Lost Island is the latest, official, non-canonical DLC expansion map for ARK: Survival Evolved. What’s better is that it’s free!
I have been playing ARK: Survival Evolved a LOT recently, racking up well over 100 hours in just a few short weeks. So when I read about the new update in the last This Week on Stadia Blog Post I was super excited to see the new content.
Boasting a host of new biomes, mysterious ruins and challenges, the community-created Lost Island map sounds tantalising. Not only that, but the map comes with three new real-world creatures including Amargasaurus, Dinopitecus, and Sinomacrops.
Winter Wonderland Event
The update also includes the Winter Wonderland Seasonal event. Look out for Raptor Claus flying through the sky, dropping presents filled with some great loot, Mistletoe and Coal. Use your Mistletoe and Coal to craft Christmas-y cosmetics and Chibi pets. Or give give a piece of Coal or Mistletoe to a GachaClaus to get varying quality levels of Gacha Crystals which turn into Armor, Festive Dino Candy or weapons when consumed from your inventory.
The Winter Wonderland Seasonal event is available on all standard ARK: Survival Evolved maps
After hearing about all this exciting new content and event I rush to grab my Stadia Controller. I load ARK: Survival Evolved on my Chromecast Ultra and was delighted to see the updated title screen, playing some Christmas music and advertising the new Lost Island map.
As giddy as could be, I searched for multiplayer servers that were hosting the new map. Plenty showed up, so I picked one that had a fair few players and hit the Start button to load in to the server.
The loading screen appeared…
My excitement grows…
Suddenly, I’m faced with the main menu/title screen again. Huh?
I tried again. The same thing happened.
I tried a different server. The same thing happened.
After trying about half a dozen servers, it was clear that it wasn’t going to work. So I decided to try again the next day.
After several days of trying and failing to load the new Lost Island map I turned to Google for help, as every good geek does.
After some research, I finally came across the following information on a post on the ARK Official Community Forums:
The total size of this absolute behemoth of a game comes in at around a whopping 250-300GB! – That’s for the base game, DLCs and free maps.
However, this delay is massively disappointing due to one of the biggest advantages of using Stadia, for me, is not having to wait to constantly download update patches for games and to save hard disk space. However, now it seems that Stadia players are having to wait much, much longer than it would have taken for them to download it.
This isn’t the first, or even second time that ARK has been a disappointment for Stadians.
Firstly, the game was released many months later than the announcement date. Secondly, when it did finally hit Stadia, many people thought the game was unplayable due to a range of issues. Some of the issues stated were low draw distance, frame lag and overall poor graphics & performance.
However, WildCard, in a moment of redemption, managed to deliver a patch in a somewhat timely manner that fixed a few key issues, bumping up the graphics, and making the game much more playable.
It is unfortunate that Stadia players, myself included, are unable to play the Lost Island content. However, it’s clear that they are working on a fix. Although we have no timeframe announcements yet, we hope that the content will be available soon. However, don’t forget that the Winter Wonderland seasonal event is live and working fine.
We will continue to keep you updated on any further news on the subject as it develops.
What do you think to the delay in the Lost Island map content? Let us know in the comments section below.
- Introducing Lost Island Free DLC! – ARK News – ARK – Official Community Forums (survivetheark.com)
- Lost Island – Official ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki (fandom.com)
- ARK: Winter Wonderland – Official ARK: Survival Evolved Wiki (fandom.com)
- ARK: Survival Evolved takes up ~300GB of space for the full experience | BarrelRolled