Former Left 4 Dead developer considered making Evolve free-to-play

But moved away from the idea when 2K picked up the title.

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Former Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock's next game, Evolve, was at one point mulling over the idea of making the four vs. one multiplayer shooter into a free-to-play game.

In an interview with Polygon, senior producer Mike Boccieri said the developer looked into making the game, which pits four players against a single monster player, free-to-play after a suggestion by THQ president Jason Rubin at the time. The idea was dropped when 2K purchased the title, but Turtle Rock has a "never say never" approach to the idea.

But free-to-play certainly won't be a part of Evolve's immediate future, however. "That is not going to change down the track, well, we never say never about almost anything," he said "But that's not anything that we have in the immediate horizon."

That's not to say Turtle Rock isn't looking at exploring these kind of concepts: those who preorder Evolve will get a code to download a new monster, and Boccieri said the game's original focus was broadened after THQ pointed the team towards League of Legends' hugely successful business model of selling individual characters. Does this mean Evolve will feature all sorts of purchasable characters down the line?

"The possibilities are endless, and I think the core of what people are really excited about are that there's Hunters and monsters, so we are going to play to our strengths."

For more info on Evolve, check out GameSpot's recent preview.

Evolve will be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2014.

Discussion

53 comments
zerthix
zerthix

Seems like an over-priced mini-game to me.

sgtnichols
sgtnichols

this game better be more than some predator spin-off. it needs to be an full game with some kind of objective. not just something thrown together in 5 months just to get some money. need to be more like an Bioshock adventure.
 want to put something out worth while that people actually know they want; then get to work on left 4 dead 3 and 4.

kane6911
kane6911

I'm starting to see that gamers are the entitled people you can find. you want every thing to free all the time. you don't want to pay for PS plus AND you and you don't want to pay for XBOX LIVE. you don't think they should have downloadable content that you have to pay for. everything can't be free and will not be free get use to it pay or don't play. gamer's.  

bourne714
bourne714

This game is 4vs1 multiplayer only game.  There just gonna charge $60 bucks for the game like Titanfall and then probably have a shit ton of DLC.  New monsters/weapons/maps/modes/mechs etc.  That basically is another way of saying MICRO-TRANSACTIONS!  FTS!

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Well thank f**k they changed their minds, i much prefer to just buy a complete game all at once than one of a hundred little overpriced pieces at a time.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

The fact that they were even considering it brings these guys down a notch.

sorrowsrevenge
sorrowsrevenge

You better not have a bunch of micro transactions if you're going to charge full price

jesterofbass
jesterofbass

Nice headline guys.


Way to COMPLETELY contradict the title immediately following it.

This one was kinda desperate for clicks, wasn't it.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Thank ye gawds its not F2P, still the worst thing to hit gaming since E.T, ugh.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

"the developer looked into making the game free-to-play after a suggestion by THQ president Jason Rubin"

One thing that should be learnedfrom this is that no one should take advices from people that had anything to do with THQ.

wookiegr
wookiegr

So.... is there a campaign with this? Or is it another $60 online pre-teen brattfest like Titanfall?

atornsock
atornsock

That title, Gamespot, you trolls!

rahl247
rahl247

i dont mind micro in a game as long as its done right.

1- skins

2- DL content that makes sense like what borderlands2 did. i have np of droppen 10-15 for that added content

other then the top 2 i care less ofr.


sure alot of games say hey you can buy this gun or grind for the gun. when you try to grind for the gun no matter what you need to get that grind is horrible and it makes ypu go buy that gun to just keep up with the people that just buys the gun.


black light warframe are the worse in that aspect that grind is waaaayyyy to loooong to get squat to not unload some cash


in evolve case i would have np if they had us pay for different skins for all characters or new monsters with different abilites. as long as each monster is 5 dollars with weekly sales to bring them down to 1.99 or so i see np in that 

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'd honestly rather have the full game given to me, than have to whip out a credit card and type in long strings of numbers everytime I want to receive an item. I call 'free 2 play' games 'pay 2 enjoy' since that's the route so many developers take.

wexorian
wexorian

F2p is fine as long it's not pay 2 win, So far best f2p around models that keep players to games is League of legends,Planetside 2,dota 2, Marvel Heroes, Path Of exlie,Hearthstone.

max-hit
max-hit

I Don't get the hate towards f2p games. If the devs are good enough the game will be a good one too regardless of it being f2p or not. Examples: Planetside 2, Blacklight Retribution and DOTA 2. But the majority of people always seem to force themselves to have an absolutely negative or positive opinion about every subject. 

atopp399
atopp399

And we see why they moved away from Valve.  Free to play is a great model if you want EA to be your publisher.  The game will end up costing $200 if you want all the content.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Some games work for Free to Play, does not mean we want it. Warframe was an exception though, Free to play but not pay to win.

strikeTact
strikeTact

wow I got scared when I  clicked on this article! thank god! or 2k!

tyrionr
tyrionr

Pay to win, ruined by micro transactions? No thanks, shame really it had potential.

I would re consider just some honest advice, dnt ruin the quality of the game.

blackothh
blackothh

Im hoping this never sees the free to play model. It will be a better game because of it.

playstationzone
playstationzone

i  think this game should be free to play because don't look good as a game to be in the shops. .

magic_predators
magic_predators

Seems like u dont know anything about the game, the game was announced 2 months ago so of course they wont tell us tons of info, they haven't shown us all of the characters, monsters, modes, maps and weapons, also there is an entire story they haven't told us about, so don't make comments when u dont have any info on the topic

sgtnichols
sgtnichols

@kane6911 i have an subscription to both; yes and somethings should be free for all the money we as gamers and consumers spend. if it wasn't for us buying this stuff; EA and Microsoft and capcom; wouldn't have an pot to piss in, or window to throw it out of. Remeber; we as consumers have an say in what goes on in the video gaming world. we vote with our wallet and dollars. So before you make remarks about gamers wanting something free, or not; you might want to think before opening your mouth.

magic_predators
magic_predators

I hope u dont mean that this game is as bad as the e.t Atari game, if u think that then im sorry sir but ur an idiot

magic_predators
magic_predators

Yes there is going to bea story but information on it is scarce right now

m_bd89
m_bd89

@DamnILoveGames You can't play a few crappy f2p games and then take a dump on all the rest. There are plenty of f2p games much better than full priced ones.

faceless-mask
faceless-mask

@wexorian  While I do agree that Hearthstone is enjoyable while free, I also have to say that if you want to play at a more competitive level, you need to be willing to drop big chunks of money on it. Or even playing it casually, if you want more than a 50% win ratio, because most players will be buying card packs with real money, and getting gold through the in game quests takes waaaaay too long.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

@max-hit Free to Play is total garbage. And I encourage everyone to play them... for free without spending a dime. That is the fastest way to put them out of business. DOTA 2 and Planetside 2 are exceptions to the rule, not the norm. Blacklight is a waste. What little crap currency you earn in game is barely enough to rent one weapon for a day. The game is unbalanced with others dropping cash on big ticket weapons and items. It is also boring and repetitive with maps that tire quickly. 


People hate free to play games because most of them are cheap, mass produced games designed to bleed you dry with microtransactions. Nothing worth having in this world is free. Do we have free to watch TVs? How about free to cook on stoves? Or what about free to drive cars? 

Yes... there are crappy games that cost $60. But that doesn't change the fact that most things in this world worth having cost money. That includes games. You could never make a GTA V type game for free in hopes of recouping some $250 million in investments. That would be a stupid gamble. Most free to play are cheaply produced because there is no guarantee of return on investment. Planetside 2 and DOTA 2 are rare. And will continue to be so.

strikeTact
strikeTact

@RiKanKiDD  Ya I don't think this is that type of title, it kinda shocked me that they considered it for this type of game.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@m_bd89 As much as what you've said is based purely on subjective opinion, would you list some of these games for me?

Jestersmiles
Jestersmiles

@faceless-mask @wexorian  that just the nature of TCG games. How do you think top (I know it's nerdy as hell xD) Magic the gathering players do? Play with basic decks? 


While yes maybe something could be done help people get better cards faster but like I said it part of TCG games.  

max-hit
max-hit

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX That's so much negativity. No1 expects GTA V to be free to play and it's not like ever game is going to be so from now on. Sure there are a lot of so called f2p games that are actually p2w and sure there are a huge number unworthy games out there that have a $60 price tag on them but the point is that both f2p and full-price games can co-exist with no problem it's just a matter of who's making them. 

In addition to that, no such a thing is exception. If DOTA 2 and Planetside 2 are great games in spite of them being f2p why can not many other upcoming titles be that way.

All in all, I still fail to see the point in all the absolute hatred or absolute love that surrounds video games related matters such as this one.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@max-hit I know, but I was just pointing out that he acted like what he said was factual and I was wrong when I wasn't. As far as the games you listed not one of them appeals to me, but that's just me.

max-hit
max-hit

@DamnILoveGames Path of Exile, DOTA 2, Planetside 2, Blacklight Retribution, Hearthstone.


P.S: every opinion is subjective. That is why it's called an opinion.