Today, developer Snail Games announced ARK Park, a virtual reality experience based on the world of ARK: Survival Evolved, is coming to PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift sometime in 2017.
ARK Park allows players to get up close and personal with dinosaurs and the primal environments they inhabit. You will be able to explore a vast range of settings, including tropical rainforests, snow-covered mountains, and expansive plains, along with all the dinos that live in said habitats.
Sky Wu executive producer at Snail Games details the game further over on the PlayStation Blog. According to Wu, when players visit ARK Park, they will be able to head out on “Excursions” into lush biomes to explore and witness dinosaurs up close. At various points during any given Excursion, visitors will be on-foot, riding dinosaurs, or riding vehicles. Further, players will be able to participate in “Gene collection” of the dinosaurs, and through crafting of ARK tools, lures, and weapons, visitors may collect Gene Cubes from the many dinosaurs and extinct creatures throughout the habitat, including more than 100 unique species.
Capturing a creatures Gene Cube allows you to upload it to ARK Park’s Hub area to learn more about the life form, including factoids and vital stats. Additionally, it will teach you about how the ARK species diverted from their real-world variant. Gene Cubes can also be uploaded to the Hub’s Petting Zoo. Via this feature, players will be able to pet and feed dinosaurs, paints colors using the warpaint system from ARK, or even assign customizable cosmetics.
You will also be able to upload creatures your own/and favorite creatures from ARK: Survival Evolved or ARK: Scorched Earth into the petting zoo.
However, collecting all of the ARK creatures isn’t as easy as it sounds due to the reclusive habits of particular dinosaurs. According to Wu, visitors will need to use a combination of puzzle-solving logic, action skills, exploration and careful resource management to bag the most prized animals.
The game will also include a Snap mode where you can photograph your little dinosaur loving heart away, earning extra points in the process. Not only can you capture images of all the dinos, but you can capture images of your friends as well via multiplayer excursions (or even yourself via the selfie stick), which will earn you bonus points.
ARK Park is being developed by Snail Games’ Peacock Studio, in coordination with creative input from Studio Wildcard. A price point was not divulged. Below, you can check out the new announcement trailer, as well the game’s first screenshots: