Ark: Survival Evolved will let you ride dinosaurs on the PC, PS4, Xbox One

Newcomer Studio Wildcard has announced its first game, Ark: Survival Evolved, will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2016. Set on a mysterious planet brimming with futuristic technology and prehistoric dinosaurs, players will be forced to survive, and then thrive, by taming the wild beasts:

Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Ark: Survival Evolved 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. On Ark, they must then hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies.

In addition to domesticating dinosaurs, players will be able to band together with other players to form villages and challenge other survivors for resources and land. Players will even have the chance to wander the game’s fully open world to discover the secrets of Ark. For example, why are there dinosaurs, dragons, and UFOs in the trailer? I’d like that question answered please. And while you’re at it, what other “prehistoric beasts” will the game throw at us:

Tame one of 60 amazing dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! Fly a Pterodactyl squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. Players will quickly learn that dinosaurs aren’t the only dangerous creatures on the island.

Before its full release early next year (which will include Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus support), Ark: Survival Evolved will be available through Steam’s Early Access program. Its coming to the platform on June 2, so we’ll get our hands on it a lot sooner than you’d think.

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