Competitive Game Shifts Back to Become Part of ARK: Survival Evolved to Allow Unlimited Modding; Survivor Leagues Continue for Teams to Battle for Monthly Cash Prizes; Steam Sale at 50% Off Until 10 pm PST, August 4
Seattle, WA – August 1, 2016 – Studio Wildcard announced today it will now offer full Steam Workshop support for the competitive dinosaur survival spin-off ARK: Survival of the Fittest (ARK: SotF) including mods, maps, and total conversions across all PC/Mac/Linux/Steam OS platforms. Starting today ARK: SotF will no longer be a standalone game, but be re-integrated into ARK: Survival Evolved (ARK: SE) so the developer is able to provide unlimited modding support which will then offer users the ability to freely take assets from ARK: SE and move them into ARK: SotF without restriction.
“We think that Steam Workshop support for Survival of the Fittest is a significant addition — it’s pretty much the most-requested feature for the game at the present time,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, lead designer, programmer, and co-founder, Studio Wildcard. “We can now support unlimited modding with both games and modders have instant access to work with new content as it drops into either game.”
Reminder! Right now ARK: Survival Evolved is 50% off its retail price, making it the best deal ever on this dinosaur experience. Go buy it on Steam before the sale ends at 10 pm PST, Thursday, August 4, to start taming, training, riding and breeding dinosaurs!
In the last year more than 4,000 mods have been created by the ARK community, including two that have been selected to be included in the main ARK: Survival Evolved game — total conversion mod The Center and functionality mod Primitive+. Players who have purchased ARK: Survival Evolved can begin their own mods immediately! Follow the “How To Mod” tutorial to get started, then join the ARK community, participate in the Unreal Engine ARK Modding forum, and find content in the Unreal Engine Marketplace. Modders can then share their creations with the ARK gamer community using Steam Workshop.
Tune in starting at 8 am PST, Saturday, August 6, as the July Survivor League Championship pits the top ranking ARK: Survival of the Fittest teams in each of three game modes against each other for a high-stakes bounty of more than $65,000 in prizes. Come watch all the epic battles hosted by shoutcaster typeForced at www.twitch.tv/survivetheark.
Originally designed as a mod for ARK: Survival Evolved, the competitive ARK: Survival of the Fittest is a multiplayer online survival arena (M.O.S.A.) game that pits as many as 72 combatants against one another in spontaneous Hunger Games-style competitions within a closed battlefield, where a continually shrinking “ring of death” will push survivors into an epic final showdown with only one “Tribe” making it out alive.
Survivors can form one- to six-person tribes with the option to choose Unofficial (PC-hosted) 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 regularly as the game evolves. Dedicated eSport ranking, matchmaking, and tournament features make ARK: Survival of the Fittest readily accessible to all players.
ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players must hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against punishing climate conditions, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies. Tame and ride one of 100 prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! Fly a Pterodactyl squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with a pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex.
Feel like riding a dinosaur? Join the ARK community forums HERE: survivetheark.com/index.php?/forums/
ARK: Survival Evolved is in development for Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation 4 with VR-support, and Steam PC. The game is currently playable in Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One and Steam Early Access program, which includes Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!