A few weeks ago we reported that a VR spin-off of popular survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved was coming. This week we’ve got a much better look at it.
Below is the first trailer for ARK Park, being developed by Snail Games as standalone product to the main ARK made by Studio Wildcard. Rather than surviving in a dinosaur-infested world, ARK Park is a much more educational experience than will bring you up close with long-lost beasts without the fear of having your head bitten off.
If it sounds a little like Jurassic Park (before things went wrong) that’s because it is. The trailer even looks a little like the opening of 2015’s Jurassic World. ARK Park wears its inspirations on its sleeves and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The trailer shows a young girl getting up close to raptors, the tyrannosaurus rex, and even our good old friend the dodo. Launching in 2017, the game will have more than 100 different creatures to meet and let you travel to diverse landscapes.
It’s not just about looking, though, ARK Park will have you capturing creatures with items and weapons and also solving puzzles. Hopefully it will be able to capture some of the original ARK‘s spirit in the gameplay, then. We could use a deeper dinosaur VR game after Crytek’s Robinson: The Journey [Review: 7/10] came up a little on the short side.
It’s also been confirmed that ARK Park will be coming to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR. The PlayStation 4 version of Survival Evolved also hit recently, though doesn’t feature PlayStation VR support as previously promised when it was announced last year. We’ve reached out to the developer to see if it’s still planning to bring support to the platform. Survival Evolved still supports the Oculus Rift on Steam, however.