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Evolve Developer Refers To Game As ‘DLC Shit Show’, Will Be Taking A New Direction

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Is Turtle Rock Studio’s 4 Vs 1 shooter Evolve even a blip on the radar of gaming’s collective attention span? Perhaps that is why the co-founder of the studio referred to the game as a ‘DLC shit storm’ in a rather lengthy blog post explaining their new vision for the gamefree to play.

Evolve was a huge success, marketing wise, prior to its’ release in February of 2015. With over 65 awards under its belt and an entire season pass of content under its belt, it seems like all of the good will that existed up until the game’s launch has all but drained away. Perhaps this is in part to the games monster sized collection of DLC which includes 9 new heroes, three retails editions, a whole confusing mess of character / monster skins alongside several free updates that have added new modes and three maps.

MacMan’s post touched on how the DLC fiasco surrounding the game dampened the communities’ reception of the game after launch:

“Then, when Evolve launched, the reception wasn’t what we expected. Sure, there were some good reviews. There were also bad reviews. Yes, there was excitement. There was also disappointment – for players and for us. The DLC shitstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.”

Evolve’s official steam community forums had threads up until yesterday’s Free-To-Play announcement asking the reason as to the game’s demise. Before the game was pulled from the  Steam Store yesterday StemCharts shows that on average only 100 people were playing at any given time within the last 30 days.

A number of improvements will be coming to Evolve as part of the transition to free to play. Players can expect faster loading times, improvements to both maps & A.I, bug fixes and a brand new progress system. Here is the full list that Turtle Rock Studios provided in their community update:

  • We’re reworking the hunter classes to make the team less reliant on having experienced trappers and medics.
  • We’re making improvements to the maps and UI.
  • We’re improving load times, overall performance, and getting you into the game faster.
  • We’re focusing on improving stability and fixing bugs.
  • We’re completely reworking our progression system and tutorials.
  • We’re adding more customization options.

The beta version of the free to play edition of Evolve enters open beta later today and players who originally purchased the base edition of Evolve or any of the add-on content (whether through Season Pass or packed in DLC codes) will have their content transferred over. Owners of the retail version of the game will also be given a “founders” title in the new version.

No information on how micro-transactions, content pay walls or additional cosmetic items were available at the time of publication. There was also no information available on how this might effect the console version of the game.


Sony PlayStation Store Holiday Sale On Now

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Sony’s annual Holiday Sale is usually awaited with baited breath by the PlayStation community. It is in these final few weeks leading up the holidays that we can sometimes find some fantastic deals on digital games. This week marks the beginning of multi-week sale on all currently active PlayStation platforms – for a full list of deals check out the official PlayStation Blog but listed below are some of my favorites.

PlayStation 4

  • v – $18.00 USD
  • Geometry Wars: Evolved – $6.90
  • God of War Remastered – $31.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V Remastered – $31.99 USD
  • Journey – $11.99 USD
  • The Jackbox Party Pack – $14.99 USD

PS Vita

  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – $6.75
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 2 – $7.50
  • Tales of Hearts R – $17.99
  • Resogun – $8.99


Holiday Weekend Sales Give Us All A Reason To Stay In-Doors & Game

Posted on November 24, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

All of our American editors are enjoying their time with family over the holiday weekends. As countless people are traveling across the continent to see family members and love ones that they may not have shared physical space together in many months. If you’re like me a long 8 hour flight with multiple lay-overs can be a great time to catch up on games that I might have ignored for quite some time.

I am of course not American – I’m Canadian – so I won’t be traveling anywhere this weekend. This doesn’t mean that some of the jaw dropping deals that large worldwide corporations have cooked up to coincide with a holiday steeped in colonialism. Some of these deals are USA only, most of them are open to everyone in USA & Canada and at least one is Canadian only.

PlayStation Store Co-Op Sale

Check All PlayStation Deals Here


  • Battlefield Hardline Hardline Edition – $19.99
  • Super Street Fighter IV Ultra – $14.99
  • Far Cry 4 – $23.10 (such an odd price)
  • Payday 2: Crime Wave Edition $20.00
  • Evolve – $18.80
  • Rayman Legends – $10.80

PS Vita

  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z – $6
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – $17.99
  • Rayman Legends – $10.80

Origin Black Friday Deals

All Prices in USD

Check out all of the Origin PC deals

  • Sims 4 – $24.99
  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition – $19.99
  • Dragon Age: Inquisitions – $14.99
  • Battlefield Hardline Standard Edition – $11.99
  • Sim City Standard Edition (2013) – $9.99

Humble Codemasters Bundle

All Prices In USD

Check Out All of Humble’s Deals Here

Donate at least $1 for access to:

  • Grid 2 + Drift Pack DLC
  • DIRT Showdown
  • Overlord
  • Operation Flashpoint Complete + Dragon Rising + Red River
  • Hospital Tycoon

Beat the average (currently $4.69 USD)

  • Grid Autosport + Road & Track Car Pack
  • Overlord II
  • Overlord Raising Hell Expansion
  • Grid 2 Track Pack

Donate $15 for all of the above plus

  • Grid Auto Sport Season Pass
  • DIRT 3 Complete Edition
  • All released GRID 2 DLC


Join Your Friends Or Be The Monster In Evolve

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Les Major

Evolve, released today, is a five person multiplayer experience. It pits four Hunter human players against another player who is playing as a hulking monster. You’re not alone however and both sides can power up from killing the wildlife in the games various areas. From Turtle Rock Studios who developed the Left 4 Dead series, this title is also a first person experience.

Eager to see some of the classes involved? Read on for the launch trailer.Read More


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