During The Game Awards 2020, last Thursday evening, we were gifted trailers for an overabundance of video games coming out over the next few years. What most of us (if not all) were not expecting was a trailer for a new animated series. ARK: The Animated Series is based on the highly popular video game ARK: Survival Evolved. Studio Wildcard has partnered with director Jay Oliva who is behind both Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
ARK: The Animated Series will be composed of 14 30-minute episodes and currently has two seasons in production. Game creator’s Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak will be working alongside Studio Wildcard as executive producers. The team is also joined by Vin Diesel, who will serve as executive producer and President of Creative Convergence. They are currently anticipating a 2022 launch, though there has been no word on where it will launch.
ARK: The Animated Series will follow 21st-century Australian paleontologist Helena Walker. After a mysterious tragedy, she awakes on the ARK and must quickly learn to survive and find new allies. If not, she will die again at the hands of ruthless warlords. Jeremy Stieglitz shared that the series is “a deeply personal narrative about love and grief, and how those two most-powerful emotions manifest in different people. Plus, of course, taming and riding dinosaurs!”
The trailer for ARK: The Animated Series shows off the best of what the Ark franchise offers. The lush jungle-like environment ARK fans have come to know and love can be seen as Helen fights off against another ARK inhabitant. If you thought this was going to be another kid’s series, guess again. The trailer does not shy away from the fact that Helen will have to kill or be killed to survive this brand new world. Along with her trusty friend, she takes out her opponent, but not before taking a few hits herself.
ARK: The Animated Series also announced the long list of voice actors who will be working together to bring this series to life. Madeleine Madden will be voicing Helena Walker. Elliot Page and Deborah Mailman will be voicing Victora and Deborah, Helena’s mothers. They are joined by Gerard Butler, Zahn McClarnon, Malcolm McDowell, David Tennant, Devery Jacobs, Juliet Mills, Michelle Yeoh, Ragga Ragnars, Alan Tudyk, Jeffrey Wright, Karl Urban, Ron Yuan, Russell Crowe and Vin Diesel.
It’s still a few years off but still something to be super excited about. Check out the trailer below and the poster art for ARK: The Animated Series. Let us know in the comments below and on social media how excited you are to dive into this series!