Studio Wildcard has confirmed that a new ARK Survival Evolved update is launching today on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Having moved on from the massive patches released in the game’s early access development, the dev team are now focused on fine-tuning the game.
Today’s big update includes some new changes for fans on all platforms and also brings a new event.
Valentine’s Day celebrations are now activating across servers and include some new rewards and bonuses.
Players will see new Red, Pink, and White coloured wild creatures wandering the ARKs, meaning most official versions of the game.
Studio Wildcard has also confirmed that when mating, creatures will have a 25% chance to drop an item.
This item could be one of a number of things, including a Valentines Chocolate which restores full HP or knocks 40% off a creatures taming bar, or a Valentines Candy, which gives tames random dino colours when eaten.
There will also be a range of bonuses activate during the ARK Valentine’s Day event, including:
Mate Boosted range increased by 2x
Mating Speed and Mating Recovery increased by 3x
Creature Maturing and Egg Incubation speed has been increased by 3x
Baby Food Consumption has been decreased by 1/3
A new limited time feature will see survivors being able to send out custom Valentine’s Day card, which can be done by heading over to playark.com/valentines.
When it comes to the release of today’s update, ARK Survival fans on PC and Xbox One should have already received it.
Those on PS4 may have to wait a little longer, with the official ARK Survival support team confirming:
“Our Valentine’s Day Event patch for PC, Mac/Linux, and Xbox are now available! PS4 coming soon.”
Tomorrow will also see some server disruption as Studio Wildcard perform maintenance.
“On February 13th beginning at 7am EST we will be conducting a small maintenance on a portion of our NA Official Servers,” the ARK support message reads.
“During this time the servers will go offline in succession, therefore, all will not be going down promptly at 7am.
“The servers will not be running during this maintenance period once they are down. We anticipate the full maintenance duration to take a few hours however the servers will be booted back up shortly after they are taken down, which should minimize individual downtime.
“Also worth noting: In our next patch we will be renaming all legacy servers to include “LEGACY” in their names.
“This change will not affect your favourites but the name will be changed there to reflect the new name. Legacy servers will be using the following format: LEGACY-servername. Ex: LEGACY-OfficialServer2.
“This change applies to all platforms that have Legacy servers. Legacy servers will still be located in the Official Legacy Servers tab in the server browser.”
Patch notes have also been released for the new update and confirm all the changes being made to the game. They can be found below for PS4 and Xbox One, revealing a number of exploits have been removed.
Valentine’s Day Event!
Auto Activates from 2/12 – 2/18 for non-TCs
Run with ActiveEvent=vday to toggle manually
2x Mating/Mate boost Range
3x Mating …read more
Source:: Daily times