ARK Park, based on Studio Wildcard’s best-selling ARK: Survival Evolved, is a VR game that allows you and your friends to interact with more than 100 dinosaurs in six massive environments! It’s available on SteamVR, Oculus Rift, and Viveport.
I’m a fan of dinosaurs. So, of course, I’m excited about Snail Games’ ARK Park. In it, you’ll be able to “experience a series of mind-blowing VR-driven theme-park attractions built on top of a variety of biomes – each with distinct weather patterns, vegetation, and terrain.”
Players will be able to “freely traverse the grounds without any restrictions whatsoever.” There’s also no set plot or schedule for you to follow. Players get to choose how and where they want to go. You can survey the prehistoric park at your own pace. Furthermore, you can even join your friends in multiplayer “park tours” to share the thrill of getting up close and personal with the featured dinosaurs!
“After many years in development, we can safely say that VR is starting to mature as a technology. The potential for very personal, eye-opening experiences is there – and I believe that ARK Park may be one of the first games to fully deliver on that promise. ARK Park is launching with hundreds of exquisitely-detailed dinosaurs, 6 awe-inspiring park attractions, and gameplay choices ranging from pure exploration and crafting to dinosaur breeding and combat. We can’t wait to welcome both ARK: Survival Evolved veterans and VR novices from all corners of the world into this new and exciting addition to the ARK franchise,” said Tianqi Wu (Vice President, Snail Games).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Featuring a real-time day and night cycle, ARK Park’s time of day mechanic includes day, evening, night, and dawn. Both biomes and creatures are affected, which means that some dinosaurs may only appear at specific times. There are more than 50 different species in the game; you can interact, tame, or even fend them off! When exploring the wilderness, use a gene scanner to collect gene fragments from prehistoric life forms. A combination of puzzle-solving, exploration, and careful resource management skills is a must if you intend to capture the most prized animals. Gene fragments unlock blueprints, which can be used to craft tools, lures, items, and weapons; they also reveal detailed information about each species.
What’s better than walking among dinosaurs? Being driven on a rugged off-road vehicle … or riding your very own pet dino! Take the Crystal Shuttle and go on an amazing ride across the park and nearby ocean. The Jeep will carry you through the perilous Sequoia Rainforest – but be ready for a very talkative driver. Finally, after raising a dinosaur to adulthood, you can tame and ride it. Are you ready for an unforgettable trail excursion on the back of your Dinosaur Mount?
The Key Features include:
- Exploring a variety of maps without a linear storyline.
- Collecting eggs and incubating them to raise your own little dinosaurs.
- Finding materials such as Dinosaur DNA and trading them to craft useful items and more powerful weapons.
- Defending the park and its vital technology from rampaging dinosaurs across six gorgeous environments!
- Revisiting the dinosaurs from the popular title ARK: Survival Evolved.
- Playing with voiceovers and subtitles in English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified).
ARK Park is currently available on HTC Vive (SteamVR and Viveport), PSVR, and Oculus Rift. The Standard Edition on Steam will cost you $39.99. The Deluxe Edition, which includes the Tek Package (1 Tek Outfit and 1 Tek Rex Mount), is $47.99.
ARK Park Standard Edition for both the Viveport and Oculus has a $39.99 price tag. The Standard Edition on PSVR is $49.99. The Deluxe Edition, which includes the Hunter Package (1 Hunter Outfit and 1 Skeleton Rex) is available for $57.99. PSVR PlayStation Plus members will get the Desert Camouflage Outfit.
Make sure to visit the official game website.
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