Evolve is Relaunching as a Free-to-Play Game
As of today Evolve is under a new name on the Steam Store. Now officially titled Evolve Stage 2, the game has shifted to a free-to-play model, and PC players can get in on the beta right now.
A post appeared last night on the Turtle Rock Studios forums by co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb. The post details the relaunch and what it means for the future of the game.
"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 the players and for us."
Evolve will remain in beta for the next few months as the game shifts to the new free-to-play model, and new features are implemented.
The team at Turtle Rock Studios is seeking to address the issues that players had with the game at launch. The free-to-play model means that the DLC price structure now reflects the cost of the game, which is free. Characters, maps, and monsters will be available for purchase. There will be a handful of characters to play as for free, and more can be unlocked for free, but now there will be an in-game currency known as Silver Keys that will speed up the unlock system.
The Hunter class will be tweaked so that groups will not have to rely as heavily on the Medic or Trapper classes. Maps will get new updates and improvements, though details were not specified. Players will also have more options for customization.
Turtle Rock Studios is also working to improve load times, fix bug, improve stability, and tighten the game more overall.
What about people that already bought the game or the season passes? Those "Founder" status players will get to keep all the content they have purchased and continue to use it as they already have. These players will also receive special gifts, rewards, and access for their support.
As for Xbox One and PS4 players, no word was provided regarding those versions of the game. Evolve will presumably remain unchanged for the time being, as the post only mentions the PC version.
What do you think of the new model for Evolve? Will you be retuning to play the game again? Let us know in the comments!