People can go a little bit gaga for dinosaurs, and so Ark letting you step into a world filled with the huge creatures is a dream come true for many. While Ark: Survival Evolved has been in development and Early Access on PC and Xbox One for quite some time, letting you join a server and try to survive in this world for as long as possible, Wildcard spotted the opportunity to split off the Survival of the Fittest game mode into a separate release, and have announced that this is coming to PlayStation 4 on July 19th.
Survival of the Fittest is best described as “The Hunger Games with dinosaurs”, dropping up to 72 players into a large arena and having them fend for themselves. You can have tribes of up to six players, but the most important thing is that only one tribe can be left standing at the end of the game.
Compared to the main game, this spin off is a free to play game on PC, but there’s also a competitive eSports-like twist in the form of the Survivor League, which lets players compete to be the very best of the best. The game tracks player stats and the top 10 players in each mode each month can win cash prizes.
But there’s also a little bit of confusion surrounding this. While Ark: Survival Evolved is currently on Xbox One in Early Access, Ark: Survival of the Fittest is only coming to PlayStation 4 for the time being. Studio Wildcard’s Community Manager Jar explained that both games will eventually be made available on both platforms.
We strategically made the decision to initially release the two games on different platforms because we believe it is the most effective and efficient development process for our Studio. We have a ton of people working on both games across platforms – this can lead to a number of issues, people stepping on each others toes and a lot of wires getting mixed up. You guys even know how sometimes we mix up Xbox and PC. Going forward, we’ll be able to effectively develop across all 3 platforms, respond to player feedback and further optimize the game. This is better for all ARK players in the long run!