Turtle Rock has announced that it will no longer be supporting Evolve, and that the free-to-play Stage 2 update for the game is no longer coming to consoles.
The announcement came first via the studio’s official twitter account, but was then soon accompanied by a post on the developer’s forums.
To our fans and & followers — we are sad to announce that today our work on @EvolveGame ends.
— Turtle Rock Studios (@TurtleRock) October 26, 2016
This news comes on the back of the relaunching of the game as Evolve Stage 2, a free-to-play version meant to rebuild the game’s dying player base and enable a sturdy foundation to be built upon. Alas, Stage 2 clearly didn’t work out.
Despite, Turtle Rock wiping its hands clean of it, Evolve Stage 2 will continue to be free-to-play on PC with servers staying up for the “foreseeable future.” However, according to 2K (who holds the rights to the IP) Stage 2 may one day make its way over to consoles, but at the moment there are no plans to do that until the game gathers and maintains an audience on PC. At the moment it’s not very clear who 2K may assign the shooter to.
In a letter to the community, Turtle Rock had the following to say.
“It’s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left 4 Dead 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.
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.
We’ll see you all again, another time on another world….”
To ship Evolve off with a proper goodbye, Turtle Rock we’ll be hosting one final Evolve-themed Livestream on Thursday, October 27th at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.