Evolve Stage 2 Will Close

By Rebecca Smith, 4 months ago
Three years ago, Turtle Rock Studios' multiplayer FPS Evolve was released. Unfortunately, the game never got the player population that was needed to sustain its life. In July 2016, the developer launched a last ditch attempt to keep the game alive by changing the game to the free-to-play Evolve Stage 2. Just three months later, that plan had failed and support was withdrawn from the game. Now things get a bit worse. In September, the game's dedicated servers will close, meaning Stage 2 will be discontinued and the game will transition back to Legacy Evolve with peer-to-peer multiplayer.

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If you have already purchased Evolve at retail, you will still have access to the game on Steam after the server closure date. There will no longer be a free-to-play version available. Qualifying players will be able to access what will be known as Legacy Evolve through the beta branch of Evolve Stage 2. 2K has provided step by step instructions for doing this:

  1. Right-click Evolve in Steam and select “Properties”
  2. Go to the "Betas" tab
  3. In the dropdown, select "legacyevolve - The Original Evolve Product"
  4. Click "Close"
  5. Wait for the game to download the differences
  6. Enjoy Legacy Evolve
Even if you can access the game after the server closure, some of the game's features will still be removed. Hunt (Ranked) mode will be removed, as will player profiles, leaderboards, and the in-game store. A full list of features that will remain available, and those that will be removed, is below.

What features will still be functional in Legacy Evolve?

Multiplayer
  • Peer-to-peer multiplayer: Players will be able to team up and play against each other through peer-to-peer matchmaking. Players are also able to use the party-up feature to create games.
    • Quick Play
      • Hunt
      • Nest
      • Rescue
      • Defend
      • Arena
    • Evacuation
    • Custom games
  • Single Player (solo vs. AI) –
    • Evacuation
    • Quick Play
    • Custom games
  • My2K login access
  • Access to all hunters, monsters, purchased DLC, skins & player badges

What features are going away?

  • Hunt (Ranked)
    • Players will still be able to play Hunt by going into Quick play and Custom games
  • Player Profile data
  • Leaderboards will no longer be populated with player data
  • The in-game store will be removed
  • The newsfeed will be unavailable
  • Player Badges will be unavailable
It's a bit uncertain which of the game's achievements will be affected by these server closures. Depending on which bit of the list you believe, player badges may or may not be available. Challenges, rank, and elite status are linked to player profiles, so those achievements may also be affected. The list of potentially affected achievements is below.

EvolveThe MonsterThe The Monster achievement in Evolve worth 54 pointsReach Elite status for a Monster

EvolveThe HunterThe The Hunter achievement in Evolve worth 29 pointsReach Elite status for a Hunter

EvolveInstant ArtistThe Instant Artist achievement in Evolve worth 12 pointsCreate a Badge in the Profile Badge creator

Evolve12-Sided DieThe 12-Sided Die achievement in Evolve worth 81 pointsReach Elite status on all Hunters

EvolveThree Of A KindThe Three Of A Kind achievement in Evolve worth 81 pointsReach Elite status on all Monsters

EvolveAward AddictionThe Award Addiction achievement in Evolve worth 14 pointsObtain 25 unique Awards

EvolveApex PredatorThe Apex Predator achievement in Evolve worth 42 pointsAchieve rank 40

In regards to other content, all of the Hunters, Monsters, and skins that players have purchased will still be accessible after the servers have closed. However, any premium currency that you've purchased, such as Gold and Silver Keys, can only be used until the servers are closed. On July 2nd, all virtual currency bundles will be removed from the store preventing players from purchasing any more premium currency past that point.

The dedicated servers will close on September 3rd, so make sure you've purchased all of the content you want before that date. I'd also make sure to have all of the above achievements, just in case.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueSteamAchievements, TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she can usually be found sharpening her very, VERY, pointy grammar stick in anticipation of its imminent use. Outside of TSA, TA and TT, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. At home, with a variety of PCs and consoles on hand from which to choose, starting with a ZX Spectrum, games are never far away there either. However, as you're not supposed to have an unhealthy obsession with just a single subject, she also likes to read and dream about owning her own tribe of minions. She'll occasionally go outside.