Nearly Three Months After F2P Launch, Microtransactions Come To Evolve Stage 2

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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Since its July 7 relaunch, Evolve Stage 2 has been the best kind of free-to-play game: the kind without a cash shop. That changes today, but Turtle Rock Studios is doing everything it can to make sure the transition is as painless as possible for players.

Evolve players in the United States can now use real money to purchase Gold Keys, which players can use to unlock the various hunters, monsters, and skins in the game. Turtle Rock is taking things slowly, only implementing Gold Keys in the U.S., with plans to roll them out into other territories if things go well.

As the studio's co-founders put it, they want to make sure they're not "drinking from a firehose" with their first foray into microtransactions. Also, there's the usual line of "no pay-to-win bullshit." Silver Keys, Evolve's in-game currency for unlocking items, remain unchanged.

You can read all about the new Evolve cash shop in a blog on the game's site. As these things go, I think it seems like a pretty good implementation; Turtle Rock is up front about the need for profitability, and the incremental rollout should help make things run smoothly with any irritations being relatively small and localized.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (9)

Adrian 6 years ago
It looks like they are careful about this. Nice to see that.

Zoren 6 years ago
They said for a long time the F2P was gonna have a cash shop. It's a business, they aren't here to let you play their games for free, they're here to make MONEY.

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ASD 6 years ago
Well we all know this was coming somepoint they claim to be free 2 play without cash shops then later we see cash shops lol but devs who do this or who already did this only see hate from the community when they pull or already pulled this stunt.

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