[Edit]: As it turns out, Evolve will in fact be going free to play tomorrow. Turtle Rock Studios posted a lengthy message to the community, detailing the switch to free-to-play as well as some of the other changes in store for the game.
Some of the changes include:
- We’re reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.
- We’re making improvements to the maps and UI.
- We’re improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.
- We’re focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.
- We’re completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.
- We’re adding more customization options.
As for anyone who has previously purchased Evolve and are worried about being left out in the cold, worry not:
Anyone who owns classic Evolve will be given “Founder” status in the new free version, and all the content you already own comes with you to the new version. As long as we work on Evolve, we will show our appreciation for our committed fans and early adopters with gifts, rewards, and special access. Why? Because you believed like we did, and we will never forget that.
Original Article Below:
Two things happened today that if taken separately don’t amount to much, but together hint that tomorrow Evolve might have a steep drop in price – all the way down to free.
Is Evolve going free-to-play?
Firstly, Evolve’s official website now features a countdown that will expire late tomorrow. That’s not anything too interest. The game stopped being relevant shortly after it came out, and if it weren’t for the other Evolve related news from today, I’d wager that even more DLC, or maybe Evolve 2, was on the verge of being announced.
But on top of Evolve’s countdown, the game can no longer be purchased on Steam. The page is still there, but that’s about it. Both a price tag and the armada of DLC are no longer listed. This isn’t the first time a game has been pulled from the Steam marketplace. Batman: Arkham Knight did it because the PC version of the game was bugged, unpolished joke.
Other games, such as Deadpoool, vanished from Steam, but that’s usually thanks to licensing issues. So if Evolve had vanished from the storefront on its own, without the timer on the official site, I wouldn’t have batted much of an eyelash. Now, however, now it seems pretty obvious that there’s something more going on here.
Evolve going free-to-play seems like the most obvious answer to this riddle, but 2K could also be on the verge of relaunching a “complete” edition of the game with all the DLC included. Considering that Evolve’s user reviews aren’t exactly positive, it would also be an opportunity for the publisher to brandish the game with a new Steam page. Plenty of games have done that, but they don’t normally remove the previous version of the game – without notice – twenty-four hours prior. So my bet is on Evolve going free-to-play.
That’s probably the best way to go about the game without downright killing it. When Evolve came out, it seemed like most people liked the game in theory. I know I did. But when you take a $60 game, and pump it full of countless DLCs, it can definitely turn people off. That’s why I sunk dozens of hours into the game during its many beta events, but to this day still do not own it. I’ve never seen public reception for a good nosedive as hard as Evolve’s did.
But now is Evolve going free-to-play in an effort to crawl its way out of the grave it dug for itself well over a year ago?
Tune in tomorrow night to find out.