Survival of the Fittest

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Survival of the Fittest is a Multiplayer Online Survival Arena (MOSA) spin-off of ARK: Survival Evolved. The game is played in rounds and at much faster pace. Its goal is to become the last man standing by killing all other competitors on the island. This mode will be also released on Xbox and PS4.[1]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Basic Tutorial for SotF

Survival of the Fittest is played on servers with special settings. The game takes place at an accelerated pace, with leveling, gathering, taming, and building happening at quicker rates. For game balance, stats have been altered so tamed dinosaurs are no longer as powerful, and engrams, craftables, and supply drops have been rebalanced, and are automatically learned upon leveling up. Fast travel and respawning is disabled. Like in Hardcore mode, players can not respawn after death, so once killed, they have lost the game,but can still spawn like a ghost and go around and watch the game.

The environment consists of the usual island of Ark with slight modifications. At the start of every game, all players start off on a platform in the middle of the island. In the center of the platform is a large quantity of supplies and weapons—players may choose to loot these (though risking being attacked by other players) or directly flee into the wilderness, similar to the beginning format of The Hunger Games. The area in which the players may move is restricted by barriers and gets smaller as time progresses, eventually forcing confrontation between players.

The scores you can earn are calculated according to a modified Elo-system. For more info about the general Elo system, have a look at wikipedia.[2]

Game Modes[edit | edit source]

Currently you can choose between

  • Free for All (one man tribes)
  • 2 player tribes
  • 4 player tribes

There's a leaderboard with the top-players in each category.[3]

Evolution Events[edit | edit source]

Disambig.png Not to be confused with ARK: Evolution Event

To make the tournament more interesting, "Evolution Events" happen throughout the game. Some events may be harmful to players while others may be helpful.

Icon Event Description 1 2 4
Acid Rain.png Acid Rain A toxic rain that will slowly drain your health and the durability of your armor. Seek shelter as quickly as possible. X X X
ARKtic Monkeys.png ARKtic Monkeys Two aggressive, poop-throwing mesopithecus fall on each player. If killed, they drop the chitin helmet they wear. X X
Beast Within.png Beast Within All wild creatures, including usually passive herbivores, become aggressive to players. X X
Carnivore Drop.png Carno Drop A random species of carnivore at a random level is dropped on each player (up to 4 dinos per person). Run, kill, or be killed. X X X
Daytime Swap.png Daytime Swap Reverses the current time of day from day to night, or night to day. X
DoubleTame.png Double Taming During this event the taming speed is doubled. Tame all the things! X X X
Food of the Gods.png Food of the Gods A large loot crate appears at the platform containing 3 super food that will instantly tame any creature. When eaten will also heal a player to full health. X X
Hail to the King.png Hail to the King Random explosives will drop out of the sky for players to pick up and use during sudden death. X X X
Harvest Bounty.png Harvest Bounty Resources are collected at a much higher rate. X X
Harvest Famine.png Harvest Famine Resources are collected at a much lower rate. X X
Herbivore Drop.png Herbivore Drop A random species of herbivore is dropped on each player (up to 4 dinos per person). Good opportunity to tame, or kill for xp. X X X
Mega-Cold.png Mega Cold Extreme cold forcing players to consume more food, wear insulating armor, and seek heat to avoid losing health, or their life. X X X
Mega-Fog.png Mega Fog A very dense fog that covers the island making it difficult to navigate. Greatly reduces all player and creature visibility. X X X
Mega-Heat.png Mega Heat Extreme heat, forcing players to remove armor and consume more water to avoid losing health, or eventually their life. X X X
Predator Night.png Predator's Night Time of day is switched from day to night and aggression range of hostile creatures is increased. X
Super Loot.png Super Loot Crate A large loot crate appears at the platform at the center of the map containing useful supplies and weapons. X
Supply Overload.png Supply Overload Red loot crates spawn around the map containing useful supplies and resources, some that cannot be obtained any other way. X X X
Survivor Revealer.png Survivor Reveal A yellow light appears above each player at the time of the event. Occurs every in-game day at midnight. Evacuate the area fast to avoid being discovered. X
Survivor Tracker.png Survivor Tracker A yellow beam will appear at your player location and follow you around until the event ends, making it easier for other players to hunt you down. X X
The Swarm.png The Swarm A Swarm of Meganeura descend on each player, attacking and draining both stamina and health. They are also a good source of chitin when killed. X X X

Boss-Creatures[edit | edit source]

Bosses appear on the central platform and are passive until tamed. They are temporary and usually only last 15–20 minutes. After their expiration time they will vanish along with all items in their inventory. They all start off as level one and can be leveled. The only stat you can increase is their weight.

As of now, Bosses only appear during official tournaments.[citation needed]

Icon Event Description
Dragon Dragon Capable of fast flight and breathing fire on its enemies when tamed.
Broodmother-SotF.png Broodmother Able to give birth to lots of powerful minions that will defend you even after she despawns or is killed.
Megapithecus Megapithecus Very strong and able to throw boulders, destroying buildings and tames with realitve ease.

Changes to Vanilla[edit | edit source]

Some game mechanics are different compared to the vanilla-game, to compensate for the short duration of one round.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Taming[edit | edit source]

  • The Scorpion.png Pulmonoscorpius is tamed using raw meat (to prevent the need for spoiled meat).

An unofficial list of changes can be found on steam (not guaranteed to be correct).[4]

Tournaments[edit | edit source]

To celebrate the launch of the game mode, Studio Wildcard held a Tournament on August 1, 2015 with 70 streamers competing against each other in teams of 2. Another Survival of the Fittest event called Unnatural Selection took place on September 2, 2015. A third tournament called The Last Stand took place on October 24, 2015. On December 28, 2015, a Charity event called Naughty or Nice was held in a 100 versus 100 SotF match.

In Summer 2016, Studio Wildcard hosted the Summer Cup 2016, the first SotF international offline tournament.

Cosmetics[edit | edit source]

You can get them:

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Survival of the Fittest was introduced to the game in patch 200.0 as a total conversion mod. On March 15, 2016 it was released as standalone game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jat on the release of SotF on Xbox and PS4
  2. Elo rating system on Wikipedia
  3. SotF-Leaderboard
  4. List of changes in SotF