Evolve, despite the heaps of praise that critics the world over (including us!) piled on it, was a bit of a downer. Though it wasn’t wholly unsuccessful, reports suggest it tapered out with sales caped off at around 2.5 million copies.
The thing is, in concept, Evolve was brilliant. The idea of one person playing as essentially a boss character, going up against 4 people working together to bring it down works incredibly well in the right setting. The execution was significantly less dazzling.
The game required the right chemistry between teammates for it to come together and feel like a good experience – something that happened far less in the wild than Turtle Rock, 2K and 2.5 million disappointed gamers would have liked. Here’s what we said in our review:
“Under ideal circumstances, Evolve is an absolutely fantastic game. It’s fun, it’s unique and it allows a wonderful combination of cooperative and competitive multiplayer all in one package. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world of ideal circumstances. All it takes is for one player to not be working well as part of the team and the whole thing falls apart.
And even if everyone plays well together, I’m just not sure how long that excitement will be maintained – how many times can you kill the monster (or be killed by the monster) before you’re over it? I worry that Evolve simply won’t have the longevity people are hoping for. Turtle Rock gave us a beautiful gem of a game, but they simply didn’t count on the reality of most gamers. If even the smallest element doesn’t align well, Evolve becomes an un-evolved mess.”
It looks like Evolve may, well, be evolving. Turtle Rock is teasing some sort of evolution of the game – perhaps hinting at an unlikely sequel, or some big changes coming to the core game. The official Evolve site is now counting down to…something. There’s little other than the timer and a hashtag: #StageUp.
I really think Evolve could and would have fared better if it wasn’t such a DLC pit, if it wasn’t such a grind to unlock characters and if it didn’t require you to play with nice people (rare as they are on the internet). If Turtle Rock can do that for a sequel or evolution of the game, then it may be worth visiting.
Last Updated: July 6, 2016