Evolve is a first-person shooter video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios, published by 2K Games and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. Announced in January 2014 and originally set to be released in late 2014, the game was delayed and released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February 2015.
Evolve uses an asymmetrical multiplayer structure, where five players—four playing as hunters and one as the monster—battle against each other on an industrialized alien planet called Shear. The hunters’ gameplay is based on the first-person shooter design, while the monsters are controlled from a third-person perspective. The hunters’ goal is to eliminate the monster, while the monster’s goal is to consume wildlife and evolve to make themselves stronger. The game can be played alone or with multiple players.
Evolve was Turtle Rock Studios’ first major project after the company split from Valve Corporation in 2011. The concept for Evolve existed prior to the development of their previous game, Left 4 Dead. Inspired by hunting games such as Cabela’s Big Game Hunter and Deer Hunter, the idea is to have prey that can strike back at the hunters. The monster design was originally intended to be esoteric but was later toned down. The game is powered by Crytek’s CryEngine, as they believed that the engine is capable of creating the dark and dense forests featured in the game. Turtle Rock Studios found difficulty when seeking publishers that could provide funding and marketing for the game. THQ was originally set to serve as the game’s publisher, but the rights to the franchise and publishing duties were transferred to Take-Two Interactive after THQ filed for bankruptcy in late 2012.
Prior to release, Evolve received a largely positive reception and won the Best of Show Awards at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 and Gamescom 2014. The game was tested by the general public multiple times. Upon release, the game received mixed reviews from critics, with praise mostly directed to the game’s atmosphere, asymmetrical structure, controls, and designs. However, it received criticism for its progression system and light narrative, gameplay, as well as a large amount of downloadable content prepared. Evolve was a commercial success, although the player base significantly dwindled shortly after release. In July 2016, it was announced that Evolve would be transitioning to become free-to-play, due to the mixed post-release reception, massive loss of playerbase, and the DLC controversy, but 2K decided to end the game’s support approximately four months later.
The game is set in a fictional future where humans have successfully discovered ways to survive outside Earth and have begun colonizing other planets. Humans arrive at Shear, a distant planet located in the “Far Arm” of space, and begin creating colonies and industrial factories.
As the colonization progresses, humans begin to meet resistance from alien life-forms, known as Monsters, that have the ability to evolve by consuming local wildlife. As the Monsters destroy the colonies on Shear, a former “planet tamer” named William Cabot is brought out of retirement to deal with the threat and to evacuate the remaining colonists from Shear. Cabot assembles a team of Hunters to eliminate the Monsters and protect their communities.
- INTEL CPU: Core 2 Duo E6600.
- AMD CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6400.
- SYSTEM RAM: 4GB.
- NVIDIA VIDEO CARD: GeForce GTX 560.
- ATI VIDEO CARD: Radeon HD 5770.
- VIDEO MEMORY: 1GB.
- HARD DRIVE: 50GB.
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit.