Studio Wildcard today has unveiled significant new additions to the survival-adventure ARK: Survival Evolved. Now playable in the Early Access build is the player’s ability to breed dinosaur babies in real-time and the debut of the new “Terror of the Deep” Mosasaurus.
ARK has added the infinite depth of genetic recombination also known as breeding. Now players can pair two members of the same species together, even across Tribes if you’ve got a particularly well-endowed creature, and the resulting offspring will have a random selection of traits from both parents, along with a degree of arbitrary mutation. By selectively breeding for desired qualities, dedicated players can progressively raise generations of Dinosaurs that have more refined collections of high-end traits than could never be found in the wild. But this highly-rewarding process takes effort. In the dangerous world of ARK, incubating an egg and then raising a helpless baby Dino in real-time from hatchling to adult is no small task!
This week also adds the “Terror of the Deep” creature, AKA Mosasaurus Suspirita. Contrary to popular opinion, the Mosasaurus, not the Ultramegalodon, is the largest ‘dinosaur’ in the waters. While not quite as fast as a shark, but much larger and stronger, the Mosasaurus is actually an enormous deep-sea marine lizard that grows more than 50 feet long yet doesn’t actually breathe underwater. Instead, it holds its breath for incredibly long periods of time, similar to the modern-day whale. Allowing players to build mobile aquatic bases upon its back, the Mosasaurus is ideal to have as a powerful oceanic escort.