Ark Survival Evolved, the action-adventure survival game featuring an open world filled with dinosaurs, is getting a sequel, and Vin Diesel starred in its cinematic trailer.
Personally speaking, I am a fan of the chameleon-like creature which disguises itself as a tropical flower, which you see in the first few seconds of the trailer. An excellent start, I thought to myself. This will only get better, continued my inner monologue that I constructed for the purposes of this article. Then, without any warning, Vin Diesel is there and he appears to be the leader of a clan which is in conflict with another group who look like orcs from The Lord of the Rings. They fight, but a ginormous dinosaur shows up, and they all run away.
Then, Vin Diesel taps some techy panels, and it turns out his name is Santiago da Costa. As the soundtrack swells and the characters watch pterodactyls soar overhead, it's revealed that this is Ark 2. I would argue that asking Vin Diesel to star in your game about surviving in nature and triumphing over bloodthirsty animals like allosaurus, basilisks, and wyverns is an odd choice. The actor is very well-known for his role as Dominic Torretto in the Fast & Furious franchise, which is as similar to Ark Survival Evolved as Padmé Amidala is to her double, Sabé.
Yes, overall, they are both bombastic and escapist pieces of media with very impressive visuals. However, Padmé and Sabé are ultimately totally different people, and have totally different roles in the Galactic Senate. This analogy might have gone awry. Alternatively put, it's really obvious that it's Vin Diesel cut out and pasted into the world of Ark 2, rather than, this is a character that looks like Vin Diesel living in the world of Ark 2.
Anyway, I should stop being so critical. It's exciting news for Ark Survival Evolved fans, and though no platforms have been announced, I'd imagine that it will be a PC and next-gen console game. Lastly, there will also be an Ark: The Animated Series, arriving in 2022 with an absolutely stacked cast. Vin Diesel is starring, of course, as well as Michelle Yeoh, Elliot Page, David Tennant, and more.
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