Starting today survivors will be able to spot Direbears prowling the island and the deadly Manta swimming off shore.
In other ARK news, two new structures are now available, the Chemistry Table and Primitive Cannon, along with the unveiling of the first Boss Arena -- the Broodmother!! The Broodmother battle is much more epic and dangerous now that Tribes must face her in her very own cobwebbed lair deep within the ARK… but bring some trusty Dinosaurs to the fight and you might just survive!
Arctodus Dirus: Found primarily among the Island's mountain and tundra regions, Arctodus Dirus is an imposing creature. Commonly known as a Direbear, it is both enormous in size and territorial by nature. It ignores most non-hostile creatures while going about its daily routine of scavenging for meat and edible plant life. That is until intruders enter the territory it considers its own at which point it viciously attacks. Most often it is smartest to just run from an angry Direbear. Once tamed the Direbear is a strong and reliable mount.
Manta Mobula: Known simply as Manta, this water creature appears to be a saltwater ray, but it has developed the ability to also swim into the Island's rivers and shallows, as well as through the open ocean. Normally docile, the Manta Mobula is a carnivore only in that it consumes plankton. While not the fastest swimmer around the island Manta Mobula is among the deadliest of small ocean mounts and can be ridden bare-back. Tribes who value striking power over speed often keep large schools of Manta to ride. Its capability to briefly leap out of water provides it a showy tactic for avoiding combat as well. Fortunately Manta Mobula is usually not aggressive, unless encroached.
ARK: Survival Evolved will launch in 2016 on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation®4 with Project Morpheus support, and full release on Steam PC. The game is currently playable in Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One and Steam’s Early Access program, which includes Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!