Around two years after the launch of Turtle Rock’s 4v1 monster hunter game, Evolve, the developer has today revealed that the game will be going free-to-play in order to breathe some life into the game following it’s disappointing reception and “DLC shitstorm”.
Yesterday we reported that Turtle Rock was teasing something over on the Evolve website. The official announcement is set to arrive later today, but ahead of that it looks like the developer themselves have confirmed the news early. The game is going free-to-play.
“When Evolve launched, the reception wasn’t what we expected. Sure, there were some good reviews. There were also bad reviews.,” the developer wrote. “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.”
Following the news that Turtle Rock was teasing something, Evolve completely disappeared from Steam. The reason for this has now been revealed as the game’s free-to-play transition has called for Turtle Rock to hold another beta for the game as they test not only the free-to-play mechanics, but also completely overhaul major parts of the game.
This beta is set to kick off on PC pretty soon and will give Turtle Rock the chance to rework the hunter classes to rebalance the way the game plays out, which currently revolves around skilled and experienced trappers and medics. As well as this, the entire user interface will be improved as well as some of the game’s maps, and tutorials will be overhauled too. More customisation options are expected to also come to the game.
Turtle Rock are also working under the hood to improve performance, load times, and the wait between actually launching the game and playing.
The free-to-play beta is expected to go live tomorrow, and Turtle Rock ask for players patience while they transition to free-to-play. Over the next few weeks the beta will see some major revisions, updates, and features, with Turtle Rock now taking a vow of transparency when these updates and patches are added.
“We have lived and breathed Evolve for over four years and we feel like we are just getting started,” the developer concluded. “Since launch we realized Evolve has provided people some of their most exciting gaming moments and we want to make more of those for everyone… well, everyone who is OK with being periodically murdered (brutally) by terrifying alien monsters.”
As for those who have purchased the game, Turtle Rock have said that they’ll be dishing out “gifts, rewards, and special access,” to players for as long as the game is in active development.
As for the console versions of Evolve, it looks like Turtle Rock are planning to make the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions free-to-play too, but work on the PC build is to take priority.
We don't have a specific time set but we want to move onto consoles as soon as possible.
— Turtle Rock Studios (@TurtleRock) July 7, 2016
We really want to make it happen on console, but need the PC launch to go well. Going free on PC is easier as there's no cert.
— Steve Goldstein (@Dev__Steve) July 7, 2016
The free-to-play PC beta launches on July 7.