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Ark: Survival Evolved's Aberration expansion launches in December

Survivors will wake up on the Aberration, a derelict, malfunctioning Ark featuring an elaborate underground biome. What's different about this map is that extreme radiation and environmental hazards require increased attention. You have to be careful where you venture and build. Exploring the world is also more treacherous because the caves house new challenges and creatures like the Rock Drake and Lantern Pug.

According to the developers, the intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in new creatures with amazing abilities. The Rock Drake is a camouflaging, chameleon-like creature which can clamber up walls and glide through the air. The Lantern Pug can illuminate the dark caves. The grotesque Cave Crustacean and Reaper Queen are good for taking out enemies.

As you may know, Ark: Survival Evolved is all about gathering resources and crafting. Aberration adds more than fifty unique new items. You can protect yourself with hazmat outfits, explosive rounds, railguns and much more. Gathering resources is also easier because now you can use fishing baskets, gas collectors, and other tools.

Environmental hazards are a new problem to contend with and players will experience everything from earthquakes, radiation exposure, and gas leaks. One of Aberration's greatest challenges is a collection of monsters called the Nameless. These creatures have been infused with a mysterious substance called Element that makes them incredibly powerful and deadly. However, they're all controlled by a master which only the most skilled survivors can face in the deepest depths of the map.

Aberration will be available as a standalone expansion pack for $19.99 or as part of the Ark: Explorer's Edition. Since its launch into Steam's Early Access program in June 2015, over twelve million survivors have experienced the game. This is quite an achievement despite the fact that the game has performance issues and other problems on Xbox One. It even suffers from extreme screen tearing on Xbox One X.

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5 Comments
  • Yaay, been waiting for this, it was supposed to launch in October. I dislike scorched earth so hopefully it will be more fun. This game is so much more enjoyable on the X, I can't wait to see what is to come for this game!
  • They need to fix the screen tearing on the Xbox One X though.
  • The screen tearing on the X is less than a normal Xbox from what I see. It's certainly not any worse though. I do hope one day that it performs well on every platform
  • I see the appeal of this but I'm still having issues connecting the first time I try. I'm sure they are constantly working on fixes but main game fixes should take priority of DLC. I hope everyone who buys this expansion has fun with it. The trailers make it look very interesting.
  • In the old days, the base game was completed before a developer would try to sell you an expansion pack/dlc. I guess some of today's customers aren't that bothered.