It appears “Quick and Furious” will be meeting “The Flintstones” in the upcoming sequel to “Ark: Survival Evolved.” Living as much as its name, Studio Wildcard revealed a model new trailer for “Ark 2” at the Xbox summer time showcase starring Vin Diesel using a dinosaur and narration by Auli’i Cravalho of “Moana.” The eclectic assortment of surprises was accompanied by the announcement that “Ark 2” will be a really completely different game than the unique “Ark.” With massive upgrades to just about every core side of the gameplay — combat, crafting, building, and more — the new installment is shaping as much as be an entirely next-generation revamp of the survival genre.
In an article posted to the official Xbox news site, franchise co-creators and studio co-founders Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak laid out what particulars they may share at this juncture. The game will have a single-player campaign featuring the characters shown within the trailer — father-daughter duo Santiago and Meeka — as well as a web based co-op mode that includes all of the gameplay modifications that should “retouch and improve on all points of what constitutes an Ark game.”
The primary and biggest change is to the fundamentals of how the player is allowed to navigate and interact with the world of “Ark.” While the primary game was a primary or third-individual expertise more akin to the likes of “Skyrim” or a really high poly “Minecraft,” the sequel will be restricted to third-individual and have much more responsive and immersive interactions. The builders cited “Murderer’s Creed,” “Breath of the Wild,” and the Souls-like style as their main inspirations for the changes. Players will be able to climb and explore in a more natural and intuitive manner, while the fight will be visceral, dynamic, and “player-reflex” based.
Different gameplay modifications embody quality-of-life improvements to the crafting and building systems as well as all-new additions like Creature Administration and a totally integrated World Map. An interesting thing to note is that build templates can, apparently, be saved and shared across platforms a lot like the blueprints system in “Fallout 4.”
That is not the only improvement to the multiplayer infrastructure in store. There will be full cross-platform mod assist in “Ark 2” to accompany the game’s crossplay capabilities, and mods made on the PC model can merely be uploaded for console players to use. With all these improvements and player-minded modifications planned, it seems “Ark” fans are in for a real deal with come 2023 — hopefully, they’ll be getting a more concrete release date someday soon.