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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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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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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