Evolve Delayed Until 2015 After Being Positioned as 2014's "Defining" Xbox One/PS4 Game

Left 4 Dead developer's new cooperative shooter gets pushed out of 2014.

Update: During a call with investors, Take-Two explained that Evolve's delay stemmed from a desire to provide Turtle Rock with additional time to polish the game. "We are encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from press and fans, and believe by extending development by a few months, it will allow the team enough time to fully realize their creative vision for Evolve," president Karl Slatoff said.

In response to a question about the delay later in the call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick added, "Historically, we've always benefited from giving the creative teams more time to polish the titles; we've never regretted it." He also noted some of the other benefits of the delay, describing February as a "pretty terrific release window. It's not at all crowded, and we will benefit from the fact that there are a lot of holiday sales of consoles so the install base will be bigger."

Original Story: 2K Games has delayed Evolve, the upcoming cooperative shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, the developer responsible for Left 4 Dead. Originally scheduled for release on October 21, Evolve will now be released on February 10, 2015.

This news comes as part of 2K parent company Take-Two's announcement of its financial results for the most recent quarter. No reason was cited for the delay, but Take-Two is scheduled to host a conference call with investors this afternoon, and we may learn more then. We'll update this story with anything Take-Two may share about the nature of the delay.

2K Games had claimed Evolve would be the "defining" Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game of 2014. The game won the top prize from the E3 2014 Game Critics Awards and was of numerous major releases scheduled for this October. However, a number of games have moved out of the month, including Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is now coming in September.

Evolve is planned for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC; no last-gen versions have been announced to-date. A PC-only alpha test recently took place for the game. For more, check out our Next Big Game feature on Evolve.

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kelseyjb
kelseyjb

People are still crying over these delays.... Would you rather them rush these games out full of bugs and a ton of patches or wait and try to get it right.

Llama345
Llama345

Financial move? Destiny, Halo, Shadows of Mordor, DA:I are coming out (to name a few and my personal favorites.) Whatever the reason I hope they add at least one more monster. I am very excited about this game, but worry it will get stale after a few tries. On the other side, if it is all pay dlc for new monsters/classes that is going to hurt my soul. 

Nuvendil
Nuvendil

Wow...another one bites the dust.  These delays just keep coming.  Division, Arkham Knight, Dying Light, Evolve, Witcher 3, the list goes on.  I will say this: the stars are aligning for Nintendo here.  This year was looking like a serious gauntlet for them to have to run with a huge number of multiplats coming.  But now many of the flagships of the multiplat fleet have been moved to 2015.  And Sony and Microsoft really bet a lot on the multiplat onslaught, especially this holiday.  They have so few powerful exclussives.  Nintendo has an opening here that they really need to focus on capitalizing on. 

imajinn
imajinn

I called all this at the very first 2015 push back announcement..... and it still isn't over with. There will be at least one or two more at very least.

oflow
oflow

Hopefully the 'polishing' will include a few more monsters and classes for launch.

nothingformoney
nothingformoney

Apart from few great games, what a terrible year of gaming. I began to think if GTA V for next-gen and PC will also get delayed

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

let the internet rage over this.

pnova
pnova

I'm glad I don't really care about this game lol

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

it sucks that yet another game has been delayed from the 2014 release schedule but it means that 2015 is going to be an amazing year, it may better 1998 and 2007 got to start saving (i keep a portion of my pay cheque for gaming the rest is for my family) i cant wait.

porkchameleon
porkchameleon

Piss off.


Don't announce anything unless you are 100% sure it's coming out when you'd say it would.


Preorder cancelled, will get it eventually after a price drop.

AndroidVageta
AndroidVageta

Hopefully the delay was really done in order to make the game...ya know...interesting. I played it for an hour and found it to be pretty damn ho-hum and generic. Uninstalled it. 

wookiegr
wookiegr

It is defining. It's an announced game for 2014 that is delayed to 2015. THAT defines a next gen game and they accomplished that.

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

Defining Playstation game? Its a shooter. Its a PC game. Only casual gamers want to play that with a gamepad.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

well. that free's up a little cash and pushes my requirement to buy next gen back to February then. I'm in no massive rush. this is probably one of my most anticipated games at the moment. I'll just look forward to the clearly awesome finished product. take your time guys. 

kahnseal
kahnseal

Super Nintendo games never got delayed. lol

rogerpdaultry
rogerpdaultry

I applaud Take Two for this decision. Far too many developers rush games to the market only to be replied to with a boatload of complaints from players. None of you should be complaining about this, because you'd be complaining on the other side of things if released too early.


Good job, Take Two!

blackothh
blackothh

With at least 50 games in my backlog, I have not cared about delayed games in like 10 years. I have not paid attention to release dates of games since I generally buy them on steam sales. But if a game is super polished and very well made I dont have a problem getting it at the new price. 


That being said, I still am looking forward to this game whenever it shows up.


Im curious why some people get mad at delays? You cant play the game now, and after the announcement, you still cant play the game now. Whoppie, big deal.



sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Game development companies need to seriously choose their dates more wisely. This is just unprofessional, misleading, annoying and easily avoided if you just choose your time much smarter.

Anigmar
Anigmar

All these games delayed remind me of the typical scene in movies where you see an airport and suddenly the flightboard goes DELAYED and everyone goes into panic. Wow that was a long sentence.

phbz
phbz

Being postponed to 2015 kinda defines what 2014 was all about. 

Merseyak
Merseyak

i was looking forward to this game until i found out its on rails no custom characters you have to play set ones ill pass 

elheber
elheber

The Order delayed to 2015. "Well that just gives me more time to play The Division."

The Division delayed to 2015. "That's all right, it just gives me more time to play Batman."

Batman: Arkham Knight delayed to 2015. "F***. What's next on the list? Hardline?"

Battlefield: Hardline delayed to 2015. "...Good riddance. I was looking forward to Evolve anyway."

Evolve delayed to 2015. "You know what? I'll just read this next article about how pre-orders are on an industry-wide downward spiral. Wonder why."

jts1891
jts1891

Honestly, ever since the PS4 and X1 have come out, games delays have become more common. It seems like publishers and devs are trying to rush titles to get them on the market as soon as possible, but when that date approaches, they realize they need more time. This trend will probably decline in a year or so.

ewjiml
ewjiml

What's not delayed this year?  Sheesh. 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

i dont care about delays as long as the game is polished when released. 

un-like a certain company *cough EA cough*

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Good, this fall is already going to be packed and this new IP would most likely get lost in the shuffle. Plus, I'd rather them delay this just like Sledgehammer is delaying BF: Hardline to give more polish to the game. We'll all have enough games this fall with Evil Within, Destiny, Master Chief Collection, COD: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, etc.

oflow
oflow

@nothingformoney I agree.  I'm mustering my cash to build a new gaming rig but pc gaming isnt really doing much better. but at least I have a huge back catalog of Steam games that I could finish.


jsmoke03
jsmoke03

@willjohnboy dont forget 2004...i personally believe that 04 was the best year of gaming

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@willjohnboy Really because to me it feels like 2014 full of empty promises and unmet expectations all because people wanted to sell consoles.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

@Sozialminister or ones that want the convenience of plug and play without the hustle of researching and building. not to mention being broke

fede018
fede018

@rogerpdaultry I don't applaud any studio that announces a game without even being close to be finished

oflow
oflow

@daikkenaurora12 until the 2015 games get delayed til 2016. 

I guess they werent lying when they said Greatness Awaits.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@b74kd3th Exactly!  This just proves that the "Next" Generation could have used another year in the oven. 

flyinb11
flyinb11

Use of commas would help you with a sentence like this. Your point is well taken.

flyinb11
flyinb11

It feels like developers are having some issues with the hardware, doesn't it?

flyinb11
flyinb11

I think some of it is trying to best optimize in the first year, with the hardware.

flyinb11
flyinb11

I don't mind unpolished. Broken is another story. I haven't even touched battlefield 4 since having so much trouble with it on PS4.

elheber
elheber

EA delayed Hardline. Gotta polish them turds too, ya know?

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@UnrealPro I'm looking forward to Destiny and Far Cry 4  for the PS4 and Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. What else is coming out for the Xbox One that wont be available on PS4?

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@Sw33tEscape @willjohnboy I agree with you this year has been disappointing for games ( i sort of made that point in my comment), but like i said 2015 is going to be amazing so rather than complaining i choose to look forward to 2015.

flyinb11
flyinb11

Forza Horizon 2 and Drive Club go on my list.