Vin Diesel Doesn't Just Appear in Ark 2, He's Also Its Executive Producer

Vin Diesel Doesn't Just Appear in Ark 2, He's Also Its Executive Producer

Living life one development milestone at a time.

At last Thursday's Game Awards, there were quite a few surprising trailers. One of them was for a prehistoric action game that we soon learned was Ark 2, starring Fast & Furious actor Vin Diesel. It turns out appearing in-game is not his only contribution.

In a press release, Ark creator Studio Wildcard announced that Vin Diesel has joined the company as President of Creative Convergence, and will also act as an executive producer on both Ark 2 and Ark: The Animated series. He'll appear in both as Santiago, a new protagonist seen in the Ark 2 reveal trailer.

It's pretty rad to see Vin Diesel lending his likeness to a game, especially one that is not Fast and Furious Crossroads. Celebrities have been involved in gaming before for brand-boosters like the recently announced Xbox Space Jam game jam, but in reent years, it's felt like we've seen a general uptick. Keanu Reeves appeared in Cyberpunk 2077 this year, and upcoming Annapurna-published indie 12 Minutes has a surprisingly star-studded cast. Vin Diesel seems to be taking an interest in the production of the follow-ups to dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved on top of appearing in the game; though it probably doesn't hurt that he's reportedly played "[thousands] of hours" of Ark.

I say that because he's apparently already hard at work. As noted by PCgamer, a recent bug fix that went out on the base Ark game was due to a bug report from Vin Diesel himself. That's one way to make a good first impression at the company.

Ark 2 will debut for next-gen platforms alongside the Ark animated series sometime in 2022.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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