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Ark Genesis Part 1 Studio Wildcard’s Latest Expansion

by Georgie Peru
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Ark Genesis: Part 1 was the latest expansion pack to Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved. Ark Genesis was released on February 25th 2020 across PC (available on Steam), Xbox and PS4.

  • Steam (£27.79)
  • Microsoft store (£29.24 or £26.31 with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
  • PlayStation Store (£29.99)

Ark Genesis Map

Genesis: Part 1 brings with it 5 unique mini maps (known as Simulations), including Bog, Arctic, Ocean, Volcanic, and Lunar.

A new feature called the HLNA Biome Teleportation menu allows players to teleport between simulations. Players can choose where to spawn at any time, keeping their inventory items and nearby tames with them.

Ark Genesis Map

Ark Genesis no longer has what we know as drops. Instead, there are Glitches located around the map. Here, players can earn information from HLNA as well as Hexagons, the new in-game currency.

Players can trade Hexagons through the HLNA menu to purchase resources or supply drops.

Ark Genesis Creatures & Items

Genesis: Part 1 brings with it, 9 new unique creatures:

  1. Astrocetus
  2. Bloodstalker
  3. Eel Minion
  4. Ferox
  5. Insect Swarm
  6. Megachelon
  7. Magmasaur
  8. Moeder, Master of the Ocean
  9. Parakeet Fish School

There are also a bunch of new items, as well as the items from the base game. Here’s a list of the new items you can expect to see in Ark Genesis: Part 1:

Item Type Item Name
Resource High Quality Pollen
Resource Golden Nugget
Resource Shell Fragment
Consumable Ambergris
Consumable Bloodstalker Egg
Consumable Magmasaur Egg
Consumable Megachelon Egg
Trophies & Tributes Alpha X-Triceratops Skull
Trophies & Tributes Golden Striped Megalodon Tooth
Trophies & Tributes Master Controller Trophy
Trophies & Tributes Moeder Trophy
Trophies & Tributes Moeder Flag
Trophies & Tributes Reaper King Pheromone Gland
Trophies & Tributes VR Boss Flag
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Code-Key
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Cruise Missile
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Fish Net
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Flaming Spear
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Mining Drill
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Tek Claws
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Tek Grenade Launcher
Weapons, Armour, & Tools Tek Shoulder Cannon
Structures Metal Ocean Platform
Structures Pressure Plate
Structures Tek Jump Pad
Structures Tek Sensor
Structures Unassembled TEK Hover Skiff
Structures Wood Ocean Platform
Saddles Astrocetus Tek Saddle
Saddles Magmasaur Saddle
Saddles Megachelon Platform Saddle
Cosmetics Corrupted Avatar Boots Skin
Cosmetics Corrupted Avatar Gloves Skin
Cosmetics Corrupted Avatar Helmet Skin
Cosmetics Corrupted Avatar Pants Skin
Cosmetics Corrupted Avatar Shirt Skin
Cosmetics Master Controller Helmet Skin
Cosmetics Mini-HLNA Skin
Other Lootcrate

Check out our top Ark mods, as reviewed by us.

Ark Genesis: Part 1 Release

As we’ve come to expect with all Ark releases, things didn’t go completely smoothly. There were still some hiccups, initially with the Xbox servers.

In the early hours of this morning (February 28th), Studio Wildcard released a small patch update to fix some issues.

If you’re not sure whether you want to grab a copy of Ark Genesis: Part 1 yet, Ark is currently free to play on Steam until Monday morning.

Ark Genesis Review

As of now, there are 8 DLCs for Ark: Survival Evolved. These are split into the following categories:

Ark Expansion Packs:

  • Scorched Earth
  • Aberration
  • Extinction
  • Genesis

Ark Expansion Maps:

Ark Total Conversion:

  • Primitive+

My personal favourite DLCs to date are Aberration, The Center, and Ragnarok. At times, I’ve felt Studio Wildcard has either presented a half-arsed job that we’ve been waiting years for, or they’ve taken the concept too far.

However, I’m excited for Genesis. Upon launching the game, you’ll find yourself in a virtual simulation, alongside a HLN-A AI companion. You’ll be presented with missions and challenges that require you to survive in your new environment.

HLN-A, who you’ll grow to love, has the ability to scan the virtual environment. HLN-A will offer you quests and aims to guide you through the simulations.

I haven’t played enough of Genesis yet to give you guys a solid review. However, I’m onto it and I’ll be returning shortly to give my thoughts and feedback on Ark’s latest expansion.

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