Turtle Rock has announced that it will no longer be continuing development of Evolve and that Stage 2, the free-to-play version of the 4 vs 1 title is “just not meant to be,” on consoles.
To our fans and & followers — we are sad to announce that today our work on @EvolveGame ends.
— Turtle Rock Studios (@TurtleRock) October 26, 2016
The decision comes as the contract between 2K and Turtle Rock has come to an end.
It’s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left4Dead was no different and now it’s Evolve’s turn. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our past projects. No matter what happens with Evolve in the future, we’ll know it was born in this studio and developed by this team alongside this beautiful community.
As for the plan to bring Evolve Stage 2 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Turtle Rock commented
There’s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that’s just not meant to be.
However, the announcement from 2K suggests it is a possibility but growing the PC audience is the primary focus.
2K will continue to evaluate the possibility of bringing Evolve Stage 2 to console, but maintaining and growing the game’s audience on PC is the primary focus.
The game servers will be kept online and will continue to run v2.16 of the game for the foreseeable future.
Turtle Rock was keen to state at the end of their announcement that it wasn’t goodbye and that they “have lots of stuff in the works.”