Ark II welcomes you on board veteran (no, seriously) game developer Vin Diesel

Everyone was surprised to see Vin Diesel appear in the new trailer for Ark II at this year’s Game Awards. But the actor’s involvement in Ark II goes far beyond performance and motion capture. Diesel has taken the leadership role of developer Studio Wildcard and has become president of Creative Convergence.

If you’re primarily familiar with diesel from his work in iconic franchises such as The Chronicles of Riddick and Fast & Furious, you might be surprised to find that he’s been involved in game development for quite some time. In 2002, he founded Tigon Studios, a game publisher that produces games based primarily on movies starring Diesel. Tygon supported the production of “Ridick’s Chronicle: Escape from Butcher Bay,” “Wheelman,” and “Fast & Furious Crossroads.”

According to Studio Wildcard, Diesel will be President of Creative Convergence, Executive Producer of Ark II, and will star as the character Santiago seen in the debut trailer. He also works as an executive producer for the upcoming Ark: Anime series featuring Santiago as the protagonist.

In its primitive glory, there is the trailer again:

Studio Wildcard CEO Doug Kennedy states that Diesel has played “Thousands of Hours” of Ark: Survival Evolved. “He has a deep understanding of the game and provides direct feedback on the development process,” said Kennedy.

Diesel probably already knows all of this, but there’s a list of the best Ark: Survival Evolution mods to keep you busy until the sequel comes out.

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