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Evolve goes free to play on PC

Online, multiplayer shooter Evolve has… evolved. It’s now dropped its cover price.

In a move that makes a heck of a lot of sense, Evolve is free on PC digital format. Launching last year to some critical acclaim, Evolve kind of fell off the face of the Earth. Honestly, that seems to be a trend with ‘multiplayer only’ shooters, which is probably why both Battlefront and Titanfall’s sequels will have some kind of campaign as well.

Free… to a point

With a ‘free’ tag attached, there’s a certain expectation as to what you’ll actually be paying for with Evolve. And if you guessed that there’ll be some cost, well, you’re paying attention. While there’s no purchase required to play, there’s set to be ‘premium content’. It seems as though that content will be the DLC that’s already available and anything coming down the line.

According to developer Turtle Rock, this is one overhauled game from what you might have played when it released. Some of what’s new (from the developer’s letter to fans) includes:

  • We’re reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.

 

We’re making improvements to the maps and UI.

 

We’re improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.

 

We’re focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.

 

We’re completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.

 

We’re adding more customization options.

Apparently there’s plenty more to come as well. So as they go, Turtle Rock wants fan-feedback, as well as an understanding that they’re continuing to work on the game. Hopefully all this comes to a head with a game that makes everyone happy… and keeps gamers playing.

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Already bought a copy? No problem.

Now, you might be asking ‘what if I bought the full game or the season pass’? Well, the short answer is that you’re now a ‘Founder’ now. That means you get immediate access to all the expanded content that’s available. For everyone else, that’s presumedly where a paywall would come into play.

Right now, the free edition is available only on the PC though, so if you’re a console gamer, then sit tight. I can’t imagine that there won’t be an expansion to the Xbox One and PS4 editions if this f2p version is successful.

Want to read the whole letter from Turtle Rock to the fans? Click here.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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