Ark: Survival Evolved – Update 2.61Published July 2, 2021
A new patch (2.61) was released for Ark: Survival Evolved. Read here to find out more about what changed in the PC and console versions of the game.
Just a few days ago, Update 2.61 was released for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. Each system received a significant amount of changes, predominantly in the form of bug fixes. Below you can find a basic rundown on the most important highlights of the update for each system. While the update to the Xbox and PlayStation versions are effectively the same, the patch that the PC version of Ark: Survival Evolved received is completely different. We’ll start with the PC.
On the PC, there were multiple levels design related bugs such as holes and floating objects that were fixed, along with other issues. For example, the “hacking” minigame will no longer fail incorrectly when taming the Stryder. Additionally, Maewing babies in baskets won’t be lost on server startup anymore. A bug that caused the harvesting rates to break was also fixed. They also fixed an issue where the Explorer Notes would not unlock properly in some cases. (All three of these bugs were also present on the Xbox and PlayStation, and they were fixed there as well).
What stands out in the patch notes for both the Xbox and PlayStation versions is that there was a lot of attention made to bugs and other issues relating to Tek Stryders.To start, various VFX and SFX bugs were fixed, along with bugs that allowed players to remove attachments from their Stryders, or caused the Stryders taming effectiveness to drop from 100% to 0%. Issues with the Stryder causing certain items to not transfer into or out of the storage, or accessing certain interaction options, have been fixed. Additionally, Stryders will no longer count towards the Global Platform Structure Limit.
The two other creatures that received a lot of attention on both the PlayStation and Xbox are the Astrodelphis and the Mantis. Lazer damage was reduced by 33% for the Astrodelphis, and it will no longer damage targets if the Astrodelphis is encumbered, and its Grenade Bomb projectile speed was reduced by half. They also fixed a bug that caused the Astrodelphis baby to get stuck inside the mother on spawn. Another bug that caused the Astrodelphis homing missile to damage riders even though it was targeting the creature. The patch notes also indicated that there might be more rebalancing for the Astrodelphis at some point in the future. As for the Mantis will now accept Rhino Horns for taming but at a lower affinity than Deathworm Horns. Its feeding was also adjusted to prevent the Mantis from starving if fed Rhino Horns.
Multiple TEK Engrams were added to the Genesis Part 2 boss fight, including the Replicator, Teleporter, Trough, Forcefield, Dedicated Storage, Armour, Rifle, Turret, and Generator. Additionally, creature downloads for Stryder, Maewing, Shadow mare, Noglin, Rockwell, and Eden variants were enabled on Aberration. Some invalid items from the Mission Loot & Supply Crate tables on Genesis Part 2 were removed, and some mission objective text and item description text on Genesis Part 2 was improved.
Finally, two more changes feel important enough to mention: First, TEK Explosive Arrow damage was reduced by 25%, and its projectile speed was decreased by 33%. Second, net ammo will now work underwater when loaded into a Harpoon Launcher. An issue that caused creatures hit with net ammo to not properly and reliably display the unconscious animation was fixed.
That very likely covers the most important information. We will be sure to keep you updated on the latest news for Ark: Survival Evolved.
Published and Developed by Studio Wildcard, Ark: Survival Evolved is an action-adventure survival game that was released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and in 2018 for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.