Studio Wildcard has announced the very first expansion pack for the dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved. If you’ve ever wanted to wake up confused and naked in a desert, then this is for you.
Called Scorched Earth, the expansion is available right now, both on PC through Steam Early Access, and on Xbox One thanks to the console’s Game Preview program.
As the title suggests, this is a desert themed expansions that adds dusty, sandy new locations, as well as fearsome new beasts – such as the Wyvern – and new gameplay features.
Scorched Earth is separate to the main game, but players will be able to move between the two, bringing items from one world to the other.
The expansion is described as ‘completely finished’, and sells for $20 on PC and Xbox One (UK price TBA) and obviously requires the base game – which just so happens to be marked down 40 percent this week on both systems.
Check out the trailer below.
Studio Wildcard lead designer and co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz said in a statement:
All of us at Wildcard are tremendously excited to see how these new features alter the dynamics of the long-term ARK metagame. While we’ve had Scorched Earth and future Arks in the planning stages since the project’s inception, establishing its inter-ark travel technology was the essential reason for making this content available to players right now. We encourage everyone to grab some trustworthy tribemates, don your safari hats, layer on the SPF-1000 sunscreen, and head into the great blazing desert!
Players can expect seven new biomes that take in everything from dunes, mountains, canyons, high desert, badlands, oasis, and a dragon trench. Of course, each biome will have its own unique discoveries waiting to be made.
There are over 50 new items making their way in with the expansion, too. As well as weapons like whips and flamethrowers, we can also look forward to new outfits and new shelter in the form of tents.
Naturally, Ark will also be introducing some new creatures to the fray. As well ass the aforementioned Wyvern, there’s also something called a Death Worm, which sounds extremely promising.
There’s also a new boss creature to look out for in the way of a killer Manticore. As you’d expect, certain of these new beasts can be tamed and ridden.
Finally, Ark is also getting a major visual update on the Xbox One that – among other things – boosts the native resolution to 720p. Now we can go hunt those Death Worms in style.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.