Turtle Rock Studios the developer of Evolve just announced that their game is evolving into a free-2-play model on PC. The game hasn’t done what they had expected from it. While some reviews were good others were not. Yes, there was excitement and AAA-video game hype around the title. But there was also disappointment for players and for studio. Then there was the DLC shitstorm that hit full force. This washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging the game further and further from that unique pick-up-and-play experience.
Evolve will be free on PC as a Beta starting on July 7. Classic Evolve owners will be given “Founder” status in the new free version, and all the content you already own comes with you to the new version. Turtle Rock Studios will continue to work on improving the game. Just to give you some examples:
- Reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.
- Making improvements to the maps and UI.
- Improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.
- Focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.
- Completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.
- Adding more customization options.
“There are a lot of reasons why we are starting this Evolve Stage 2 Beta on PC. One of the main reasons is that, with the way updates work through Steam, we can iterate quickly without going through a submissions process. This means that we can more quickly identify and resolve problems and get Stage 2 to a place where we feel it is really solid and an excellent player experience. After implementing and testing these new changes on PC, if we find that players respond well to the changes, we would want to bring Stage 2 changes to consoles in the future. But for now PC is our exclusive beta platform.”