An open-world dinosaur survival game is soon coming to major platforms. ARK: Survival Evolved gives players an MMO first person shooter in a natural Jurassic environment with lush forests and dark, murky caves.
Players can work together to survive through hunting, harvesting, growing crops, and/or building shelter to fend off the deadly creatures. ARK’s stand-out feature is the ability to tame and ride dinosaurs to benefit the small civilization you and the hundreds of other players can work to create.
Though the multiplayer experience certainly won’t be benign between players. The survivors can also turn and form groups against each other adding an element of survival beyond avoiding the dinosaurs.
ARK will begin to first roll out on Steam Early Access June 2. The game comes during a time where there’s a notable lack of Dinosaur based games on the market relative to the general popularity of the subject.
The most memorable and successful run with the series came from Turok — a game that released nearly two decades ago on the N64. The only contemporary game to gain significant traction is Primal Carnage when it released on Steam in 2012.
No retail price has been confirmed for ARK as of yet, but the developers at Studio Wildcard promise to give “200%” to the project with future plans involving expanding to the Xbox One and the PS4.
“The next 3.5 weeks to Early Access release will continue to be tireless development for us, but we’re also going to be here reading what you have to say, letting you know what’s going on with our side of the project, and polishing every single system we possibly can to make sure when this hits Early Access, it’s already everything that we’ve described on our Steam page.” – Studio Wildcard (Steam Community Announcement)