ARK: Survival Evolved: Steam Smash Hit To Be Enhanced By NVIDIA GameWorks Effects
There’s a new breakout hit on Steam by the name of ARK: Survival Evolved, and as development progresses NVIDIA GameWorks effects will be added to further increase the visual splendor of the Unreal Engine 4-powered game. Selling over 450,000 copies in just a few days, ARK’s excellent and unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition is proving extremely popular with players.
Awaking on a beach of a mysterious island amongst a herd of other confused, player-controlled humans, you must hunt, harvest, craft, research, and build to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies. And when you’re feeling up to the challenge you can attempt to tame and ride dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in dino-centric games. Fly a Pterodactyl squadron over snow-capped mountains, race through deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base with a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. These possibilities and more await in ARK: Survival Evolved.
“When we first got a look at ARK: Survival Evolved, we we’re instantly hooked. Riding Dinosaurs while shooting guns, enough said,” stated Dane Johnston, GameWorks content manager, NVIDIA. “The team at Studio Wildcard has created a uniquely challenging world and we’re incredibly excited to be working hand in hand to enhance the PC experience."
To accelerate integration of GameWorks, developer Studio WildCard will utilize NVIDIA’s freely-available custom Unreal Engine 4 branch on GitHub, which includes code samples and examples of HBAO+, HairWorks, PhysX Flex, and other features in GameWorks’ extensive suite of visual effects. In addition to helping with the development and implementation of these advanced GameWorks effects, NVIDIA will also assist Studio WildCard in the optimization of ARK for Virtual Reality (VR).
“ARK looks better and is more immersive thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks,” said Jesse Rapczak, co-founder and co-creative director, Studio Wildcard. “NVIDIA has made it possible for teams like ours to drop in state-of-the-art, high-quality solutions to tough visual effects problems, which is often the difference between having a feature and not having it at all.” And with access to over 300 NVIDIA GameWorks engineers, Studio Wildcard can get help with whatever, whenever, ensuring the best possible experience for gamers when the newly-integrated GameWorks effects are released into the wild.