ARK: Survival Evolved’s previous patch introduced players to the sci-fi TEK technology, and Patch 255 now expands on TEK with new structures, as well as several new animals to find and tame.

Just as TEK was the star of ARK: Survival Evolved’s previous patch, it continues to be at the forefront of Patch 255. Not only can players use the new TEK tileset and structures to build a base Captain Kirk would be proud of, they can also defend their newfound sci-fi home with the nigh-impenetrable TEK Forcefield. Sadly, Studio Wildcard has not added any new TEK armor or weapons to the game.

Patch 255 also introduces four new animals for players to hunt and/or tame:

  • The Thylacoleo Furtimorsus, a gigantic marsupial that is as capable of climbing trees as it is snapping skulls in its jaws.
  • The Ammonitina Multiamicus, a large nautilus-like creature that possesses an odd Aquaman-like ability to make nearby sea creatures defend it.
  • The Electrophorus Beluadomito, a prehistoric Electric eel known for its shocking disposition.
  • The Microraptor Gnarilongus, a small, feathered flying dinosaur that is prized for its ability to effectively attack and dismount riders.

While Patch 255 also adds some new hairstyles. The rest of the patch notes consist of minor tweaks, re-balances, and optimizations. However, Studio Wildcard promises to add even more animals, TEK structures, and a new mechanic in the next patch.