The online 4v1 shooter Evolve has ceased development by Turtle Rock Studios, who posted a heartfelt goodbye to the Evolve community earlier.
“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. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.
The last five and a half years represents so much. We are so proud of Evolve, the Turtle Rock team and the Evolve community. Getting on the forums, Reddit, Facebook and Twitch and talking directly to you has been a highlight of many of our careers. On no other project have we ever been able to interact so directly. The Evolve community is the best we could have hoped for and we hope you come with us and become a part of the Turtle Rock community.” You can read the full statement here.
As of right now, there is no clear indication of what the sole reason for shutting Evolve down is, though the statement suggests subtle hints that perhaps publishers 2K may have pulled the plug. Despite this, the development studio who also brought us Left 4 Dead remained thankful to all parties, whether it be those who helped bring the game to life or the fans that participated.
Earlier this year, the game became free-to-play in the form of Evolve: Stage 2 in an attempt to bring back the waning fan base, and it succeeded in bringing a huge influx of players back to be a part of it. Evolve was originally released back in February 2015, receiving rather mixed responses from critics, with the game was also heavily criticized for the high pricing of its DLC.
Evolve is currently still available to play online, but there is no guarantee of how much longer it will last, with the recent 2K blog stating that it will continue support for the “foreseeable future”. It does also state that Evolve: Stage 2 coming to console is still a possibility, and that “Everything regarding the console version of Evolve remains the same.” But for now, it is out of the hands of Turtle Rock Studios, and the beast has been laid to rest. We will have to wait and see if 2K decide to resurrect it.