Those watching Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference earlier this month will have spotted a handful of virtual reality (VR) compatible videogames that will be making their way to the Xbox One console, obviously without that VR support in place. One of these titles was Studio Wildcard’s multiplayer first-person role-playing game (RPG), ARK: Survival Evolved. Microsoft announced that, as part of its ID@Xbox campaign, the title would be coming first to console on Xbox One via its Game Preview programme. But fans shouldn’t worry about the VR-enabled PlayStation 4 version, as it isn’t delayed.
Studio Wildcard confirmed as much to VRFocus at Gamescom. Mapping out the title’s future, studio Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director Jesse Rapczak confirmed that ARK: Survival Evolved‘s ongoing Early Access development would continue on PC through to the end of the year. The developer hopes to release and work on the Game Preview version of the title at the beginning of next year, leading up to a full console release on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 which is planned for next June. The latter version will support the Project Morpheus HMD.
ARK: Survival Evolved is presented as a first-person shooter (FPS) in which players can build their own settlements, craft new weapons using resources gathered from the environment and, most importantly, tame the many dinosaurs that roam the land. Friendly beasts can then be ridden across the land as players either compete against or work with others. Last week saw Studio Wildcard introduce a new mod-driven Dev Kit through the Unreal Engine 4 along with a brand new mode in ‘Survival of the Fittest’. The mode sees players compete as a force field shrinks around the map, drawing them closer together as their abilities increase.
VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.