Snail Games has partnered with Studio Wildcard and announced Ark Park, a new virtual reality title set in the universe of ARK: Survival Evolved, according to a new press release.
Ark Park will transport players to a futuristic dinosaur theme park where they can learn about various individual dinosaur species in their natural habits. Players will be able to participate in a multiplayer tour of an island theme park filled with dinosaurs. You'll be able to watch, learn, and interact with a number of dinosaur species from the Jurassic era.
The game will be made in the Unreal 4 engine and feature a blend of real-life imagery and textures. There's no word on which VR headsets the title will support. Studio Wildcard Founder Jeremy Stieglitz stated that he hopes the partnership with Studio Wildcard will help broaden the appeal of the Ark brand. He mentioned that the game will focus on a somewhat more educational experience as opposed to the gameplay you would experience in the core title.
Ark Park's official Facebook page reveals some additional details. Players are likely to enter the park proper via a maglev train that travels over the ocean. The game will also feature a weather system and a day/night cycle. We've collected some screenshots centered around the announcement; take a peek to see what Snail Games has in store for the Ark IP:
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For the moment, details on what the finished product are a bit light, which is understandable given that this has just been announced. If you're curious on what Snail Games' take on the ARK: Survival Evolved IP will look like, you can head on over to the game's official website and take a peek at a 360-degree interactive experience that showcases a futuristic dinosaur museum of sorts. If you don't yet already own the futuristic dinosaur survival game by Studio Wildcard you can pick it up on Steam.
Quick TakeArk Park looks neat, but I can't help but draw parallels to Jurassic Park. I can't help but salivate at the potential of an otherwise benign theme park experience going badly wrong in the most interesting of ways. It seems like this is a more educationally-focused theme park experience and that's okay, but I'd be somewhat disappointed if you didn't have to run away from a giant dinosaur who somehow managed to break out of its pen.
What do you think of Ark Park? Do you think that Snail Games will do a good job in adapting Studio Wildcard's ARK: Survival Evolved IP to Virtual Reality? What do you hope to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!