2K Games had some bad news for those who enjoyed their asymmetrical multiplayer monster hunting game, Evolve. Announcing they will shut down dedicated servers for the game, switching to only having the peer-to-peer compatible multiplayer modes. This new version of the game, Legacy Evolve, will not have ranked Hunts, Leaderboards, player badges, and the in-game store.
The details as released by 2K:
Here’s a timeline of the planned server shutdown
- July 2, 2018: Virtual currency bundles removed from Evolve Stage 2 and will no longer be available for purchase
- September 3, 2018: Dedicated servers shut down, Evolve Stage 2 no longer available, in-game store no longer available
Can I still play Evolve?
- Yes, if you purchased Evolve, you’ll be able to access Legacy Evolve after the dedicated servers are shut down. The free-to-play PC version, Evolve Stage 2, will not be available. See below for details on how to access Legacy Evolve.
What about my Gold and Silver Keys?
- Evolve Stage 2’s Gold Keys will be available to purchase via the in-game store until July 2, 2018. Gold and Silver Keys can be used to purchase Monsters, Hunters, and skins until September 3, 2018 when the dedicated servers are shut down and the in-game store becomes unavailable. Players will keep all purchased Monsters, Hunters, and skins, which can be accessed through the retail version of Evolve, AKA Legacy Evolve.
What will happen to the content I paid for?
- Players will keep all purchased Monsters, Hunters, and skins after the server shutdown on September 3, 2018. Be sure to spend your in-game currency as the store closes along with the servers on September 3. All content can be accessed through Legacy Evolve, which is the original retail version of Evolve.
How do I access Legacy Evolve?
- CONSOLE: To access the Legacy Evolve on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, just launch the game like you normally would.
- PC: Check out this link for instructions on how to access Legacy Evolve on PC.
What features will still be functional in Legacy Evolve?
- Multiplayer –
- Peer-to-peer multiplayer: Players will be able to team up and play against each other through peer-to-peer matchmaking. Players are also able to use the party-up feature to create games.
- Quick Play
- Custom games
- Single Player (solo vs. AI) –
- Quick Play
- Custom games
- My2K login access
- Access to all hunters, monsters, purchased DLC, skins & player badges
What features are going away?
- Hunt (Ranked)
- Players will still be able to play Hunt by going into Quick play and Custom games
- Player Profile data
- Leaderboards will no longer be populated with player data
- The in-game store will be removed
- The newsfeed will be unavailable
- Player Badges will be unavailable
Via – 2K Games
Evolve had a strong release but suffered as the player base dwindled and previous positive reviews began to turn negative. The game eventually turned free-to-play, rebranding itself as Evolve Stage 2, it utilized its previously criticized cash shop to fund its development/support. This change was liked by many critics, but the bleed of players numbers didn’t change.
With the dedicated server shut down in September, and E3 2018 around the corner, some are asking if a replacement is on its way?
Source – 2K Games