Sad news to many gamers out there, with word straight from Turtle Rock Studios saying that they are ceasing work on Evolve as of today. That means that Stage 2, the free to play version of the game won’t be finding its way onto consoles any time in the future. But what does it mean for the Left 4 Dead developer?
A posting on their website this morning says the following:
“We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough – we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.
It’s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left4Dead was no different and now it’s Evolve’s turn. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our past projects. No matter what happens with Evolve in the future, we’ll know it was born in this studio and developed by this team alongside this beautiful community.”
While Evolve may be ceasing development, Turtle Rock will host one last livestream for Evolve this coming Thursday, October 27 at twitch.tv/evolvegame starting at 12 PM Pacific Time.
“There’s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that’s just not meant to be.
Those of you who’ve followed Turtle Rock Studios, this is not goodbye. We have lots of stuff in the works that we hope you’ll enjoy but we are departing on the Laurie-Anne for the last time and must bid a farewell to the planet Shear.”
It’s a sad day, and as one of those who never got to experience Evolve, I would have certainly considered trying out Stage 2 if it hit consoles this year or next. The idea was sound, but was let down on day one with all of the DLC nonsense.