In a message to their fans, Turtle Rock Studios have explained their hunter game Evolve is going free to play. The message also discusses the game’s rocky launch and hints at what Chris Ashton and Phil Robb, co-founders of Turtle Rock, call the “DLC s***storm”.
The message begins by showing the above image and explaining how happy the Evolve team were when they were nominated for an amazing 65 awards. Evolve also became the first game to win Game of the Show at both E3 and Gamescom, something the team were obviously extremely happy with. Ashton and Robb go on to explain the joy of seeing gamers playing Evolve for the first time, but after this is when the tone of the message begins to change. Ashton and Robb explain that when Evolve launched the reception wasn’t what they were expecting. The reviews were mixed, which isn’t unusual. Ashton and Robb state that the “DLC s***storm” washed away gamer’s enthusiasm for the game.
But there is hope. The whole point of this message is to explain that Evolve is receiving an overhaul. A major overhaul. These are just some examples of the changes expected to be made.
- Reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.
- Making improvements to the maps and UI.
- Improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.
- Focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.
- Completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.
- Adding more customization options.
But the bigger news comes just after this announcement. As of July 7th Evolve will be free to play as a beta. Turtle Rock hope that this will bring in more players, swarming their servers and allowing them to improve Evolve in the way Turtle Rock hope. Worry not season pass holders. In this free beta version of Evolve season pass holders will receive “Founder” status, and will have instant access to all content you own from the paid version. The message to fans ends:
As part of our promise to recapture the magic and improve the Evolve experience across-the-board, we’re going to ratchet up our communication with the community. We will be continually updating our social channels, our forums and our website to let you know how it’s going.
The Evolve Twitter account later explained that console gamers can eventually expect a free to play version of Evolve, but not until the PC beta is over.
I personally want to thank Turtle Rock Studios for not giving up on Evolve. It’s a game I first played at EGX a few years back, but never got round to buying due to the horror stories that emerged upon the game’s release. But I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now. What are you thoughts on this news? Let us know in the comments below!