The official release date has been set for August 29, which will also include new ARK Survival Evolved TEK gear on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Developers Studio Wildcard confirmed today that they hope to introduce new content to the game on launch day, which will also include a new creature.
Lutra Peloso, the Otter, will be scurrying its way onto The Island later this month, which can be tamed to become trusted companions.
“There are few creatures which provide the companionship that Lutra Peloso does,” Studio Wildcard explain.
“Rather than traveling beside you, it would prefer to comfortably rest on your back, providing insulation.
“Once domesticated, it can be told to harvest fish on demand, with a specific goal in mind from the fish that it consumes, the otter has a knack for foraging silica pearls, and can even yield a slight chance at finding black pearls within.”
Away from the new cute companion, ARK players can also look forward to some new TEK making its debut in August.
- The TEK Sword, with a dash-charge attack as well as armor piercing capability.
- The TEK Shield, which can reflect incoming projectiles and bullets, and can completely stop splash damage.
- The TEK Light, that can be attached or picked up to and from any surface, and is self–powered by elemental shards or can be linked to generators.
Studio Wildcard have also confirmed that they will be providing free new updates to the game post-launch, as well as new paid-for DLC, much like the Scorched Earth pack released earlier this year.
Speaking more on the subject, the development team confirmed: “There has been a lot of questions regarding what will happen to the development of ARK.
“Whether there will be additional content added to the base game, in the vein of; new friends to tame, new engrams to learn, items to craft, QOL, gameplay, and optimisation improvements… the answer to all that is yes!
“We will be continuing to work on the base game, as well as plans for future content in the form of free updates, and DLC (paid and free).
“Players will also be able to tame Titanoboas! We know you’ve been waiting a while for them and we feel confident with our latest optimisation work in adding them to the ARK.
“Their taming method will involve alluring these terrifying snakes with the fertilized eggs to feed on.
“We are still planning on our mid-month update which will resolve the current loading-crash on Console Player Dedicated Servers, introduce our DDoS Mitigation for all…