ARK: Survival of the Fittest as a Free Title
Following in H1Z1's footsteps, ARK: Survival Evolved has split into two different games. Studio Wildcard, the developers of the dinosaur survival game, have decided to launch the "battle royale" mode Survival of the Fittest as a free standalone title featuring match-making, ELO ranking, leaderboards and montly cash prizes.
The new arena game, ARK: Survival of the Fittest, is now available on Steam Early Access and it's in-development for consoles. It pits 72 players in a jurassic Hunger Games-style competition where they have to rip each other in order to achieve victory.
“Following the success of the tournaments we hosted last fall, we saw valuable community feedback about other competitive features they wanted to see implemented,” said Jesse Rapczak, co-founder, co-creative director, Studio Wildcard. “Now with shorter matches, four new game modes, rapid dino taming and more, we felt it was time to let people come in to test it for themselves. Not only can you play for free, but we’re offering cash prizes for the top players in each Survivor League, so ARK survivors can potentially start playing their favorite game professionally!”
Players will get to form one to six person tribes and compete in unofficial or official servers. At first, the game will offer the base forest environment introduced in the original ARK, but new environments and creatures will be introduced as the game evolves.
Each month, the top 10 ranked players will be awarded cash prizes. The ongoing Rankings for these elite titles will be visible in real-time on the site.
Watch the launch trailer: