Issues with Evolve
Hello, my name is Polas. I play for team Evolve HYPE!, a competitive team that has been around since basically the beginning of competitive evolve. I have played in the majority of Go4Evolve ESL tournaments on PC, as well as on the Xbox One’s Proving Grounds 100k tournament, for which our team all bought consoles to compete (our team came in 5th NA). I leveled an account to 40 on PC as well as on xbox and put in countless hours of practice into this game with my team and by myself. I love this game and genuinely enjoy playing the game. The reason I am making this post is because I completely adore your games, not just Evolve. I have literally thousands of hours in Left 4 Dead, and it is most likely my favorite game of all time. I want to see this game become great so badly. With that said, I have a lot of issues with the game and feel like they need to be shared. I have gone around to some other notable and competitive Evolve players to gather their thoughts on the game, their problems with it, as well as ideas on how to improve the game we love.
· Communication with the Community
Hearing “it’s coming” isn’t good enough. You should share more details with your player base. You announced the Proving Grounds 100k tournament days before it started. If given more time to prepare, people would have had time to form teams and create new strategies. The turnout for the tournament would have been much better. Players would have discussed the tournament beforehand as well as generate hype and attention for the event. The same idea goes for patches. Information given a few weeks in advance helps get reactions, generate excitement, and get feedback from your community. Please let us know what is going on. We don’t want to be left in the dark. It is beneficial for both parties.
· Competitive effects regular players
Identify how important a competitive scene is to a game. If you have a great competitive scene, it grows the casual community. When the community have players to learn from, they want to play the game more. The competitive scene does not change anything about the game to make it playable. We are simply playing the vanilla game at a high level and the game should be balanced accordingly. When there’s lack of attention to balance (unplayable hunters/monster builds) the game begins to get dull.
Teams involved are very important. There essentially is a ladder in place. For example, new players and casual players who watch weekend tournaments love watching a high-level player perform. A game with a competitive scene inspires people to innovate new strategies which, in turn, helps you to balance the game. During tournament play, viewers ask if a certain team or player is playing. The main viewership has a drive to see certain playstyles. If you don’t keep a competitive community, it hurts the player base on all levels. There needs to be an incentive: a reason for high level players to keep playing. We are at a dead end with no where to go.
· Interaction with the community through Twitch
On a daily basis, I will see evolve on twitch.tv with under 100 viewers. Whenever a competitive player starts streaming they gather viewers a lot faster than your casual player. People like to watch people who are good at the game. If you start losing those known names on evolve, your twitch presence will die completely. Streaming DB_Sinclair playing public games just talking with the chat is horribly boring to watch. We want to watch the best in the game, so we can learn how to get better at the game, and we can see those exciting clutch plays. Instead, let someone like Source_TV or Legendary to stream on your official stream. They can give out tips, show the community high level play, and give players something to aspire to become. It should become a weekly event. Top-tier competitive players streaming, discussing, and giving out tips on the official stream would pull a lot more viewers than a laidback Q&A stream.
· Competitive Avenues
You cannot rely on ESL to keep the competitive scene alive. You can not ONLY have ESL for your competition. While having lan tournaments is really awesome, and in some cases needed, it is not the end all. It’d be awesome if the game included a section for competing with other teams. If it kept track of a ladder with seasons for teams to compete inside, you’d be able to have your own environment for competitive play. This would allow you to tweak everything that you’d possibly want to change much easier and faster, on top of having a native competitive statistics list that you’d be able to check at your discretion.
· Community events
The community events for the skins are cool, but do not really accomplish anything. It does not bring in new players. These resources could be used on something that would grow the community.
· Current pace and balance of the game
The current pace of the game is not where it should be. Hunters should not be able to kill a monster in 1 dome. Monsters should not be able to evolve in 1 minute, with almost no counter-play from the hunters. Currently, hunters can hold the dome against a stage 1 monster and decide the game on the stage 2 evolve dome. The monster not ever being able to evolve safely is a problem that is still waiting to be addressed. Playing against something like cabot + hyde, and dying incredibly fast is not fun. Honestly, at the moment it seems balance is not a priority, and it has to be.
· European Tournament
The European tournament should not have been announced. I’m serious when I say that announcing this tournament was one of the worst decisions you could have made. This has only split the already small competitive scene in half. Arguably the top team at the moment, Ninja Penguins, is going to be crippled since their monster player is from North America, and their hunter squad is from Europe. I am not exaggerating when I say this tournament could literally destroy the competitive scene. I know plenty of players that have already decided on quitting because of the announcement. The North American teams have no incentive to play at all. What would be the drive to bring a team together right now? Why would a new team form? You would have honestly been better off not having a tournament, then announcing this European only tournament. It was a horrible decision. Every single person I have talked to, including North Americans and Europeans, would have preferred nearly anything to this. An online only tournament with a prize pool of 10k, for Americans and Europeans and everyone else would have been vastly superior.
· Call for Action
If you have a red button, you need to push it. This isn’t just damage control at this point, it’s a serious issue. This is not just a small “oops” or something that is “on the list”. Balance has to be a top priority. In 1-2 weeks you will not have a PC competitive scene. Something needs to change NOW, within the next few weeks, or it will be too late.
We really love what you guys are doing. This game is amazing and deserves to be far more popular and greater than it already is. I make this post because of how passionate myself and others are about this game. We are scared to see this game die out, we all want to see it succeed.
This article is supported and influenced by the following members of the Evolve community:
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