An offshoot of Ark: Survival Evolved, and heavily inspired by The Hunger Games, Ark: Survival of the Fittest is making its way to PS4 July 19. Released a month ago for PC, the standalone game takes the mechanics and world of Ark: Survival Evolved and places them in a 72 player combat arena.
“Spawning almost naked with a group of hostile opponents, it’s do-or-die in what we’re calling a Multiplayer Online Survival Arena,” Senior Technical/Gameplay Designer Kayd Hendricks explains on the PlayStation Blog.
“Tame dinosaurs, craft armor, forge weapons, harvest resources, build bases, make friends, and slaughter some “Bobs” (ARK’s term for newcomers), in what is one of the deepest combat arenas to ever hit PlayStation.”
Releasing the game on consoles however, also has its own host of opportunities. “We’re really looking forward to some of the unique elements of console gameplay: splitscreen, local LAN play, and we’re even looking at introducing bots which you can play against offline to challenge yourself, or to practice, or maybe just to see the world that ARK takes place in.”
Along with the game, Studio Wildcard will also be bringing Survivor League, a game wide set of leaderboards with monthly cash prizes, to the PS4. “In addition to these prizes, you’ll also qualify yourself for our invitationals, and for future events that we are planning,” Hendricks says. “We want players to be able to get some return on the investment that they make by playing our game every day.”
While the less competitive focused survival sim, Ark: Survival Evolved, is already available in pre-release form on PC and Xbox One, Ark: Survival of the Fittest will make its way to PS4 before Xbox One. “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,” Wildcard Community Manager Jat says in a TwitLogner post. “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.”
In the end both games will release on all platforms, just not all at the same time. Will you be picking up Ark: Survival of the Fittest on PS4? Let us know in the comments.