Today has seen the announcement of a brand new videogame from Seattle-based indie developer, Studio Wildcard. That videogame is ARK: Survival Evolved, a first-person, open-world action title that’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mac and Linux in 2016. As its mention here might suggest, the latter editions of the videogame are set to feature full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display. The first trailer for the title can currently be seen below.
Developed with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, ARK: Survival Evolved combines elements of survival videogames with online competitive and cooperative play. Players start on a beach set on board the title ARK, stripped of any items. From there, they must hunt, harvest, craft and more in an attempt to protect themselves from harsh weather environments and dangerous dinosaurs. The latter plays a big part in the title, with 60 different creatures featuring. It will even be possible to tame and ride these dinosaurs as players build up their character’s skill sets.
As they build up an army of trained dinosaurs, players will pit themselves against or work with others online. Rebel tribes will be set up with teams competing to gather to most sophisticated weapons and more.
The full version of ARK: Survival Evolved will be launching in early 2016, although Studio Wildcard has confirmed that an Early Access version on PC is on its way to release on 2nd June 2015. It’s currently not clear if VR support will be included in this initial release. The developer is also yet to comment on if its title will feature support for other HMDs such as Valve’s HTC Vive and the Project Morpheus HMD for the PlayStation 4 version.
VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.