The one thing I am consistently hearing in pubs is how much people are drawn to the characters, and the backstory implied from conversations. The lore/universe of Evolve is super fun; even new players who never saw the Campaign intro movie or heard the many map-conversations are loving it from the dropship alone.
I don’t know what kind of a lifespan Stage 2 has right now. TRS is pumping out updates crazy fast, but these things take time, and they won’t have a built-up reserve of content forever. I think TRS is on the right track now, I just hope they can keep it going long enough to show off all the lore that was sidelined in the old game due to esport.