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.

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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GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

Another MP shooter that gets accolades at E3 by journalists and then the manufactured hype dies a week after launch. Sounds familiar.


I think the Xbox parasites can have this one.

ohara1974
ohara1974

how is a 5 player nich game defining? if this is whats considered defining in this gen. its worse than i thought.....console gaming sucks right now......

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

hopefully this will live up to the hype. i understand that the hype is to get preorder but i never preorder 

al_is_here
al_is_here

im tired of people overhyping games, they give the "next gen" speech and use meaningless words like "defining" and they expect that everyone is retarded and will just soak it up ....i have advice for the guys over at turtle rock...focus more on developing the game and spend less time making dubious claims.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I think this game will outsell Titanfall no sweat.

russelsviper89
russelsviper89

well titanfall won all sorts of awards? How long did it last ? it is at best a 3 months game , nothing more nothing less..

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

The game looks pretty damn fun!  I wonder if it will be a couch co-op like borderlands?  

Anyways, If you lower your expectations for this game it will not be over-hyped.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Way way too much hype for what I see. This will be Watchdogged, or even Titanfallen.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

well, maybe so many were overhyped by Titanfall but disapointed when it came out, that they've become more cautious with Evolve??

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

so many saying it feels overhyped or boring..., seems as if some xbots are trying to downhype the game, because it could be better than Titanfall??.. and it's not MS exclusiv??

(anyone who's played L4D on expert is hyping for this... and that should quite a few 360 gamers...)

virtualskill
virtualskill

This looks so overhyped... 

Everyone shoot at monster ---> monster runs away ---> Everyone shoot at monster ---> monster runs away


Repeat every match until bored...Yes there's a lot of abilities and such but the game is absolutely the same every match with little variety.

Xmus942
Xmus942

Please Don't Let me Down. 

jackzor123
jackzor123

I can't be the only person who is thinking this is gonna be a bit of an over-hype.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

So this is a 5 person game, hmm I can see this taking the world by storm. The concept is interesting but I don't know how long this type of gaming can last. It's off-balanced play from the offset, with a team of four versus a team of 1 with augmented abilities to keep pace with adversaries. I see balancing issues arising a lot with moves and abilities in this game, often. From strength, to speed of evolution, to range of attacks it's going to be a war once it's in the hands of players. Good luck guys.

My eye has been on this game since I first heard of it, I thought it was versus AI beast but I was wrong. Will have to give it a go, but the online only thing is going to stress me as it's devoid of a single player or story for that matter.

MegyeriJ
MegyeriJ

As much as I want to get hyped for this game, MP only is kind of a deal breaker. What made Left 4 Dead great was the single player co-op. This just doesn't sound very appealing to me...but hey that's just my 2 cents

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I think the game will do well but honestly I think GTAV has a better chance of defining even this generation compared to anything coming out. I mean so far what defined this generation is all the rehash/updated games coming from previous generation of consoles.

shinrae5
shinrae5

While I personally think Evolve looks boring, I am defintely eager for new IP.

Sunset overdrive, quantum break and the order are 3 that I am really excited and hopeful for!

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I was pretty blown away by Infamous Second Son. And while I like the concept and different nature of this game, I don't really see it breaking any new innovative ground.

NTM23
NTM23

It's only an MP game, not that excited for it honestly.

veis117
veis117

Apart from the concept of 4vs1 hunters/hunted, it really doesn't look that much next-gen defining for me. It isn't what you would call graphically impressive, and I don't know about the gameplay, but how much different could it be from another FPS's. I'm willing to bet it will play pretty much the same as Borderlands 2 did. Besides, devs/publishers making claims like these about the game even before it releases it's usually never a good sign...

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Why are publishers always making claims? Just shut the hell up and put the game out, gamers will let you know if it's defining goodness or defining rubbish. This almost up there with Cliffy B. always announcing what useless pile of news about himself he thinks we want to know on his twitter.

Poodger
Poodger

I still consider this game more of a PC title than a console title, but I am excited for it anyway. My most anticipated games of 2014 are as follows: Smash Bros and Evolve.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Evolve discussion:

"Get ready for a bossfight!"

"Cool, then what?"

"Then get ready for another boss fight!"

"Neat, then what?"

"Then get ready for yet another boss fight!"

"O.k., then after yet another boss fight then what?"

"Then you'd better gear up for more boss fights!"

"Sigh..."

"Hey, the critics are blown away, fall in line, loser!"


Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I will consider this game if it is possible to drop in and out of games swiftly. Looks like a lot of fun but if you are tied to a match for the duration and can't just drop in like in online FPS or something, it won't be right for me I don't think.

nick1000294
nick1000294

You are wrong it's still going strong you havnt played the servers

nick1000294
nick1000294

That's something to say almost all my friends and people I know on xbox love evolve I see a lot of playstation fans putting it down saying the order is superior. I guess you need to look through a different spectrum and don't always listen to comments if your going there for most xbox and playstation fans try impersonating each other which is pathetic and sad. Before you label me as an xbox fan I mainly game PC have Xbox One my friend got ps4 so we could play all consoles together.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

Quite an assumption to say it's mostly xbox fans putting this game down

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@virtualskill

you didnt play L4D (on expert) did you?.... it's demo "looked" boring/overhyped too, but the game (especially on expert) was epical and influential


(well, Tiranfall looked cool, but ended up being overhyped.., but I somehow trust the game designers of Evolve more)

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

@virtualskill It's not just me then. I'm sure the game will be fun for a short while but there doesn't seem to be much to it. I certainly won't pay full price for a game like this.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

If they added a co-op hunt the monster game in the way you have drop in drop out like Borderlands 2. Why is it developers seem to avoid co-op like a plague, a lot of games would be so much fun with two-four people if developers actually built the game with human co-op in mind. Coordinating attacks, synchronized attacks that allow for attentive player interaction; a game where the developers can utilize things like wind direction to force you to use strategies to avoid detection, sounds to ensure that you can sneak up on your prey without alerting them. This game has potential but online multiplayer only is going to cut that potential short.

Poodger
Poodger

@Kinguard73 They didn't say of this generation. They said "of 2014". Meaning the defining game THIS YEAR.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@DevilD2005  I liked Second Son but it was a pretty picture with limited content. I enjoyed it but it was too brief.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@thermalmotion  I know.  I feel exhausted trying to go onto all the Evolve stories on this site and talk about how much I don't like the boss fight only concept.  I think only the people excited about Evolve are going to keep clicking on the daily Evolve articles, which makes the point of paying all this money for daily coverage of Evolve a total waste.

brendon9062
brendon9062

So in your eyes next Gen just means graphics?

deathstream
deathstream

@SavageEvil


I would think that people following him on Twitter would naturally be interested in what he had to say on Twitter.  Perhaps you don't grasp how Twitter works?

Poodger
Poodger

I'd also like to note that I have been following this game with eager excitement for a long time now. I find it odd that it suddenly got so much attention. The idea is captivating and seems like a total blast. It looks like Left 4 Dead, only better.

Poodger
Poodger

@spacecadet25 Boss fights are almost always the best parts of games anyway, so this entire post just got me more excited.

taerikee
taerikee

I hope the game has solid matchmaking. I never want to see a game pull a Ghost Recon Future Warrior and make me find people to play with on my own.

pclover93
pclover93

Nope, he's right. My friends have stopped playing titanfall and moved onto other games. Some back to call of duty and others on battlefield. It was fun while it lasted but now it's just stale. Servers aren't what they were when the game first came out. The game is dying slowly but surely.

Poodger
Poodger

@spacecadet25 @thermalmotion So you are, by your own admission, trying to harass people who like the game by taking effort to click on every story about this game and badmouth it? You know a much easier solution for games you aren't interested in? Ignore them. You obviously have some deep seeded issues with this game, you care alot about this game.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Poodger @spacecadet25  Going to bed at night is my favorite time of the day, I get to rest.  However, I would not want my whole day to be spent in bed, b/c even too much of the best part of the day is bad.  Boss fights are something that need moderation, in my opinion.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Poodger @spacecadet25 @thermalmotion  So now if someone gives a negative opinion online it is "harassing"?  What a joke.  Everyone has the right to post their opinion about this game, including people that disagree with you.  Talk about harassment...

And the developers have the right to know that not everyone is stoked about all boss battles, all the time, game.