Turtle Rock Studios co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb have confirmed that Evolve will be going free-to-play.
This currently only applies to the PC version of the game, beginning with an open beta on 7 July.
Anyone who owns classic Evolve will be given “Founder” status in the new free version, and all the content you already own comes with you to the new version.
When Evolve launched, the reception wasn’t what we expected. 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 shitstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.
In addition, a number of improvements are being added to the game to improve the general playing experience.
These improvements include:
- Reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.
- Improvements to the maps and UI.
- Improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.
- Focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.
- Completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.
- Adding more customization options.
Evolve has faced controversy after its release, as the multiplayer-only title offered a massive $136 of extra DLC content on day one.
There is no word yet as to how Turtle Rock plan to monetize this free-to-play version.
Will you be trying out the new free-to-play Evolve? Let us know in the comments below and in our forums.