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ARK: Survival Evolved’s free version is disappearing on PC

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Ark Survival of the Fittest is going away

ARK: Survival Evolved isn’t technically finished yet, but falls into the sparsely populated ranks of an incredibly successful early access title. The dinosaur packed shooter is still captivating thousands of players today, with millions of copies already being sold across both Xbox One and PC. A free, watered down version of Ark boosted these significantly too, but developers Studio Wildcard aren’t keeping it up for much longer.

ARK’s free version, known separately as Survival of the Fittest, gave players a sample of ARK within a multiplayer mod, and is still exclusive to PC. It did well to push fence sitters over the edge into the evolving main product, which has helped its community grow over the past few months. But Wildcard co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz (according to MCV) believes that it’s the correct time to claw it back in and make it a key component of the ARK.

“As we look to the future of SotF, we came to a decision: Survival of the Fittest will be brought back internally as part of the Ark: Survival Evolved package. For technical functionality it will still exist as its own application, and everyone who has thus-far played the game will continue to be able to play it without having to own Ark: Survival Evolved, but going forward it will be considered part of the Ark: Survival Evolved product group.”

Which makes sense, as Wildcard continue working on both Survival of the Fittest and Survival Evolved. Stieglitz revealed that the game has already sold over 5.5 million copies, with PC taking the lion’s share with 4 million alone. The game is out on Xbox One through their own early access program, and is still slated for launch on PS4.

This support has just enabled Studio Wildcard to expand on their vision for Survival Evolved, with many new features being added very soon.

“We have especially blown the doors open on what we had originally planned in terms of number of creatures, features, and technical complexity. When we launched we didn’t even plan on having modding support, which has become a huge aspect of the game’s appeal and life cycle on PC.”

Last Updated: August 8, 2016


  1. Great. Survival evolved is already eating my ram every 3 minutes, now they want to add more features… Anyone willing to donate like 16 gigs of ram and maybe a gtx 970 to me 🙂


    • Kromas GG

      August 8, 2016 at 13:32

      They have done major performance improvements since launch but I just wanna stress that the game is in ea alpha. Features will get added up untill it hits Beta and only THEN will it get massive performance and balance updates. This is just how it works. Look at any successfull ea title. Hell any game being developed actually.


      • Nigel Alan Smith

        August 8, 2016 at 14:20

        That may be true… But I still wouldnt mind 16 gigs of ram and a gtx970 😛


        • Kromas GG

          August 8, 2016 at 14:49

          I suppose that is true minus the 970. a 1080 would be better 🙂


          • Nigel Alan Smith

            August 8, 2016 at 15:40

            Im not being picky… My 650ti boost is starting to show its age now.. So while I would love a founders ed, I’d be perfectly happy with something a little bit older

  2. DragonSpirit009

    August 8, 2016 at 13:52

    I so want to play this game. If only I had money… and time… and a decent laptop.


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