Developer Studio Wildcard decided to merge ARK: Survival Evolved with its standalone mod, ARK: Survival of the Fittest.
In a recent development update post, they explain the reason behind their decision to merge both games, and asked he fans to support them through this, since they know “these changes are quite big and will impact the future of game.”
“It is very important for us to see how SotF progresses and we want to make sure we’re making the right choices. We understand that these changes are quite big and will impact the future of game, but hope you can understand our reasons to do so and will continue to support the game mode you love.”
“To ensure that SotF would remain a success and a sound choice, Wildcard would have had to put a lot of resources and time into learning how to become a ‘free to play’ developer. We would have had to learn how to monetise a free game, notoriously through the use of in-app purchases such as skins and other cosmetics.
“We just aren’t cut out for free to play mechanics. With SotF being part of Ark: Survival Evolved, it’ll be able to draw from Survival Evolved resource pool directly, and enable us to continue operating the title.”
ARK: Survival Evolved is going to release on consoles soon, but with no set release date.