But the bad news is that while fans are getting new seasonal content today, the big ARK Survival Evolved update and expansion has been delayed.
ARK Genesis was first revealed Studio Wildcard in 2019 as the next major expansion for the popular survival game.
The first part was scheduled to land later this year but has now been delayed until early 2020.
“The upcoming Genesis expansion adds a lot of innovative and fun new features to ARK an is our most complex expansion pack to date, with a completely new mission system that dramatically changes the way you can play ARK,” a message from Studio Wildcard explains.
“As a team we have decided that an extra month of polish and balancing is needed to deliver an awesome experience to everyone on launch day, so our anticipated simultaneous release for all platforms will be late January 2020.”
This will prove disappointing fans, who have grown used to delayed content releases with ARK Survival.
There will also be a few notable benefits, including the launch of mouse-and-keyboard support on consoles this year. And while work continues on ARK Genesis, Wildcard has decided to release a new seasonal update today.
The new ARK Halloween event is called Feared Evolved 3 and adds a bunch of new items to the game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
This new in-game event will last until November 5th and challenges players to find tombstones and gather what you need to craft spooky skins or hunt down the elusive DoDoWyvern.
And for those who have experienced Fear Evolved before, Studio Wildcard has added some new tricks and treats to ensure Fear Evolved maintains its legacy as a community favorite.
“We are excited to bring you the third annual Fear Evolved, bigger and better than before! The blood-moon, DodoWyvern, DodoRex have made a return to ARK from October 22nd to November 5th!
“Find tombstones to and gather what you need to craft spooky skins or hunt down the elusive DoDoWyvern – the choice is up to you.
“For those who have experienced Fear Evolved before, we’ve added some new tricks and treats to ensure Fear Evolved maintains its legacy as a community favorite.
“Meanwhile, we will continue to create fun new events and updates for ARK, including today as we launch Fear Evolved 3, and with the extra time we plan to add mouse-and-keyboard support on consoles this year as well as working on some surprises for the entire community at our biggest-ever Winter Wonderland event in December!”
Full patch notes from today’s ARK Survival Evolved update can be found below:
ARK SURVIVAL EVOLVED UPDATE NOTES
Fear Evolved 3:
- Can be manually activated with console command: -activeevent=FearEvolved
- Increased rates to 2X Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation)
- Increased rates to 2X Player XP
- Increased rates to 2X Harvesting
- Added Event-themed wild dino spawns
- Added randomly spawning gravestones and pumpkin patches
- Added candy corn themed supply drops
- Modified existing environment (trees) to be event themed
- Modified existing moon to be event themed (blood moon)
Added new items:
- Jack O’Lantern Mask (cosmetic)
- Hockey Mask (cosmetic)
- Headless Neck Stump (cosmetic)
- Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy
- Event-themed underwear (tops and bottoms)
Added new emotes:
- Spooky Emotes
- Panic Emote
- Spooky Dance Emote
- Zombie Emote
Added prior event skins:
- DodoWyvern Mask Skin
- Clown Mask Skin
- Vampire Eyes Skin
- Werewolf Mask Skin
- Giganotosaurus Bone Costume
- Jerboa Bone Costume
- Quetzalcoatlus Bone Costume
- Wyvern Bone Costume
- DodoRex Mask Skin
- Carno Bone Costume
- Rex Bone Costume
- Raptor Bone Costume
- Bronto Bone Costume
- Trike Bone Costume
- Stego Bone Costume
- Witch Hat Skin
- Dino Witch Hat Skin
Added prior event creatures:
- Dodo Wyvern
Added prior event creature variants:
- Skeletal Giganotosaurus
- Skeletal Quetzal
- Skeletal Jerboa
- Bone Fire Wyvern
- Zombie Fire Wyvern
- Zombie Lightning Wyvern
- Zombie Poison Wyvern
- Skeletal Bronto
- Skeletal Stego
- Skeletal Trike
- Skeletal Raptor
- Skeletal Rex
- Skeletal Carnotaurus
Added prior event items:
- Stolen Headstone