Fans of Turtle Rock’s Evolve have received some pretty bad news this morning: The developer has announced that it has ended development on the game despite its transition to free-to-play.
Unfortunately Evolve didn’t do very well for itself when it originally launched. Though it had a great concept, players just didn’t stick around long enough to make the game a success. As a result Turtle Rock and 2K Games decided to transition the 4v1 shooter into a free-to-play game with Evolve: Stage 2.
Evolve: Stage 2 was announced earlier this year and was a reboot of sorts for the game. It launched into open beta on PC with the idea of bringing the free-to-play transition to consoles once all of the kinks had been ironed out on the PC version of the game. As a result the game’s player base shot up past the millions giving fans of the game hope.
Sadly it seems that hope was short lived as Turtle Rock has today announced that they’ve paused development on Evolve.
“We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough,” the studio wrote on its website. “We were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.”
This likely means that no more content updates are planed, nor patches or support for Evolve: Stage 2. This also means that the console versions of the free-to-play transition are no longer being worked on.
Currently the servers are still live and no plans to switch them off has been announced so players can still jump into the game, for now. Interestingly, Turtle Rock discussed the decision to end development briefly saying that, “this is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP,” which suggests 2K had something to do with the decision.
You can check out the full statement here.
What are your thoughts on this decision? Could the game have succeeded more if it weren’t for the DLC “shitstorm”? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.