ARK Park, an official virtual reality (VR) spin off of Studio Wildcard’s ARK: Survival Evolved has been delayed until Spring 2018, developer Snail Games has confirmed this week.
The title was originally due for release in time for Christmas on PlayStation VR, but the studio has announced on Twitter that it needs more time in development. The post explained: “ARK Park is still in development and will be postponed to spring 2018. We are truly sorry for any disappointment this delay might cause. ARK Park is coming. We just need a bit more time. At the meantime, we will keep you updated on the progress!”
Snail Games then followed up that news with a positive announcement, that the Spring launch wouldn’t just be for PlayStation VR, that ARK Park would see a simultaneous release on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as well. Whether the triple launch has caused the delay or more time was needed to polish ARK Park hasn’t been revealed.
Unlike ARK: Survival Evolved which is all about learning to live on an island full of dinosaurs, creating a base and taming the creatures to aid survival, ARK Park aims to be a much more educational experience where you can interact and learn about dinosaurs up-close and personal.
Good news is that ARK Park will launch on three VR platforms, HTC Vive/Steam, Oculus Rift, and PSVR together! https://t.co/VosBnZSTwT
— ARK Park (@ARKParkOfficial) December 19, 2017
ARK Park will give players the opportunity to explore ten large maps containing various creatures, collectables, challenges and easter eggs. Locations can be explored by yourself or with a group of other players. Users will be able to collect ‘Gene Fragments’ which can be found using various combinations of puzzle-solving, reflexes or resource management to get hold of the rarest fragments. These fragments can then be used to unlock new crafting blueprints, or even new maps to explore.
Adding to the interactivity, simulation elements such as dinosaur breeding, where players can collect and take care of eggs are also available. Depending on the dinosaur once an egg has been hatched, the creature can be raised and trained. In the case of more dangerous dinosaurs players will sometimes need to fight them using a selection of weaponry, both ranged and melee, this can be done either alone or in co-operative multiplayer.
As further details on ARK Park are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.