Studio Wildcard, the developer team that brought gamers the definitive online dinosaur survival experience ARK: Survival Evolved, is proud to announce its eSports spin-off ARK: Survival of the Fittest (ARK: SotF) will come to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on July 19, 2016. 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.
ARK: SotF will be available through PlayStation®4’s beta program and the development team will provide regular content updates to the game. PlayStation®4 players will have the chance to hone their skills in the all new, exclusive offline Practice mode. ElO rating, match-making, leaderboards and pro-tier monthly cash prizes will round out the eSports experience.
“PlayStation® gamers will now get the raw emotional sense of competitive satisfaction that PC gamers have been experiencing, as they wage war to survive and thrive,” said Jesse Rapczak, co-founder, co-creative director, Studio Wildcard. “The simple addition of the practice mode means a lot, as PS4™ gamers can hone their skills before jumping into the competitive wilds to form tribes, tame T-Rexes, and use everything in the ARK sandbox to fight it out. We don’t call it Survival of the Fittest for nothing!”
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: SotF readily accessible to all players. Each month 10 ranked players in each “Survivor League” will be awarded a cash prize corresponding to their ranked placement. Rankings for these elite titles will be visible in real time on SurviveTheArk.com.