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Evolve's free-to-play variant will be shutting down in September

04 June 2018

The title garnered a lot of pre-release hype, but stumbled out of the gate and quickly lost a good portion of its player base due to bugs and a major DLC controversy. Players who started on the Stage 2 and bought in-game content including monsters and hunters will instead be able to use them in the legacy version.

In a statement on its website 2K Games said: "Evolve's dedicated servers will be shutting down on September 3, 2018".

Publisher 2K games announced, yesterday, that Evolve Stage 2, the free-to-play variant of the game will be shutting down its servers on September 3, 2018. This is also when Evolve Stage 2, the free-to-play version launched in July, 2016, will be taken offline. Shutting down the dedicated servers will mean Ranked Hunt and leaderboards will no longer be available. Virtual Currency bundles will also be removed from 2nd July, before the in-game store is shut down in September. Be sure to spend your in-game currency as the store closes along with the servers on September 3. Solo play alongside and against AI will also be available.

Evolve isn't being killed off completely; the retail version of the game, Legacy Evolve, will still be available minus some features. You will, however, still be able to play Evolve multiplayer peer-to-peer on console and PC. It includes peer-to-peer multiplayer and the party-up feature for Quick Play, Evacuation, and Custom games.

Evolve's free-to-play variant will be shutting down in September