Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios has ended its ongoing support for the asymmetrical shooter, it has today confirmed.
Studio co-founder Chris “MacMan” Ashton confirmed in a forum post that TRS’s contract for the game had ended, with day-to-day operations being taken over by publisher and IP holder 2K Games. He said that while the company were “hungry for more” and disappointed not to be able to bring the title’s recently added free-to-play model – utilised by the PC-exclusive Evolve Stage 2 – to consoles, they “don’t get to make the call”.
Ashton paid tribute to both the now-bankrupt THQ and 2K for publishing the game, while thanking fans for their continued support. He concluded that Turtle Rock has “lots of stuff in the works” that they “hope [fans] will enjoy”.
Shortly after TRS’s announcement, 2K Games uploaded an FAQ to their website to discuss how Evolve will progress going forward. Evolve Stage 2’s servers will remain online “for the foreseeable future”, the publisher stated, while insisting that “everything regarding the console versions of Evolve stays the same”. It claimed that it will evaluate the possibility of bringing Evolve Stage 2 to consoles in the future, but “maintaining and growing the game’s audience on PC is the primary focus”.
In a statement, it added: “We’d like to thank Chris Ashton, Phil Robb, and the rest of the Turtle Rock Studios team that have poured their heart and soul into one of the most unique and heart-pounding gaming experiences this industry has ever seen. We couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished together with Evolve and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”