It was announced by Turtle Rock Studios that Evolve will be Evolving into a free-to-play reboot called Evolve Stage 2.
Evolve stage 2 is a complete overhaul of Evolve on PC, and features new game design, gameplay mechanics, and improved gameplay balance and system performance. Evolve Stage 2 will also combine all the content from Evolve including all the content that was released after it’s initial launch. The biggest change however as mentioned above is the move from a paid model to a free-to-play one, and starting from today the game will be available for download (free) on PC via Steam.
It was also revealed by Turtle Rock Studios that the copies of Evolve that players buy or already own will automatically be upgraded to Evolve Stage 2, and these players will be granted “Founders Status” that will give them access to a number of bonus items and exclusive unlocks.
After what some would consider a disastrous release this seems like a smart move from Turtle Rock Studios to get players interested in giving Evolve a second chance. We are excited to see how the free-to-play model and new changes will affect players opinions of the game, as we found it to be a fun game that initially had some teething problems.