ARK: Survival Evolved is splitting in two with a F2P version

    
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See below for the update.

Strange things are afoot at ARK: Survival Evolved, my friends. The site posted a partial picture of a metallic dinosaur under the header of “Mysterious Mysteries: GIGAntic Expectations” with no further explanation.

What does this mean? The devs said that more details will follow, but it is quite clear that the robot dinos have won and are now our new lizard overlords. Massively OP would like to be the first to pledge allegiance to these majestic beasts and promises the full might of our comments section in supporting their conquest of the Earth.

The full reveal of our fearsome prehistoric masters will take place on Twitch later today. Currently, there is a countdown timer to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Source: ARK via Reddit. Thanks to Kinya for the tip!
Update: It’s the thing to do these days: Take your survival game and split it in two. Turns out that ARK was teasing an incoming H1Z1-style split: ARK: Survival Evolved and ARK: Survival of the Fittest. The latter will be a free-to-play, likely without a cash shop, and will be composed primarily of the original game’s contest mode. The whole thing is viewable on Twitch; the announcement is at the end of their video. Thanks, Tanek!
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SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Aldranis Serrenity  GW2 said eSports was a motivation for converting to F2P. So it must be a thing. Puzzling but then I am not sure the world needs eSports.

pid
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pid

I explain what is happening.
First, sotf was an event and the main thing was to broadcast it on twitch. Now, you should know that the future lies in e-sport. Ark is perfect for that, but it cannot really take off in that niche.
The only option they had was to gain traction by giving it away for free an later monetize it on the esports market.
Which other game has millions of users, is streamed on twitch and is also free?


Lol. You didn’t guess it already?

tanek_09
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tanek_09

tobascodagama tanek_09 Polyanna Looks like the conversion mod question is amswered.
http://steamcommunity.com/app/407530/discussions/0/385428458160527765/#c385428458160620800
“Go ahead and uninstall the Total Conversion – we won’t be supporting it
any longer and have removed it on our workshop too :). The refactored
version is much better, you’ll see a ton of improvements as soon as you
give it a shot.”

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

I don’t PvP, so them giving away SotF doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

boredinBC
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boredinBC

Damonvile Agreed.  If they wanted to do the H1Z1 thing, the would have aggressively monetized this second game. 

This looks like a not so classic case of “cool developers release cool game for free”.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Aldranis Serrenity $$$

Damonvile
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Damonvile

So you buy the game and get full access to it, and they’re doing a split off mode for free that doesn’t really have the same game play.

I don’t really see that as the same as what h1z1 did. this just seems like they thought the game mode was really fun but didn’t want it as part of their main game.

Higgens
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Higgens

pepinocantador Well, In Wildcards defense, they broke it in two, and are giving half for free. SO really, its a good thing. Free is good, and if it brings in other players to the base, all the better.

Higgens
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Higgens

SO ARK, and the game mode that a few people care about, cool.

Aldranis
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Aldranis

Serrenity Me too… why is this a thing?