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Open World Dinosaur-Hunting Game, ARK, is Revealed for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Independent developer Studio Wildcard has revealed a bold new open world survival game filled with dinosaurs, titled ARK: Survival Evolved.

The multiplayer game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC some time early next year – however, the game is launching on Steam’s Early Access this coming June 2nd.

Here’s a blurb about the game, from the press release provided by Wildcard:

Powered by Unreal Engine 4, ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake naked and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans. On ARK, they must then hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies.

Use cunning strategy and tactics to tame and ride the many dinosaurs and other primeval creatures roaming the dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground. Build your character’s strengths and gain items, skills, and pet creatures using in-depth role-playing systems. Start a tribe with hundreds of other players to survive and dominate competing tribes…and ultimately discover the ARK’s true purpose.

Tame one of 60 amazing dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! Fly a Pterodactyl squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. Players will quickly learn that dinosaurs aren’t the only dangerous creatures on the island. Other players are organizing rebel tribes to accumulate resources, experience, re-spawn points, and to construct sprawling villages and cities, with technology spanning the primitive stone-age to the modern electric-powered era and beyond. And they will fight to destroy anything they see as a threat.

Here’s the kicker – the Steam version of the game is going to support the Oculus Rift, as well as the regular gamut of Steam features like Steam Workshop, Steam Economy, and more.

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15 comments
  1. Cy
    Cy
    May 11, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I was interested until the multiplayer stuff. MP “tribes” usually don’t take long to devolve into one tribe having most people in it and ganging up on the smaller ones, which isn’t any fun for either side.

  2. Larry
    Larry
    May 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Oh man another Early Access open world Dinosaur game!

  3. BeholdMyPower
    BeholdMyPower
    May 11, 2015 at 11:46 am

    >Guns

    Goodbye interest.

  4. ironexe
    ironexe
    May 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    This looks pretty incredible. I’ll wait to see how PvP is handled before I make a decision.

  5. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    May 11, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    No SP no interest, which sucks because it reminds me a bit of Dino Riders.

  6. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    It looks nice but the mix of dinosaurs, guns, bows and dragons doesn’t seem to mesh very well inside my head. The flying segments are cool though. Maybe it will inspire someone to create that Drakan sequel I’ve always wanted.

  7. Alexander Conrad
    Alexander Conrad
    May 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    i thought i was the only one to ever play Drakan. Literally my favorite of all time.

  8. Kaijuu
    Kaijuu
    May 11, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    >Early Access
    >Open-world Survival
    >Dinosaurs

    Smells like a recipe for a game that will be never finished, never fixed and popular for like a month while Youtubers are making videos about it. No thank you.

  9. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    May 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    It’s definitely up there for me too. A shame that no other game series had managed to execute that unique blend of gameplay and exploration as well as Drakan.

  10. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    May 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I’d be interested if it was single player. I’m not paying PSN+ or whatever just to play a game with servers that will shut down in a couple years.

  11. brchba
    brchba
    May 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I hope this is what the end game will look like.

  12. OverlordZetta
    OverlordZetta
    May 11, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I saw “open world” and “hunting” and got curious, but this… doesn’t seem to be going where I’d like.

    I’ll keep an eye on it, but it looks like it’s trying too hard to be “realistic” in some areas for its own good.

    Are the days of grand dinosaur and dragon-centric games gone for good? Besides stuff like MonHun and that Skyram thing all the kids were on about a few years ago anyway.

  13. RetroGamer
    RetroGamer
    May 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Dino Riders! I had one those toys as a kid.

  14. Mangowannabango
    Mangowannabango
    May 12, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Idk if its a joke or something but the fact that the sauropod is called Brontosaurus is discouraging.

  15. eltonBorges
    eltonBorges
    May 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I think that is the whole point of modern technology being inserted. Anyway, it’s nice to see game developers trying to create a western version of the MH, but with enough elements to distinguish both games. I really hope the gameplay works well.