After struggling as a premium title for over a year, Turtle Rock Studios have decided to make Evolve free-to-play in an effort to draw in more players. In addition to completely overhauling the game, Turtle Rock has also added new hunters and monster-types into the game. They’ve dubbed the f2p release Evolve Stage 2 and it was revealed for PC on the 7th of July. Previous owners of the game will be granted the founder status and anything that you may have owned and changes that you may have made to your hunters and monsters will remain with you.
When we first heard of Evolve, it had huge hype surrounding it and took E3 and Gamescom by storm. And for good reason, it was something new, something fresh. And it was being developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the guys that brought you Left 4 Dead.
The way the game worked was, a total of five players entered, where four players became hunters and one player assumed the role of the monster. The concept was pretty straightforward, the hunters needed to eliminate the monster, and the monster consumed wildlife to evolve and become stronger. There were various classes for hunters to choose from, and even different monster-types to evolve into. It was intense stuff, it promised players intense boss fights and the chance to become OP AF (overpowered as f*ck).
However, despite all the hype, Evolve kind of crashed and burned before its release thanks to muddled tier-based purchase options and what players and Turtle Rock both refer to as the DLC shitstorm. Players complained of a lack of maps and monster types among other things, and in return all they got was over-cosmetic DLCs which only further pushed them away from the game.
Many gamers pointed out that it simply did not warrant a paid model and was better off as an f2p title. It’s free now, and as far as we’re concerned that’s already a plus, so feel free to try it out and see for yourselves.