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Evolve goes Free-to-Play on PC

By John Law - on 8 Jul 2016, 10:12am

Evolve goes Free-to-Play on PC

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Evolve, the 4 vs 1 monster hunting game from developers Turtle Rock Studios, is now a Free-to-Play title on the PC, and it’s going to be getting some major changes towards its gameplay and progression system.

The groundbreaking decision comes after the developer’s co-founders, Chris Anton and Phil Robb, realized that there were several major mistakes made during the game’s development, chief among which being what the both of them described as a “DLC sh*tstorm” that effectively turned away many potential players to the game.

“When people first started playing Evolve at those and other conferences, it was magical. Sure, there was the AAA videogame hype surrounding our title. Yeah, we also had the flashy displays, the giant Goliath statue, and all the other things AAA games do to get people excited. And that stuff was cool. Really cool. But, what we lived for — what was cooler by far — was just seeing people play Evolve for the first time. We worked on it for years and then, suddenly, people got to experience our game, controller in-hand. There was genuine excitement — real joy — when people played. It was like nothing they’d ever played before and watching it happen was like no high we ever felt.

Then, 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 players and for us. The DLC sh*tstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.

We want that magic back and we aim to make it happen. We’ve made a lot of changes, improvements and additions to Evolve over the past year and we’ve got a lot more coming. In short, we’re giving this game a vigorous overhaul!”

Those of us who had bought the game prior to its new Free-to-Play status will be given the “Founder” status, and along with it, free access to all future content of the game, which in turn, has also been reinstated into beta testing mode. For those of you who haven't played the game, you can now download it on Steam.

Source: Kotaku.