Evolve Xbox One Beta Details Revealed

Upcoming beta, which begins next week, will include the Wraith monster and four new Hunters.

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[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a 2K representative clarified to GameSpot that, "access to Wraith and the new Hunters is exclusive to those who pre-purchase digitally on Xbox One."

The original story is below.

2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios on Friday announced new details about the upcoming Xbox One open beta for highly anticipated monster-hunting game Evolve, which will take place January 15-19.

The first piece of news is that Evolve's most recently announced Monster, the terrifying Wraith, will be playable in the beta. On top of that, Turtle Rock revealed that the third tier of Hunters--Parnell, Caira, Abe, and Cabot--will also be playable.

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Anyone who pre-purchases Evolve on Xbox One or does so during the open beta will unlock instant access to Wraith and the new Hunters. Pre-purchases are not yet available, but Turtle Rock says information about when you can start pre-buying the game will be shared soon.

It is unclear if the Wraith and new Hunters will be available in the Xbox One beta for players who do not pre-purchase Evolve. Last month, Turtle Rock said players will be able to unlock new monsters and hunters throughout the beta, suggesting that you may be able to acquire the new characters through gameplay alone. We have followed up with Turtle Rock/2K for clarification.

There are even more incentives to pre-purchasing Evolve on Xbox One. Turtle Rock adds that doing so will give you free access to the Monster Expansion Pack, which includes the game's unannounced fourth monster and will normally sell for $15. This expansion also includes the Savage Goliath skin.

The Xbox One is the only platform for Evolve's upcoming open beta, though a select few PlayStation 4 and PC players will also get to the play the unreleased game this month, provided they meet certain qualifications.

The release date for Evolve is February 10, 2015. The game was originally expected to launch in fall 2014, but was delayed to 2015 in August so that Turtle Rock could "fully realize their creative vision."

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