ARK: Survival Evolved Update v248 Adds Procedurally Generated Maps, Dinosaurs & More


Your world suddenly got a lot more varied. ARK: Survival Evolved just received a massive update, adding a trio of terrifying new dinosaurs and significant gameplay updates such as procedural map generation.

Included in Ark: Survival Evolved update v248 are the following:

  • Procedurally Generated ARKs! Generate your very own totally unique, customized or randomized world!
  • New Dinosaurs: Kaprosuchus Paludentium, Diplodocus Insulaprincep, and Chalicotherium Obsideoquus
  •  You can now directly wield your weapons when mount-riding smaller Dinos!
  • Tree Platforms now have +70% HP and +50% resistance to explosive damage
  • Neuter/Spay Option for Tamed Dinos

Below is a rundown of the new dinosaurs that were added in the update:

The Kaprosuchus is a water-based carnivore primarily found among swamps and capable of high speed running on land or in water. Kapro is a solitary hunter that picks off small to medium creatures, especially those isolated from their packs.

The Chalicotherium, found in small numbers in colder regions, is a primitive creature with simple behaviors. It’s believed that Chalicotherium is best used as a trained mobile artillery, as its unique playtime habit delivers a devastating long-range assault tactic when it is given boulders to throw!

The Diplocaulus, at home mainly on the island's swamps, is a small amphibian residing at the middle-bottom of the ecosystem. The few uses for tamed Diplocaulus include the (rather disgusting) practice of employing it as an oxygen bag. Because Diplocaulus stores air in the bladders of its head, divers can suck from these bladders to take deep breaths while submerged, supporting long-term underwater exploration without the use of external gear.

According to Studio Wildcard, players can determine a myriad of landscape options from the heights of mountains, depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, rivers or oceans Procedurally generated maps bolster ARK’s replay value and player creativity level, while the new dinosaurs offer a new threat for every environment.

ARK: Survival Evolved is in Early Access on Steam and Game Preview on Xbox One for $29.99; the expansion ARK: Scorched Earth is currently on sale on Steam for $14.99. Check out our interview with Jesse Rapczak from Studio Wildcard.