Evolve Poised to Be The "Defining" Xbox One/PS4 Game of 2014, 2K Says

The game's recent awards are indicative of a thirst for new IP, publisher says.

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2K Games' upcoming monster-hunting game Evolve is poised to be the "defining" Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game of 2014, according to Christoph Hartmann, president of the publishing label. In a statement today heralding Evolve's recent domination of the E3 2014 Game Critics Awards, Hartmann said the game's recent high praise means there is a thirst for new IP.

"Evolve continues to solidify its position as one of the most anticipated games of the year," Hartmann said in a statement. "The accolades for Evolve highlight the excitement and desire for new IP on next-gen systems, and we are poised to deliver what we believe will be the defining next-gen experience of 2014."

Evolve not only took home the Best of Show award (beating out the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor), but also won awards for Best Console Game, Best Action Games, and Best Online Game. No other game took home that many awards.

Developed by Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock Studios, Evolve is a 4v1 cooperative and competitive multiplayer shooter in development only for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. In the game--which launches October 21--four players do battle against a fifth player who controls a massive monster.

"We are encouraged and humbled to see that critics are realizing what we've known for a long time: that Evolve is a special experience unlike anything that we’ve ever played before," Turtle Rock Studios co-founder and designer director Chris Ashton said.

Evolve was originally going to be published by the now-defunct THQ. During the company's bankruptcy auction last year, 2K Games parent company Take-Two purchased the Evolve franchise for $10.89 million.

High-profile games coming only to new-generation consoles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight were scheduled to launch in 2014, but have since been pushed to 2015. In addition to Evolve, another major title launching only for new consoles this year is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity.

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