ARK: Survival Evolved's 'ARKaeology' Event Is On Now, 'Extinction' Expansion To Come
Dinosaurs are everywhere! A couple of weeks ago, Jurassic World: Alive arrived on mobiles, allowing players to harvest dino DNA using a drone, then evolve, collect, and battle with their very own roster of dinosaurs. This particular game is notable in that is uses geolocation and AR features — it's basically Pokémon Go with dinosaurs. Its release date wasn't random, as it's very close to the June 22 release of the Summer movie blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Once again, the dinosaurs are no longer on their island but are all around us. In case you haven't had enough of dinosaurs of the Jurassic Park franchise isn't your thing, ARK: Survival Evolved is there in all its gritty, action-adventure survival glory.
From now until July 15, players can experience the 'ARKaeology' in-game event. True to its name, this event involves digging and searching the multiple ARKs for fossil mounds. Scavenge those mounds to unearth dinosaur bones which are then used to create special, limited-time skins in a cooking pot. These collectible skins include the popular "Skeleton Dinos" from previous Fear Evolved events, along with the following:
- Dilophosaurus Mask (Hat Skin)
- Brachiosaurus (Brontosaurus Costume)
- Stygimoloch (Pachycephalosaurus Costume)
- Styracosaurus (Triceratops Costume)
In addition to cool new skins, ARKaeology has a new battle beast for players to tame, ride, and breed — the sci-fi themed 'Tek Rex', a heavily armored T-Rex that can be leveled up higher than a normal T-REx.
Watch the ARKaeology Event trailer:
But that's not all! Studio Wildcard, ARK: Survival Evolved's developers, has just released news about the upcoming expansion, 'ARK: Extinction'.
From Studio Wildcard:
"Finish your journey through the worlds of ARK in ‘Extinction’, where the story began and ends: on Earth itself! An Element-infested, ravaged planet filled with fantastical creatures both organic and technological, Earth holds both the secrets of the past and the keys to its salvation. As a veteran Survivor who has conquered all previous obstacles, the ultimate challenge awaits: can you defeat the gigantic roaming Titans which dominate the planet and complete the ARK cycle to save Earth's future?"
We have a few months to get ready for Extinction, as it doesn't release until November 6. But, players can start preparing now. The first set of 'Explorer Notes' dropped this past Friday and more Extinction-related Explorer Notes will be released in the game and its existing expansions, which will unlock new skins and Tek-themed dinos in the ARKs. The first set of notes included the first Extinction skin, 'Corrupted Helm'.
About ARK: Survival Evolved:
"As a man or woman stranded naked, freezing and starving on the shores of a mysterious island called ARK, you must hunt, harvest resources, craft items, grow crops, research technologies, and build shelters to withstand the elements. Use your cunning and resources to kill or tame & breed the leviathan dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the land, and team up with or prey on hundreds of other players to survive, dominate... and escape!"
ARK: Survival Evolved is available on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. A Switch version is currently in the works.