The promise has been made.
A lot of people might remember Evolve, the DLC-heavy 1v4 multiplayer game that was released with a lukewarm response and a gradually dwindling player count. Now, a little over a year after Evolve’s release, the developer Turtle Rock has issued an apology for the game’s troubled launch along with an announcement that the game will be made free-to-play on PC as Evolve Stage 2.
In the statement, Turtle Rock’s co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb acknowledged the “DLC shitstorm” surrounding Evolve and their desire to bring back “that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.”
When people first started playing Evolve at those and other conferences, it was magical. Sure, there was the AAA videogame hype surrounding our title. Yeah, we also had the flashy displays, the giant Goliath statue, and all the other things AAA games do to get people excited. And that stuff was cool. Really cool. But, what we lived for — what was cooler by far — was just seeing people play Evolve for the first time. We worked on it for years and then, suddenly, people got to experience our game, controller in-hand. There was genuine excitement — real joy — when people played. It was like nothing they’d ever played before and watching it happen was like no high we ever felt.
Then, when Evolve launched, the reception wasn’t what we expected. Sure, there were some good reviews. There were also bad reviews. Yes, there was excitement. There was also disappointment – for players and for us. The DLC shitstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.
We want that magic back and we aim to make it happen. We’ve made a lot of changes, improvements and additions to Evolve over the past year and we’ve got a lot more coming. In short, we’re giving this game a vigorous overhaul!
This “vigorous overhaul” will include a complete rework of the much-criticized progression system as well as new tutorials and general gameplay balancing. The developers acknowledge the re-haul will take “a lot of time and hard work,” but state that they “believe” in the game’s playerbase.
Evolve won’t go free-to-play on consoles, and those who paid for the game will get “Founder” status as well as having all their content carry over. No dates have been announced, but Turtle Rock claims they’re about to “ratchet up…communication with the community.”
Check out the reveal trailer for Evolve Stage 2 below: