In an emotional blog post, Turtle Rock’s co-founder Chris Ashton announced that they will not be supporting their Multiplayer Shooter Evolve anymore. Despite the spike in new players upon the move to Free-to-Play, it sadly was not enough to warrant 2K to continue focus on the game.
“This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and down own their own IP,” Ashton wrote in the post, titled “Our Final Message To Our Evolve Community”. “We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative.”
Ashton and the rest of the team at Turtle Rock were hoping to continue to work on the game through Evolve: Stage 2, the Free-to-Play rename for the game, even with the hopes of bringing the Free-to-Play version to consoles. As a thank you to the game’s dedicated community, Turtle Rock will be holding “one final Evolve-themed livestream” on the game’s official Twitch channel at 12 p.m. PT, later today (October 27th 2016)
Despite Turtle Rock stopping support on the game, that doesn’t mean that the studio is done however, as Ashton pointed out that the team has “lots of stuff in the works that we hope you’ll enjoy” and for those enjoying Evolve as it currently is, 2K has announced that the game’s servers will remain active “for the foreseeable future.”