VR title ARK Park will let you see dinosaurs up-close and personal

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The one thing I really like about VR technology as a whole is that it allows people to experience things they normally never would, in an incredibly immersive way. Want to don a cowl and be Batman for example? You can do that, with Arkham VR.

Though, I suppose that’s not the best example. I mean, just look at Darryn – he often dresses up as the caped crusader in real life, so Arkham VR means nothing to him I bet.

What I’m talking about are experiences that are quite literally impossible to live out in reality. You know, like visiting outer space (that won’t be around for many of us for a good few decades still, if you do want to argue it), or better yet, an actual dinosaur resort, very much like what we see in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Speaking of which, I’d love to see dinosaurs up-close and personal (and without the risk of being gobbled up). That’ll actually be possible next year thanks to ARK Park – a new VR title that’s coming to the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR.

ARK Park is an immersive VR experience that brings to life a world where living, breathing dinosaurs are still roaming the earth. Players embark on an exciting tour of this ancient time, interacting and witnessing hundreds of dinosaurs up-close and personal.

Players begin their ARK Park adventure at a visitor center surrounded by life-sized holographic dinosaurs where they’ll learn about these creatures that they’ve only read about & seen in books and summer blockbusters. From there, players will have the option to explore multiple interactive attractions on-foot or in vehicles & on Dino-back, including a swamp, forest, desert,  snowy mountain range, and more. Each attraction features stunningly rendered and realistic environments of the period inhabited by ARK creatures, which can be found and captured through use of items, weapons, and puzzle-solving.

All ARK Park needs to be a blockbuster hit is a cameo from Samuel L. Jackson as that IT technician, and Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm. Throw in this scene as an Easter egg and I think we’ll have a winner for sure!

What do you think of ARK Park? Would you grab it, assuming you have the expensive VR tech that’ll let you play it?

Last Updated: January 3, 2017

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Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Admiral Chief Argonian

    A wild article appears…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Is it called Ankh Arkpark?

  • HvR

    Will probably run as smooth as an 1980’s animetronic dino park

  • Captain JJ

    Wait, is this the same dev as ARK?

    • Cathal

      Apparently it’s not. Snail’s Peacock Studio is developing the VR game, but it is still an ARK title. Studio Wildcard is acting on a “consulting” basis. Doesn’t mean it’s less of a money-grab though.

      • Captain JJ

        Yea. Regardless of them doing it themselves, they’re branching out too much while the initial game is still an unoptimised mess.

        • Cathal

          Agreed. I’m just waiting for their excuse this time. Last was something about being able to test transferring data easier between ARKs whilst still in early access, yeah?

  • Admiral Chief Argonian

    I wonder what our resident ARK experts will say about this?

    • HvR

      They will probably reply soon just waiting for server lag to clear up

    • Captain JJ

      The ARK devs need more ducks, because I have no more ducks to give.

    • Hammersteyn

      They tried to phone Noah, but he was Flooded with complaints

  • Captain JJ

    Oh yay. More stuff for the dev to cash in on while everything else remains unfinished. And then people still buy into this crap, getting excited about it, while wanting to complain about the industry at the same time. YOU are the problem with the gaming industry, because you support devs who do sh!t like this.

    • Lu

      Agreed. I doubt I’ll ever buy an early access game again. Too much risk.

    • miaau

      I would get this, if it was any good, even if all I got was to walk around and look at the dinos from different sides and angles.

    • Hammersteyn

      I saw ARK on the PS Store but decided to buy a Ubisoft game instead, even though Ubisoft releases games in early access they at least have the balls to claim it’s finished even though it clearly needs mopre polish than a teenagers knob on prom night

  • HvR

    That dude is like “look baby dinosaur ..
    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view2/3400386/raywj-throws-a-baby-o.gif

    • Admiral Chief Argonian

      O_O

    • Hammersteyn

      He used to be funnier

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Why didn’t they call it “Ark: VR Evolved”?

    • Original Heretic

      Yeah, Ark Park sounds too much like aardvark.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Sounds like a game where you’re helping Noah get 2 of each animal into the Ark.

        • Original Heretic

          Hoorah, hoorah.

  • miaau

    Yes, Yes I would grab it.

    Imagine the look on a childs face when seeing this…. This looks awesome

    • Original Heretic

      With that hujass VR thingy on a child’s head, how would you see their faces?

      • miaau

        Um.

        defeated by logic!

        • DragonSpirit009

          Imagination?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          No you’re not, see above!

        • Original Heretic

          Logic: the eternal foe of many arguments. Especially those created by women.

          *covers head in case of sudden slap attacks*

          • miaau

            Hey, yes. the others are right. I said imagine.

            Hah.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That’s why you have to imagine the look on their face. 😉

  • Original Heretic

    Weird… I commented to VampSquirrel that Ark Park sounds like aardvark.
    And in doing an image search for aardvarks, look what pops up. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87e87953b48417630400482747338c0a545fc818325c085de7b53043e89c59c1.jpg

  • Hammersteyn

    Cant be worse than these dinosaurs

    • Admiral Chief Argonian

      Bwhahahahaha

  • I prefer dinos that actively try to eat you over walking sim VR experiences for now.

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