Today, Turtle Rock Studios has released a game changing update for Evolve, which they are calling Evolve: Stage 2. Aside from fixing balance issues, changing gameplay, and UI updates, the entire game has been overhauled. Most notably, as of this morning, Evolve is now free-to-play on Steam. New players will have access to a rotating group of hunters (similar to free heroes in League of Legends or other similar titles), and players who already own the game will have access to all of the content they purchased, as well as special in-game items, currency, and other unnamed benefits for being “founders”.
There are far too many changes to cover in one article, but the following will have some of the biggest impact (speaking as a legacy player):
- Several game modes are going away. Defend, Nest, Rescue, and Evacuation are all gone from the base game. Players who previously owned Evolve will be able to play these modes in Legacy Evolve.
- Everyone can dome now. The dome is now a shared ability that can be cast by any of the hunters. The shared timer on this ability can be decreased from 5 minutes by doing damage to the monster, or if a hunter is incapacitated.
- Trappers now have a planet scanner, which when triggered will show a general direction for the monster. It seems that the overall theme of the changes is that the monster is now going to be much easier to find. How this will shake out as far as match difficulty goes remains to be seen, but either way, it stands to change some of the more stealth aspects behind being the monster.
- Pick 3 Perk System. Perks are now reset for all players and divided into three categories: Minor, Major, and Superior. Players will be able to use one of each perk. Each perk now has three levels and can be upgraded through using it in game.
- Map overhauls. Evolve now only has four maps (Orbital Drill, Distillery, Wraith Trap, and Weather Control), all of which have increased in size and been optimized to fit with Evolve’s new gameplay style. The maps have been given visual upgrades as well as lighting overhauls.
For a full list of changes coming in Evolve: Stage 2 check out Turtle Rock’s change log.
What do you think of Evolve’s changes? Is it enough to bring the game back from the dead? Let us know on Twitter/Facebook and in the comments below! I will be streaming gameplay of Evolve: Stage 2 later today on Twitch.TV/GIZORAMA, stay tuned to our twitter for more information.