Said to be the ultimate survival game experience, ARK Survival has completely blown up since launch with the consistent addition of players each month since its release last year. The number has now crossed 5.5 million units sold across the Xbox One and PC.
As a man or woman, you’re left stranded naked, freezing & starving on a mysterious island with mysterious creatures, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops, & build shelters to survive. Now, you get to do all that and more in a new desert ridden map with, That’s right, Dragons!
Today, Wildcard studios officially announced that ARK: Survival Evolved‘s first expansion pack called Scorched Earth has been released on PC through Steam’s Early Access, as well as on the Xbox One by the way of the Microsoft’s not-so-recent Game Preview program. The brand new map for ARK Survival is entirely desert-themed, and also incorporates sandy biomes, creatures like the Wyvern(Two-legged version of a dragon), new and improved game play, and most importantly, fire-breathing winged monsters.
From what can be seen in the trailer for ARK: Survival Evolved‘s Scorched Earth expansion below, pretty much identical to the base game, players begin by waking up naked and stranded, being forced to find shelter and scour for resources so as to to stay alive. Players will also have to survive electrical and sand storms, while also avoiding heatstroke, really drilling the “survival” bit there. What’s new is that players will be able to move back and forth between Scorched Earth and the main game, as they have the ability to move items from one world to the other. Convenient!
As for more details on the new Scorched Earth map. It’ll have dunes, high deserts, mountains, canyons, badlands, oases, and even a dragon trench, which, if i’m not wrong, sounds like a dragon nest. Furthermore, each region will have its own unique resources and ecosystems.
Wildcard Studios describes the Scorched Earth expansion as a “completely finished and polished” DLC pack. For anyone who’s interested in giving it a shot, the add-on has a price of of 1004 Rs on PC and Xbox One. And as expected, if you wish to experience it, the base game of ARK: Survival Evolved is required, but if it helps, the main game is currently marked down 40 percent this week. So try it out!