Though still in Early Access, Ark: Survival Evolved is getting its first expansion, ARK: Scorched Earth. Complete with an entire new desert-themed map, or Ark, the expansion includes new creatures, challenges and mechanics.
Made up of seven different biomes, the new map is also home to 13 new creatures and over 50 new items, weapons, and structures to craft. The biomes include “dunes, high desert, mountains, canyons, badlands, oasis and the ever-dangerous dragon trench – each with their own aesthetics, resources & ecosystems, and littered with ruins, geysers, and intricate ancient cave systems,” Studio Wildcard’s announcement teases.
Leaving dinosaurs behind for more fantastical beasts, Scorched Earth includes dragons, death worms, and even a new boss creature, the Manticore. And to help you take them on, tame them, and survive the heat while doing so, the new items include flamethrowers, chainsaws, tents, and wells. Water is scarce in Scorched Earth and players will have to find new ways to survive.
Everything from the new expansion can be brought to and used in the main game through The Gateway. A cross-server ARK transfer, the new feature will allow players, as well as collected tools, weapons, and tamed creatures, to cross back and forth between the two games.
“All of us at Wildcard are tremendously excited to see how these new features alter the dynamics of the long-term ARK ‘metagame’. While we’ve had Scorched Earth and future ARKs in the planning stages since the project’s inception, establishing its inter-ARK travel technology was the essential reason for making this content available right now,” Co-Creative Director Jeremy Stieglitz writes in a post on Xbox Wire.
ARK: Scorched Earth is out now on Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview for $20. Until Sept. 8, Survival Evolved is 40 percent off, bringing it down to $17.99.