Turtle Rock’s first-person shooter is now free-to-play on PC, with players now able to download the beta phase of Evolve Stage 2 from Steam. The PS4 and Xbox One version is set to follow after an extensive beta stage.
Evolve PS4 reboot will be free-to-play
Chris Ashton and Phil Robb, co-founders of Turtle Rock Studios, confirmed the news in an Evolve community post, stating: “Once we get through the Beta period on PC we’ll be launching on all platforms for free.”
The developer will be using the beta phase to “test all of the new content, changes, and server infrastructure in a live environment” and players will be able to access all content for free.
Evolve Stage 2 is essentially a reboot of Evolve, and the decision to move to the free-to-play model comes after negativity surrounding the games’ DLC.
Evolve cost approximately $60 to buy on release, but numerous pre-order packages and collector’s editions caused confusion. There was the Evolve Season Pass which cost $30, and the option to buy additional monsters for $15 each, which also bumped up the price significantly.
Evolve Stage 2 PS4 release may take a while
Speaking about the launch of Evolve, Turtle Rock said:
“Sure, there were some good reviews. There were also bad reviews. Yes, there was excitement. There was also disappointment – for players and for us. The DLC sh*tstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.”
A release date for Evolve Stage 2 for PS4 has yet to be revealed.