ARK: Survival Evolved has received a new update on Xbox One which includes a new turkey trial event and a bunch of 'quality of life' improvements as it heads towards launch. Console players have received the patch early but PC players need only wait until November 23rd to get their hands on the new patch.
The Turkey Trial event itself is a Thanksgiving themed event as Wildcard Studios explain " Survivors will be given the opportunity to participate in the turkey-hunt of their lives. ARK: Turkey Trial 2 will throw survivors into a large-scale scavenger hunt and allow them to carve up the rare “Super-Turkeys” unleashed across the ARK! By harvesting sufficient Super Turkey Wishbones from these bloodthirsty, genetically-modified creatures, players can craft their very own stylish "Chieftain" Hat, or choose to summon the devastating DodoRex creature to do their bidding for a limited period of time. Brand new to this years event, you will also be able to earn custom event-themed Emotes! The event will be on all Official maps: Scorched Earth, The Center, and The Island. It all begins November 16th on Xbox and November 23rd on PC!"
Alongside the new event comes a host of gameplay improvements that are no doubt in preparation for the games official launch in early 2017. The Preserving Bin for example, has had its capacity expanded to 24 items, leaving plenty of room for both fuel and items that need to be refrigerated. A new Dino command has been added to Ignore all whistles, allowing players to ensure their tamed Dino stays put.
Tribes also no longer need to worry about their own members or allies setting off Tripwires now. A new option has been added for them not to be set off by friendlies, with the default to not be set off by allies. These are only a few of the small changes made in this patch and plenty more will be on the way before launch.
Players also have the arrival of the TEK Tier in December that will add a ton of new end game content including new crafting options to reward high-level play. The devs stated that "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? Look for all of this and much more as the TEK Tier rolls out in free updates to ARK: Survival Evolved in the coming weeks and months."