Evolve had a rush of buzz going for it pre-release, but the four-on-one monster-shooting game was never quite able to bring in -- and, crucially, hold onto -- players to the extent that developer Turtle Rock Studios and publisher 2K hoped and expected it would. The DLC situation certainly didn't help matters. Given the high stakes involved, it was only a matter of time before something had to give.
The companies recently relaunched the game as Evolve Stage 2, a free-to-play version meant to bolster the player base and enable Turtle Rock to build on the foundation from there. That plan, reasonable as it sounds on paper, hasn't panned out. The studio has ended its support of Evolve. Development is done.
"Today, Turtle Rock finishes development on the project and begins to transition day-to-day server operation to 2K, as we take the operation of the Evolve franchise fully in-house," explained 2K.
"Evolve Stage 2 will continue to be free-to-play on PC and players can expect the in-game experience to remain the same, as we continue to experiment with the business model. We'll also continue to evaluate the possibility of bringing the Stage 2 experience to consoles in the future, though right now our focus is on bringing in new players and maintaining the game's audience on PC."... read more