ARK: Survival Evolved’s most recent update was patch 339.14, and it mostly focused on improving many of the game’s bugs. The most notable changes were improvements to the game’s level design, including the removal of invisible holes, foliage that would be floating, and similar problems. Another improvement is that Rock Drakes can now be spayed and neutered.
The last update to ARK was the one released on the 20th of September, and it featured several bug fixes and updates to make the game more functional. For example, the UI will no longer shrink each time you hit the spacebar to see the camera list. Some text has also been updated to remove types and Stadia default settings have been changed.
While ARK Survival Evolved’s most recent update wasn’t exactly a huge one, it brought the game to an entirely different platform: Google Stadia. Along with the game now being available on Google’s cloud gaming platform, Patch 678.10 also fixed a few bugs and updated Vivox.
Survival games have seen immense success lately, one only must only look to Rust to see a survival game that’s flourishing, even late in its life cycle. While we’re used to video games putting us in a position of power, there’s something charming about being at the mercy of the elements.
ARK: Survival Evolved is often compared to Rust, and while the games may share a similar genre, there are a few key differences between them. One of them is the wildlife in ARK, which we’re sure you know is filled with prehistoric creatures that you can tame and harness for your needs.
While both games strand you on an island with limited resources to survive with, Rust tends to be a little more grounded in reality. ARK, on the other hand, expects you to suspend your disbelief from the very beginning. Most gamers won’t soon forget the first time they were eviscerated by a velociraptor.
Of course, most survival games also incorporate a hefty amount of base building, and the same is true in ARK. You can expect to ally with other players, pooling your resources so that you can survive against the deadly wilderness and the best efforts of other players to set you back.
Unfortunately, one of the things that disappoints the community the most about ARK is that the game locks a lot of things behind hours of grinding. While we understand that you have to make the progress in a game feel rewarding, there’s a fine line between doing so and driving off potential players.
A lot of people are barely able to scratch the surface of what ARK has to offer before they decide to give up and opt for another game entirely. This is a shame because ARK lets you do things that you’d only ever dream of in other games, but not many people have the time to play the game like a second job.
In spite of this, ARK has a loyal fanbase and plenty of opportunities for new players to get into it. The game maintains new player servers that constantly wipe so you can try out the basics without getting yourself destroyed by enemies that have fully automatic gatling guns and steel fortresses.
If there’s one thing to be said for ARK, it’s that the game isn’t afraid of going over the top. Unlike other titles, ARK doesn’t take itself too seriously, and its players are rewarded for the game’s mix of survival elements, sci-fi technology, and dinosaurs that you can turn into pets.
Like many games that have been out for a long time, ARK has developed something of a reputation for being filled with cheaters, and this isn’t exactly false. If you ever find yourself getting killed in suspicious circumstances, then you may have been on the receiving end of a hacker’s wrath.
Of course, since a large presence of hackers tends to drive away legitimate players, ARK’s devs do everything they can to make it difficult for people to cheat. Thankfully, due to the relative transparency of their anti-cheat efforts, it isn’t too hard for us to find ways around them with our cheats.
ARK uses a two-pronged approach to anti-cheat, which isn’t seen in many other games. The first line of defense is VAC, or Valve Anti-Cheat, which is used in titles like Team Fortress 2 or CSGO. VAC has a reputation for being relatively harsh and banning many players without warning, but it’s also a little outdated.