ARK: Survival Evolved update 2.22 went live on PS4 late Thursday evening to resolve some major bugs with the game’s Genesis expansion that released at the end of February. While there have been smaller hotfixes since launch, this is the first patch deployed to solve the DLC’s most pressing issues. Read the patch notes below courtesy of a Studio Wildcard forum post.

  • Reduced high quality tier loot drop rate from missions by approximately 40 percent
  • Changed ocean platforms to be Blueprints only in mission rewards (to prevent demolishing rewards for materials)
  • Increased damage to insect swarms by Beelzebufo to 2.5x
  • Increased damage to insect swarms by Fire to 1.5x
  • Reduced health of insect swarms by 50 percent
  • Reduced AoE damage on the tek cruise missile
  • Reduced the explosion radius and explosion emitter size on the tek cruise missile
  • Fixed issue where insect swarms could attack through walls
  • Fixed an issue with Megachelon (turtle) taming method
  • Restricted cryo use and disabled building in the VR boss arena
  • Fixed an issue where rock slides would linger after ending
  • Fixed several visual bugs with Magmasaur
  • Fixed several visual bugs with Space Whale
  • Fixed several bugs with the Ferox taming process
  • You must now hold the sprint key with the Ferox when super jumping. In order to super jump, just jump again + shift right before landing after a regular jump.
  • Bloodstalker can no longer be knocked out
  • Ambergris weight now scales by 0.5 in Magmasaur to help with raising babies
  • Adjusted the platform build area on the Megachelon
  • Fixed a taming bug with the Bloodstalker
  • Fixed a crash with Extinction’s horde crate and element node
  • Restored Extinction Horde mode data
  • Fixed some bugs which caused projectiles to not expire on clients
  • Set kapro race to use “Teleport Out of Bounds” functionality
  • Fixed space whale’s display name
  • Cruise missile now has a 2.55s arming period (“Arming Duration”) before it can do its nuke explosion
  • If Cruise missile is destroyed or detonated before then, it now does a harmless explosion
  • Reduced Tek Claw damage against structures
  • Fixed player emote specific to Portugese language setting
  • Fixed certain languages not finding appropriate directories
  • Basketball Missions rewards should now match their intended reward returns
  • Fixed a bug where Pelas and Itchys would fly to xyz coordinates 0 0 0
  • Fixed a bug where players could attack each other with the mining drill
  • Fixed a bug where items may have received an unintended item cap
  • Item and Creature transfers have been enabled outside of Genesis
  • Temporarily added TEK Replicators to the Loot Crates until they can be better placed on the map

In short, ARK update 2.22 goes a long way toward solving some pretty significant Genesis problems. As much as some fans love its new creatures like the Ferox, Megachelon, Magmasaur and Astrocetus, it’s really frustrating when bugs prevent high-level ones from being tamed. Especially in the case of the Megachelon, which has a long, drawn-out escort mission tame gimmick, it’s imperative that the concept work correctly for players. Cheats allowed most diehard ARK fans to check out these creatures as soon as they wanted to, but the mechanics should function well in fair-game instances too.

Besides taming, ARK update 2.22 goes great lengths to address the overpowered nature of the Tek Cruise Missile. Its base damage and explosion radius have been decreased, while its nuke ability cooldown time has also gone up. Simply put, the updated weapon has been nerfed in just about every way possible. On a similar note, it’s also good to know players can’t use the Mining Drill to inflict bizarre damage. ARK Genesis certainly didn’t benefit from a flawless launch, but update 2.22 makes the DLC much better than it was before.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available now on PC, Xbox, PS4, Switch, Mac and Linux. Now that taming has been mostly fixed, our Genesis taming guide can help you do the rest.

What are your thoughts on ARK update 2.22? Are there enough fixes here to make Genesis worth playing? Tell us in the comments section!