If your friend is serious and already has or can manage the first few million (at least the cost 2K paid for Evolve’s IP), perhaps he can speak with a 2K rep and get a more serious offer from 2K, with which he can attempt to build the rest of the funds through crowd-funding.
However, another way might be to work with 2K to attempt to re-invigorate the brand, and offer his own funds as collateral…again would need a lot of up front capital and possibly crowd funding, but it might be a cheaper expense. I think, realistically, for 2K at least, the way to bring the game back would be in a brand new sequel, since the first game is far too tainted now in the public eye to attempt to bring it back, even Stage 2 to consoles might just be a lost cause at this point.
I wish 2K would give a serious look at Evolve…as I feel they pulled the run out from under TRS during Stage 2 instead of helping foster it. I know that might seem overly critical…to give Evolve a second chance just to snuff them out before their flame gets bright, but that’s the way I saw it. I don’t think they cared enough at that point, what the die-hard players had to say, nor the petition we had going to save it.
Personally, as much as I love Evolve, I don’t want 2K to have it even if they were to make a sequel…I think they would simply botch that too, and without TRS behind it, why bother. It’s like Left 4 Dead…I don’t dig the sequel but the first one is my jam. I’d support someone trying to buy the IP…but short of a lottery win or some really big-time funding, perhaps by another publisher acquiring it, I just don’t see that happening.