Evolve has always been a bipolar title, with fans sharply divided over its asymmetric multiplayer gameplay. While a lot of players liked the game for trying fresh ideas, but it is now obvious that more players ditched it for lack of depth. The game's average active players count quickly dwindled to less than 500 players before the Turtle Rock turned it to free to play.
After switching to free-to-play model, the average number of players jumped to 15,000, but even this wasn't enough to sustain the game. Developer Turtle Rock announced that it has moved on from Evolve and won't release any more content for it.
"Seems like the greater things you aspire to, the more time it takes. We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough - we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve," reads a post on Turtle Rock's website. "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."
Evolve is now in the hands of publisher 2K who announced that they will keep its servers running and that they will focus on maintaining the game's PC audience for now and that they would "evaluate the possibility of bringing the Stage 2 experience to consoles in the future."