Vin Diesel has joined developer Studio Wildcard as an Executive Producer on Ark 2, the game he also stars in.
As detailed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diesel will act as the “President of Creative Convergence” at Studio Wildcard as well as playing the character Santiago, described as a “freedom fighter” who will appear in Ark 2 and Ark: The Animated Series, which was announced alongside the sequel during this year’s Game Awards ceremony.
Diesel said in a statement that he is “excited to join the Studio Wildcard team to develop the story both in-game and in the new animated series.” Studio Wildcard CEO Doug Kennedy also added that Diesel “has played 1000’s of hours of Ark: Survival Evolved” and “understands the game intimately,” which explains last week’s surprise trailer appearance.
It’s worth noting that this is not Diesel’s first foray into game development. The Hollywood actor founded Tigon Studios in 2002, which contributed to the development of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, Wheelman, and Fast & Furious Crossroads.
For more on Ark 2, check out our article covering the game’s announcement, which digs into everything you need to know from the prehistoric cinematic trailer. We reviewed Ark: Survival Evolved back in 2017, scoring it a 7.7 and touting its “great moments of battle with prehistoric beasts.”
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