A voxel-based spinoff of Ark, titled PixArk, has been revealed and will be entering Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview in March.
Ark is a successful survival sim on PC on Xbox One, but can be a bit on the impenetrable side. PixArk was technically revealed last year as a result of a deal between developer Snail Games and Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard, but is debuting with this announcement.
The game is taking a lot of Ark’s survival sim aspects, such dinosaur taming, crafting, base building, and multiplayer cooperation and transferring them into a more kid-friendly package. Most of those qualities are already well known to fit with Minecraft, so the transition should be fairly seamless.
“Spend your time building a towering fortress or go on a quest in a sprawling cavern”, says Snail Games. “Fly on the back of a dragon and smite your enemies with a magic wand, or ride a mighty T-Rex and blast your foes with a rocket launcher. In the world of PixARK, how you play is up to you – as long as you survive!”
While in development, the game will only be available on Steam and Xbox One, but the full version will launch on those two systems as well as PlayStation 4 and Switch. You can catch the trailer below.
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It loos like a good idea, but the market is a little crowded for this sort of thing. Hopefully they find a good hook that separates them from the crowd.