Evolve’s 4V1 monster hunting craze has been revived since 2K brought back peer-to-peer and matchmaking.
Evolve is the successor to Turtle Rock Studios Left 4 Dead. It saw the studio turning from players against hordes of zombies, to tracking and chasing a player controller monster. Did some people suffer? Could be. Were they desperate for Left 4 Dead 3? Yes, yes that was me. But after just two years, dedicated server support was discontinued and Turtle Rock went back to the zombie drawing board with Back 4 Blood.
Until recently the only way to play the deleted Steam game (opens in new tab) peer-to-peer. But a few months ago it stopped working. Players speculated that it was due to a platform update and a number of Discord admins reached out to publisher 2K to sort it out (you can read about the sage on Reddit (opens in new tab)). Long story short, Evolve Legacy’s peer-to-peer servers have been restored. But to our collective surprise, both peer-to-peer and matchmaking for Evolve Stage 2 were also resuscitated. And the number of players on Steam has skyrocketed since then.
Left for dead
Evolve Stage 2 (the free-to-play version of Evolve, as opposed to the Legacy Edition) is now seeing a resurgence on Steam. steam cards (opens in new tab) shows a wave of players since the July update. The player base shot up from a finicky 31 in June to 1,607 after 2K rolled out matchmaking and peer-to-peer server support.
Over the weekend, Evolve gathered nearly as many active players as Back 4 Blood, as noted by GadgetMasti Gaming editor Patrick Dane on Twitter.
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The community is excited and has their sights set on an even bigger goal: getting Evolve back on Steam. The redditor who shared the ins and outs of the Discord server seems hopeful, given the publisher’s shocking decision to partially revive the game.
“From a company that has gone to great lengths to bury this game and pretend it never existed, that’s a HUGE change in attitude to the game, and I think it’s safe to say that their decision was directly influenced by the realization that there are STILL thousands of people in love with this game and still playing it regularly,” they said.
“My point is, I think we need to keep this momentum going in the hopes that one day they’ll relist the game on Steam, or maybe even the lobby that will eventually line up again! Long shot for that last one, I know. But hey, a man can dream, right? Especially considering yesterday I would never have dreamed that they would fix anything with phase 2.”
For a game left for dead, Evolve somehow maintained a dedicated core player base. And now it all comes down to Milhouse for them. The world may not have been ready for Evolve’s gameplay model when it launched in 2016. But if it debuted in the current era of live service titles, it would undoubtedly have made its way.
It’ll be interesting to see what – if anything – 2K does with Evolve next. Turtle Rock has moved on and recently released the Tunnels of Terror DLC for Warner Bros. published Back 4 Blood completed. And Left 4 Dead 3 will never come out unless Valve pulls its finger out. At least the Evolve community has something to hope for. And even if this is as much as they get, they seem to be happy with it.