Vin Diesel Joins Developer Studio Wildcard to Exec Produce and Act in 'Ark II' Video Game, Animated Series
Vin Diesel has joined video game developer Studio Wildcard as president of creative convergence, serving as an executive producer on the upcoming Ark II game and Ark: the Animated Series, both of which were revealed at the Game Awards on Thursday.
The actor is also lending his voice to the hero character of Santiago, a freedom fighter who will appear in both the video game — which is a sequel to 2015's ARK: Survival Evolved — and the accompanying animated series. "I’m having a lot of fun playing ARK and also really excited to join the Studio Wildcard team to develop the story both in game and in the new animated series," said Diesel in a statement.
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Doug Kennedy, CEO of Studio Wildcard added, "An immensely talented actor and producer, Vin is also an accomplished gamer who has played 1000’s of hours of ARK: Survival Evolved. He understands the game intimately and is providing direct feedback to the development process. With last night’s reveal of the ARK sequel and animated TV series, Vin will be involved with each as we look to expand the ARK franchise even further, now and into the future."
The animated series is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and features voice cast including Gerard Butler, David Tennant, Elliot Page, Russell Crowe, Michelle Yeoh and Malcolm McDowell.
Currently in production, the show is composed of fourteen 30-minute episodes that tell the origin story of a mysterious land populated by dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, and people from throughout history who have been resurrected.
Studio Wildcard was founded in 2014 by game industry veterans Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, whose mission is to bring AAA quality to indie games. "With ARK, we’ve always looked for new ways to tell the story," said Rapczak. "The animated series brings together some of the most talented directors, actors, and animators out there to finally depict on-screen this franchise’s epic narrative."
Both the game and the animated series are set for a launch in 2022. View an extended teaser for Ark: the Animated Series (repped by CAA) below.
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