Snail Games, the developers of the VR dinosaur theme park simulation have been hard at work on movement systems – and the game has now been updated with free locomotion in its most recent patch. Some graphical issues from PSVR players have also been addressed and a patch that should hit around mid-May will make the graphics better according to the Snail Games team. The game has also has been discounted by 30% during the SteamVR Spring Sale :)
Standard Edition: $27.99
Deluxe Edition: $33.59
Also added is a tutorial that explains the free movement option – which is presented to players upon starting a new game. The fixes come after the Snail Games team assured press and VR fans that they would be making sure to continue improving the game in a post-GDC statement.
“ARK Park – like the baby dinos in the game – is in its infancy. VR fans are now getting their first taste of this massive new addition to the ARK franchise. If you want more content in ARK Park, I can tell you one thing: It’s coming. This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to show gamers what the future holds for them.”-Peter Kang (Director, Snail Games)
The game is not perfect by any means but still provides some magic moments in this early stage of VR. Encountering dinosaurs and my varied interactions from riding a Triceratops to encountering silly Giant Beavers brought a big smile to my face. Its hard to say the value of a game but I would say that ARK Park brought me closer to how I felt watching the original Jurassic Park than buying a $15 ticket to see Jurassic World. It is a pretty awesome game for anyone interested in both dinosaurs and VR.