'ARK' Update 2.03 Adds Genesis Chronicles on PS4 & Xbox - Patch Notes

ARK: Survival Evolved has just been updated to version 2.03 on PS4. While the patch doesn't do much in terms of fixing bugs or addressing major community issues, it does kick off the Genesis Chronicles promotion ahead of the game's next major expansion release. There's not much to see, but here are the patch notes survivors may be searching for.

ARK: Survival Evolved Update 2.03 Patch Notes - PS4, Xbox & PC

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'ARK' update 2.03 has landed, bringing the Genesis Chronicles to the game. Collect Explorer Notes to get a free cosmetic. 'ARK: Survival Evolved' is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch. Studio Wildcard
  • Cryopods are now able to be crafted at obelisk
  • Added HLN-A Explorer Notes 1-5 for Genesis Chronicles
  • Added Corrupted Avatar Armor helmet for Genesis Chronicles

While the first bullet on the list is fairly innocuous, it's the last two changes that will be most critical for players. In preparation for the game's Genesis expansion this winter, Studio Wildcard has added Genesis Chronicles content. Much like the Extinction Chronicles that made their way to the title last year, this new update adds five Explorer Notes to the open world. Each one contains hints regarding the lore of the next DLC, and finding all five offers access to the Corrupted Avatar Armor listed above. Those who want to get a sneak peek at what Genesis has to offer won't want to miss today's download.

What to Expect in the rest of Genesis

For those who missed the Expansion's reveal in August, here's a recap of most of its main features.


  • First speaking character, Buddy AI
  • She's available now in an update with the Season Pass as a cosmetic pet
  • Training you for something. She can't go where you go and the arrival is soon
  • HLNA offers goals and multiplayer or single-player missions
  • She has a fully customizable look


  • New map in both parts
  • Volcano, snow, jungle, water biome
  • It's a totally new simulation

Giant Tortoise

  • You can build stuff on it
  • Permanent tame, mobile base
  • Shell grows rare resources
  • His shell has an oxygen bubble underwater

Lava Lizard

  • First actual, huge dino
  • Functions better in magma
  • Shoots magama
  • Great AoE attack
  • Tamable, ridable, swims in lava, doesnt like water

Shape Shifter

  • Likes Element, transforms when he eats it. Becomes huge, rideable Hulk.

Unfortunately today's Genesis Chronicles update doesn't add these creatures, but at least interested players can prepare for their arrival. Genesis is the first part of a second Season Pass for ARK: Survival Evolved. Those who buy the pass will be privy to additional content drops throughout 2020.

ARK: Survival Evolved is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch. The Genesis Chronicles update is live on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

What are your thoughts on ARK update 2.03? Are you excited for Genesis Chronicles? Tell us in the comments section!