Ark: Survival Evolved, the latest in a long line of Early Access survival games that will in all probability never be finished, nevertheless continues to be updated with new content at an alarming rate. Fresh from the news more than two million copies have been shifted, Studio Wildcard has added baby dinosaurs.
These aren’t just reduced to waddling around looking kinda-cute-for-vicious-killers either. These dinos grow up. Naked survivors wandering around Ark: Survival Evolved can pair up two dinos and breed them, which is a weird proposition if ever I've seen one. The resulting offspring will then share a random mix of traits from its parents, ready to go off and live in the world, before coming back and mercilessly hunting down its creator.
Studio Wildcard have even chosen to go down the animal eugenics route as well. Experienced breeders can pair species together over the course of many generations, eliminating certain traits and refinding high-end traits. The end result is basically a super-dino, but this apparently doesn’t come without risks.
Also included in the update is the new Mosasaurus. Known as the Terror of the Deep, you’ve probably seen this aquatic beast using great white sharks as toothpicks in Jurassic World. It’s the largest creature in Ark: Survival Evolved yet, and in typically barmy fashion players can try to build mobile aquatic bases on its back. That can only end badly.
I have to say with the amount of love they’re giving this game it might finally be time for me to jump in. The animal breeding system seems like it’s got real depth and the results can have a genuine impact on the ecosystem of the island. No doubt they’ll be a few problems balancing it along the way but it seems like a great way to keep players hooked for the longer term. As for a home built on a mosasaurus’ back; I have no words.