliar, terror birds are up to 12-feet tall avians, though they are just barely capable of flying and are highly aggressive combat mounts. Beavers, well, they build dams. The critters are also able to transport wood and can be used as living, breathing, mobile crafting stations.
Meanwhile, handcuffs help players to hold prisoners hostage by keeping them from getting violent and preventing their escape. The grappling hook allows owners to do a plethora of new things: scale cliffs, hitch rides on flying creatures and drag players, prisoners or small creatures along behind them.
Those new items and creatures look to be the biggest additions to ARK this week, but they aren’t the only ones. The latest update includes all of the following:
- Ability to tame, train and ride the giant beaver and terror bird
- New tools including the grappling hook and handcuffs
- Small Tribes can now band together in alliances against larger ones
- Approximately 20 percent performance increase
- All options exposed for dedicated servers, even custom lists of engrams & dinosaur multipliers
- Numerous crash fixes
- Community-contributed game localization in eight new languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese Brazil, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese and Turkish
The game is also now available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan and Turkey.
ARK is currently available to Xbox One owners via the Game Preview Program and will see a full release on the console this June.