After an extensive open beta, the Evolve game has shipped in its final form today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Evolve is also available for PC, for those who prefer to do their monster slaying (or playing) on the Windows platform.
Evolve had had an interesting development cycle. Last year it was one of the most talked-about games of E3, but its closed beta late in 2014 had some trouble getting off the ground. The Evolve open beta was much more successful, with the four-vs-one gameplay model getting a ton of play by PS4 and Xbox One testers alike.
In the Evolve game, four Hunters cooperatively fight to take down a single player-controlled Monster. As such, the game provides an interesting mix of both cooperative and competitive play. It also has an offline solo mode.
All told, Evolve has three different playable Monsters and 12 playable Hunters that are spread across four classes (Trapper, Support, Assault and Medic). PS4 and Xbox One gamers can choose their beast of choice and play one of the game’s four game modes on 16 different maps.
The single-player campaign, called Evacuation, is an interesting amalgam of all these elements. Evacuation combines all the game’s maps, modes, Hunters and Monsters into a dynamic campaign. The only thing that stays the same from one play session to the next is that players need to choose a side, Monster or Hunter. From there, gamers have to play through five matches, the outcome of each directly impacting the next.
The Evolve game was developed by the creators of Left 4 Dead, EA’s awesome co-op zombie-slashing game. Evolve takes place on the planet Shear, which has dangerous flora and fauna that try to harm the Hunters outside of the damage the Monster tries to do.