ARK On Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

ARK on Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

The absurdly popular Xbox One early access game ARK Survival Evolved is supposed to be getting more than a hundred extra servers, according to a press release today. They're not live yet, as the game's several hundred servers remain stuffed.

The promise of added support should give people a slightly better chance to get into the multiplayer version of the game, which has been a hit on Xbox One since its launch.

On New Year's Day, I couldn't get into a game online:

Unsurprisingly, those servers are full right now, too. Forget about getting onto a dedicated, official PvP server:

ARK on Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

Same deal with PvE...

ARK on Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

There's just no room! Even when you think there is, there isn't...

ARK on Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

As the above shots indicate, the game's servers structure is being updated to v730.1, which is the first overall update for the game on Xbox One. That update is set to bring the console version of ARK up to the PC game's v231.9. The PC game was just updated to v232, which includes dung beetles and other fun stuff.

Today's console update adds a giant rideable prehistoric kangaroo and also does the following, according to today's release:

  • Dino rebalancing
  • The addition of a primitive cage and stone fireplace items
  • Fixed Cave Loading crash/fall-thru
  • Improved performance: better framerate, less stalls
  • Fixed crosshair not appearing
  • Fixed potential loss of character save data in local mode
  • Fixed fur armour colorization
  • Improved speed of server listing
  • Fixed Taming Dinos losing Inventories/messed-up-Inventories upon reloading single player save game
  • Fixed a memory leak that was typically causing crashes around the Volcano area
  • And more...

If you can't get into the game's servers, you can play the game solo and start collecting berries and building thatched foundations en route to someday being a dino-taming hero.

ARK sells for $US35 ($51) on the Xbox One, where the game's developers say it's been downloaded more than a million times since its December launch. No kidding:

ARK on Xbox One Gets First Patch And A Promise Of 100+ Desperately Needed Additional Servers

We've reached out to ARK's PR folks to find out when the additional servers go live.

The game is expected to come out for PS4 as well later this year.

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Comments

    Never had much trouble getting a server... my only problem was remembering which bloody one I created my character on lol
    Only really been bumming around in the game so far, don't want to get too serious until full release. So much fun though :)

    I wanted to like this game on Xbox One, but it looks absolutely dreadful on my 65" 4K TV.

    I mean, probably the worst looking game I've played in a while.
    Be interesting to see whether the PS4 version has slightly better AA.

    Last edited 18/01/16 7:56 pm

      Well you know the XB1 isn't really meant to be running on 4k screens. A gaming console will always look better on a native resolution screen (1080p) because upscaling lower resolution images is just ugly without massive amounts of pre-processing which can't be done in real time.

      Still I can't stand a game that runs at 30fps (assuming this one does on XB1).

      I do admit it can look very average, but I cant stop playing it.

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