Studio Wildcard has confirmed that a new ARK Survival Evolved update is being released today on all platforms.
And for fans on PS4, it looks like it could be a large install size compared to the Microsoft Xbox One.
Studio Wildcard has confirmed that approximate patch sizes will be 13GB on PS4 and 4.7GB on Xbox One.
It’s a massive difference and not something that has been explained in the official patch notes.
What we do know is that today’s ARK Survival Evolved update includes the new content for the Genesis Chronicles event.
Wildcard looks set to release a series of new updates before the next major game expansion.
The Genesis Chronicles is a way for Studio Wildcard to start teasing their next DLC, which is set for release later in 2019.
This will come in the form of new Explorer Notes being scattered across the Island.
And it also appears that these updates will include a way to unlock new ARK Survival cosmetics.
But, this option may only be available to those who have pre-ordered the Genesis expansion.
A statement from Studio Wildcard confirms that some Explorer Notes bonuses will only be accessible via the HLN-A cosmetic companion.
“Leading up to the release of Genesis we will begin to include Genesis-related Explorer Notes on The Island, Scorched Earth, and Aberration.
“Survivors with the cosmetic HLN-A will find some explorer notes provide a glimpse of what to expect in the forthcoming Genesis expansion — and how it all fits into the larger ARK story.
“If you want to unlock a new set of skins for your armour, be sure to collect them all!”
Today’s ARK update comes with a small list of patch notes which provides more information. The first set of Explore Notes have been shared today, meaning more are being planned.
It looks like you will be able to unlock different parts of the new armour set by collecting these notes.
So while you will need to collect all of them to claim the full set, it will still be possible to unlock parts of it without all the Explorer Notes.
ARK SURVIVAL EVOLVED PATCH NOTES
- Cryopods are now able to be crafted at obelisk
- Added HLN-A Explorer Notes 1-5 for Genesis Chronicles
- Added Corrupted Avatar Armor helmet for Genesis Chronicles
Much of this new content is connected to the big ARK Genesis expansion releasing on December 2019. The two new expansion packs aim to further the ARK Survival Evolved storyline and will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
They will also add exclusive biomes and an all-new mission-based game mechanic as part of the first Genesis expansion pack.
“Discover and tame all-new creatures, including island-sized sea turtles, shape-shifting creatures that transform from small and cuddly to ferocious, and fireball shooting dragon-like beasts that thrive in extreme volcanic environments,” Studio Wildcard teased earlier this year.
“Test your survival skills in ARK: Genesis. With a holographic companion at your side, encounter new creatures, craft all new gear and structures, and face new environmental dangers.
“Whether you’re taming fire-breathing monsters or building your base atop an immense sea turtle, ARK: Genesis is a vast world of secrets to discover. “