|Digital Release:||PlayStation 4, Xbox One
February 10, 2015 (AU, EU, US)
March 04, 2015 (JP)
February 10, 2015
|Delisting (approx):||July 2018
September 04, 2018 (online servers)
|Developer:||Turtle Rock Studios|
|Links:||2K Games page
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On June 1st, 2018 “2K Mike” from publisher 2K Games announced via a support page update that servers for Evolve and Evolve Stage 2 will be shut down on September 3rd, 2018. This news comes over a year after 2K halted active development of Evolve and reallocated the game’s developer, Turtle Rock Studios, onto other projects. 2K has maintained the game’s servers ever since but stated in October 2016 that there would be no new content. The announcement follows:
Evolve’s dedicated servers will be shutting down on September 3, 2018. This means several game features will no longer be available, such as Hunt (Ranked), leaderboards, and the in-game store. Stage 2 will no longer be available on PC, and players will have plenty of opportunity to spend their in-game and virtual currency before the store is removed. Peer-to-peer multiplayer will still be available in Legacy Evolve on PC and console, and we’d like to stress that all players will retain all purchased DLC content, such as Hunters, Monsters, and skins.
Here’s a timeline of the planned server shutdown
July 2, 2018: Virtual currency bundles removed from Evolve Stage 2 and will no longer be available for purchase
September 3, 2018: Dedicated servers shut down, Evolve Stage 2 no longer available, in-game store no longer available
The 2K support page includes a helpful FAQ that outlines what modes and features will become unavailable after each date. Unsurprisingly, the ranked “Hunt” mode will be removed, as will player profiles, leaderboards, in-game purchases, the newsfeed, and player badges. I’ll have the dates added to the Watch List calendar and a page ready for the site soon.
About the only good news I have to report on Evolve Stage 2 is that the game isn’t being delisted… yet. Posts from 2K and Turtle Rock Studios on October 25th have confirmed that future development of the game has stopped and that 2K will be maintaining its servers for “the foreseeable future”.
Turtle Rock’s post by co-founder Chris Ashton is graceful and sentimental. He explains the decision straight away, stating that “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.” Fortunately this isn’t the end for Turtle Rock as they are moving on to new, as yet unannounced projects.
2K’s post is much more straightforward with a quick FAQ and confirmation that — while active development has stopped — Evolve’s servers and online functionality will be maintained, for a time. It’s on the Watch List for now but if you’ve ever been interested in the game you may want to check it out soon. 2K is becoming one of the most prolific delisters and I wouldn’t be surprised if “the foreseeable future” quickly becomes a solid date in 2017.