You may recall from our podcast a couple weeks ago that we said one of our primary contenders for the game of the year this year was Turtle Rock Studio’s asynchronous FPS/Monster game Evolve. Well, according to the studio, it’s no longer going to be a contender for this particular year.
Originally set to come out on October 21st this year, Take Two announced today that the game has been pushed back four months to February 10th, 2015. Evolve joins a whole slate of games that were originally slated to come out this year that has been pushed back to 2015, including: Battlefield Hardline, Batman Arkham Knight, The Order 1886, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Turtle Rock’s reason for the delay was stated in 2K Earning report as this:
“As stated on the Take-Two Interactive earnings call, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios are extending the development of Evolve by a few months to allow enough time to fully realize the vision for Evolve and meet our collective standards of creative excellence. We are encouraged by the press reaction and fan excitement coming out of a very successful E3, and we are now certain we are headed in the right direction with the game and we are confident in delivering a genre-defining product when Evolve launches on February 10, 2015.”
Maybe the game needed a little more time in the cooker than they thought due to player feedback from the alpha, which is respectable. I would rather have a fully functional game that was delayed than another Alien: Colonial Marines on our hands.
It could also be that contenders like the ever-present Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, and Alien: Isolation in the same genre could have prompted a delay to get out of the holiday competition.
We can look forward to the game on PS4, PC, and Xbox One (with the beta and DLC coming early to Xbox One) next year.