Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:11am 03/06/15 | 17 Comments
Tagged as DayZ with dinosaurs, ARK: Survival Evolved has come out of its closed beta shadows and reared its horned head on Steam Early Access today, developer Wild Card has announced.
Need any more convincing you should check this out? Here's their tagline: "Fly on Pterodactyls, Create Tribes Bound in Blood, Build Jurassic Mansions, Throw Dino Dung, and More".
ARK takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake naked and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans. They immediately discover that going it alone is a dangerous hardship. Those who work together will quickly learn there is power in numbers. What is the secret to survival? Each person must contribute to the collective effort: hunt, harvest resources, craft tools, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing dark nights, volatile weather systems, ferocious wildlife, and lurking predators.
The open-world design of ARK is so big, mysterious, and filled with revelations that gamers will constantly be adapting and learning about its seemingly endless content. This includes a deep level of customization from the very beginning in the character creation screen, enabling highly unique features, from the herculean to the intensely bizarre. Players can:
Join a tribe, plant renewable crops and build an entirely functioning village with a sustainable economy
Train and level up “pet” dinosaurs to carry allies, inventory and equipment
Increase levels by experiencing the varied elements that the island has to offer
Sneak up on unsuspecting survivors, render them unconscious, then steal their gear
Grab a ringside seat to watch dinosaurs battle to the death
Maintain individual health by searching out meat sources, plant types, and drinkable water, or starve
Craft clothing to protect yourself from extreme weather conditions or freeze to death
Build a deluxe, multi-story house that includes ramps, beams, gates, remote gates, trapdoors, water pipes and faucets, generators, wires, electrical devices and more
The game is available now on Steam Early Access for USD $24.99, and is planned to make a complete release in 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One with Morpheus and Oculus support.
Dinos are back in games in a big way, let's hope this is the start of a defining trend.