As of the time of this writing the countdown on Evolve’s website is still ticking down, but the cat’s already out of the bag as Turtle Rock will be taking its asymmetrical gameplay into the realm of free-to-play starting with the PC version of the game. Even better? The beta starts today, July 7th. In a post on the Turtle Rock site, Co-Founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb laid out the game plan and took some time to thank players who purchased Evolve and to look back on things the title could have done better in the past.

“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,” says Ashton and Robb in the post.

Evolve’s asymmetrical gameplay tasks a team of 4 hunters with taking down one of the game’s large scale monsters. Players control both the Hunters and the Monster resulting in 4v1 PvP. With the conversion to free-to-play, Evolve will be making some changes soon. From the post:

  • 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.
  • Players who already bought Evolve (and maybe some of the aforementioned DLC) will be given a “Founder’s Status” in the new free version. This means you will keep all of the content you already paid for and Turtle Rock promises rewards, perks, and special access to things since you “believed (in Evolve) like we did.”

    The game will be available for free on Steam soon, but make no mistake, with the audience size that is willing to check out this title, the servers may not be the most stable place as beta kicks off.

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    1. Kestas28 on July 9, 2016

      Damn i got the game so founder huh only problem its gets so repetitive its sickening so il keep it in the drawer where it belongs

    2. Openmindedgaming on July 9, 2016

      Wow, you gamers are all so depressed and hateful, no offense. Guess what, the game has 0 pay walls. Why do you bash the hard work of every game that you get to play for free? You seem like ungreatful uninsightful and childish when you do so.

      • Community on July 11, 2016

        This is why I barely go on Media game website. it is just fill with a lot crazy Comment. it is complete garbage.

    3. Za'Muro on July 8, 2016

      from what they have written they seems to be good ppl, i hope this game dont fail as f2p, it will be sad

      • Archonit on July 8, 2016

        They are not. It is just your typical PR talk. All they care is how to scam people, just like 99.9% of other developers/publishers.

    4. Cloak on July 7, 2016

      Im not getting my hopes up. They screwed up their launch for this game and they’re bound to screw this up too. So all I’m left with is doubt. I bet their paywall will probably be bigger then the Trump wall. I hope I’m wrong.

    5. Adrian on July 7, 2016

      Didn’t they had a paywall or some other cash grabby thing back when they were b2p? I don’t have high hopes for this as f2p, i see they keep mentioning everything is obtainable for free by playing the game, but no mention of a 9+hours a day, yet… so i guess that is good.

      Hopefully they are “completely reworking our progression system” due to previous years feedback and no other reason, lol.

    6. meh on July 7, 2016

      Let me guess, everything is going to be locked behind a pay wall.

      • Jafarson on July 7, 2016

        you can buy everything with in game currency

        • hothlander on July 7, 2016

          not the point.. What they did before was had the game set up for b2b and have curtain features locked behind a pay wall.. They think now they can go free 2 play and still do the very same thing… Not gonna happen.

          • Fornicaras on July 10, 2016

            Not really.
            You can buy everything with Ingame currency and its not too hard to obtain if u perform well and play different characters leveling them up.

    7. speedy on July 7, 2016

      in order to play did u need to buy season past ? or you can play only second season ?

    8. Todoran on July 7, 2016

      now that a game! nice!

    9. Jafarson on July 7, 2016

      woow, if it will be trully F2P i will play it

      • hothlander on July 7, 2016

        I wouldn’t say truly.

        • Openmindedgaming on July 9, 2016

          Why wouldnt you? Did you do any research about the game? It actually is. I played it.

          • hothlander on July 9, 2016

            thats the thing I doubt it will be truly free to play.