We’ve been waiting quite some time for the Ark: Survival Evolved offshoot Ark Park to release. After being announced in 2016, the game was expected to release last year but was then delayed. Now, however, Snail Games have finally revealed the (hopefully) final release date for the game, which will be on Thursday, March 22 during the Game Developers Conference.
Initially advertised as a pretty laid-back ‘museum-like’ experience that gives off a Jurassic Park vibe – at least the way it was meant to be before things inevitably went wrong. But last year the team revealed some more information about the gameplay, which includes a story mode where things go terribly wrong (of course). Something goes wrong with the park’s Brainwave Device something goes wrong with the park’s Brainwave Device and you have to defend the park from rampaging dinosaurs. You’ll also be able to find materials such as Dinosaur DNA and trade them to craft more powerful weapons as well as useful items.
Then there’s also a free mode where you can explore various maps without a linear storyline and collect eggs to incubate and raise your own little dinosaurs. It was designed as a realistic dinosaur theme park simulation and allows you to freely traverse the grounds without any restrictions whatsoever. There’s no set plot or schedule to follow in this mode of Ark Park. You can choose how and where to go next at all times – exploring the prehistoric park at your own pace.
Check out the trailer below:
“ARK Park takes the world of ARK: Survival Evolved into a wonderful and haunting new direction. It embraces virtual reality while offering players the tight gameplay mechanics from its predecessor. We’re thrilled to deliver Snail Games’ first VR title to our fans in March – and we couldn’t be more pleased with the team’s hard work throughout the development of ARK Park,” said Tianqi Wu, Vice President of Snail Games.
Much like the original dinosaur taming game, Ark Park is also better when played with friends. Some of the more difficult Hunting Maps require close collaboration and teamwork. In order to bag the most prized animals, you’ll have to use a combination of puzzle-solving, exploration, and careful resource management.
So make sure to keep a lookout for the launch next month if you’re keen to raise and ride your own dinosaurs. Ark Park will release for HTC Vive, PSVR, and Oculus Rift on Thursday, March 22.
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