ARK Dev Talks VR Support, Oculus, Vive Controllers and HoloLens
ARK: Survival Evolved belongs with a small group of videogames that showcases the potential of virtual reality (VR) within AAA experiences here and now. True, this first-person role-playing game (RPG) is being created by Seattle-based indie team, Studio Wildcard, but the impressive visuals provided by Unreal Engine 4 and ambitious system being developed in Early Access prove that this is a full-scale production. It will certainly be one to watch out for as consumer VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) become available. Recently, VRFocus spoke to that developer about that VR support.
In the interview below studio Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director Jesse Rapczak talks about ARK: Survival Evolved‘s current support for the Oculus Rift HMD and how it plans to evolve that integration. There’s also mention of the upcoming console versions of the title, the PlayStation 4 edition of which will support the Project Morpheus HMD. Rapczak also spent some 2 and a half years working on the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) HMD at Microsoft, which he recalls here as the device’s potential gaming applications are discussed.
ARK: Survival Evolved is looking to launch on PC by the end of year, with full console versions to follow in 2016. VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.