Turtle Rock Studios announced recently that it will end support for Evolve, its competitive, multi-player shooter. They made the announcement in a post on their official forums.
Evolve developer is moving on to new projects
“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.”
In July, Evolve on PC switched to Stage 2 and became free to play. As a result, the player count rose to one million within a week of the switch, But apparently that wasn’t enough to save the game. Turtle Rock said that there was a lot that they’d hope to do with the game, including the introduction of Stage 2 to consoles. But it looks like that won’t be happening any time soon.
Turtle Rock pointed out that the end of support for Evolve isn’t its decision. But, rather, it’s part of being a AAA developer which isn’t self-funded and doesn’t own its IP. The studio went on to thank publisher THQ and 2K Games, latter of which picked up publishing duties after THQ’s bankruptcy in 2013. Before shutting down support, they announced a live stream for October 27.
Turtle Rock Studios is located in the lovely downtown Lake Forest, CA in the heart of Orange County. They’re an independent developer who developed the new AAA Co-op/Competitive Sci-Fi shooter Evolve. Before they were fighting monsters, they fought zombies. Left 4 Dead was born in their studio as well.
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