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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Release Date: Mar 15, 2016

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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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December 16, 2016

ARK: Survival of the Fittest All Stars & Naugty and Nice!



The ARK: Survival of the Fittest All Stars plus Naughty & Nice matches will take place from 11 am EST to 3 pm EST tomorrow, Saturday the 17th December 2016!

The final games will be shout-casted by typeForced! We invite all ARK fans to come watch the epic battles at that time on our Twitch channel:

https://www.twitch.tv/survivetheark

To those competing: may fortune smile upon you, brave Survivors!

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December 16, 2016

ARK: Survival of the Fittest Update



ARK: Survival of the Fittest initially started as the original Total Conversion for ARK: Survival Evolved. It’s a game mode which puts places in a battle arena where they fight to the death. Since it’s inception in August 2015, it has undergone a lot of changes.

However, we are officially announce the hiatus of ARK: Survival of the Fittest. This means that there will be a halt in active development for the game mode whilst we consider our options for the game’s long-term direction. This also means that Survivor League will no longer run, for now. Please keep in mind that this may not be permanent, and there is active discussion surrounding the game mode’s future, including the possibility of a console port and development continuing, but for now we wanted to inform you that we would not be working on it plus no longer supporting it through competitive tournaments. The Official servers will remain online for the time being.

We understand that this may come as a disappointment to a number of you, Survival of the Fittest was a project we do love, but unfortunately, for now, it’s just not possible for us to scale up work on the title while also providing the necessary attention to ARK: Survival Evolved. However, we would like to give it a proper send-off: this winter we will be hosting two special matches to celebrate the game mode, as well as all who played it.

On Saturday the 17th of December at 11AM EST we would like to cordially invite the best SotF players to take part in an “All-Stars” 4-player-tribe game. The players will be invited based on their previous placements and accolades in Survivor League. This will be a standard 4-player match with the same settings as the October League, except the match timer will be scaled for 1.5 hours. All participants will be provided with a 20$ Steam Gift card, and the winning tribe will each receive a bonus 100$ Steam Gift card for their success! Following that match, we would like to host a final ~200-player Naughty vs Nice (to take place on The Island SotF Map) where the winning tribe’s players will receive a 50$ Steam Gift card (all hundred of them!).

In January, we will also release the Scorched Earth SotF source to the Survival of the Fittest Development Kit. The map environment itself is complete, however enterprising modders would need to add the dino-spawns, as well as make any other changes that they themselves deem necessary. We will also ensure all Survivors who have won over 200 SotF games in a set competitive game mode receive their Bionic Giga skin in ARK: Survival Evolved v253. Sorry, it took so long - we’re still waiting for our functionality from Valve but have managed to create our own workaround!

We’ll keep you informed should plans on SotF change next year, as we are still sourcing potential ways to give the game a substantial development outlook.

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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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