Studio Wildcard has revealed ARK: Survival Evolved for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. ARK is an open-world survival game where you’re placed in a vast, forested landscape, scavenge, hunt, harvest, grow crops, build structures, and research/develop technology in order to help survive in a hostile, dinosaur-filled environment. Aside from these more blanketed descriptions, not much is known about the gameplay provided or the story, if any is really necessary.
What we do have to work with is a stunning reveal trailer clocking in at a tad under four minutes. What is on display for us is a beautiful and massive landscape, filled with countless creatures, including dinosaurs and other exotic animals such as Triceratops, Brontosauruses, and the almighty Dodo. We can see knives, bows, and even assault rifles as usable and likely craft-able weapons in the game. Though I feel like it’s safe to assume you have to get really lucky scavenging or put in some serious work for guns in this game. The graphics definitely look fairly next-gen, though the game’s steam page lists dual-core processors and 1 GB graphics cards as being capable of running it.This obviously means that many people with wildly varying budgets will be able to experience their product.
More information was reveled in an interview with Jesse Rapczak, Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of Wildcard, hosted by YouTube personality, DatGuyLirik. I’ve posted the interview below, but the rest of this paragraph will sum up the more important statements if you don’t feel like listening to it. The game will run at 30FPS on all platforms, which doesn’t bother me but I know some will care about. You can raise dinosaur pets so long as you can tame and feed them, and they can also carry passengers whom can act as your gunner if necessary. The dragon at the end of the trailer is actually a boss battle that you can summon to test yourself, and it can’t be interfered with by other players, I see it as akin to Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts. When you log off, your body remains, sleeping, in-game, so if you don’t want to risk being looted or killed while you’re away, you need to stop at a safe-zone. No micro-transactions, which is awesome. It’s hyped as a massive multiplayer experience, but it can also be played as a single-player game.
Steam currently lists the early access availability for June 2015, and full release dates have been stated as occurring in 2016. You can also sign up for Closed Beta Testing at http://playark.com/