ARK: Survival Evolved is the Dino Riders game that you’ve been waiting for

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Survival games have been all the rage for a couple of years now. And I’ve got a feeling that dinosaurs will also be joining that craze soon enough, when Jurassic World opens up in a month. But a survival game with dinosaurs? Yes. YES. I like this idea very much. And it’s an idea which developer Studio Wildcard is working on, with ARK: Survival Evolved , an open-world survival game. With dinosaurs.

Here’s a taste of the in-engine gameplay being promised, which runs on the Unreal Engine 4:

Starring you as one of numerous survivors who have found themselves stuck in Cretaceous Camp, players need to get their naked ass on the move and hunt their way back up the food chain. A food chain populated with Velociraptors, Apatosauruses and various other sauropods that I failed to learn about from my fortnightly dinosaur magazine that came with a glowing T-Rex skeleton.

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ARK will also feature “dynamic, persistent ecosystems across land, sea, air, and even underground” according to the press release, which will require players “hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies”. The big hook here being that players can form their own tribe with others and go to war with opposing teams., while also discovering 60 different dinosaurs which can be tamed as well.

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“ARK taps into the scale, size, and wildly unpredictable nature of the dinosaur eras like no other game before it, then pairs it with the wonders of exploration and technological discovery,” said Studio Wildcard co-creative director Jesse Rapczak in the presser. It sounds like a pretty ambitious game. Which could be GOTY material if we can add lasers to the dinosaurs.

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C’mon, I’m not the only person thinking about it. ARK will hit PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Steam Early Access players get their hands on ARK from June 2.

Last Updated: May 12, 2015

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