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ARK: Survival Evolved Kicks off the New Year with a Giant Kangaroo

Announced all the way back in May 2015 and released on Steam Early Access soon after, ARK: Survival Evolved has to be one of last year’s most continuously updated projects. The virtual reality (VR) compatible title from Studio Wildcard has also now launched in a pre-release state, with the full version expected to hit that platform along with PC and PlayStation 4 later this year. Until then, the developer is continuing to update the project, adding new creatures to it. This week’s addition to the roster is the Procoptodon.

As seen below in a brief spotlight trailer, this is essentially a giant kangaroo that hops across terrain with huge leaps. It’s actually the first beast in ARK: Survival Evolved that can carry up to two passengers at once, making it the ideal mode of transport for players that are working together, especially as they can fire their weapons from within its pouch. Just how all of this leaping and bounding will translate into a smooth, comfortable VR experience remains to be seen, though Studio Wildcard has in the past acknowledged that it needs to carry out essential improvements to the VR support.

The pre-release version of ARK: Survival Evolved already supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC, and there are plans to integrate the HTC Vive HMD and, when the PlayStation 4 version launches, the PlayStation VR device. Studio Wildcard has also talked to VRFocus about the possibility of including support for position-tracked controllers such as the HTC Vive’s devices. Expect to find out more about just how the developer will achieve this as the title heads towards its launch in the middle of the year.

For the latest updates on ARK: Survival Evolved, stay tuned to VRFocus.