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Ark: Survival Evolved

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Studio Wildcard
Release Date: Aug. 29, 2017

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'ARK: Survival Evolved' (ALL) Aberration Expansion Pack Dated, Black Friday Sale

by Rainier on Nov. 23, 2017 @ 2:22 a.m. PST

Ark: Survival Evolved is an open-world dinosaur survival game where players fight for every breath amongst the most ferocious creatures to ever walk the earth.

Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Ark: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition.

In ARK: Survival Evolved, survivors wake up stranded, naked, freezing, and starving on a mysterious island where they must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops, and build shelters to survive in every biome. Survivors will tame, train, and ride more than 100 stunning dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! In every available biome -- Jungle, Snow, Swamp, Redwood, and Desert -- you’ll be able to fly an armed Pteranodon squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through a thick jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base with a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex.

Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame and ride the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground. Build your character’s strengths and gain items, skills, and pet creatures using in-depth role-playing systems. Start a tribe with hundreds of other players to survive and dominate competing tribes...and ultimately discover the ARK’s true purpose.

Aberration will be the second Expansion Pack for ARK: Survival Evolved, joining the desert-themed Scorched Earth map in continuing to shed light onto the vast mysteries of ARK! This new adventure will place survivors on a damaged ARK whose internal atmosphere has leaked away, resulting in a harsh surface with intense radiation and a plethora of lush underground biomes containing all-new exotic creatures and items to be acquired.

Survivors will wake up on Aberration - a derelict, malfunctioning ARK featuring with an elaborate underground biome system with new challenges unlike those found on prior ARK maps. Extreme radioactive sunlight and environmental hazards, ziplines, wingsuits, climbing gear, creatures like the Rock Drake and Lantern Pug, and more await in these vast caves.

Aberration Expansion Pack Features:

  • Tame New Creatures: The intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in new creatures with amazing abilities! Clamber up walls & glide through the air on the back of a camouflaging chameleon-like ‘Rock Drake’, keep the dark at bay with a friendly ‘Lantern Pug’, or grab and toss multiple creatures simultaneously with a massive ‘Cave Crustacean’, or -- if you are talented enough to tame one -- command the vile ‘Nameless Queen’ to impregnate your foes with a horrifying reproductive chest-burster!
  • Craft Over 50 Unique Items: Traverse this new ARK using cave-climbing picks, gliding wingsuits, and ziplines. Learn advanced engrams to dominate the harsh environment, protect yourself with hazmat outfits, charge lanterns, explosive rounds, batteries, glowsticks, railguns and much more. Thrive by gathering new resources, using fishing baskets, gas collectors, fortify your home within the caverns using cliff structures, and much more!
  • Conquer New Challenges: With the maintenance systems of this new ARK malfunctioning, earthquakes, radiation exposure, gas leaks, and Element chambers are among the many hazards that survivors will learn to grapple with Aberration’s varied biomes, both aboveground and below the surface. Among Aberration’s greatest challenges is the hierarchy of ‘Nameless’: unrelenting, Element-infused monstrosities, requiring constant vigilance to defend against! And in the deepest depths of Aberration, their terrifying master awaits… will you be among the survivors powerful enough to face it?

ARK: Aberration will release worldwide December 12th for PS4, Xbox One and Steam either as a standalone expansion pack ($19.99) or as part of the ARK: Explorer’s Edition (Season Pass).

Haven’t yet explored the island of ARK? The massive hit survival game that's chock-a-block with over 100 prehistoric creatures, from dinos to mega-sharks, now has huge Black Friday discounts happening in both digital format and retail. Score this fantastically huge Jurassic-themed survival-adventure at a fantastic price!

Steam/PC
ARK: Survival Evolved: 50% off!
ARK Season Pass: 25% off

Xbox One (includes Xbox One X enhancements)
ARK: Survival Evolved - 25% off
ARK: Scorched Earth - 35% off
ARK Explorers Edition (base + Season Pass): 30% off
ARK Season Pass: 25% off

PlayStation 4
ARK: Survival Evolved: 35% off
ARK: Scorched Earth: 35% off
ARK Explorers Edition (base + Season Pass): 30% off
ARK Season Pass: 25% off

North American Retail Specials

Key Features

  • TAME, TRAIN, RIDE, and BREED DINOSAURS: Command the most amazing creatures from throughout Earth's biological history, with more than 100 dinosaurs and creatures planned for full launch. Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame and ride the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground.
  • CRAFT AND BUILD: Using any means necessary to survive, players will craft weapons, clothes, and items, and build shelters. Plant, harvest, build, level-up, and customize everything visually and functionally, including procedurally-generated RPG statistics for creatures, characters, resources, clothing, gear, and weapons both primitive and modern.
  • DISCOVER: Explore a massive living ecosystem and find the means to survive, thrive, and possibly escape the ARK Island.
  • TEAM UP TO SURVIVE: Start a tribe with dozens of other players in a large-scale multiplayer online first person environment to survive and dominate competing tribes...and to ultimately discover ARK’s true purpose.
  • JOIN A TRIBE: The 'Tribe' system encourages cooperation, by supporting dynamic parties to share resources, XP, and re-spawn points. Other players are organizing rebel tribes to accumulate resources, experience, re-spawn points, and to construct sprawling villages and cities, with technology spanning the primitive stone-age to the modern electric-powered era and beyond. And they will fight to destroy anything they see as a threat.
  • A LARGER UNIVERSE: Travel between Online ARKs to meet new players, face new threats, and discover new civilizations!

The ARK: Explorer’s Edition (base game + Season Pass) grants access to all expansion packs, starting with Scorched Earth (available now), Aberration (October 2017) and an additional pack launching in 2018.

ARK: Survival Evolved and the ARK: Explorer’s Edition is available now in full “boxed retail” and 1.0 digital form worldwide in retail stores and on digital storefronts for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Steam PC, Mac, and Linux.


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