Ark: Survival of the Fittest reaches an evolutionary dead end

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Ark: Survival of the Fittest, the free-to-play competitive multiplayer spinoff of Ark: Survival Evolved, is being folded back into the main game. Studio Wildcard announced the change of plans on Monday, saying the project needed to be reintegrated into the production cycle of Ark: Survival Evolved. The developers also cited the growing support expense and technical expertise needed for a free-to-play title as other reasons for the move.

Ultimately, it’s clear this is not who we are, we like to make games, and to make the gameplay fun. We don’t know much about monetization, and quite frankly we aren’t interested in hiring an economics team to take over that process, it is much more in our and your best interest for Wildcard to solely focus on the development of a game.

Ark: Survival of the Fittest has struggled since its launch in March. Technical issues, poor balance, and shoddy gameplay have been common complaints about the spinoff. Players used to other popular free-to-play games have accused Studio Wildcard of neglecting the game in favor of their bigger project. Survival of the Fittest will continue to exist as a game mode within Ark: Survival Evolved, but it’s unclear what will happen to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the free-to-play game. According to the announcement, the console versions are being placed “on hold” while the developers figure out what to do.