It has been one hell of a bumpy development journey for Evolve, with the latest bump in the road seemingly stopping the game’s development all together. Initially a full priced release, Evolve turned into a free-to-play game on the PC after its player-base plummeted. The new project, dubbed Evolve Stage 2, had been in development since earlier this year but now publisher 2K is pulling the plug.
The news comes from a blog post by Turtle Rock Studios, developers of the aforementioned game. Within the post they explain that they had a great deal of passion for the project and that the decision to end development was out of their hands. “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.” “There’s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that’s just not meant to be.”
2K has since commented on the news and has clarified that the project will no longer be updated and will remain in its current state as a PC, free-to-play experience. “Evolve Stage 2 will continue to be free-to-play on PC and players can expect the in-game experience to remain the same, as we continue to experiment with the business model. We’ll also continue to evaluate the possibility of bringing the Stage 2 experience to consoles in the future, though right now our focus is on bringing in new players and maintaining the game’s audience on PC.”