[07/29/15] Introducing the Megatherium & ARK Digest #12!

Hello Survivors!

Welcome to the twelfth issue of the ARK Digest! For those who missed the previous issues, check out the Announcement forum section on the Steam Community Hub and be sure to catch up with what you’ve missed as there is tons for you to catch up on!

Survival of the Fittest!

Earlier this week we were very excited to announce our new upcoming game mode, Survival of the Fittest which will be debuted worldwide at 12PM PST on Saturday the 1st of August on our twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/survivetheark

“Survival of the Fittest” is an intense battle to the death where survivors are grouped into Tribes and step onto the ARK to compete for their lives in a ‘Hunger Games‘ esque competition. The tournament unveiling this new mode will feature thirty-five teams of 2 contestants each, where the last tribe standing will receive a Grand Prize of $20,000 along with bonus gaming gear from Logitech and Gunnar Optiks! The 2nd and third place tribes will receive $10,000, and $5,000 respectively!

The world is surrounded by a large force-field which shrinks as the game progresses, if survivors leave the force-field array they will be killed. Survivors start the game in the lobby container where they are able to strategize, trash talk or mind game their enemies. After a period time they are beamed down from the sky to the spawn platform. This area is a giant ring with copious loot placed in the centre: contestants will have to decide whether they want to make a dash for the gear or instead flee into the wilderness to begin their survival experience.

There have been a number of changes made to this particular game mode to ensure that it is suitable for a competitive battle that will take place over 4.5 hours. Participants and spectators can expect to see an accelerated game, where leveling, gathering, taming and building happen at a much quicker and exciting rate. Engrams, craftables, and supply drops have been rebalanced and reallocated to make them much more obtainable and viable in this game mode. Scaling on stats have been altered so that tamed Dinosaurs are no longer as powerful as they are in the regular mode, and players themselves take reduced damage, among many other statistical alterations.

As the survivors enter this arena, not only do they need to look out for the dangers from the creatures, the elements and the other survivors but also the Game Master. The Game Master communicates with the outside world to create Evolution Events (for non-Tournament settings, these can also be randomized). These events take place every 30 minutes and can have impact on the game, some of the things you are likely to see include freak weather occurrences, dinosaur stampedes (of a variety of types), extra supply drops, day-for-night shift, and player location reveal. There is no fast travel, there is no respawning. Survivors have one shot at becoming the champions of SotF — or in our Tournament case, two if you count their tribe mate!

The Contestants

Earlier today the contestants were randomly drawn and placed into their tribes for the event, these are the team pairings you can expect to see:

MrMoonsHouse & SattelizerGames

SilentSentry & Wishfuiiy

PartiallyRoyal & PedroSaltana

Crass Kitty & Darkness_429

Criken & MadMorph

Seriousgaming & TwoAngryGamers

Pokket & Selvek

Bikeman & Jonsandman

Devildog & Famou5ivan

Joefudge91 & sp00nerism

DaftBasterd & SixMacs

RhinoCrunch & TangentGaming

Echoics & Lirik

Anthony_Kongphan & TheSparrowJourney

ShroomzTV & Sl1pg8r

BlizzeHD & Timmac

iAMsp00n & ShannaNina

Apolloz & DarkDolphin

LetsMakeFriends & xoVESPER

Fairlight_Excalibur & GrimmyBear

CommanderWtf & RageSage84

JamalButterworth & Shortyyguy

A51Sarge & GoldGlove

CohhCarnage & OoLaLa87

JackFrags & RenoRaines

Shamrok7 & SniperNamedG

HerculesMode & tehJamJar

Starsnipe & Tessachka

Quantifiable & Shytomb

eNtaK & Thadrius

Kiwion & VaderRP

Ellohime & Sacriel

Lowco2525 & SadaPlays

Kdwolf77 & Puhdado

illAMGlll & Haylinic

We bid all our participants good luck and we hope you enjoy the show! The Official Game mode will be released later in August, with further balance changes made to ensure it is fully customizable and suitable for mass and consistent competitive play!

Your Questions, Our Answers

Hey guys! I know we normally do a lengthy Q&A for this part of the Digest, however due to time constraints and upcoming SotF Event, we’re going to be deferring the Q&A to Sunday. Alongside special post which will be made following the conclusion of the Survival of the Fittest tournament!

We’ll be answering even more questions and release even more details about the game! So don’t worry, you’ll get something good :)!

In the mean time we’ll still be collecting questions, so please send them our way:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/346110/discussions/0/535151589904837836/

Dino Dossier

A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s faaavvooooriteee giiaaaantt sllloootthhh, the Megatherium!

That’s it for this week’s ARK Digest! Thanks for all the support, engagement, and feedback so far! We hope to see you all on Saturday!

All the best,

Your Community Manager Jat and The ARK Survival Evolved Team!

Quelle: Ark Survival Evolved News (Steam)