Snail Games’ stunning and eagerly awaited VR dinosaur adventure game ARK Park, a spin-off from ARK: Survival Evolved, has finally been released with official Windows Mixed Reality support. Although it was featured on the Windows Mixed Reality “Games & Entertainment” poster it does require SteamVR as it’s not currently available on the Windows Store. It’s available to download from Steam priced at £31.99 (UK) / €36.69 (EU) / $39.99 (US).
You can watch an extended trailer for ARK Park above and read a lot more info about it in the following taken from the official website:
ARK PARK IS A VIRTUAL REALITY MULTIPLAYER ADVENTURE GAME DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND UP TO IMMERSE PLAYERS IN A REALISTIC DINOSAUR THEME PARK. THIS INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE WILL FULFILL YOUR DREAMS OF ENTERING A WORLD WHERE LIVING, BREATHING DINOSAURS STILL ROAM THE EARTH. FREELY EXPLORE THIS GRAND, VIRTUAL WORLD WHERE THERE’S NO SET PLOT LINE OR SCHEDULE. JOIN YOUR FRIENDS IN MULTIPLAYER PARK TOURS TO SHARE THE THRILL OF WITNESSING OVER A HUNDRED PREHISTORIC CREATURES UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL.
OPEN PARK FACILITIES
ARK PARK CURRENTLY HAS 3 FACILITY MAPS, 5 EXPLORATION MAPS AND 6 BATTLE LEVEL. WITHOUT A LINEAR PLOT LINE, VISITORS CAN TOUR AROUND THE PARK AS THEY LIKE.
DAY & NIGHT CYCLES
ARK Park features a real-time day and night cycle, with four different times of day represented — day, evening, night and dawn. Keep in mind that the time of day affects local creatures and biomes, causing some to present themselves only at certain times.
A RICH VARIETY OF ANCIENT
There are over 50 different ancient species in ARK Park. Players can interact, tame, or even fend them off. When exploring the wilderness, players can use a gene scanner to collect gene fragments from prehistoric creatures. These can be used to reveal detailed information about the creature(s) or even unlock blueprints for crafting.
Within the Forest Trail, players can fulfill their
dream of having a pet dinosaur. Hatch dino eggs at
the incubator to acquire your own baby dinosaur!
Incubation: First one must obtain dinosaur eggs through various means, such as exploration or gifts. Once obtained, place the egg into the incubator to hatch it. Different types of eggs will require different times to hatch.
Taming: To ensure your baby dino grows up healthy, you must check up on them regularly. Use the control panel at the bottom right of the dinosaur’s cage to check their growth status and satiation rate. They will continue to grow even when you are offline, so make sure they’ve been well fed!
VEHICLES AND MOUNTS
Shuttle: Take the Crystal shuttle to experience an amazing ride across the park and ocean.
Jeep: Take a jeep ride through the perilous Sequoia Rainforest while enduring the chattering driver.
Dinosaur mount: After raising a dinosaur to a fully grown state, they will become rideable as a mount and take you on a wonderful trail excursion.
Within the Forest Trail is an integrated holographic crafting table. With this holographic device players can forge various items, including weapons. Why would you need a weapon at the park? You may soon ﬁnd out…
Unlocking Blueprints: Unlock different blueprints using the gene fragments you have collected. Once a blueprint has been unlocked, you can craft the item using the holographic crafting table.
Crafting: Using the holographic crafting table, a holographic model of the item will be displayed along with the required material and the quantity. If the requirements are met, press the Craft button at the bottom right to begin crafting.
Throughout the park are towers called Brainwave Towers. These towers are used to inhibit the dinosaurs from viewing humans as a threat, or food. Occasionally these towers will break down and you may ﬁnd yourself defending them from rampaging dinos.
This mode is split into levels. During a level, Dinos will attempt to attack the tower in waves. Defeat all the attacking dino waves to complete a level. Successfully completing a level will then unlock the next one. There are three difficulties available, each corresponding to a different time of day – day, dusk and night.
TUTORIAL / STORY MODE
As one of the first visitors to ARK Park, you land on the Welcome Island. Door opens and Joey the robot guide welcomes you to the park and explains how basic movement works. You will then ride the Crystal Shuttle to the Visitor’s Center, where you can interact with a variety of holographic devices.
Joey will then guide you through to the Forest Trail where you can hatch, feed and ride a dinosaur. While you are enjoying your experience, something unexpected happens. One of the Brainwave Towers in the nearby area malfunctions, and the park loses control of the dinosaurs.
You accept the emergency request from Park Engineer Rigley to assist Joey while it repairs the tower. Joey gives you the permission to use the crafting table. After collecting enough materials, you successfully craft a pistol and protect Joey until it finishes repairing the tower.
ABOUT THE PARK
Visit an ancient and vibrant planet full of beautiful landscapes and prehistoric creatures. At first it appears to be a natural habitat, but you ﬁnd that it is ﬁlled with advanced technology and futuristic devices.
Brainwave Towers are devices that suppress the aggressive nature of the park dinosaurs. With these towers, dinosaurs see human as non-threatening objects, allowing the park scientists to further their studies of many different species. That is until they malfunction…
DEFEND TO SURVIVE
Are you up to the challenge? Use the holographic crafting table to create various tools and weapons to help defend the park. Fend off waves of enraged creatures while defending the Brainwave Towers for rewards and crafting materials.
Do you want to take a virtual vacation to ARK Park? Have you bought the game already and if so what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below, or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum. You can also write your own review of the game in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Game Reviews forum.
Processor: Intel® Core™ I5-4690K
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: Not specified.
Storage: 25 GB available space
Processor: Intel® i7-5960X
Memory: 16 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce® GTX 1080 / AMD equivalent or greater
DirectX: Not specified.
Storage: 30 GB available space