This week marks the launch of Jurassic World, the anticipated fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise. It’s already been revealed that a new virtual reality (VR) experience based on the movie is coming to the Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD), but that’s not all VR fans have to look forward too. Many will know that indie developer Studio Wildcard launched its VR compatible survival title, ARK: Survival Evolved, on Steam Early Access earlier this month, and the studio is planning some of its own celebrations for the launch of the movie.
ARK: Survival Evolved is an online first-person experience in which players are placed on the titular ARK and must learn to survive in an environment populated with dinosaurs. To mark the release of Jurassic World, the developer is launching Jurassic ARK week, in which it will host new events and introduce some more features into the title. Starting today, players will be able to find a new beast, the Spinosaurus, lurking around waterways. Players can tame the dinosaur for an all-terrain combat mount.
Jurassic-themed cosmetic items will also become available for those able to take down high-level predators. The developer will also be hosting a daily screenshot contest with new themes for each day with Fandango vouchers on offer for the winners. A content update with other improvements has also arrived.
Elsewhere, Studio Wildcard has revealed that ARK: Survival Evolved has managed to sell nearly 450,000 units in its first week of availability. The title has also seen more than 64,000 concurrent users and enjoyed a total of 6.5 million hours of play time so far. It seems as if it’s so far, so good for the VR compatible title, then. ARK: Survival Evolved already supports the Oculus Rift HMD on PC, and plans to support the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4 when the console version of the title launches early next year. It’s also on its way to Xbox One.
VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.