Ark: Survival Evolved adding Iron Man suits, cyberdinos

Iron Man-like supersuits of power armour are coming to Ark: Survival Evolved [official site], developers Studio Wildcard have announced, as part of the end-game ‘Tek’ tech tier. You might begin the multiplayer survival sandbox wearing grubby underpants and waving rocks and sticks, but eventually players will be supersprinting, jetpacking, superpunching in power armour, and riding dinosaurs caked in cyberguns like Dino-Riders toys. But it’s not all punching dinosaurs in the face; the Tek tier will also bring new buildings like undersea bases. Have a butcher’s at cyberdinos in this trailer:

Ridiculous scenes. I’m in favour of all of them. Especially the person in power armour supersprinting straight through the walls of a wooden cabin. I’ll also highlight the jetpacks. And the dinoguns, while I’m at it. Some words from Wildcard:

“The TEK Tier will put players in power armor granting them advanced abilities, and add powerful TEK saddles with mounted energy weapons to the capabilities of some favorite dinos. Want to snipe at enemy tribes with a plasma rifle while tearing across the map with a jet pack? How about living under the ocean in a vacuum sealed Underwater Base, fully protected from the hazards of land and sky?”

Underwater base, yes please thank you.

While most sandbox worlds are fairly conservative, I do like that Ark keeps adding whatever goofy cartoon fun it can imagine. Archaeopteryx hang gliders? Go for it! Amphibian air bags? Why not! Iron Man? Absolutely!

The Tek tier will arrive across a string of updates “in the coming weeks and months.”

Now if only Wildcard could deliver major performance optimisations Ark desperately needs. It’s still in early access, of course, but really does need to get its skates on.


  1. inspiredhandle says:

    Upon trying Ark on one of its free weekends, I found that my main beef was with its lack of cohesion. All of its ideas are smashed together messily. The dlc came out with dragons or something? Now the main game is getting power armour and lasers n shit? I guess I just don’t find the wish list written by my 12 year old self enough of a draw to get involved. In any case, Ark is still way too janky for me to deal with.

    Or it could be Dayz’s fault for ruining survival/crafting games for me.

    • PaulV says:

      You may want to check out the Primitive+ official mod. I haven’t really played it myself, but it should have a more defined theme.

  2. Ghostwise says:

    Not a single Turok joke ? I’m shocked.

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    Qazinsky says:

    I own exactly one poster and that is a DinoRiders poster that I got when I was a wee tyke. Needless to say, that top most image cut straight to the nostalgia bone.

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      particlese says:

      Nice! I never had a poster, but I loved the comic(s?) which came with the couple of toys I had. And of course those toys rocked. Beat the ninja turtles and hot wheels every time. Maybe the battle beasts, too, but there may have been an alliance there…

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  5. guy15s says:

    Rated 10/10 by Official Bot Farmer Magazine. lol

  6. Joe.P33 says: