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ARK Park coming to Rift, Vive and PSVR in 2017

Ready to stop capturing dinosaurs and start admiring them? Then you’ll appreciate the jump from ARK: Survival Evolved to ARK Park VR.

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ARK Park virtual reality dinosaurs

Ready to stop capturing dinosaurs and start admiring them? Then you’ll appreciate the jump from ARK: Survival Evolved to ARK Park VR.

ARK: Survival Evolved has been rather popular. It seems like it will never make it out of Early Access – in spite of the fact it recently launched on PS4 which doesn’t even have an official early access programme – but you can’t argue with its popularity.

Hoping to build on that popularity (and with a very real possibility of being released before the game that spawned it) developer Snail Games have today announced ARK Park, an interactive virtual reality dinosaur experience based on the ARK: Survival Evolved‘s key asset: its dinosaurs.

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Players of ARK Park will be able to explore over 100 prehistoric creatures up close in a virtual reality dinosaur amusement park. Thankfully you don’t need to fly to an island off the coast of Costa Rica via helicopter, and are unlikely to die in the process. Here’s the full details from the press release:

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.

Sounds fun. Hopefully they’ll get Jeff Goldblum on board, and we defy you to not hum the Jurassic Park theme while watching that trailer.

ARK Park is expected to release in 2017 on all three major virtual reality platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR. You can get a sneak peek – in the form of a 360 web experience, not full VR – over on the ARK Park website.

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