|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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Evolve was most likely delisted on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on or around July 5th, 2018. While its store page remained available on Steam afterwards, the flag for “isfreeapp” was removed on July 5th, implying that the game was no longer available to download. An Archive.org capture of xbox.com showed the game was last available to purchase on June 16th with no subsequent captures for comparison.
Those who had previously purchased the game were able to play online matches through September 3rd, 2018 when the online servers were shut down as outlined in an announcement made by “2K Mike” from publisher 2K Games on June 1st. The full 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 same support page where the above announcement was made also offered a detailed FAQ (with updates) on how items purchased in-game with real money would be handled and what features would remain available in the game after September 3rd.
According a Twitter response we received in early September 2018, Evolve can no longer be re-downloaded from Purchase History, at least if it was received as part of the Games with Gold program. The game was offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in March of 2017.
About the Game
“Evolve is the winner of over 60 awards, and now you can play it free with Evolve Stage 2! In a savage world of man vs nature, are you the hunter or the hunted? Turtle Rock delivers Evolve Stage 2, the next-generation free multiplayer shooter that pits four hunters against a single, player-controlled monster.
Prove you’re the apex predator in unique 4v1 matches, progress your account and characters, and dominate the far-off world of Shear. All content is available in-game and can be unlocked through play, for free. No buy in or box required. Evolve Stage 2 is ready for everyone.“
Key Features and New Features:
We’ve made improvements across-the-board including improved matchmaking, enhancements to all characters, visual improvements to maps, optimized performance, and improved player experiences. It’s a free game, but it’s also a much better game.
Existing Features from Evolve:
4v1: Grab three friends and hunt a monster or stalk lowly humans as an ever-evolving beast. Whichever side you choose, you have access to powerful weapons and abilities that deliver balanced, competitive gameplay.
Hunt Together or Die Alone: Choose a hunter that fits your play style. Whether you play as the Trapper, Support, Assault, or Medic, every role is vital and teamwork is key in surviving an encounter with the monster.
Beast of Prey: As the monster – the lone predator – you are the boss battle. Use savage abilities and an animalistic sense to wreak havoc, kill the humans, and prove you are the dominant species.
Savage Planet: Neither flora nor fauna are friendly on planet Shear. Fall victim to natural hazards or use them strategically against your prey.
Character Customization: Level up to unlock new upgrades, skins and perks for your favorite class: hunter or monster. Earn your infamy on the leaderboards and become the apex predator
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