Last week at The Game Awards, Studio Wildcard took the dinosaur-sized leap with the Ark franchise and wowed the world by announcing Arch II. The trailer (above) has been fully captured in the engine and showcases some of the features and gameplay fans can look forward to when it arrives as an Xbox Series X console exclusive launch | S in 2022.
The Ark franchise has a long history with the Xbox community. Ark: Survival Evolved was an exclusive console launch in the Xbox Game Preview program in December 2015, garnering valuable feedback from Xbox One gamers throughout the process leading up to its August 2017 launch. When the Xbox One X launched in November 2017, it was was one of the first Xbox One X Enhanced titles. Then, in January 2019, Xbox Game Pass members joined the Ark community and then gained access to the Scorched Earth, Aberration, and Extinction DLC. Ark: Survival Evolved is also one of the first titles to be optimized for Xbox Series X | S.
Now with Arch II, players will be immersed in a brutal new world of primitive survival against beast and man, facing the ever-present threats of hyper-realistic intelligent dinosaurs, aggressive alien wildlife, and the alien environments of a supernatural planet. Survivors will continue Ark’s dramatic human evolutionary story in this next-generation sandbox survival experience.
Arch II will also feature Vin Diesel as the hero, Santiago, who will also be a crossover character in the upcoming “Ark: The Animated Series”. While Vin Diesel will lend his acting skills to Arch II, he is also a huge fan of the franchise, now serving as executive producer on the sequel to the game and having logged over 1000 hours Ark: Survival Evolved.
We will have more news to share in the near future on Arch II here on Xbox Wire. We can’t wait to see you in l’Arche!
PS Don’t forget to collect your free Santiago weapon skins and the Raptor costume from the animated series in Ark: Survival Evolved now, before they’re gone!