ARK Survival Evolved free to play this weekend on STEAM

Studio Wildcard have announced today that ARK: Survival Evolved is having a Free Weekend on Steam, this is available right now and will run through till 1 pm PST, Sunday, August 30. The open-world dinosaur adventure game is freely available to everyone for this limited time to jump in and start exploring the massive island. Additionally, ARK will also be updated on Friday, August 28, with DirectX 12 support for Windows 10 to deliver improved gameplay performance.

Terror from above! The all-powerful ARK Dragon can only be ridden for a short time before it turns on his master.

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.


At 6 am EST on Saturday, August 29, participation is open in the “Unnatural Selection” tournament to battle in 4-player tribes against hundreds of other players for a chance to ride the Dragon and earn cash prizes! This limited-time ‘ARK Survival of the Fittest’ competition features contestants dramatically descending from the sky onto the ARK in a circular formation via beams of light. There is a cache of valuable items in the center – do survivors dash for the goods and fight it out, do they run into the forest and and hide, or do they freeze up from the sheer terror of death? A continually shrinking “ring of death” forces contestants ever closer together over time. The game is on – who will tame the Dragon and bend it to their will?

The “Unnatural Selection” tournament runs from 6 am EST, Saturday, August 29 through 11 pm EST, Monday, August 31, with 24/7 open Preliminary Matches on three 100-player Official Servers. The battle will last for 2.5 hours each and the winning tribes will advance to a Pre-Championship Tournament set to take place at 10 am, Tuesday, September 1, where contestants will again duke it out until we are down to the final 36 Tribes who will get placed into an epic 144-player Championship Match set to take place at 2:30 pm EST and will be streamed on ourSurvivetheARK Twitch Channel. The massive Championship battle will take place over the course of 4.5 hours and survivors will compete to win:

  • 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!

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Dan has been gaming for nearly 30 years and has survived everything from Nuclear Fallouts to Zombie Outbreaks but his main love is Survival Horror and don't we all know it. Favourite games include Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto, he can be regularly found cruising the streets of Vice City listening to the classics.

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  • Cameronie

    My cousin calls my phone like every other week, telling me to buy this game…. surprised I haven’t heard anything from him today. haha

    • I’m just patiently waiting until they release in on the Xbox One, my PC would have a heart attack and die, if I tried to run it lol.

      • Cameronie

        and like clockwork, I just got done listening to my cousin go on about how some dude on a godzilla like dinosaur broke into his base and killed all his dinosaurs, but was nice enough to leave one. haha.
        My PC would probably run this game on the High settings without breaking a sweat. But I don’t really see myself buying it until it’s out on the Xbox One…. unless I can score one of those 50% off coupons this weekend. 😛

      • ReaperEvolved

        Yea its a bit of a hogg at the moment, they will need to iron that out for consoles for sure. The game has multiple updates a week (more or less) which is always nice. The finished game will be epic.