ARK: Survival of the Fittest is a Multiplayer Online Survival Arena (MOSA) game that pits as many as 72 combatants against one another in the struggle for survival in a harsh, changing environment packed with deadly creatures, “Evolution Events,” and other players.
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Mixed (553 reviews) - 62% of the 553 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (4,589 reviews) - 57% of the 4,589 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 15, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

ARK: Survival of the Fittest (SotF) originated as a spin-off game mode which came to be with the release of our development kit. The mode was first available as a Total Conversion game system and debuted worldwide with a 70-person slaughter fest of a tournament. The game mode consists of a large-scale battle which takes place on a modified version of the primal ARK, with the objective being to eliminate all other survivors before they can eliminate you.

Following the success of the first tournament, the game mode was made available to the community and had constant iteration right through til the end of 2015. It was clear that a vast number of survivors, not only enjoyed playing the game mode, but they also enjoyed watching it. The ARK: SotF Team wants to work alongside the community, to make this newly refactored game into an epic dinosaur survival arena. We already have experience working with in an early-access environment, we know what it entails, and with SotF being born from early-access, it only makes sense for it to continue its growth in this program but on a much grander scale, with it’s own team, it’s own game and it’s own community. Learning from experiences in ARK: Survival Evolved, we know through constant iteration and interaction with the community we can truly develop something special, fun and competitive for all survivors out there!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to fully release the game around Q4 of 2017.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Since the first iteration of ARK: SotF back in August 2015, the mode has gone through many changes and whilst the foundation of the game is ready for the Early Access Launch, there are many more features currently planned, including content additions and new systems.

Here are the planned core feature we plan to deliver at full release.

KEY FEATURES

- Free, Action-Packed Core Survival Gameplay
- Fully functional spectator system, including First Person Spectator!
- Mac and Linux versions
- 30+ Creatures to Tame and Ride at Early Access Start, 75+ Creatures planned at full launch
- Multiple game modes (1v1, 2v2, 4v4, and 6v6)
- One-to-Six Player Tribes
- Variable game configurations ranging from 30-minute “instant action” to three-hour long “epic wars”
- Top-ranked players are listed dynamically on SurviveTheArk.com and provided monthly prize packages!
- Game-Changing Tameable Super Creatures (Dragon, Giant Ape, Brood Mother)
- Mysterious “Evolution Events”
- Arsenal of Weapons, Traps, Armor, Structures and other Items from Primitive to Modern Tech Tiers
- Customized ARKs
- Support for Unofficial player-hosted servers, and upcoming Modding!
- Robust Ranking and Tournament System
- Improved SFX, Music, UI, Performance, Gamepad support, and VR support
- Exclusive SotF Cosmetic Items that can also be used in ARK: Survival Evolved
- Custom-Painted “War Banners” enable Tribes to show off their team spirit on Flags across their army of Dinosaurs, and are also broadcast on the gigantic billboards during game events. Just don’t draw anything offensive!
- Additional customization features to show off team spirit
- A custom soundtrack written by award-winning composer Gareth Coker of Ori and the Blind Forest!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains almost all of the core functionality planned for SotF. Over the next year, we will be rapidly iterating with the community to add new content, improve the features, and refine the balance of the game.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“ARK: Survival of the Fittest will continue to be a free add-on for ARK: Survival Evolved, however, note that ARK: Survival Evolved will have a higher price once it leaves Early Access!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“There will be a massive and intense focus on interaction with the community on our forums, community hub and social media. We will actively host testing and feedback sessions with members of the community, as well as frequent Q&As to receive their thoughts on how the game can be developed. Just like ARK, you are our primary benefactors, and we’re making this game with you, and for you.”
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August 13

Naughty or Nice & July Survivor League Championship Games!



Naughty or Nice

The special SotF Gamemode known as Naughty or Nice will be making its official return as a new Total Conversion on Saturday September the 17th at 11AM EST!

We will be hosting a special charity event where survivors will be put to the test in an all out 100 versus 100 battle over the course of 2 and a half hours. The survivors invited to attend the event will feature some of the best SotF players around, winners of previous events, the finalists who competed at ChinaJoy, as well as your favourite streamers, content creators and developers!

The winning team will be awarded 100$ Steam Gift Cards and an equal donation will also be made to Charity. It’ll be a truly special elimination battle, so be sure to tune into the live event at www.twitch.tv/survivetheark casted by none other than typeForced! ;)



July Survivor League Championship!

Last weekend we hosted our latest Survivor League Championship Matches! The stakes were high with over $65,000 up for grabs as the best survivors went head to head in 3 epic matches!

Following the recent updates to SotF, the matches proved to be incredibly entertaining and if you haven't had a chance to check it out - we'd highly recommend you do so!

https://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark/v/82088634

Congratulations to the winners, who can be found on our updated Survivor League page, listing their placing as well as how much of the prize pool they’ve walked away with!



I'll be in touch early next week to start getting prizes underway, as well as for any previous winners who've yet to receive their prize, now that ChinaJoy has been completed we'll be able to tackle this a lot quicker.

We can't wait to see how the August Championship games end up, as well as of course the epic return of Naughty or Nice!

Until next time,

All the best,

Wildcard Jat and the ARK: Survival of the Fittest Team!

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August 5

July Survivor League Championship!



The ARK: Survival of the Fittest May Survivor League Championship matches will take place from 11 am EST to 2 pm EST on Saturday, August 6th, with a bounty of more than $65,000 in prizes to the winners!

The Survivors who have qualified for the event are listed here:

https://survivetheark.com/index.php?/survivor-league-july-qualifiers/

If you haven't yet received an invite, double check your steam friends request for an add from:

http://steamcommunity.com/id/SoTFLeague

They'll have invited you to a special Group too! Join that group where you'll get all the details for connecting to the match, as well as be able to speak to an Admin before, and during tomorrow's Tournament.

You have already been set up on a special whitelist and will be able to join a special tournament run server tomorrow.

The championship games will be shoutcasted by typeForced! We invite all ARK fans, and the newly curious, to come watch the epic battles at that time on our Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/survivetheark !

To those competing: may fortune smile upon you, brave Survivors! And may the fittest survivor be victorious! Hope we have an awesome Championship and get to see some great games!

All the best,

Wildcard Jat

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About This Game

Welcome to ARK: Survival of the Fittest, the first ever M.O.S.A. - a Multiplayer Online Survival Arena - that Studio Wildcard designed for the burgeoning wild west of eSports. A spin-off from the most popular open-world Early Access game on Steam ARK: Survival Evolved, ARK: Survival of the Fittest (SotF) pits up to 72 combatants in an action-packed struggle for survival where players are ultimately pushed into an epic final showdown where only one “Tribe” will make it out alive.

Survivors can form one- to six-person Tribes with the options to choose Unofficial and Official (Ranked) servers, and a variety of game-lengths and sizes in which to play. Players will start in the base forest environment introduced in the original ARK: Survival Evolved, with new environments and creatures introduced as the game evolves. Dedicated eSport ranking, matchmaking, reward, and tournament features make ARK: SotF readily accessible to all players.

Balanced for intense competition, contestants begin in a neutral staging area where they can communicate pre-game, strategize, or talk trash. After a count-down, they dramatically descend from the sky onto the ARK in a circular formation via beams of light. There is a cache of valuable items in the center – do survivors dash for the goods and fight it out, do they run into the forest and hide, search for Dinosaurs to rapidly build their army, or do they freeze up from the sheer terror of death? A continually shrinking “ring of death” forces contestants ever closer together over time. The hunt is on!

KEY FEATURES

  • Action-Packed Core Survival Gameplay
  • 30+ Creatures to Tame and Ride at Early Access Start, Many more planned at full launch
  • Multiple game modes (1v1, 2v2, 4v4, and 6v6)
  • One-to-Six Player Tribes
  • Variable game configurations ranging from 30-minute “instant action” to three-hour long “epic wars”
  • Top-ranked players are listed dynamically on SurviveTheArk.com and are provided monthly prize packages!
  • Game-Changing Tameable Super Creatures (Dragon, Giant Ape, Brood Mother)
  • Random “Evolution Events”
  • Arsenal of Weapons, Traps, Armor, Structures and other Items from Primitive to Modern Tech Tiers
  • Robust Ranking, Tournament & Spectator Features
  • Exclusive SotF Cosmetic Items that can also be used in ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Custom-Painted “War Banners” enable Tribes to show off their team spirit on Flags across their army of Dinosaurs, and are also broadcast on the gigantic billboards during game events. Just don’t draw anything offensive!
  • A custom soundtrack written by award-winning composer Gareth Coker of Ori and the Blind Forest!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8/10
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 500 or Above DirectX10 Compatible GPU with 2 GB or More Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 37000 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.9 or Higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: 20000 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Equivalent Distro
    • Processor: 2 GHz 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
    • Storage: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM MB available space
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IT SUCKs the most when you die trrying to claim another persons animals and its impossible with there aoe knoc back while your trying to run from the ring of death or you tame a whole pack and they ALLL get stuck its jsut stupid all the succesfull hard work dosnt feel like i was defeated jsut feels like i was cheated out of a good experience
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I got it for free, so nice! Atleast it's not that bad of an game, but has many bugs still to fix.
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It is free and fun to play with friends. What else do you need? :)
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I got it for free lol plebs
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According to all known laws
of aviation,


there is no way a bee
should be able to fly.


Its wings are too small to get
its fat little body off the ground.


The bee, of course, flies anyway


because bees don't care
what humans think is impossible.


Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
Yellow, black. Yellow, black.


Ooh, black and yellow!
Let's shake it up a little.


Barry! Breakfast is ready!


Ooming!


Hang on a second.


Hello?


- Barry?
- Adam?


- Oan you believe this is happening?
- I can't. I'll pick you up.


Looking sharp.


Use the stairs. Your father
paid good money for those.


Sorry. I'm excited.


Here's the graduate.
We're very proud of you, son.


A perfect report card, all B's.


Very proud.


Ma! I got a thing going here.


- You got lint on your fuzz.
- Ow! That's me!


- Wave to us! We'll be in row 118,000.
- Bye!


Barry, I told you,
stop flying in the house!


- Hey, Adam.
- Hey, Barry.


- Is that fuzz gel?
- A little. Special day, graduation.


Never thought I'd make it.


Three days grade school,
three days high school.


Those were awkward.


Three days college. I'm glad I took
a day and hitchhiked around the hive.


You did come back different.


- Hi, Barry.
- Artie, growing a mustache? Looks good.


- Hear about Frankie?
- Yeah.


- You going to the funeral?
- No, I'm not going.


Everybody knows,
sting someone, you die.


Don't waste it on a squirrel.
Such a hothead.


I guess he could have
just gotten out of the way.


I love this incorporating
an amusement park into our day.


That's why we don't need vacations.


Boy, quite a bit of pomp...
under the circumstances.


- Well, Adam, today we are men.
- We are!


- Bee-men.
- Amen!


Hallelujah!


Students, faculty, distinguished bees,


please welcome Dean Buzzwell.


Welcome, New Hive Oity
graduating class of...


...9:15.


That concludes our ceremonies.


And begins your career
at Honex Industries!


Will we pick ourjob today?


I heard it's just orientation.


Heads up! Here we go.


Keep your hands and antennas
inside the tram at all times.


- Wonder what it'll be like?
- A little scary.


Welcome to Honex,
a division of Honesco


and a part of the Hexagon Group.


This is it!


Wow.


Wow.


We know that you, as a bee,
have worked your whole life


to get to the point where you
can work for your whole life.


Honey begins when our valiant Pollen
Jocks bring the nectar to the hive.


Our top-secret formula


is automatically color-corrected,
scent-adjusted and bubble-contoured


into this soothing sweet syrup


with its distinctive
golden glow you know as...


Honey!


- That girl was hot.
- She's my cousin!


- She is?
- Yes, we're all cousins.


- Right. You're right.
- At Honex, we constantly strive


to improve every aspect
of bee existence.


These bees are stress-testing
a new helmet technology.


- What do you think he makes?
- Not enough.


Here we have our latest advancement,
the Krelman.


- What does that do?
- Oatches that little strand of honey


that hangs after you pour it.
Saves us millions.


Oan anyone work on the Krelman?


Of course. Most bee jobs are
small ones. But bees know


that every small job,
if it's done well, means a lot.


But choose carefully


because you'll stay in the job
you pick for the rest of your life.


The same job the rest of your life?
I didn't know that.


What's the difference?


You'll be happy to know that bees,
as a species, haven't had one day off


in 27 million years.


So you'll just work us to death?


We'll sure try.


Wow! That blew my mind!


"What's the difference?"
How can you say that?


One job forever?
That's an insane choice to have to make.


I'm relieved. Now we only have
to make one decision in life.


But, Adam, how could they
never have told us that?


Why would you question anything?
We're bees.


We're the most perfectly
functioning society on Earth.


You ever think maybe things
work a little too well here?


Like what? Give me one example.


I don't know. But you know
what I'm talking about.


Please clear the gate.
Royal Nectar Force on approach.


Wait a second. Oheck it out.


- Hey, those are Pollen Jocks!
- Wow.


I've never seen them this close.


They know what it's like
outside the hive.


Yeah, but some don't come back.


- Hey, Jocks!
- Hi, Jocks!


You guys did great!


You're monsters!
You're sky freaks! I love it! I love it!


- I wonder where they were.
- I don't know.


Their day's not planned.


Outside the hive, flying who knows
where, doing who knows what.


You can'tjust decide to be a Pollen
Jock. You have to be bred for that.


Right.


Look. That's more pollen
than you and I will see in a lifetime.


It's just a status symbol.
Bees make too much of it.


Perhaps. Unless you're wearing it
and the ladies see you wearing it.


Those ladies?
Aren't they our cousins too?


Distant. Distant.


Look at these two.


- Oouple of Hive Harrys.
- Let's have fun with them.


It must be dangerous
being a Pollen Jock.


Yeah. Once a bear pinned me
against a mushroom!


He had a paw on my throat,
and with the other, he was slapping me!


- Oh, my!
- I never thought I'd knock him out.


What were you doing during this?


Trying to alert the authorities.


I can autograph that.


A little gusty out there today,
wasn't it, comrades?


Yeah. Gusty.


We're hitting a sunflower patch
six miles from here tomorrow.


- Six miles, huh?
- Barry!


A puddle jump for us,
but maybe you're not up for it.


- Maybe I am.
- You are not!


We're going 0900 at J-Gate.


What do you think, buzzy-boy?
Are you bee enough?


I might be. It all depends
on what 0900 means.


Hey, Honex!


Dad, you surprised me.


You decide what you're interested in?


- Well, there's a lot of choices.
- But you only get one.


Do you ever get bored
doing the same job every day?


Son, let me tell you about stirring.


You grab that stick, and you just
move it around, and you stir it around.


You get yourself into a rhythm.
It's a beautiful thing.


You know, Dad,
the more I think about it,


maybe the honey field
just isn't right for me.


You were thinking of what,
making balloon animals?


That's a bad job
for a guy with a stinger.


Janet, your son's not sure
he wants to go into honey!


- Barry, you are so funny sometimes.
- I'm not trying to be funny.


You're not funny! You're going
into honey. Our son, the stirrer!


- You're gonna be a stirrer?
- No one's listening to me!


Wait till you see the sticks I have.


I could say anything right now.
I'm gonna get an ant tattoo!


Let's open some honey and celebrate!


Maybe I'll pierce my thorax.
Shave my antennae.


Shack up with a grasshopper. Get
a gold tooth and call everybody "dawg"!


I'm so proud.


- We're starting work today!
- Today's the day.


Oome on! All the good jobs
will be gone.


Yeah, right.


Pollen counting, stunt bee, pouring,
stirrer, front desk, hair removal...


- Is it still available?
- Hang on. Two left!


One of them's yours! Oongratulations!
Step to the side.


- What'd you get?
- Picking crud out. Stellar!


Wow!


Oouple of newbies?


Yes, sir! Our first day! We are ready!


Make your choice.


- You want to go first?
- No, you go.


Oh, my. What's available?


Restroom attendant's open,
not for the reason you think.


- Any chance of getting the Krelman?
- Sure, you're on.


I'm sorry, the Krelman just closed out.


Wax monkey's always open.


The Krelman opened up again.


What happened?


A bee died. Makes an opening. See?
He's dead. Another dead one.


Deady. Deadified. Two more dead.


Dead from the neck up.
Dead from the neck down. That's life!


Oh, this is so hard!


Heating, cooling
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OrionDS1
5.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
it is cool
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[SOS]homnisly
60.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
Very good if you have played base game before I would recommend playing base game and getting good at that first
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thank the lord i got this super fun game when it was free :D.
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Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
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Posted: August 18
Product received for free
Awesome and fun with friends :D
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
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Posted: August 11
Good game all around but some times it can get unfair and it needs a strong pc.
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Spent too much time on this game :D worth!
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2.4 hrs on record
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Posted: August 17
Really good add-on to ARK. It's similiar with "Hunger Games" movie or game "The Culling", but it gets even better than those because it has DINOSAURS ! You can tame them, ride and use them in a battle, really, how cool is that ? If you could put a sniper rifle and a super powers there, this game would have everything.
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Posted: August 15
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need to update textures and make it less blinding but it is a reaqlly good game
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BRUH THIS GAME IS AWESOME ;D download now to die alot if you havent play ark survival evolved and i was that guy xD Enjoy it!
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Not Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
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Posted: August 19
Product received for free
This review is based on Linux version. The game is part of Ark:SE.

Pros+ and cons-:

Played previously around April/May when it was up to date, at that time:
+ nice idea
- same gfx errors as Ark:SE
- people teaming in FFA

Decided to give it another try after couple months (August):
- client version did not get updates past 165.2 (current Windows version is 178), meaning: I could not play
- customer support didn't know if it was just me, or does an updated Linux version exist at all
- customer support decided then to close the ticket as "solved", I still can't play



Some bonus fun stuff from Wild Card customer support:
"I have asked our engineers, so hopefully they'll respond in regards to the matter at hand soon."
...
"I went ahead and mark the ticket as solved so that we can close out this ticket as there is no way for me to keep you updated on the issue at hand."


0/10 wont be contacting customer "support" again
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Recommended
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Posted: August 13
Ark is an amazing game
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Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
Joined a game.Made my character a monster.Waited in lobby. It loaded the game. 2 Girls attacked me. One with a tryceratop mask. the other idk. One bashed me in with a pick axe. The other bashed me in with a slingshot. I Died. I joined The Server again. Found a litle buddy. We targeted the girls. They both went after him. He said to me while he was near death. "GO WITH OUT ME.!" I ran. I then got mauled by a Spinosaurus. Joined another server. Found a buddy. I had a beastly amount of animals. Some gir with a pterodactyl came in and sntached me up. 11/10 IGN.
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