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Play ARK: Survival Evolved Free; “Unnatural Selection” Tourney Starts Saturday

Studio Wildcard’s open-world dinosaur adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved has gone free for this weekend (Aug 27 – Aug 30) only. It started at 10am PST yesterday and runs through 1pm PST on Sunday. The game is also getting updated today with DirectX support for Windows 10.

Throughout this Free Weekend there will be hundreds of new Official Servers featuring a one-time-only “Extinction Event” Meteor Impact, and special items to find randomly in Supply Crates. When you take these “Strange Artifacts” out of the crate it will have a Steam code on it, redeemable for 50% off of ARK: Survival Evolved, or in some cases a free copy of ARK: Survival Evolved. But beware – if someone kills you, then they can take the code away and use it for themselves.

You can also enter the “Unnatural Selection” tournament starting on Saturday, August 29th at 6pm EST, which runs through 11pm EST on Monday, August 31. The tournament features preliminary matches on three 100-player Official Servers with each battle lasting for 2 1/2 hours. The winning tribes will advance to a Pre-Championship Tournament set to take place on Tuesday September 1st at 10am. The top 36 tribes will then be placed in a 144-player Championship Match set to take place starting at 2:30pm EST that same day and will last 4 1/2 hours. The prizes up for grabs include:

  • Championship First Place Winning Team receives: $20,000 split 4 ways
  • Championship Second Place Winning Team Receives: $10,000 split 4 ways
  • Championship Third Place Winning Team Receives: $4,000 split 4 ways
  • All 144 Players who make it into the Championship Match get a $100 Steam Gift Card!

This Survival of the Fittest tournament features distinct updates, most noticeably six new world changing Evolution Events and a first appearance by the Dragon! Midway through the match, the Dragon becomes available for taming at the central platform. Beware as he can only be ridden for a short time before he turns on his master! Furthermore, the dragon will reappear during extended sudden death to eliminate all remaining survivors if they are not sufficiently murdering each other!

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Terror from above!

The most popular open-world Early Access game on Steam, ARK: Survival Evolved brings a new level of depth to the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake naked and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans and must explore the vast island of ARK to survive. What is the secret to survival?

Developed by Studio Wildcard, in conjunction with Instinct Games, ARK: Survival Evolved will launch in June 2016 on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation®4 with Project Morpheus support, and full release on Steam. The game is currently in Steam’s Early Access program and includes Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!

Have you been playing ARK: Survival Evolved? If not, are you going to check it out this weekend? If so, are you going to enter in the tournament? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Get ARK: Survival Evolved on Steam
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