ARK Adds a Dragon, Streaming Tournament Final Today

Those that have been following virtual reality (VR) compatible survival title, ARK: Survival Evolved will know that developer Studio Wildcard has recently been running a tournament to support the launch of its new multiplayer mode, Survival of the Fittest. Thousands of players took part in the preliminaries last weekend, building towards this week’s final. Those that are interested in the Oculus Rift supported title or are considering picking it up for the first time should take note; the developer will be streaming these finals live.

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A total of 144 constants will be facing off in teams of 4-player tribes during the finals. A stream will be hosted at Studio Wildcard’s own offices via the company’s own Twitch channel. The video will be going live as the matches get underway at 14:00 EST on 3rd September 2015. The winning tribe is set to secure $20,000 USD split four ways, with second and third place winning $10,000 and $4,000 respectively. Each qualifier will also secure themselves a $100 Steam Gift Card for joining.

Traditionally ARK: Survival Evolved features dinosaurs that players can tame for their own use. In these tournaments, however, Studio Wildcard is introducing a huge dragon that will appear mid-way through the match. The same beasts will also take out any players that aren’t performing well enough during the sudden death portion of the match. The mode itself sees players compete in a modified version of the traditional ARK: Survival Evolved map, with a shrinking force field gradually forcing them to meet face-to-face.

ARK: Survival Evolved is currently in Steam Early Access on PC, but also plans to come to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year. The latter version will also be supporting the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) upon release. The developer is also considering adding support for controllers such as the Oculus Touch. VRFocus will continue to follow ARK: Survival Evolved, reporting back with the latest updates on the title.