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Turtle Rock Studios will no longer be supporting Evolve

By midian182
Oct 26, 2016
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  1. Back in July, it was reported that asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Evolve was trying to increase its active player numbers by going free-to-play. But despite an initial increase, the relaunch didn't draw in as many people as hoped. Now, Turtle Rock Studios has announced it will no longer be supporting the game.

    The decision wasn’t Turtle Rock’s to make; the developer doesn’t own Evolve, which is published by 2K Games. In a blog post on its official forums, company co-founder Chris Ashton said: “This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP. We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do.”

    When it relaunched as Evolve: Stage 2 in July, average player numbers jumped by over 15,000, but that figure drastically dropped as the months passed. The last 30 days has seen a peak count of 3509, and right now just 1045 people are playing the game.

    Evolve: Stage 2 won’t be disappearing completely; 2K confirmed that it would be keeping its servers online “for the foreseeable future,” but there won’t be any more updates, bug fixes, or new content.

    The announcement also means that the F2P version of Evolve almost certainly won’t be coming to consoles. “It looks like that’s just not meant to be,” said Ashton.

    Turtle Rock said it “has lots of stuff in the works,” and thanked fans for their support and dedication. As a way of saying goodbye, the company is hosting a final Evolve-themed livestream Q&A on the game’s official Twitch channel this Thursday (Oct 27) at 12 p.m. PT.

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  2. Jamibi

    Jamibi TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +6

    Well if they're taking this down with this player base, it doesn't look good for Battleborn... Does it ? (Although BB is admittedly doing better on consoles)
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    if BB goes free to play itll have a chance though. theres a big playerbase for that type of game, no one just wants to pay alot for the not-best version.
     
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Maniac Posts: 401   +208

    I own it. Bad decision. It sucks.
     
  5. Sniped_Ash

    Sniped_Ash TS Maniac Posts: 253   +108

    Calling themselves AAA game developers seems a bit self-congratulatory.
     
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  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +599

    One of the more disappointing games in recent memory, especially after all the pre-release hype it received.

    They should just chalk it up to lessons learned, pull the plug and be done with it
     
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  7. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Addict Posts: 278   +142

    Call me jaded but Turtle Rock should have just made left 4 dead 3. Evolve sucked.
     
  8. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Booster Posts: 157   +61

    I remember loving the concept, but then playing it and getting bored after 2 games in the Alpha.

    Sorry but this would have done great as a $20 indie game at launch or just a regular gamemode in a bigger game.

    Alone this just wasn't $60 worth of content, and it got old fast.
     
  9. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Booster Posts: 134   +51

    Very short lived. But it just wasn't what anyone wanted. A good idea poorly executed.
     

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