Evolve’s DLC maps will be free

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Part of what will keep Evolve interesting in the long run is a plan to continue releasing maps to keep players on their toes. New monsters and hunters could also be introduced via DLC as well. However, they will make sure that everyone can always play together, even if they don’t fork out for DLC.

Speaking to IGN, Evolve’s creative director Phil Robb explained that players will be able to play all DLC maps for free:

First thing we [Evolve’s creative leads] said was we can’t break the community up, so all of our maps will be free. We never want anyone to get booted off of a server because they haven’t bought something.

[…] We’ll have characters and monsters, and even if you don’t buy them, if your buddy wants to buy the DLC, that’s cool, and your game will be enhanced through his purchase. So, you won’t be able to play as those characters, but you will certainly be able to play with those characters.

Robb when on to add that for those who pre-order the game, the first monster DLC will be free. Oh look, yet another pre-order bonus. I’m really not a fan of forcing gamers to commit to a game before it launches – who knows what the local servers will be like, or if it will even function locally. I’m not a fan of all this pushing of pre-orders, even if the incentives are this cool. At least this isn’t a pre-order exclusive; even if you don’t order in advance, you can still get the extra monsters and hunters as DLC.

I’m really glad that the maps won’t be hidden behind pay walls. It’s not cool to force groups of friends to buy maps just so that they can continue playing together. At least we can play all the maps without dishing out extra money, and can play with other hunters or monsters, even if you can’t play as them without paying some extra cash.

Are you going to be jamming this with all your friends when it releases, picking up an extra monster by pre-ordering? Or will you wait and see how it does once it launches?

Last Updated: November 24, 2014

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